I’m Lee Goldsmith, a Personal Trainer, and I wanted to tell you a little bit about myself and how I ended up where I am today! It’s a pretty long story so sit back and relax, but try to keep up . . . (If you don’t know me, you soon will).
Drive And Desire Starts Early In Life… Unfortunately So Do Athletic Injuries
I started wrestling at 10 years of age, I was pretty good at it too, the only 3 times Jr. High State Champion ever in the State of Illinois, as well as being the only High School State Champ that my High School ever had. I was National Greco Roman Champion and a 1976 Olympic qualifier. Okay, I’m not meaning to show-off, I’m just saying it like it is, things were going well for me . . . for a while anyways, until something went in my back whilst I was competing at the Olympic Trials, I’d just done a Greco throw and ouch . . . something went. Unfortunately this was back in the olden days before MRI machines had been invented, the only option was a Milligram test which was a pretty dangerous procedure of injecting a dye into your spine . . . not surprisingly I opted against it. Okay, so I had pain around my hip but I did manage to run and wrestle with it for the next 20 years or so.
Unfortunately, I Was The Victim Of a Hit and Run Accident
Just in case you have any kind of injury, please realize that I will understand the pain and limitations you encounter; and I will work with you to make you as fit as possible.
In 1979, during my third year at Cal Poly I was out running on Thanks Giving night when I was hit by a hit n’ run vehicle . . . I just laid there, in a ditch by the side of the road where no-one could see me for the whole night. It rained all night and, according to the Neurologist, I should have inhaled water and died, at the very least I should have had pneumonia. Anyways that didn’t happen, and fortunately for me a lady found me the following morning while she was walking the trail. I was unconscious and had been laid in that ditch from 9 in the evening until 9 o’clock next morning. I spent the next 10 days in a coma with a blood clot on the brain; I was paralysed down my left side. I don’t recollect anything of that night, or for the next three weeks for that matter.
After spending 3 weeks in the hospital I was allowed home and started my rehabilitation. I spent the next two years taking Dilantin, which stopped me from having any seizures but my balance was off, in fact, it was off for another two years after that too. I did start wrestling again but I certainly wasn’t back to my old self. I eventually received my degree and began to train people for whatever they aspired to be. Some were athletes, some were actors, some were aspiring models, just ordinary every day folk trying to feel better look better and live a healthier lifestyle. Things were, on the whole, beginning to go pretty well, until . . . .
In 1986 I was involved in another accident, this time I was rear-ended in my car. I had an MRI on my back which showed that I had two compressed discs and a herniated disc from those Olympic trials ten years earlier. The doctors said that I had the back of a 70 year old and were amazed at the fact that I was functioning so well. My secret – I had never stopped working out, I’d created a thorough daily stretching routine as well as weight training and cardiovascular workouts. I always eat healthily on an acidic free diet, free from animal products, free from white flour, sugar and salt. Years of competing at an elite level taught me that you had to work hard to become a champion, both on and off the mat. I had always had to train, eat, rest and think like a champion and strive to work harder than the competition.
This lifestyle and mindset helped me to earn a full scholarship to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Ca, where I received a B.A. in Recreation Administration. I wanted to help people to feel better through exercise and the right nutrition, I wanted to be able to give back and help people to build up their self confidence, the self confidence to achieve whatever they wanted to achieve in their lives. I’ve been training people to do exactly that for more than 30 years.
If I may just turn the clocks back briefly to 1977, during my first year in college I tore my anterior cruciate ligament in a wrestling tournament. The doctors said that I needed to have it repaired as soon as possible. There I was, 18 years old during my first of a 5 year scholarship, and I’d never seen anyone able to walk without a limp after this type of surgery. Not surprisingly, I opted against it, instead choosing once again to rehabilitate myself and use exercise to strengthen the surrounding muscles making it very stable. I was able to help myself, and I’ve been blessed to be able to help many others too.
With a list of past and present clients including Tony Robbins (motivational speaker), Jerry Cezack (radio personality), Jeff Hart the professional golfer and tennis player Cathy Anderson, I have helped people to achieve dreams they never thought were possible.
- It’s not about how much you can bench press.
- It’s not about how much you can squat.
- It’s about being functional for your normal daily activities for many future years.
“It’s not how long you live, but the life in your years” – that’s what makes the difference.
Make the commitment and show the discipline to see it through, by doing activities today which will enable you to keep on doing them for the rest of your life – that’s what it’s all about!
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Thanks for listening
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