Injury, knee surgery and lengthy rehabilitation haven't deterred our March Body Leader of the Month from his dream of becoming a professional rugby league player. Through intense training, dedication and listening to his body, Lachlan Lewis has returned from his injury playing better than ever. Currently playing in the QRL's Cyrcil Connel Cup for the Souths Logan Magpies, Lachlan is also a member of the Canberra Raiders/Souths-Logan development squad, training with the Harlequin Squad for the First Fifteen Iona Rugby and travelled to the AIS in January. Body Leadership Australia Principal Physiotherapist, Paul Trevethan, recently caught up with Lachlan to discuss what he does as a body leader.
Q1. What inspired you to initially start looking after your body?
Well, initially it was because of the bad posture I was developing from playing football (Mum noticed). Then after undergoing the Elite Body Alignment Series at Body Leadership, I started to better understand how my body worked and how I could help it.
Q2. What do you currently do to look after your body?
I properly warm up and cool down whenever I play sport. I use a foam roller and trigger point ball at home when my muscles are feeling tight. I take a magnesium supplement, protein supplement and use 'Endura' before, during and after training and games. And I am now more conscious about eating healthier.
Q3. What motivates you to continue being proactive with your body?
I am motivated by my goal to become a professional rugby league player. I know that looking after my body is the key to achieving that goal.
Q4. What is your favourite form of exercise?
Physical, high speed, contact sport. Rugby League, Rugby Union I really enjoy team sport.
Q5. What is your top health tip?
Respect your body. By knowing what your body needs you can help prevent it from becoming injured and stay on the field.
Q6. How do you know when your body is asking for help?
When I fatigue both physically and mentally and when I become hungry and lose concentration I know I need to take some time and do what my body tells me.
Q7. What strategies do you find work best for you?
I know I need plenty of sleep and food to be at my best. Taking some time out to relax and just chill is also important so I'm not worn out or fatigued for games. Releasing trigger points and seeing Paul regularly also keeps my body maintained.
Q8. What is your greatest physical achievement?
Recovering from knee surgery nearly two years ago and being back playing at a high level .
Q9. What is your goal for the future of your body?
To not have injury stop me from achieving my goal of becoming a professional footballer.
Q10. What is your definition of a Body Leader?
A body leader is someone who can identify warning signs of fatigue (which can lead to injury) and can take action before they break down with injury.
We'd like to thank Lachlan for his time and insights into what he does as a body leader. We are all very proud of his achievements and look forward to watching him play in the NRL in the future!