Training with retired ninjas

Posted by in 2018, Basic Strength Exercises, Coaching, Functional Training, Mental Training, Personal Training, Spain

Well at least in my opinion they might as well have been ninjas. They certainly train like ninjas! I have been so lucky to spend 11 days in Spain in Centro Assistencial Noruego. CAN for short. Its a norwegian municipality owned rehab hospital, situated in Altea, a 30 minute drive from Alicante. CAN focus on training and rehabilitating patients from various inhabilities, injuries, illness, surgeries etc.

CAN Training facility

WOW is all I can say. The patients here get a personalised training program, and a team of fully trained professional trainers, therapists and coaches to help them kick start their rehabilitation fase.

As a personal trainer, nutrisionist and a health enthusiast, this was one of the most inspiring weeks of all times. Who would have thought? Not me when I came here, that is for sure. Going from working with some of the best surfers in the world, to retired patients with an average age of +75 I though well how to find inspiration here…?

The workouts

But man was I wrong. The focus, the endurance, the mental strenght and the dedication these patients showed up with during training blew my mind! It truly was a progam for athletes, retired athlets anyways, but surely as draining as any pro ninja warrior went through during their glory days.

The person in the photos is no other than my dad by the way! 87 years and still hitting the gym. So its never too late to get into shape. Bottom line. Between 2-4 work outs a day; balance, endurance, strenght, mobility.. Its all in there. Who says you cant teach an old dog new tricks? These guys will prove you all wrong! I realised fast that I need to step up my self motivation game to keep up with these guys. So if I ever feel to lay to work out one day, I will definately think back on this week.

What did I learn?

Seeing how hard they all worked, no matter their health issue, was an eyeopener for me. And it reminded me how lucky I am to be healthy. And to enjoy it as long as I can. And to work hard to stay that way. And to get my lazy ass off the couch when Im down and go do something. Any little activity is better than nothing. And it keeps your mind and mood strong, as well as your body.

It also reminded me how insanely self centered a lot of us are nowadays. Training is more about the exterior than anything, and then all about showing it off after to get some likes or hearts. Gosh.. I hope to stay on track and train to stay healthy and happy, and share to inspire, not to self promote and feed my ego.

Anyways, back to CAN: I got to see all the work outs, help with the personal training and setting up training programs adapted for this client base, and assist in developing a yoga program that also people in rehabilitation can follow. More on that in another post. But all in all, this was a fantastic eye opener and has made me even more confortable when working with training, no matter the age.

Thanks CAN for having me, and more importantly; for having my dad and taking so good care of him!

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