When I broke my ankle….


I tripped down a flight of stairs, drunk, wearing my mates chunky platform boots. Landed on my ankle and SNAP!!! I’m glad I was drunk as I reckon the pain would have been unbearable.


I was removed from the Rock Club in Sheffield early hours of March 8th 2013. It was snowing…..


Alone, no coat and struggling to stand, I crawl into a nearby doorway and vomit!!! I’d gone into shock.


Luckily I had my mobile phone in my hand and called my friend who was still inside..


Next thing I know I’m in Sheffield A&E, in a wheel chair and looking like a sack of s7*t!


So…there you have it. Not a heroic story. I’m human and have made mistakes. Loads of them!


As I woke in A&E the first thing that popped into my head was ‘how the hell am I going to teach my classes?!!!’


A so called friend of mine said to me ‘prepare to put on a lot of weight as you aren’t going anywhere and you certainly won’t be able to exercise or teach’.


Well, she was wrong!!! Rather than feel sorry for myself, I spoke to a friend who fell, broke his back when rock climbing. He inspired me to carry on training. Which is exactly what I did.


I brought myself a pull up bar and set myself a goal to train every morning. All my training was body weight as cycling, running anything where I had to stand was a huge NO!!!


I carried on teaching from a wheel chair too.


I was reminded by the physio that the muscles in my broken leg would go all flabby due to lack of use. So here is what I did….


Seated and lying leg raises

Pull ups

Press ups

Tricep press ups

Seated Body Combat



Some days – I just couldn’t face training. The hardest part wasn’t the training though, it was the effect this situation had on my emotions. I became obsessed with counting calories and I dropped about 3 stone in weight. I was terrified that I would get fat and loose my fitness.

NOTE: this is not the way to do it. I learnt a very hard lesson going through this.

Stay positive, never give up and KEEP MOVING!!!

if you are struggling and want to know more, reply below. I can offer a sympathetic ear.

You can do it, your the only one holding yourself back. If your passionate about feeling better, do the best you can do, every day of your life.

Posted on: May 4, 2016, by : Sindy Matthews

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