When David first started working with us in 2015 following an MI and CABG, he was nervous to exercise due to heart rate spikes and he lacked confidence in how to recover best post operation. David had also undergone five knee replacements and suffered from shoulder pain, which affected his day-to-day movement. David’s assessment identified that his fat mass was too high, he should have been stronger for his age and his cardiovascular system was deconditioned.
OUR ACTION PLAN
For David, our focus was on introducing consistent physical activity through squat, push and pull resistance exercises, and heart rate controlled aerobic exercise. David was quick to motivate himself and remained brilliantly consistent throughout his programme. Building lean muscle mass and strengthening his muscles helped to improve day-to-day movements as well as reducing the load on his heart.
Phase two of this early stage involved adding more specific exercises, where we focussed on David’s posture and knee. This laid the foundations for a stronger core, reduced kyphotic curvature and reduced injury risk as his strength and fitness improved.
Overtime we have adjusted, adapted and advanced David’s resistance and cardiovascular exercises to allow him to take on all his 10 grandchildren at once!
Now seven years later, David’s resistance exercise has become more varied and complex. We are consistently finding new ways to challenge (to his defiance!) and improve David’s strength and fitness.
David has formed consistent habits, completing three CV sessions a week and his nutrition score of 80%, has become the normal positive way of life for both him and his wife.
He recently achieved his highest ever VT1, VT2 and VO2 max score from the CPET. His muscle mass is the highest it has been in his CP+R career.