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I joined acac and began working with a personal trainer in November 2014. At that point, I had just left a job where I was traveling constantly and I wanted to get back into the gym on a regular basis. Having had a long history with back injuries and ongoing pain issues, Jordan Smuts was recommended as a good fit as a trainer for me. Jordan has experience with treating sports injuries and specializes in the Graston technique, which is a form of manual therapy used to treat injuries. While I didn’t start out needing any particular treatment, I liked the idea of that as an option as opposed to looking at my fourteenth cortisone injection.
I have played sports most of my life. I have trained with a professional trainer before for years. Marathon running was my love until my back issues took that away. Going back to the gym and weight training was what I knew I needed to do but not what I wanted to do. That is not a true statement today. Working with Jordan has changed my perspective on what it means to be healthy and strong. He has worked with me to develop strength that I didn’t think I could achieve – while helping me with the exercises that have corrected issues with my back to the point where I no longer have daily pain. He has had to deal with my skepticism early on that I could do a kettle bell swing or lift weights off the floor and still be able to get up in the morning without reaching for pain medication. Now, I look forward to Tuesdays so I can do my dead lifts and chest presses. (We call those my guilty pleasures now.)
Jordan has a way of instructing and coaching that isn’t patronizing all while making sure you understand the importance of good form – and making sure you achieve it. I have seen him work with true athletes that are training for competitive events as well as with those that are newer to making the gym a priority. I consider myself to be in the middle of that range. Having worked with other trainers in the past I have experiences to compare this one to and I can definitely say I couldn’t ask for a better trainer. I am looking forward to continuing the fitness journey he has put me on.