AwareNow: Issue 18: The Outside Edition

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH CRAIG GRAHAM

ALT MOVEMENT

TRAINING ALTERNATIVES FOR THOSE WITH DISABILITIES Personal Trainer and Strength & Conditioning Coach, Craig Graham, seeks to provide accessibility for new and fresh ways to train specifically for those with a disability. Based in Essex, Craig developed Alt Movement (Alternative Movement/ Exercise for Individuals with Disabilities). On Instagram you can follow Craig and some of the individuals he works with to see their progression through training in an alternative way.

Allié: How long have you been a personal trainer, Craig? Please share the story about what got you into it.

Craig: I’ve been working within the fitness industry for over 10 years now. I started back in 2011 but I don’t think I took the natural path to get there.

As a kid I was never really into sports, I didn’t really play on any teams or particularly enjoy competing in athletics at school. When I was about 18 though I started training with my uncle in his home gym, where he introduced me to weightlifting, bodybuilding and those types of training that you don’t really get exposed to at school, and I loved it. I was very tall and, because of that, quite gangly but I found that training in this way, instead of making me feel like Bambi on ice, it made me feel strong and powerful, it gave me confidence and made me realised that just because I didn’t enjoy sport it didn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy or wasn’t good at exercising. From there, I decided that this was what I wanted to do, not only as a hobby, but also as my career.

ALT MOVEMENT

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH CRAIG GRAHAM

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