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WJBF EXTRA: Training With Corbin

By Mark Gaskins

They’ve been training for months...getting ready for September’s Augusta Iron Man competition. Corbin McKenzie and Steve Dement are on track to accomplish something remarkable. Born with Cerebral Palsy, Corbin’s training is intense and inspiring.

Take a look into one of his daily workouts:

Press it Go, 1, 2, 3," says Corbin's trainer, Shanna Nijen.

“It’s going to be tough, but life is tough and everything comes with a challenge, Corbin says.

“5,6, 7 All the way up, push push push, good job," Shanna urges Corbin. “I want you to help him he’s going to sit up and keep his chest against here,"

“When I started working with him, he had no musculature, it was basically skin and bones, and we got him on the weights, he started developing muscle. You could see that when he went to go swimming, he was able to fill out, and you didn’t just see his shoulder blade. With Corbin, we’ve gotten him to stand up, we’ve gotten him to transfer...which is a big step for him. Before we started working out, he had a lot of lifting. People were lifting him, maximum transfers...he was not really doing much of it. Now, he’s doing a good bit of it, he’s sitting his body up, he’s putting his body forward. He’s helping his own body stand up. In the beginning, he was not doing that. We focus more on putting his weight on his stronger leg and using his other leg as his balance leg. He’s progressed over time from one minute to two minutes standing,” Shanna says.

“I’m Jan Lescantz, and I’ve been one of the Physical therapist working with Corbin for the past few years. Corbin is working hard to get himself fit he wants to be a participant in a triathalon,” says Jan Lescantz. “When we train as an athlete...I was a gymnast...I would equate him doing a transfer to me doing a roundabout backspring back flip, or something. Where it takes a lot of practice and then, when I can do it, I still have to think about what I’m doing, it just doesn’t happen. And, I think a lot of his daily skills...they just don’t happen. We don’t even think about standing. He has to think about where he has to be in order to get up.”

“I can help the caregivers out more, I’ve noticed a change in my self esteem, because I’m actually in here quite a bit working out three to four days a week...killing myself...so that I can become more independent," Corbin says.

“Being an athlete helps him to do things we take for granted," Jan. says.

"If they can watch me do something, and get inspired from me...then I’ve done something with my life, I’ve won!" Corbin says.

If you want to follow Corbin’s amazing story you can do so as we continue to follow him through this experience to his first Triathlon, or you can follow his progress at JoinTheFreedomExperience.com as Corbin and his team will be making updates on their progress along the way.

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