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An Exercise in Determination

I have always been involved in athletics from a very early age. I began taking my athletics to the next level when I entered high school, training countless hours in the gym and on the field, trying to get faster and stronger. With a combination of improper technique and overworking my body, I started feeling burnt out and overworked, and eventually began suffering from very painful lower back problems.
I would wake up most mornings absolutely dreading leaving bed, because it hurt to walk. I tried everything from acupuncture, therapy, and visiting a spine specialist. I will never forget leaving one appoint being told that I had “the spine and disc quality of an 80 year old woman.” I was told to modify my exercising incredibly, and to forget running altogether. After having a dreadful season of lacrosse during my freshman year of college, I decided it was time to focus more on my health and less on my athletics.
I eventually began exercising less, modifying my workouts, and running shorter distances. I stopped training altogether for a short period of time; my back felt better, but I was not happy with the fact that I was not exercising. I saw a flyer for manic training about three years ago, and against the exercising I was told to be doing, decided to try it out.
After having consistently done Manic Training for three years, I have had such minimal lower back issues, that I almost forget what it is like to be in that amount of pain I suffered from years ago. Manic Training taught me proper exercising and lifting technique, and as a result of this, I am hands down the strongest that I have ever been, and I am able to workout with high intensity five times a week. As for being told I should never run again, I just ran the 10 mile Blessing of the Fleet this past June with great success. Manic has sincerely changed my quality of life and my health. I would recommend manic to anyone who is willing to work hard, improve their health and fitness, and have fun with some amazing people. Thank you Manic!!

Abby Deblois
Manic Athlete

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