Ordinary People, Extraordinary Fitness: Jon Ham
Discover how one man came back from injury to pursue a lifelong dream:
Gymnast Jon Ham was very fortunate he wasn’t paralyzed, or worse, after breaking his neck falling off the high bar. Not many would have guessed that just one year later he would be accepting a gymnastics scholarship at the University of Illinois. He credits his amazing recovery to family, doctors and a powerful internal drive to get back into the sport he loved. Even when wearing his “halo” brace for three months, he was doing mental training, watching video and working on visualizations of skills he wanted to eventually learn.
“There were many sleepless nights spent watching old videos of the Olympics and big competitions,” Jon explained. “You can image it’s pretty difficult to sleep with four pins in your skull.”
“Ninety-nine percent of the fitness game is showing up, getting a workout in and going through the process. You can’t always set records or personal bests, but you can get in the gym and do something.”
A proud husband and father, when Jon is not helping others reach their fitness goals, he enjoys paddle surfing and trying new sports that he can apply his gymnastics training to – even table tennis.