Better Lives With Exercise
By Jacqui D. Sinarle
Helping people change their lives with exercise is what Vincent Wilson is all about.
Throughout his 35 years as a personal trainer, Wilson has helped everyone from family members and friends to movie stars and celebrities to achieve their fitness goals. Recently he even helped Joli Martin to walk again.
“In April I was involved in a serious car accident in which I lost my husband,” Martin recalled. “I had a crushed ankle and foot, broken arm and wrist, broken elbow, and the seatbelt ripped my colon and part of my intestines out.”
Martin was in a coma for 10 days. When she woke up, her muscle tone was gone and she was too weak to walk.
“I was not achieving the results I wanted from physical therapy and my doctors told me it would probably be a year to a year and a half before I would be able to walk normally,” Martin said. “I’m a very independent and energetic person, and the process was just too slow and impersonal for me.”
At that point Martin thought of Wilson, who trained her to become strong enough to do 5K runs and walks a few years earlier.
“I called him up and started training with him again,” Martin said. “When I first saw Vince I was in a wheelchair, but after training with him for two weeks I was able to walk using a walker, and in two months I was able to walk without assistance.”
At 68 years young, Martin accomplished what might have been impossible for other people by utilizing strong mental determination; spiritual support; and Wilson’s expert training, unwavering motivation and positive encouragement.
“My doctors are amazed at how far I’ve come in such a short time,” said Martin, who continues to train with the goal of participating in 5K walks in the future. “Vince was my inspiration, and he helped me get to where I am today.”
Wilson, who owns Unlimited Physiques personal training studio in Modesto, had to think out of the box when he began training Martin after her accident because she was so weak. “We started training twice a week for 30 minutes each session,” he observed. “We did weight training, core training, balance training, stretching, and functional training, which uses more than one muscle group at the same time. Our training varied from session to session, depending on how she was feeling and what she was able to do on a certain day, and she became progressively stronger.”
Clients like Martin are a testament both to Wilson’s training and to the dramatic effectiveness of exercise.
“I believe everybody should do some sort of physical exercise,” Wilson said. “At the end of the day, you need to have muscle to live an active life — and I believe weight training is the number one way to build muscle.”
Besides strengthening the body with muscle, weight training can facilitate weight loss because muscle burns more calories than fat.
Exercise and weight training have also helped Wilson’s clients with multiple sclerosis and polio to become stronger.
“It’s different for everybody,” Wilson explained. “I work with all kinds of people and use a mixture of functional training, core training and weight training to meet each individual’s abilities and needs and help them lead stronger, healthier lives.”
When it comes to beginning a weight training program, Wilson said there’s no time like the present to begin and there’s no age too old to start — his clients range from nine to 76 years old.
“No matter if you’re a man or woman, young or old, you’re stronger than you think,” he added. “People of all ages can benefit from getting stronger, and weight training is even more important as you age.”
The keys to proper weight training are form, posture, and execution, Wilson noted. “For the best results, it’s important to exercise consistently and to mix it up with different activities that make workouts exciting and challenging,” he said.
To get a new exercise program off to a good start, Wilson recommends locating a certified personal trainer by calling around and finding a good fit for your personality and workout needs. “Pick a trainer who you like and trust for a coach, and work together as a team.”
For more information about Vincent Wilson and Unlimited Physiques Personal Training Studio, visit unlimitedphysiques.com.