Super squat videos from project walk

The above video shows me trying squats at a walking frame, while the one below is me doing squats on a Total Gym.


Working my paralysed legs over the past four weeks has provoked a connection to my legs.

The feelings are not normal but rather a general sense of my legs, a connection with the ground and sometimes a feeling of warmth and pulse.

Both videos, courtesy of Simone, show me performing modified squat exercises helped by my trainer and my non paralysed muscles above the injury level. I am not using my legs as such.

However, in both cases I feel a sense of connection through my legs that does not happen when I don’t try to use the muscles below my injury level.

Traditional rehab methods tend not to use these techniques and that is why I have asked my south pole team mate, Simon O’Donnell, to come out to california and learn the project walk training methods. He will support me to follow a daily rehab programme when we get home. I think we’re experimenting in the area of neuro plasticity which is a relatively recent field of study for people with spinal chord injuries. So, as an introduction to the topic, I’m reading am audio book called the brain that changes itself.

If you have any thoughts or resources on the subject please let me know!


4 Responses to “Super squat videos from project walk”

  1. 1 Pascale Claes March 26, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Mark, this is awesome!

    I so admire your tenacity and courage…! I do trust that it will all pay off in the long term.


  2. 2 Jessica March 31, 2011 at 12:41 am

    Wow I hadn’t seen your blog for a while and when I logged on resently I got my well awaited Pollock fix! I’m so excited or both you and Simone with the progress your makin and the opportunity you’ve been given to try out in the vision research! I think you just foud your silver lining!! Big hugs for you both.
    Jess x

  3. 3 Jessica March 31, 2011 at 12:43 am

    *for both o you***

  4. 4 David scanlon April 14, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Mark I heard you on newstalk this morning and was blown away,I have spent the last few months very depressed and worrying about finances.No more. Listening to your story and how you have overcome so much never giving up and facing your obstacles front on was like a right kick up the hole to me.I have every belief you will overcome your disability and I will continue to follow your progress with great intrest. Thank you so much for sharing your story.David.

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