How I Reduced My Half Marathon Time by 40 Minutes: A Physical Therapist's Journey

How I Reduced My Half Marathon Time by 40 Minutes: A Physical Therapist's Journey

So many of you asked HOW Dr. Wortman did it after she sprinted to the finish line 40 minutes earlier than her last half marathon, even though it was years later. Well, she answered! Read more about her half marathon journey and tips here!

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Positive Attitude + Physical Therapy - Back Pain = Wellness

Patient of the Month

Meet Mark, our May 2015 patient of the month! Mark is someone who exemplifies the power of a positive attitude amidst life's challenges. He not only brings enthusiasm to every session, but he is one of the funniest people I have met. He literally has the entire clinic laughing by the time he leaves. As a doctor, I most appreciate Mark's ability to receive and apply the information we discuss. I know that he will really utilize the knowledge and skills he's learned in therapy as he moves forward. It was a true pleasure to support Mark in his journey towards wellness! 

In his Own Words…

Three Words That Describe You:  

Artistic - Amiable - Altruistic

What brought you to PT? Word of mouth recommendation along with a bulging disk that prevented me from doing movements that I took for granted.

How have you benefitted from PT? Mentally, I realized how important a daily regimen is. Physically, I recognize and understand how important core strength is as well as balance. All in all, I now realize how important it is to keep moving and not become complacent or sedentary ever.

What would you say to someone with the same injury?

I would (of course) recommend Iron PT to anyone I come across who is suffering. Actually I already have. In the 3 months that I have been a patient, I have seen many different injuries or ailments come through the door that needed resolution. For example, my wife was a patient for her painful wrist. Now, she not only has no pain, but also knows what she did wrong that created the situation and strives to implement the corrective measures learned at Iron PT. So at Iron, you not only get pain relief, but also get educated on top of it…a win/win in my book.

What are you most excited about getting back to?

I am excited to get back to the links. I drove 20 or so practice balls the other day pain free. I’m just excited to get out of bed and stand without much pain anymore, and of course I will use all of the education I learned going forward.

From Physical Therapy to CrossFit Competition (POM 1/14)

Patient of the Month

Sheri came to physical therapy with a mission. She was determined to tackle her knee pain so she could compete in the Shoreline CrossFit Master's Competition. She worked tirelessly during therapy and faithfully completed her home exercise program.  Sheri also modified her workouts while in recovery which is often the hardest thing for athletes. Needless to say, after only 8 weeks in therapy she competed in the CrossFit competition,  and we know that's just the beginning for this amazing lady.



In Her Own Words...

Three Words to Describe You: Competitive, Friendly,  Athletic

What brought you into Physical Therapy? Knee Pain 

How have your benefitted from PT?

My knee feels so much better. Dr Mayes is truly a credit to his profession.


What would you recommend to someone with the same injury?

I will recommend anyone I know with an injury to Iron PT. The staff is so friendly


What activities are you most excited about getting back to?

I am so excited to get back to CrossFit and other fitness activities. My goal is to be the best I can be. GET BETTER BE BETTER!


Is CrossFit Worth It? - A Physical Therapist's Journey Into The Box

I've been going to CrossFit for 8 weeks and love it! I had been intrigued for some time about entering the "Box" and finally decided to start CrossFit on my 35th birthday. I've been a cardio guy (running, biking, soccer) forever but have always kept up with strength training for overall fitness.

Well, I thought I was relatively fit until I entered the world of CrossFit, and I've been humbled during each and every work out.



So, what is CrossFit? It's not really a place, but a philosophy. CrossFit focuses on  functional movements  such assquats, pushups, and burpees, but the real fun is the olympic lifts. I've come to love picking up that barbell and slammin' some weight around! You get results because the WODs engage the entire body with challenging weight at high intensity.

I've been attending CrossFit at Brazen Athleticsthreetimes a week which I think is an appropriate frequency to learn the movements while allowing time for proper recovery and outside life. I've been impressed with the coaching as they review proper mechanics and form for every movement. This is absolutely crucial to avoid injury when performing exercises that involve significant weight.

So, do I think the  $13-15 per session (depending on your package) is well worth bet! The personalized strength coaching and reasonable class sizes (10-20 participants) make for a great exercise experience.  It will challenge your body, mind and the limitations you've set for yourself.

Have you tried a new sport or exercise routine recently that really lit your fire?

ACL Surgery Can't Stop Her...

Patient of the Month - February 2013

We couldn't pick just one person for our February patient of the month! Cheryl and Roxanne are each so outstanding that we wanted to honor both of them.

Meet Cheryl Below! To learn about Roxanne's Journey, Click Here

ACL recovery challenges patients in every way! It is an endurance test of both  physical and mental fortitude. For the last 16 weeks, we have watched Cheryl kick butt (she would say a@#) in every way. In a world of phony, she is the real deal. Even though this may have slowed her down temporarily, we can't wait to hear about her next big adventure.

In her own words....

  • Name: Cheryl L.

  • Occupation: Technical Recruiting Manager

  • Injury: Torn ACL/MCL/Bruised bone

  • Three Words That Describe You: Active, Hyper, Impatient



What brought you to PT? 

Rehab after ACL Reconstruction

How have you benefitted from your PT experience ?

My PT experience definitely helped my recovery tremendously.  Also, I don't hate squats as much as I used to and will actually incorporate them into my workouts going forward.  I also learned better form when performing various exercises. Occasionally we would also discuss nutrition, which I know very little about being a junk food junkie.

What would you recommend to someone who has the same injury as you?

Be patient and don't get discouraged.  This is a serious injury, and you will experience some setbacks on the road to recovery.  Stick to your PT routine and do your home exercises.

What activities/goals are you most excited about getting back to? 

Zumba and snowboarding are two activities I loved and had to give up until my recovery is complete.  My new goal is to incorporate strength training into my regular workouts, including squats, lunges, and some balancing exercises.

**The criteria for selection were patient compliance, attitude, attendance and Iron PT evangelism**