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Trying Out Calisthenics

Trying Out Calisthenics

Calisthenics was something I did back in elementary or high school as part of P.E.. But it was just that—a school thing. It was promptly forgotten as soon as I got out of P.E. classes. Flash forward 40 years later, I rediscover calisthenics and boy, my whole body is thrilled.


I used to like to work out with weights a lot. The hard steel in my hands pushing heavy weights up. There is a thrill and surge of adrenalin when I would push heavy weights up.

I turned 50 this year and my joints started letting me know that maybe I should ease up on the weights. I took a year off and rested my shoulders that had constant pain and aches in them.

This year I discovered the world of calisthenics. Push-ups, pull-ups, handstands……everything and anything with using my own body weight. I had started watching people on youtube doing unbelievable things with their bodies— lifting themselves with one hand, holding a pole and extending out horizontally (the human flag).

I was amazed and wanted to start doing some of these things. I joined a three-month workout plan  provided by—changing the workouts weekly.

I thought of myself as a pretty strong guy. After all, I could lift some pretty heavy weights at the gym. Whether it was bench press, military press, rows….. I was pretty happy with what I could do. The problem was my joints were killing me. When bench pressing, my pecs were strong but all the intrinsic muscles around them were not. That created an imbalance which caused me more pain in the joints.

The calisthenics exercises such as pull-ups work the latissimus dorsi, shoulders, back, core, chest, gluts, among many other muscles. The first thing I noticed was how weak I actually am. It seemed whatever calisthenics exercise I did, my entire body’s muscles had to work in concert with one another and some muscles were strong and others were very weak. I had trouble doing simple push-ups at first.

Over time though, my body’s muscles are beginning to work in unison with each other. There seems to be less of a gap between my strong muscles and the weak intrinsic muscles. This, in turn, is creating a stronger, more mobile body with less chance of injury.

I still can’t do all of the exercises they set for me. My goal is to keep moving forward and maybe you’ll see me on youtube performing the human flag one day.

Dr. Allamm Morales, M.D.

Dr. Allamm Morales has over 15 years experience in personal injury and a wide range of neurological disorders. He has privilege, and provides patient care in local Baptist hospitals.

He was Chief Resident at the Neurology Residency Program of the University of South Florida, and worked at the Florida Hospital of New Smyrna, and St. Luke Hospital in Ponce, Puerto Rico. He also served many years with the Florida Neurology Institute, Inc.

Dr. Morales is a Diplomate of the American Board of Vascular Neurology, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Dr. Morales studied in Nova Southeastern University, Davie, FL, had residency at the Caibarien General Hospital, Cuba, and obtained the MD degree at the Superior Institute of Medical Science in Cuba.

Fiaz Jaleel, M.D.
Physical Medicine & Rehab, Pain Management

“Life is short and precious. As a Physiatrist and Pain Physician my goal for my patients is to reduce their pain and suffering, enhance form, improve function and ultimately promote the best quality of life for that individual.”

Dr. Fiaz Jaleel graduated from the University of The West Indies in 1987. He completed a two year internship at Port of Spain General Hospital in Trinidad and Tobago. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, IL and went on to do a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis , MO. In 2007, Dr. Jaleel joined the team at Absolute Injury and Pain Physicians as Medical Director. He is currently Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as Pain Medicine via the American Board of Pain Medicine.

In Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Jaleel held positions as an Intern, House officer, and District Medical Officer. He has also practiced in Illinois, Missouri, South Dakota and Central and North Florida.

While practicing in Trinidad , Dr. Jaleel also worked in Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Pediatrics, Neonatology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery, Ophthalmology, Radiology, Neurosurgery, Plastic Surgery, Orthopedics, Emergency Medicine and Community Medicine.

Dr. Jaleel has encountered many diseases, disorders and clinical situations related to multiple aspects of trauma including penetrating and non-penetrating injuries, motor vehicular accidents and concomitant injuries including intra-abdominal injuries, closed head injuries, fractures and burns.

When not treating his patients, Dr. Jaleel enjoys travelling, reading and spending time with friends and family.

Dr. Jaleel has the following affiliations:
Diplomate, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Diplomate, American Board of Pain Medicine
Fellow, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Member, American Academy of Pain Medicine
Member, Florida Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Member, Florida Academy of Pain Medicine
Member, Florida Medical Association

Deric L. D’Agostino, D.C.
Chiropractic Physician

“The health of a body is in direct proportion to the health of its nervous system. The nervous system controls every cell, tissue and organ in your body, tap into that and “miracles” will most certainly happen!”

Dr. Deric D’Agostino attended the Logan College of Chiropractic and has been helping patients at Absolute Injury and Pain Physicians for the past nine years. Around here we call him “Dr. D.”

Dr. D’Agostino specializes in Koren Specific Technique and in the treatment of injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents. He is a master of his craft and firmly believes that chiropractic treatment can not only help the body but also the mind. His sense of humor and the personal attention that he provides really puts patients at ease.

Dr. D’Agostino genuinely listens to the patient while working very hard to erase their pain-inducing symptoms. He is always seeking out continuing education and new methodology to add to his care repertoire.

When he is not helping patients find relief, Dr. D’Agostino enjoys training for sprint triathlons, gardening, as well as being an awesome father and husband. You will most likely find him at our Arlington location dawning a huge smile while drinking his homemade juice.