Jennifer, 30, was in the Marine Corps and serves in law enforcement today, so she knows a thing or two about what toughness means. But when she blew up both her knees during training — she was tackled sideways by another officer, tearing ligaments in both knees — she saw maybe her toughest test to date.
“Before it happened, I was running triathlons, doing my law enforcement training, and after it happened, the doctor said I’d probably never run again and I’ll probably walk with a cane,” Jennifer says. “He said I’d have chronic pain. They told me it’d be one year to recover, and I couldn’t return to law enforcement. They said my knees just couldn’t take that impact.”
The day of her injury was August 10th, and Jennifer refused to let it run her life.
“I just thought, ‘I’m going to run again. An injury’s just an injury,’” she says. “You can do anything you want to do. You just have to make your body do it. I have a 9-year-old boy and I’m not going to sit on the couch and cry about it. It’s always too soon to quit.”
A few weeks after the surgery on her right knee, doctors found more damage in her left — and it, too, needed surgery, which Jennifer had in November.
Just last week, Jennifer was back in the gym. How?
“When I first got hurt, I went in and talked to the guys at NUTRISHOP, and said, ‘I still want to be in the gym, still want to keep my fitness,’” she says. “I didn’t want to be done. I wanted to recover, and the guys there gave me a few options to take and I stayed on it until my surgery. I was working out with a straight leg brace on. I was in the gym, in the pool, working with trainers, doing upper body and all the lower body I was told to do.”
By following a supplement regimen that included GLUTACOR, PRO7, IBCAA and NATURE’S FUEL, Jennifer, she even amazed her surgeon when she went in for a post-operation visit six months after the surgery. Her legs, despite having significantly less exercise because of the injury, had not atrophied at all.
“He said, ‘Oh my gosh, you have so much muscle mass and you’re not atrophying the way I’d expect.’ I came out of the brace and he couldn’t believe it,” Jennifer says. “I still had all my muscle. I didn’t lose or gain any weight over 6 months. I think my recovery was definitely helped by staying on a regimen with the diet, following my proteins and everything, getting the nutrition I needed to recover.”
Jennifer’s supplementation schedule was rigid, but she stuck to it precisely and got her incredible results. Her recovery regimen:
- Pre-workout: GLUTACOR
- During workout: IBCAA
- After workout: PRO7/IBCAA
- Before lunch: NATURE’S EFA
- Afternoon: PRO7
- Before bed: PRO7
Jennifer had never even been to NUTRISHOP and wasn’t really into supplements. But she’d been injured and had surgery before, and the process caused her to lose 12 pounds. She didn’t want that to happen again, because of the difficulty in recovering with so much weight loss. So she got her plan and just kept taking her supplements and doing what training she could. Now she’s walking without leg braces and only uses the cane on “bad days.” It’s been only eight weeks since her last operation.
“It’s just like this old saying goes,” Jennifer says. “The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.”