Ticket to an Action Packed Future!


Daryl said that he would never join the training center. He was too old, too out of shape, and too beat up...

Written on
March 1, 2021
Dr. Don C. Dequine Jr. PT, DPT, CSCS

What did your fitness and health look like before finding Freedom PTTC?

Pitiful, especially for someone in their mid-50’s!  I have been a patient at Freedom off and on since 2018.  Previously, I had referrals for my shoulder, back and hip.  I have had two back surgeries and a fusion surgery was indicated.  For my most recent referral, I was having difficulty walking and could have benefitted from using a cane.  Donny quickly evaluated the problem and began his treatment plan to get me back to my baseline.

What made you decide to join the FTC (Freedom Training Center)?

Within three weeks of therapy, I was seeing marked improvement.  After six weeks, I reached my initial treatment goal of reducing my pain and numbness to a tolerable level without the use of medication.  I agreed to try a few FTC classes with one-on-one supervision, given that they offer three levels of intensity (Health, Fitness and Freedom) for each exercise, as well as custom adaptations.  I appreciate having a PT lead the class to make immediate modifications to help me achieve my fitness goals and avoid injuries.

After two weeks at FTC, my leg numbness and back pain had resolved!  I realized Freedom’s services were likely my only means to prevent future injuries.  Although cost was a factor, the price was easily justified when I compared it with doctor co-pays, medication costs and lower quality of life.  What really sealed the deal for me was when I felt a tweak in my low back after one class. I didn’t tell anyone, hoping it would resolve on its own. The pain persisted and I called Donny who encouraged me to participate in that day’s class at the “Health” level.  Mid-way through the class, I realized my pain had vanished!

What is the biggest difference you have seen in your life (physically, mentally, &/or emotionally)?

I have found the fountain of youth at FPTTC!  I feel stronger than I did 10-years ago. I’m now noticing muscle definition I haven’t seen in many years to go along with my newfound strength. My neuromuscular pathways have improved, as I can activate muscles that I couldn’t before. For example, I can now fully stabilize my core when I lift something heavy, which helps to prevent future injury. Surprisingly, I’ve noticed my hair is getting thicker!

My improved physical health is also improving my emotional health.  The FPTTC classes are ideal for stress reduction and I enjoy the support from my peers.  If you miss a class, you better have a good excuse because the regulars are going to ask.  I have more confidence in doing projects at home without fearing injury.  I recently installed a storm door by myself and did not require pain medication that evening.

Looking forward, what do you want to be free to do/be and how can we help?

A goal for me is to be able to ride my off-road motorcycle again. This type of riding can be physically challenging both from a strength and cardiovascular standpoint. I feel the FPTTC classes are my ticket to an action-packed, fun future.