I Kieser to Keep Hiking

Client Name: Margi Dammenhayn
Centre: Heidelberg
Primary Exercise Scientist: Peter Harden

Margi had always been an active person but after years of hiking, netball and rowing she began to develop hip and shoulder bursitis and a bulging disc. She came to Kieser to return to her favourite activities. Here is her story:

“Heading home from rowing along my usual route and that glaring sign Be Strong, Stay Strong again catches my eye. I had recently been treated for hip and shoulder bursitis and was recovering from a bulging disc and thought, if I want to continue to enjoy rowing, as well as netball and hiking, perhaps I should look into this. I had a 12 day hike in remote South West Tasmania coming up in a couple of months and a lick and a promise wasn’t going to get me through it!

I had always been active and suffered from the usual complaints, which I treated with varying success (and great expense!) with different health professionals. Gyms had never been my thing, so it was with some trepidation that I stepped through those doors in South Melbourne. I noticed immediately that this was something quite different and the care and dedication shown by all the staff was amazing.

I met several times with the team and we discussed long and short-term goals and I was led through my new program, designed for my rehab and strength. I felt the benefits almost straight away and my training for the South Coast track in Tassie didn’t seem quite so daunting. My rowing also improved and no longer was I putting the strain on my lower back as before.

That was back in late 2015. Fast forward four years to now, hundreds of kilometers walking though some amazing terrain, several gold medals for master’s rowing and still enjoying a weekly netball game, I can’t speak highly enough about the benefits of Kieser. I have never felt stronger and fitter, my regatta nerves have all but disappeared and the enjoyment of multi-day hiking with friends is amazing.

I recently joined an epic ‘off-track’ hike in Kakadu National Park - nine days through the escarpment country along Jim Jim Creek. It was a stunning trek, exploring beautiful waterholes and visiting significant Aboriginal rock art sites, and certainly some of the most challenging terrain I have walked. I had been working on leg and core strength in the months leading up to it and I have no doubt that I’d gained an edge, which only added to my enjoyment. Boulder hopping and bush bashing while carrying 15-20kg is not everyone’s idea of fun, but I really felt the Kieser advantage and was able to walk tall and admire this very special landscape.”

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