My name is Jashua Rodriguez in 2016 I suffered injuries from an auto accident. Those injuries progressed to get worse over the course of the year and pushed me into a severely sedentary lifestyle. Depressed because of the amount of weight I gained and the lack of motivation I had, I decided to inquire about Keiser‘s sports medicine and fitness program. In 2017 I decided to take that jump and enroll into Keiser University‘s sports medicine and fitness technology program hoping to help kick me into gear. On top of enrolling into this program, I also made a commitment to surgically correct my injuries to help me get back into my day-to-day routine’s.
November 21, 2017 I had anterior cervical disc fusion and vertebrae‘s C5, C6, and C7. I also had carpal tunnel release and ulnar nerve decompression in the left arm. That entire year of 2018 I spent dedicating myself to the rehab of my physical body and too the athlete in my mind!
While in rehabilitation I learned the importance of what exercise and wellness can do for the body. This process pushed me to jump back into the gym but I still felt like I didn’t look the part to be in a gym. I was intimidated by all the eyes on me, even if they weren’t. So at this point I used that to drive me! How many people feel that same way? You want to get better, you want to eat healthy, you want to change your life but mentally hold yourself back because of fear of judgment and ridicule. One of my goals is to get NASM certified as a Personal Trainer providing the safe and cohesive space where anyone no matter fitness level or physical appearance can come and get the training they need without feeling judged! So I have dubbed myself the #FatTrainer!
Upon achieving my certification and attaining my associates degree in July 2019, I intend on continuing my education. My long-term goals are to receive my bachelor’s degree in Exercises Physiology or Sports Medicine which would allow me to attain my Strength and Conditioning certification. This would allow me too pursue a job as a strength and conditioning coach for the high school level which I have dreamed of doing ever since I volunteered as a football coach at Cobb Middle school for summer training in 2017. Through the process I learned that being a coach and being able to help student athletes reach that next level was so fulfilling. That is one of my many but primary driving reasons for pursuing an education in sports medicine so I could be a better more well rounded coach.
The education that I have received thus far has really helped with remolding the fabric that I and my family live by. Being a father of three, being obese over 300 pounds, being in my mid-30s, and being sedentary couldn’t continue anymore. My wife is also in the medical field so she really has helped pushed for this change. Being able to participate in sporting activities with my kids whether if it’s soccer with my five-year-old, volleyball with my nine-year-old or football with my 11-year-old, eating right and being active and actually gaining the education behind why this is so important for our bodies has really changed my outlook on life. In 9 months I have managed to lose 66 pounds. So I look forward to what comes next with the amazing staff here at Just Get Fit and reaching my goal of 280 by October 17, 2019 my daughters 6th birthday! Wish me luck and remember “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it” ~ Charles R Swindon