Amanda Kloo has always had cerebral palsy, a disorder that can severely affect balance and posture.
She’s fought against it her entire life.
Starting at 18 months old, she did therapy to help her with basic child movements. It was always an uphill battle for her.
But it wasn’t until the third grade when she realized that she was different for the first time.
Her school class had watched a video of a class play; she noticed how much her knee bent inward when she walked, and the way she spoke was different from her peers.
“In my world, this was how everybody moves and that was how everybody walked,” Kloo told Charlotte Observer in reference to her condition. “My world crashed a little bit that day.”
Kloo became self-conscious as a direct result of watching the video, and it would affect her for years to come.
“I had held onto the fact that no one could help me, so therefore I didn’t deserve help,” she said.
From that day, all the way to adulthood, she continued to struggle with her condition, with the video replaying in her head like a record.
This followed her, up until the birth of her twins.
After her pregnancy, Kloo found herself to be overweight, and still unhappy with herself. She had little to no motivation to shed her pregnancy extra weight.
But one day, something struck a nerve.
Her children had asked her if they could all go play in the sand on the beach, and she was physically unable to because of her disability.
This was the final straw for Kloo.
“I decided I was going to figure out how I was going to walk barefoot in the sand,” Kloo said.
She didn’t want her current state to get in the way of what her children wanted to do.
Then, she found an answer to her problems.
Right after this, she became a client of Crossfit.
Before joining, she always thought that Crossfit was something for big, muscular people. But soon, she realized that it was a game-changer.
The first goal was to wiggle her toes, and with much practice, she eventually was able to do it.
The next was for her to fully stand by herself, and when that was accomplished, it was time to squat. She started to feel better than she had ever felt in her whole life, finally having free reign to move her whole body.
As a result, she lost all of her pregnancy weight, and then some. Once she became fully capable of exercising, Kloo decided to project her motivation onto others.
She became an athletic trainer for people with disabilities.
And she’s already made an impact on others’ lives since becoming one.
One of the people she’s trained, Brenda Keisler, also has cerebral palsy. She’s struggled as well, as she has 44 screws in her neck and back as a result of the five surgeries she’s had to remove a tumor in her spine.
The doctors told Keisler she wouldn’t live long enough to see her grandchildren.
Kloo then started to train her, and it didn’t take long before the woman was able to exercise better than she ever had in her life. She’s now able to work out using dumbbells, something she thought she would never be able to do.
“It was like, there’s hope,” Keisler said about her trainer. “There needs to be more people like that.”
Now, at age 42, Kloo has never felt better, and continues to help others.
Kloo is the founder of Project Momentum, a non-profit dedicated to training those with disabilities.
With her dedication, she finally was able to fulfill her children’s wish of going on the beach.
Kloo could’ve easily given up on the Crossfit, or have never even tried it in the first place. But since she pushed herself to her absolute limit, she’s now in better shape than ever, proving that perhaps anyone can beat cerebral palsy.
Go here to learn more about Project Momentum.