Diagnosed in 2010 with Intervertebral Disc Syndrome, I have lived with severe lower back pain that would surprise me with a jolt limiting my mobility and overall functionality. I would live in pain and walk leaning to the right for days. I was called “Crooked Man” by family and friends. In July 2022 two options existed for long term pain relief. Surgery to install a spinal cord stimulator to send low levels of electricity into my spine to relieve the pain and weekly personal training with Nick Bates at San Diego Elite Training. After talking with him and agreeing the goal was avoiding surgery, I chose Nick. Nick provided simple, quick exercises to perform at home and genuinely cared about my health. Nick is an expert. After three months (Aug-Nov) with Nick, the pain is reduced and I understand how to manage the pain without medication. My goal is to complete my first Spartan Race in 2023 and I know that I can thanks to Nick.