Will Castle Fitness tailor my fitness plan if I have a chronic illness?
Cicely first started training back in 2019 and her main fitness goals were to improve her posture, lung function, and overall fitness levels.
Cicely has cystic fibrosis (CF) which is an inherited disease characterised by a buildup of thick, sticky mucus in the lungs. The disorder's most common signs and symptoms include progressive damage to the respiratory system and chronic digestive system problems.
Due to the build up of mucus it makes Cicely cough and therefore, can bring her into a kyphotic posture (roundness of the upper back).
Since starting training we’ve been working and focusing on Cicely’s posture by stretching the over active muscles in her chest and shoulders which become tight from excessive coughing, and strengthen her posterior chain muscles (rear delts, rhomboid major / minor / upper traps) that are weak and inactive.
Cicely’s lung function (FEV1) before starting was at 40% (1.41 litres) and now sits at 49% (1.60) which is a 9% increase and is above baseline which is amazing. Also, Cicely’s posture has improved significantly and is not kyphotic which can reduce lower back pain.
Cicely is absolute pleasure to train and you should be very proud of how far you’ve come.