Just about a year ago, life changed as we once knew it. In less than a week, I went from looking at a larger space to accommodate our growing practice to wondering if the business would survive in the wake of a pandemic. Like so many people out there, uncertainty became a staple of each day. Will things go back to normal? When will things go back to normal? Perhaps most importantly, can I afford to keep the roof over my head and the lights on?

Faced with uncertainty as the entire physical therapy/gym industry was turned upside down, we chose to step up and provide alternative services to keep moving forward. We expanded our telerehabilitation delivery platform, started work on continuing education courses for physical therapists, athletic trainers, personal trainers, and designed educational workshops for the Tampa community. All the while, we continue to provide safe and effective one-on-one care to each client every day.

Reflecting on the past year, it turns out change has been a constant since I started Physique Physical Therapy/Personal Training in 2014. I relocated my clinic from downtown Tampa to South Tampa in October of 2018. I moved west to start a Ph.D. program in the fall of 2018. I partnered with a couple of great physical therapists to maintain Physique Physical Therapy/Personal Training in the Tampa area. In late 2020, I relocated back to Tampa to move our clinic yet again to a new location in Tampa.

The ups and downs have been similar to a recovery period following surgery or chronic injury during this past year. I learned the challenges of being in a Ph.D. program while keeping a practice running are no easy tasks. There are no books, courses, or experts that can provide a blueprint to successfully navigate the balancing act which has been this past year. Despite the hardships and the added "Covid effect," life goes on, and you have no choice other than adapt and evolve.

Time seems to go faster and faster each year. Don't spend the precious time you have thinking about what you can't do or what you don't have. Stop dwelling on the hardships that have emerged and continue to challenge us all. The one positive that has come from this pandemic is realizing that life should not be an endless "to-do" list that never seems to lead to happiness. Enjoy the accomplishments you've already had, and look forward to accomplishing more. But don't miss out on your time during this journey because you spend much more time on the ride than you do at the finish line. #physicaltherapy #personaltraining #backpainrelief #fitness #goals #fitnessmotivation #telerehabilitation

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