Member Spotlight: Wallace Clay | West Hills Athletic Club

Member Spotlight: Wallace Clay

Wallace Clay sitting at a workout machine

Approximately nine years ago Wallace Clay suffered a stroke which left him unable to use the entire right side of his body. Part of his recovery included physical therapy and personal training. That is when he found Chad Haven.

Chad has gotten to know Wallace well, he understands his limitations and also knows how far he can be pushed. His recovery has been grueling in many aspects. Wallace is constantly in pain he describes it as a “tingling, burning sensation that affects the right side of his body.” He still shows up, day after day, currently training with Chad five days a week, totaling six and half hours per week. Wallace’s mother, Shirley Scott, is just as determined. She attends Wallace’s sessions as well as personal trains with Mike Wolfe. ”Chad has been absolutely wonderful, I can’t even begin to tell you how helpful and gracious Chad is.” Wallace has seen tremendous improvements in his condition since working with Chad.

It is an ongoing battle, slow and arduous. In 2016 Wallace had a major set-back after undergoing an experimental treatment that left him with tumors along his spine, the tumors were radiated which was followed with surgery. After a one and a half year hiatus Wallace returned to West Hills to train with Chad. Chad analyzes Wallace’s movements, working on increasing his strength, balance, range of motion and body awareness. Wallace would like to be more mobile, and currently he can walk for periods of time with his walker. He would like to get out more, and Chad has been fully committed to help him attain that. When Wallace is not training with Chad he enjoys attending WMU sporting events and watching the Detroit Red Wings.

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