Karen Sudds (ACL/MCL Rehab)

"Eight years ago I had a ski accident which sidelined me from both my profession and my favourite recreation.  As a dance and Pilates teacher by profession and an avid skier since 5, my life has been about movement.  When that became restricted because of an injury, my world began to shrink.  Although I did all of the rehab work, I still did not trust my body and so I stopped teaching and stopped skiing.  Out of frustration, my son suggested I consider strength training which finally led me to train with Sandro (KVK_Athletics).

 

Today I can step in and teach a class at any time, I can hike, I can cycle and once again I can rip up the slopes.  Under Sandro’s coaching I have not only become stronger but most importantly, my confidence has grown.  When I stand at the top of Mt. Norquay, I remind myself that I can squat 200+ lbs.  At 59, I am skiing like I did at 30.  My world is expanding instead of shrinking.  Training with Sandro has given me two things:  the physical strength to take on these challenges, and the mental toughness to approach all of life with greater intention and courage.  It takes time and commitment but when you have someone who believes in your greater capacity, even an injury can become a stepping stone."

Kelly Murray (Back Rehab)

I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to Sandro, who as been my personal trainer for over 3 years. Before I started training, I had been dealing with chronic back pain for over 10 years.  This pain has been linked to a childhood shoulder injury.  My back pain had elevated into severe flare-ups that would be incapacitating.  My back was easily aggravated and kept me from doing many activities that I enjoyed.  I had gone to chiropractors, massage therapists and physiotherapists over the years, but continued to have re-occurring issues with the injury.  Daily pain, loss of sleep and pain killers were something I just learned to deal with.

I had been encouraged to train with Sandro from one of his existing clients that had taught me Pilates.  From the initial consult, the process has been positive.  His extensive knowledge as a strength and conditioning coach, teamed with his experience working with rehabilitation has established my trust in him.  Sandro has devised a tailored program that has successfully stabilized my core, strengthened my body and improved my movement patterns, as I had overcompensated for weaknesses in my body for many years, leading to many bad habits.  The results have been life changing.  I am stronger, healthier and most importantly, I no longer live with chronic back pain!  

My daughter, at age 14, has also done group and technical sessions with Sandro.  Her strength, speed, agility, and movement patterns have been greatly improved, helping her to reach her athletic potential and goals.  I think the knowledge and skills that she gains now through his training will be invaluable to her future athletic goals and in maintaining a healthy lifestyle as an adult.  

Sandro's strong work ethic, professionalism, charismatic personality and passion for his job is very evident.  He goes above and beyond to accommodate schedules and keep me motivated.  I highly recommend Sandro as a personal trainer.  My only regret is not having gone to him sooner!

Madison Barrell (ACL Rehab)

I came to Sandro (KVK Athletics) because I had torn my ACL during volleyball. After seven weeks post-surgery I learned about a trainer (Sandro) through a friend of my mom's and started a new strength and mobility training program with him. 

 

This was probably the best thing I could have done (and wish I had met him years ago). Within under a minute he determined how I tore my knee. How I have never been taught to engage the proper muscles in the right sequence and how my knee was doing the brunt of the work. Sandro (KVK Athletics) has been training me for two months two-three times a week, and my recovery has been better than I could have hoped for.

 

At my six-month post-surgery check, the surgeon was beyond pleased with my recovery. I had gained almost 3/4" of a 1" muscle loss back. He thought I was at my one-year checkup due to the vast improvements. I was permitted to start running, practicing and was told if I continue as is that I could be back on the court playing within nine months’ post-surgery.

 

Sandro has taught me how and when to engage the proper muscles, the importance of pre-thought movements and that weight training/strengthening are just as vital as cardio and volleyball techniques. I have complete faith that the last three months with Sandro will not only save me from re-injuring my right knee but give me the athletic abilities to do bigger and better things.

 

Petar Prpic (ACL Rehab)

I recently had a complete rupture of my ACL sustained from a tackle while playing soccer. After weighing all of my options for treatment and rehabilitation I had decided to proceed with surgical reconstruction. My goals were to return to sport and be active long-term, not having to adjust my lifestyle or limit my future activity because of my knee. After making this decision I decided to go ahead with the recommended physiotherapy both before and after surgery. I had also contacted Sandro after the injury, hoping to get his insight and expertise into the issue. Sandro was able to provide some information and help guide me towards a goal, but the only problem is that I was in Vancouver, and he was in Calgary. So logistically he was not able to provide the coaching that was required. 

 

After spending many months doing the recommended rehabilitation I could feel my knee strengthening, but was feeling other parts of my body like my core and back giving me more problems as I felt that they had been ignored throughout the process. I had consulted with my surgeon and physiotherapist early in the process and we had an expected timeline of return. As this day came it was advised by my surgeon to give it more time as the likelihood of re-injury, or a novel injury was high, even though the surgery was successful and the graft was strong.

 

I was obviously frustrated with the delay in my training but was smart enough to heed my surgeons advice and give it more time. I was also smart enough to realize that I had to change what I was doing in order to reach my goals. This is where I contacted Sandro again and we were able to come up with a solution. All we needed was our smart phones.

 

Sandro decided to come up with a treatment plan where he would provide a form of telemedicine. He came up with a program that was specifically tailored to my needs and I would send him videos of me performing the workouts. This allowed him to provide the required training even though we were in separate provinces. I have never worked with anyone that is able to point out the smallest details as he strives me to reach perfection in every movement, assuring that no compensatory movements are limiting my rehabilitation. We are able to slow down the video or pause it, pinpointing the exact moment where I need to correct things. 

 

Not only is Sandro able to provide expertise, but he also provides the motivation and coaching required to assure that I follow the training schedule.

 

I am now back on track and haven't felt this good in years! I would encourage anyone who is in need or any kind of sport training, or injury rehabilitation to reach out to Sandro at KVK Athletics. No matter where you live, as long as you have a smart phone, Sandro will help you reach your goals.

 

Ingo Ionescu (ACL Rehab)

I recently had a complete rupture of my ACL sustained from a tackle while playing soccer. After weighing all of my options for treatment and rehabilitation I had decided to proceed with surgical reconstruction. My goals were to return to sport and be active long-term, not having to adjust my lifestyle or limit my future activity because of my knee. After making this decision I decided to go ahead with the recommended physiotherapy both before and after surgery. I had also contacted Sandro after the injury, hoping to get his insight and expertise into the issue. Sandro was able to provide some information and help guide me towards a goal, but the only problem is that I was in Vancouver, and he was in Calgary. So logistically he was not able to provide the coaching that was required. 

 

After spending many months doing the recommended rehabilitation I could feel my knee strengthening, but was feeling other parts of my body like my core and back giving me more problems as I felt that they had been ignored throughout the process. I had consulted with my surgeon and physiotherapist early in the process and we had an expected timeline of return. As this day came it was advised by my surgeon to give it more time as the likelihood of re-injury, or a novel injury was high, even though the surgery was successful and the graft was strong.

 

I was obviously frustrated with the delay in my training but was smart enough to heed my surgeons advice and give it more time. I was also smart enough to realize that I had to change what I was doing in order to reach my goals. This is where I contacted Sandro again and we were able to come up with a solution. All we needed was our smart phones.

 

Sandro decided to come up with a treatment plan where he would provide a form of telemedicine. He came up with a program that was specifically tailored to my needs and I would send him videos of me performing the workouts. This allowed him to provide the required training even though we were in separate provinces. I have never worked with anyone that is able to point out the smallest details as he strives me to reach perfection in every movement, assuring that no compensatory movements are limiting my rehabilitation. We are able to slow down the video or pause it, pinpointing the exact moment where I need to correct things. 

 

Not only is Sandro able to provide expertise, but he also provides the motivation and coaching required to assure that I follow the training schedule.

 

I am now back on track and haven't felt this good in years! I would encourage anyone who is in need or any kind of sport training, or injury rehabilitation to reach out to Sandro at KVK Athletics. No matter where you live, as long as you have a smart phone, Sandro will help you reach your goals.

 

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