2 Knee Replacements/Low Back Injury/Posture

Submitted by: Brian Richey

Jermey Waletzky's Success Story

I am a 67-year-old physician whose passion is hiking. I came to Brian and Fit 4 Life DC following seven major knee surgeries (arthroscopies don't count), including two knee replacements. At one time in my life I was on crutches for three years. Other orthopedic injuries included tennis elbow, ankles, which had been repeatedly sprained, a partially torn bicep tendon, and low back pain that had intermittently been severe. In short, I was a wreck. I am sure that one source of my injuries was a lack of coordination. I have jokingly said I have body dyslexia.

Brian is an incredible trainer. He developed a careful workout program for me, which accommodated all of my injuries. When I had difficulty because of my injuries, he modified the program. Brian has a clear sense of what is needed. Each session is planned ahead of time. He keeps meticulous records. He thinks about my program in between our sessions. He comes up with new ways of doing my exercises.

A six year study of 3000 innovative executives published in The Harvard Business review looked at common characteristics of "innovators DNA". Three were an ability to associate creatively, an annoying habit of asking "what if" and "why not", and finally an unquenchable desire to tinker and experiment. Brian has all of these characteristics.

Brian is a lifelong learner. He attends multiple conferences each year, bringing back the latest techniques and the newest equipment. He has done an excellent job of training his staff. He provides ongoing supervision for them, observing their work with clients and making suggestions. He is an acute observer. He has begun teaching at a national level.

Now I want to brag about the progress I have made at Fit 4 Life DC. When I started with Brian I was only able to walk on the flat, occasionally getting to the point where I could walk an hour. Since working with Brian, I have climbed the last 2000 feet of an 18,200-foot dormant volcano in Chile. I did a 10 mile, 6 hour, hike with a gain of 4000 vertical feet (5400 to 9400) in Tucson. My favorite local hikes are Old Rag and White Oak Canyon along Sky Line Drive. I do these hikes at least 4 times each year.

Brian is very warm and enthusiastic. He has the intelligence and personal characteristics to have succeeded in any profession he chose. He could have been a physician, I'm very grateful he made the choice that he did.