It has been almost an entire year since Kory and the rest of the Wiita clan said goodbye to CORE and Florida so Kory could pursue his dream of attending Ohio State University. Of course, goodbye is never a permanent thing when you are a part of the CORE family and we were thrilled when Kory let us know he would be spending his entire Spring Break with us! Needless to say, this week has not been much of a “break” for our favorite Buckeye.
Even though Kory is extremely busy with his studies in Ohio he has remained committed to his recovery and attends physical therapy twice per week and works out with a friend who is in school to become a physical therapist. We were all happy to see how buff he’s gotten while away and it made it easy for us to jump right in with some tough workouts and pick right up where we left off with him.
Just like he does in class, Kory brought his A game to the gym and he had some major breakthroughs! He killed it on the new RT200 FES device and expressed how much he loved our new piece of equipment because of the cardio workout he gets when using it. We also noticed his wrists and hands sweating for the first time since his injury! For those who don’t know, a spinal cord injury typically prevents sweating below the level of injury so for Kory to sweat demonstrates a recovering nervous system. Yeah!
Along with improved posture and a newfound ability to engage his back when sitting, he also felt new sensation during his Friday session. During his third set on the Hypergravity vibe plate while in the push up position, Kory said his normal nerve pain completely stopped and he was able to feel his calves and heels first and then from there the feeling spread to his glutes and then all the way up his back! This was also a big first for him since his injury.
In only a week Kory was able to get a lot done and we all know his recovery breakthroughs are going to continue because he was also just accepted in the Christopher Reeve NeuroRecovery Network program at Ohio State. In just a few weeks, Kory will attend sessions five days a week where he will receive intensive locomotor training.
In addition to his recovery program, he is also looking forward to graduating next Spring! He is even considering going to law school and his professors are encouraging him to apply for a few Ivy Leagues (Hellooo Harvard!) with a concentration on business law. What a little smarty pants!
The entire CORE team is incredibly proud of Kory and feel it is so great when we can be a part of someone achieving not only their goals in the gym, but their goals in life. It is always sad to say goodbye when our clients leave us, but it is amazing to see his successes and to know he is going out into this big, crazy world and making a positive difference.
Kory, we love you and we’ll always be here for you! See you this summer, right????? 😉
For more information about the CORE program, please visit www.coreflorida.com or call 321-418-3050.