Training with Ankylosing SpondylitisEducation
Feeling pretty "ripped" right now. After 4 years of taking medication to control the pain and inflammation caused by AS, I get the green light to get off the injections/biologics. Hard work in the both the gym and the kitchen paid off well. I couldn't be happier.
I’ve been receiving many emails about lifting weights and it’s safety regarding AS. Body sculpting is one of my favorite sports and it’s very safe to do as long as your program is properly adapted for you. There should be a progression to allow your body time to adapt to the different stresses and building on that. Here’s a picture of my client Phil. He’s been lifting weight for 2 years since his diagnosis and wants to compete next year. The key message here is it’s never too late to start working out and taking control of your disorder. You can’t “wish” yourself fitter… it takes dedication and hard work but the end result will make it all worthwhile.
A TEDx talk about living with AS
From Pain to Gains–– Guillaume performing an 1rm flat bench press with 205lbs. I remember when he had a hard time just benching the olympic bar without something hurting after. If you don’t start somewhere, you can never move forward.
Resisted power intervals on Mont Royal stairs with my friends from Clinique Sportive HPH in Montreal. 7 x (1 set = 1 run up with 20lbs Weight Vest, 1 sprint up with Power Bands & last set Bodyweight.) Here I am sprinting up with the power bands attached to my ankles and upper back. Getting stronger and faster!
I was appointed this year's ambassador for The Arthritis Society's "Walk to fight arthritis" event. I'll be proudly running/walking alongside hundreds of courageous fighters in Montreal and across Canada on June 5th. "One step" at a time towards freedom of movement.
“I received my diagnosis for ankylosing spondylitis in 2013. It was devastating news for me, not only as an athlete but also the uncertainty the diagnosis bring...s regarding quality of life. I was advised to stop all my sports in fear that my disorder would worsen. “Living in a plastic bubble wrap” was not an option for me and I took it upon myself to find a better solution.
It worked for me, but I was noticing other patients around me unable to adequately control their pain. As a kinesiologist, I oriented my efforts to help patients living with chronic pain to regain control over their lives. Now we create exercise programs designed to help others living with arthritic conditions and facing a battle similar to mine.” – Naomi Ban, Quebec Walk Ambassador & Quebec Walk to Fight Arthritis 10 km & Physical Preparation Specialist
Thank you for this beautiful tribute Isabel Lanssens You are an inspiration to many! xx
This is a poem written by Naomi Ban from Training with Ankylosing Spondylitis. She was the one that inspired me, she turned my can'ts into cans. She posted a 30... day running challenge on her blog and made me believe that running with AS is not impossible. I decided to give it a try.... And she was right!
Reading this poem, it brings tears to my eyes... I've been in that dark place too, felt the same hatred... Glad to be where I am now... on my journey towards hope, kicking AS as much as I can, enjoying every step on my way. Hoping one day I'll be cured. But I won't let AS decide what I can or cannot be!
The wall squat-- This bilateral exercise is great for teaching back brace (to make sure that your hip does not posteriorly tilt) and range of motion. If you have trouble keeping your arms up in a v position, keep the arms down in an inverted v position.
Pretty solid first workout of the year. 95lbs step ups for 6 reps in superset w/single leg lying leg curls. Body feels amazing.
Did you set physical goals that you would like to accomplish in 2016? Please share them;)
"Goodmornings"—I just love all variations of this exercise. In this video i'm going pretty heavy with 95lbs for 5 reps. Notice how my back remains straight and braced throughout the movement. This is essentially if you don't want to hurt yourself. If you are a beginner, I suggest starting with an easier version (seated goodmorning) to learn how to brace the back properly. I'll post it up later this week. Great posterior chain exercise.