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Education and determination – the perfect fit for success

Facing the possibility of life in a wheelchair and challenged with dyslexia, Luke Taylor blames his curious nature for wanting to find answers. He’s now helping others achieve their health, wellbeing and fitness aspirations with a strong belief in himself and a degree from Wintec.

From kid with a flexibility disorder to Ironman competitor: ‘I can’t wait’

If Luke Taylor hadn’t done his stretches as a kid, he might have needed a wheelchair.

Instead, the 25-year-old Hamiltonian is looking for support to get to the World Triathlon Sprint Championships, and training for an Ironman event.

Taylor has overly flexible joints, which means he can bend his thumb down beside his wrist. But it also means he’s prone to injuries like muscle tears.

FROM INJURIES TO IRONMAN

He started life with a funny running style. He was told he had a disability that could put him in a wheelchair as an adult. He powered through years of injuries with the hopes of being a rugby star. He became so injured he lost the ability to run. He didn’t give up. He challenged every impossible moment. He remade himself. He is an Ironman.

At four years old, Luke Taylor was a keen rugby player, but sideline supporters kept asking his parents why he was running funny. They decided to take him to a podiatrist, but found it was nothing to do with his feet.

From there he visited several specialists over a year until finally one of the health professionals discovered this plucky Hamilton lad had a flexibility disorder.

Sponsored Athlete: Luke Taylor

Luke Taylor is an accomplished New Zealand Triathlete who has represented New Zealand in his age group for the Short Distance World Champs & recently completed the 2018 IRONMAN New Zealand. He has been involved in Triathlons for 1.5 years & runs Taylored Health & Performance as a Health & Performance Specialist.

IRONMAN TRIATHLETE THROWN INTO CAR WINDSCREEN IN CRASH

Luke Taylor was thrown off his bike and into the windscreen of a car in Mt Maunganui in late June. He escaped serious injury but is reconsidering whether he trains on the road.

A car T-boned Luke Taylor, sending him flying off his bike and into the windscreen.

The Hamilton-based Ironman competitor was on Marine Parade, heading back into Mt Maunganui, nearing the finish of his June 23 training ride.

His bike was totalled in the mid-afternoon crash

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Workplace Wellness LIVE Webinar

Workplace WellnessThe last month our focus has been all about workplace wellness and now it is time to summaries Deskbound June and talk about everything to do with health and well-being in the workplace.Who is this for?Owner or Manager of a teamStruggling with a desk jobInterested in gaining Work-Life BalanceInterest in Health & WellbeingThis is a chance to find the answers and ask anything regarding workplace wellness

Posted by Taylored Health & Performance on Monday, 2 July 2018
Fat vs Carbohydrate

Fat vs CarbohydrateTemplate for the discussion tonight:Background of why we eat carbohydrate How carbohydrate can affect usBackground of HFLC & KetosisCommon Myths associated with high fat Intermittent fastingMetabolic FlexibilityFat Adapted Athlete My Personal Experience & ApplicationMeal Ideas

Posted by Taylored Health & Performance on Monday, 6 August 2018

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