Morbid Obesity Camp | Las Vegas Live-in Fitness Residential Weightloss Retreat transforms lifestyles.
Corey Dillaha’s chief complaint in functional ability was his inability to stand or walk for more than brief moments. With the poles, he can off load just enough pressure from his legs and assist with his upper body. This made a remarkable difference, that on his fourth day the poles enabled him to work up to twenty minutes of walking with a 5-minute rest halfway.
Another personal best this morning happened after breakfast. For his second workout, he decided to do his 20-minute cardio walk on the trekking poles solo. It worked out great, He felt empowered and confident. Corey even had me video him while addressing the friends back home. Back to rest with his legs elevated and ice therapy for nature’s most nature anti-inflammatory aid on healing muscles until the 10AM boot camp.
Day THREE: An important assist for the Morbidly Obese at Weight Loss Camps is to have relief seating readily available.
An exercise ball is easy to roll out for immediate seated recovery. Make sure that the ball is one like Duraball Pro burst proof with 2,000 lb rating. These are tested against heavy weight lifting and can be trusted whereas not just any exercise ball will be reliable for your extra large clients. Boxing drills were added on day three. Although time spent standing was limited, weight shifting with the locomotion helped so much that by day six on Saturday Corey was able to complete a distance of 50 feet without stopping to sit down on his exercise ball.
Day FIVE: Ball tossing and catching drills on the Bosu Balance Trainer inspired him to try his juggling skills while balancing.
Corey’s confidence with his balance and mobility is through the roof now. This morning’s workout was by far the most animated. It went great and we videoed the session for all to see. Polishing off the workout with some abdominal work on the Bosu, he felt inspired to talk into the camera for the folks back home who are watching his progress. As he finds himself evangelizing, we call him a witness for fitness!
Day SIX: Saturday was first unofficial Fitness At Large Meetup, offering a special support group for the Morbidly Obese at Weight Loss Camps.
Corey held his own in a small group where he performed some medicine ball drills that we previously practiced with partner throwing outdoors. We brought along his Duraball to sit on for recovery and he was able to alternate sitting and standing throughout the medicine ball wall drills. He agreed that the seated medicine ball throwing drills were well targeted to the core of his midsection. This proved to be a great alternative when standing became fatiguing. Our group then proceeded with jump rope walking maneuvers, boxing drills, and the highlight was tornado ball against the block wall of the gym.
Day 7: Corey lost 12 pounds in one week of just weight loss camp preconditioning.
Not bad for just starting to gear up. We call this “getting in shape to get in shape”. The highlight of our seventh-day progression was to introduce kneeling balance drills on the stability ball. After a week of working on the ball and the Bosu, the basic four-point dynamic balance for one minute was a quick victory for Corey. He can’t wait to do the kneeling stance with hands free for catching and throwing drills as seen on my YouTube channel.
A word about using a monitor for the Morbidly Obese at Weight Loss Camps: purchase one that operates without a chest strap.
Corey has a 67” chest circumference so wearing a chest strap was not an option. He is wearing a heart rate monitor during all workouts and it was very important to help him keep in check during the more intense intervals. Since today’s new adventure featured sledgehammer drills on a truck tire, he could easily be at risk for overtraining were it not for the heart rate monitor. He enjoyed the movement so the workout went great and he is clearly into this now.
Exercise outdoors is not only motivating, but offers great sensory stimulation to create an enjoyable weight loss camp experience.
Behind our fitness residence, a scenic mountain ridge of red and gold is nature’s backdrop to the north and east. A westerly view of the Las Vegas skyline spans north and south. Corey’s trekking workouts are done on an asphalt pathway overlooking the seventh hole of our golf course. As much as possible, workouts are done outside on our sport court or in any number of available fitness-worthy areas.
Corey says he has enjoyed every workout and each of the exercises introduced. This is a very receptive client who is eager for change. After our day seven weigh-in, we took a Sunday breakfast outing to a local restaurant. The food was great, but he decided he was full and pushed the plate away. This was the first time in his lifetime of overeating that he can remember doing that.
Corey agreed with me that nothing could taste better than having a fit physique. He has missed the feeling of being physically fit for many years and is now getting a taste. Although the sacrifice of being away from home and family was difficult, the rewards of morbid obesity camp are priceless.