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Hospitalized and In a Wheelchair to an Inspiring Comeback

By sakoyakinian | In Motivational, Testimonial | on August 28, 2017

I was putting in work and effort but I also liked to drink and have fun.

I have always been an outgoing person, mindful of my diet and enjoyed working out. I have had a membership to 24-hour fitness since I was 16 and have been through a few different personal training programs with trainers from all styles. Things were always OK, no major transformations or huge milestones, I was basically just maintaining with the occasional ups and downs. I was not unhappy with my fitness level or look but I knew it could always be better. I was putting in work and effort but I also liked to drink and have fun. So I was content with where I was.

I have been an avid dirt bike rider for as long as I can remember. I got my first dirt bike when I was 3 years old and I have had many others since. My passion for freestyle and motocross only grew as I got older. Throughout the years I have had accidents, hospital visits, surgeries and plenty of down time all due to dirt bikes.

The second I hit I knew I was hurt bad. I could not breathe and gasped for air, I remember the loud ringing sound and it seemed time had stopped.

In December of 2010, my buddies and I loaded up the truck and headed out to Race Town, a motocross track off the 395 near Adelanto Ca. It got time to pack up and head home and a few of us decided to get in a few more laps. I rounded one of the berms and lined up for the jump ahead, just like I have done a thousand times. However, this time was different. I ended up skipping a gear and left the face of the jump at a much faster speed than I should of. The second I left the ground I realized I was in trouble. Normally I would be around 20’ in the air and travel about 50’. This time I was a little higher but since my speed was way off I was traveling much further. I had been through situations like this many times before and tried different methods of recovering or just trying to make the crash as minimal as possible. There is not much time to mess around in the air when you know the crash is inevitable. I decided that I had to bail. The face of the second jump was fast approaching and casing the next jump at my speed was something I wanted to completely avoid. I quickly stood up on my seat and bailed. They had just watered the track and my feet were full of mud. As I jumped my feet slipped off my seat putting my body in a very bad position to absorb the impact of the landing. Instead of my planned “tuck and roll” landing, I ended up free falling from roughly 20’ and a high speed onto the top of the 2nd jump, landing on my right side. The second I hit I knew I was hurt bad. I could not breathe and gasped for air, I remember the loud ringing sound and it seemed time had stopped.

The next few days I just laid there, just getting doped up on pain meds not sure what was going on. I later found out that they could not perform immediate surgery due to the risk of internal bleeding

The next thing I remember is getting that huge breath of air I was searching for and my buddies scrambling around me and the pain. The pain was excruciating, I have been hurt many times before but this was different. I tried to keep still and calm but I started to go through the motions to see if I was going to be ok. I could move my arms and fingers, I didn’t want to try my neck or back for fear of making things worse but I could not feel my legs or my toes. I had this numb feeling starting from my waist down. Surprisingly enough the medics seemed to get there quickly. Most my clothes were cut off right there at the scene. They did the initial triage and determined that a medevac was necessary. I had to be put on a stretcher, normally that is not a big deal but as they tried to roll me onto the stretcher I felt pain like I could never imagine. It was at that moment I knew that I had some major issues going on. I got pain meds during the flight and things got manageable. When I arrived at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center I was in and out of consciousness for a while, so things are still fuzzy to this day. The next thing I really remember is waking up in a room. I was told to try not to move, my arm was wrapped up which I had no clue why. The next few days I just laid there, just getting doped up on pain meds not sure what was going on. I later found out that they could not perform immediate surgery due to the risk of internal bleeding and trauma which needed to somewhat recover first.

I spent about a month in in the hospital all the way through Christmas, I was wheel chair bound for a couple months

Finally, I went to surgery, which was at ARMC in Colton Ca. I had shattered my Sacrum, broke/cracked my Pelvic inlet and my L5 vertebra, and I completely split my Symphysis pubis. I had a huge screw drilled through my pelvis to stabilize the area, and a type of mesh was placed in my pubic area to stabilize the Symphysis pubis. I recovered for about 5 days and was transferred to St. Jude in Fullerton. My elbow surgery was done here. I later found out that I had a compound fracture in my elbow. My olecranon broke and completely detached and was pushed up toward my tricep, which turned out to be almost as painful as the pelvic trauma. I spent about a month in in the hospital all the way through Christmas, I was wheel chair bound for a couple months and spent most of my days over the next few months in rehab learning to walk work on getting my range of motion back in my right arm.

Thankfully I have a very loving supportive wife a beautiful daughter and family. Without them, I’m not sure where I would be.

Once I started walking again I realized my right leg was significantly shorter than my left and I had a big hitch in my stride. The doctors thought it was due to muscle tightness and I was put on a starching regiment, however, it never got better. I later found that when the screw was put in my pelvis it was not pinned level and left untreated I would be stuck with the unevenness for the remainder of my life. The only option to fix the issue was to surgically re break the pelvic bone and repin it correctly. It was a major decision but I decided to go through with the procedure. Once the surgery was done correctly I had to basically go through the rehab process again but this time I was only in the hospital for a few days after and then released. I had to be in rehab ASAP and work on walking/range of motion and all that good stuff. It was rough and with all the stress and issues I became dependent on heavy doses of pain killers, to the point I had mild hallucinations, likely due to abuse. The day came and I had no refills and the doctors told me I should not need them going forward. Thankfully I have a very loving supportive wife a beautiful daughter and family. Without them, I’m not sure where I would be. Due to the inability to workout, my diet started slacking and I really lost track of my health. I gained a lot of weight but was able to carry it well and hide it somewhat, but to me, I could tell and got depressed.

I was very hesitant, embarrassed by how I looked, felt and did not want to go get shown up by a bunch of strangers doing intense work outs

One day I heard about No Limit. I was very hesitant, embarrassed by how I looked, felt and did not want to go get shown up by a bunch of strangers doing intense work outs. I was also worried about my lingering injuries that sometimes caused issues from my most recent crash. However I was interested, I was starting to really hate how I looked and felt and knew it was only me holding myself back. I looked into No Limit and asked around. To my surprise, a bunch of my buddies knew Sako and had nothing but positive things to say about him as a person and the whole boot camp process. So I went. I am not going to lie and say it was fun or easy, it was rough, intense and when the first class was over I was drenched in sweat. Even in the group setting if there was an issue with a particular exercise or movement that hurt or cause discomfort I would mention it to the trainer and great attention was given to adjust the exercise so that I could continue the workout. I knew that if I stuck with this it would get me where I wanted to be.

My starting weight was 195lb which was the heaviest I had ever been in my life.

I stuck with the boot camps for a good while I dropped a lot of weight. I got back to the weight I was before the accident, 175lb. The boot camps gave me a passion for fitness again and I wanted to further my fitness level and look. I decided to start personal training with Sako. Again I was slightly worried about getting into lifting with all my injuries. I still had an issue with the range of movement in my right arm, and over use caused shoulder issues that lead to back issues and so on.

The support I received throughout my journey has been unlike anything else.

When I first met with Sako I went over my story and pointed out my concerns. I was assured that the fitness plan was going to be designed specifically for me and take into account all my injuries to ensure that no further injuries would happen. Honestly, I thought OK, I have met with trainers, and heard all this before. However the following appointment we took before pictures and a bunch of measurements that were cataloged into my personal folder. I was impressed with the detail. Throughout my journey, these personal details were constantly updated on schedule and I was able to track my progress which kept me highly motivated. Over the years not only did I transform to where I am now. I learned a lot about nutrition, exercises, the correct and incorrect way to do them and ended up making a second family. The support I received throughout my journey has been unlike anything else. Currently, I am 165lb, I have a bench press for reps around 205#, 45# weighted chin/pull ups for reps. My endurance is better than it has ever been before and for the first time in my life, I have abs showing up! I wake up feeling good about myself, I like the way I look and I look forward to my daily workout routine.

I wake up feeling good about myself, I like the way I look and I look forward to my daily workout routine.

It goes without saying that without Sako and the entire No Limit team I would not be where I am today, physically and mentally. These days it seems everywhere I turn there is a “personal trainer” making the options to find something that works or just even a reputable person/company difficult. No limit is so much more than the run of the mill boot camp, cross fit or group training you see floating around the internet and Facebook. The boot camps are always evolving with different coaches that offer different training styles that keep things interesting. The personal training is exactly that, it is very personal. Accountability, structure, guidance (in and outside the gym) is standard. Your journey is documented from day 1 and updated throughout the entire plan. The plans are designed for you and they completely take into account your limitations, they are designed for you to succeed not just copy and pasted from an online fitness page or hijacked from bodybuilding.com (where everyone is a “Trainer”) No matter what No Limit team member you choose to train with you will know they put in the time, effort, passion and constant support in and outside the gym to make sure you succeed in your fitness journey.

It goes without saying that without Sako and the entire No Limit team I would not be where I am today, physically and mentally.

 

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