When I was younger, I played whatever sport was in season. As an adult, I still played
basketball a few times per week, softball and golf in the summers. When I turned 37, I
was diagnosed with a very rare auto-immune disease that caused bleeding in my lungs
and kidneys. That led to months of taking high doses of steroids and a year of
After finishing my last round of chemo, my lungs hemorrhaged and I almost didn’t make
it. Overall, my life had changed dramatically. I no longer played sports. The steroids
and lack of exercise led to significant weight gain. I was miserable.
After another year, I was considered to be in remission. I tried to get back into sports,
but the first time I golfed, I broke a rib. The chemo and steroid use had taken its toll on
my body. Over the years, I tried to lose weight and get moving again, but I always ran into some
excuse that stopped me – it was either pain, work, raising a family or just overall
malaise. Nothing worked.
At 49, I suffered a stroke. I learned that I not only have a disease that causes me to
bleed; I also have a blood condition that causes my blood to clot.
The stroke was very eye opening. I realized that while I can’t stop these diseases, I can
control other things in my life that are not healthy. For starters, I knew I had to get
My wife mentioned that there was a trainer who worked with the staff at her office. She
said that his training methods were unique, using a program called Z-Health. She
suggested that I meet him.
In May of 2013, I had my first session with Lucas. In this first session, after going
through my medical history, we did several strength and mobility assessments. It wasn’t
pretty. I hadn’t moved much in the past 10 years!
We started out slow, with simple ankle tilts. The movements seemed odd to me, but
every time we would do an exercise, Lucas would explain why we were doing it and the
affect it would have on my movement. It was hard to argue with his methods as I saw
immediate improvement after each exercise. After that first session, I was motivated.
Over the past 18 months, I’ve met with Lucas weekly. We work on every facet of health,
including diet, exercise and well-being. Lucas’ training methods are great. He explains
the neuroscience behind everything we do.
By working from the inside out, I’ve come a long way. I’ve lost 60 pounds and have new
goals. I’m starting to feel like an athlete again. My main goal right now is to play
competitive basketball again. Lucas is helping me with that by incorporating basketball
movements and drills into our sessions. I know that with Lucas’ help, that goal is
I would recommend Lucas and Z-Health to anyone who is looking to improve their
overall health. It not only works for people who haven’t moved in a long time, it is also
great for serious athletes.
Lucas has helped both of my teenage children recover from soccer injuries and shown
them drills to prevent injury from happening in the future. The science behind the
movements is sound and improvements can often be seen immediately, leading to