Last Sunday I taught my first step class in a month, and aside from some squats I had my class doing in the warm-up. It went off without a hitch. Those lunges caused my knee cap – or patella to those more anatomically inclined, to migrate from where it should be to the outer portion of my thigh.

That didn’t hurt. It just felt uncomfortable – and kind of surprising. I just wasn’t expecting it.

It didn’t hurt because there was nothing there with nerves to hurt. A month ago, I had knee replacement surgery and I have been in the woodshed ever since.

For those who don’t know, the woodshed is where musicians go to rehearse. I was a musician once, bit I wasn’t very good. I didn’t get out of the woodshed much. Now I’m back in it.

The first trip to the woodshed involved reclaiming my ability to walk. I used a walker for a half an hour, then graduated to crutches. a fitness instructor shouldn’t he seen with a walker. Crutches, at least, allowed me to preserve some of my dignity. They took a little more energy to operate as I did my laps around the hospital ward.

For the first few weeks, I walked, I climbed up and down stairs, I walked fast, I jogged, and I got yelled at by the surgeon and the physiotherapist. Then I started doing the warm-up for my step class. Then I went outside and treated the neighbours to my repertoire of tricks on the curb. A month after surgery, I was able to present my wares to my class.

Life in the woodshed is tedious, but it paid off.


I’m back, and I am bionic. Now I can lessen my woodshed and write some material for my blog.

Mike Broderick , a one- time archaeologist, is a Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor with the Fraser Health Authority in Port Coquitlam where he helps people with mental health disabilities find and keep full or part time employment .
He WAS the Employment Specialist for the Neil Squire Society in Burnaby where he found employment for people with physical disabilities, A Supported Employment Coordinator at THEO BC (now the Open Door Group), and a case manager at Community Fisheries Development Centre where he helped people move from the fishing industry to something else because there, “Aint no fish.” This means he is VERY familiar with how a modern day resume should look.
He is a newly retired ambassador with the Vancouver Board of Trade and a former member of the Labour Task Force of the Burnaby Board of Trade He does some work as a field Archaeologist, is a fitness instructor and frequent contributor of fitness humour articles to Alive Magazine. He is always saying, “If you can’t be fit, you can at least be funny.”
He lives in Port Coquitlam with his spouse Cecelia. You can reach him at home at michael_broderick@telus.net or at 604-464-4105. If you’re looking for a career change, he is the Spin Doctor and can give you a resume makeover at competitive rates.



  1. energywriter Says:

    How awful! So glad you are back to your “normal” self. I can just hear your doctor and therapist screaming at you to slow down. In any case, I’m glad we’ll be reading your posts again.

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