Updated: May 29, 2020
OG Battle Cancer volunteer and CrossFit athlete, Craig McIvor, is currently undergoing chemotherapy for a brain tumour. Keeping his muscles active and moving while receiving treatment is incredibly important, but often muscles take a lot longer to recover post-chemo.
We find out how Craig got on with introducing the Hypervolt to his fitness routine...
"With the current situation, my muscles really take a lot longer to recover from the workouts I manage to do. This honestly makes the Hypervolt an amazing tool to use."
During 2018, I started to have “seizures” - little episodes of extreme lack of concentration. I couldn’t focus on taking in any information for about 1 or 2 minutes, and I stupidly ignored this for a long time. It started off around 1 or 2 a week, and then a few months later I was having 4 or 5 a day!
They originally assumed I had developed epilepsy, but after an MRI scan, it revealed a very large brain tumour, on the left-hand side of my skull.
Once this was discovered, I was booked in for emergency surgery to remove as much as they possibly could, without risking damage. I have small tiny fragments left, which they did not want to risk removing.
Fitness while undergoing treatment
After 6 weeks of Radiotherapy, they have now moved me onto Chemotherapy which I am currently underway as we speak. Every 6 weeks for just under a year I am going in for numerous chemicals to be dripped into my bloodstream or presented as tablets. I have just hit halfway through. This leaves me extremely tired and my muscles exhausted, but I try and stay as active as possible. I’m not allowed to touch heavy weights due to current blood pressure.
I try to do consistent small workouts, ones that my local gym (RoarFit) and the ones that Battle Cancer show on Instagram as much as I physically can.
Recovery with the Hypervolt
With the current situation, my muscles really take a lot longer to recover from the workouts I manage to do which honestly makes my Hypervolt an amazing tool to use. Every day so far I have been able to exercise I’ve been using the Hypervolt in the evening to help with recovery.
Even on a day I don’t or can’t work out because my muscles are stiff or in pain, I use it to help ease them.
So far, I would say this has been pretty much used daily, after dinner in the evening when it’s time to relax before bed. I can easily use the Hypervolt myself on my legs and shoulders, but if I need the lower back working on, I use the other half to help me with this!
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