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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

My Stem Cell Procedure and Opening Day! WOW.....Really!?

Well, I am sure most of you know my continued battle with my injuries from my bike accident. Yes, still lingering on, and the pain was nearing a point of ultimate disgust....

so something had to be done.

Yes, I am 14 months out of the triple whammy surgery. And by all means, my knee is still just as painful as week 4 after it! I love to run....not for it's amazing physical benefits  ;)

  ...but because I love escaping the world and getting together with friends to do the easiest type of fitness there is.  Slide on your shoes and your ready....unless you are landing every step in shearing pain.  I already had given up on the bike. The one thing I loved doing has turned into a dreaded experience from cars in my town and also my injuries. While riding I would be ready to to turn around after 10 miles because of the pain....only I would be another 10 miles this little nonsense stopped pretty quickly and my bike is hiding in my garage.  It's sad, really. But maybe someday I'll get the love of it back again, but for now....I'd rather do about anything than bike.

So back to the knee...I ended up finding a doctor in Hershey who would do this procedure on me. I was so excited for it until I got a phone call a day before telling me I would have to refrain from using it for 4-6 weeks. Now, many of you are probably like....well, come on Mike, 4-6 isn't bad.....


After 14 months of this game, finding new injuries that needed surgery, and battling to stay fit's honestly been the toughest experience of my life.  So adding another 4-6 weeks just near put me over the top.

But I was reminded of how bad this pain really was and decided to go. They drew blood from my hip and my elbow, spun it in a huge machine and increased the red blood cell count, then injected me while also trying to drain fluid from the tendon.....It was pretty darn painful....but not as bad as my spinal tap after the first surgery. My leg immediately went numb for 30 minutes and I had to stay up there and wait until it came back. I made it home it the pouring rain and as soon as I walked through the just gave me that look like...."this could be it, could be the final straw."

That made it all worth it.

So I was hobbling around on my Grand Opening day at Over-Achieve Fitness on crutches....while I was remembering a year earlier I was on them too! What is it with me and crutches? No idea, but glad they are ditched again.

Anyways, open house was great...sure I knew many families and friends had things to so on their Saturday...people work all week and want to get away on the weekend....not find out how and who is going to put them through workouts. But for everyone that came...we had to know each other....and most importantly...we celebrated.

Yes, after 14 months of pain, I did something for myself that I was proud of. VERY proud. Not too many 24 year olds can say they will take a business plunge. It's so risky...and to do it with a gym....even more.  

But that's not stopping me! I was so excited....I didn't sleep Friday night and went in Saturday morning before hand to some push-ups. Yes, I used one leg. So it was ok right? Mom even took a picture because she said not too many people would have the courage to do what you are. Told me she was so proud...and to keep fighting 6 more weeks....

It really made me smile. Knowing that your parents believe in you means more than you think. I never knew if they agreed with m y decision to switch from a Civil Engineering Degree to this.....

Pretty big change....but I feel like it's my calling. It's what I am meant to do. Help others, be an example of what it takes to work hard.

Nothing in life EVER comes easy, and I'm sure you have heard it all hard, study, communicate, never quit.....

Well I lived and breathed by those words for the past year. And time after time, you look at those success stories in those fitness magazines....

ALMOST EVERY ONE....went through a tragic accident....had sick...etc....and was out of fitness for a year and BOOM....they give up....stop fighting...let everything get the better of them.

NOT ME...I'll be dammed if I let that dummy in his pick up truck win this battle. I am going to fight this out to the matter what else life throws at me.


Yep, my first day open in business!

Can you believe it? Well, it didn't start there even. I walked into my facility in the morning...saw 3 of my benches were gone(long story), 3 water leaks from the roof, and a gas leak in the back!


So had emergency services check the gas leak and still working on the water. Went through that mess and ran home for lunch and to get forms to drop off at the insurance company and was waiting to turn into the parking lot...and next thing I know....


A pick up truck from Washington Street in downtown Chambersburg smashed right into the back of me. Three derelict kids with furniture, washers, driers, and bags all strapped into the back of this thing.  And yes, went flying over my car after the collision. As I'm trying to remember what happened from my bad knee hitting the dash and head hit the steering wheel....the kids are running picking up the stuff and putting it back on the truck.

Can you believe this S****.....I thought to myself....but I actually can at this point. Yes, I'm sure that made you laugh.

So the police came and my nice new car is being worked on....estimating $7000 worth of damage.

But the important thing is it wasn't worse. I am thankful for that, but just hoping it didn't revert the affects of the knee procedure and my head has been pretty bad ever since.


just a little fill in on what has happened to me over the past couple weeks. I am SO glad my business is FINALLY open! All the months of hard work I hope pays off.

And if you are interested and skeptical of coming in for a workout....let this be a message to you.....


You won't make a better decision in your life! You will be in great hands with me and the other AWESOME members, and you will work hard every workout....and get the results your after!! These sessions are GREAT for improving speed, lean muscle, power, and even endurance!

Don't hesitate to do something for your health! Even if you already have a routine....mix it will make ALL the difference with your life and progression in fitness. I promise!

So help me out out and start on a path to ELITE fitness. I really want to make a name for myself in this town.....and it's only by my training and your mouths that will best suit that desire.

Until next time,

Stay Strong and Keep Fighting, as I do For You!

Mike Over
Strength & Conditioning Specialist

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