Jared Carlson

Jared Carlson

Meet Jared!  He is a cat lover but surprisingly only has two cats at home, Caido and ‘Creamy’ pie. Outside of working out at Bellin Health Fitness, he likes to use the computer but balances his screen time with going outside and walking.

Three years ago, Jared was at the lowest point in his life. After nine years of feeling the side effects from the medication he was taking for his back pain and the back and forth to the doctors, he had enough.  He was determined to find an alternative to the medication he was taking to help alleviate the pain.  It was at this time that Sherri Kelley, the instructor of his Feldenkrais class and the therapist who worked with him at Bellin Health Physical Therapy, told him about Bellin Health Fitness. He decided to explore this option to reduce the significant pain he was feeling.

At first, the biggest obstacle Jared had to overcome was the pain he would feel when he was exercising. However, he believed the outcomes would be greater than the challenge he was faced with and that the pain would improve with time. Another obstacle that he is always working to overcome is the fact that he suffers from depression.  Jared finds it hard to self-motivate himself to be active some days but soon discovered that exercise is helpful both physically and mentally for him.

Aside from taking his Feldenkrais class twice week, he currently trains  two days a week as well.  He interchanges between two of our certified personal trainers, Stefanie Bons and Abbey Sigl. During the sessions they specifically focus on strength training and mobility.  While his Feldenkrais class allows for gentle movement on his back and focuses on relaxation, mental health, and pain.

Not only has the pain control been a huge success for Jared (which, on a side note, his doctor has dropped his pain medication dosage.) but he has also lost 15 pounds during his journey at Bellin Health Fitness. Overall, all these positive changes have encouraged Jared to stay active and feel better overall.

When we asked Jared what advice he would give to others, he responded with “try moving more and working with a personal trainer instead of getting pain injections, medications, surgery, etc.” He wishes he would have done this sooner!