5 Questions with Jack Palmer
1. Hi, can you introduce yourself?
Hi everyone, my name is Jack Palmer. I am 26 years old and I was born in Hong Kong. I built my previous career which was in real estate, for 6 years. Towards the end of it, I was more focused on sourcing locations for medical practices – helping all sorts of medical businesses to open new locations. This is how my then friend Ben became familiar with 10 Pottinger, and opened Atlas Chiropractic. A mixture of friendship and business eventually lead me to become Ben’s partner, and us working together to make Atlas better for our clients and our community.
2. We know sport is a big part of your life, can you tell us more about it?
Sport is a very big part of my life. About 4.5 years ago I completely changed my lifestyle with a huge focus on keeping my mind and body healthy. I always found Hong Kong full of different temptations, so I made a conscious decision of lifestyle choices and to become a better version of myself. What started initially as weekend hiking with friends grew into a trail running, which requires much more skill, focus, and technique. Gradually I started to increase my distances, until one day my elder brother challenged me to the 2016 London Triathlon. It was good fun, and… my brother beat me. That made me challenge him for another one, and… he beat me again. From there on, I kept going and pushing my body further and further. And that eventually led me to Ironman.
3. I know you had a severe injury on your knee. Can you tell us about your recovery process?
I was playing football one morning and ripped my right meniscus, which for a triathlete was excruciatingly difficult to come at terms with. As a triathlete, you train on one of 3 disciplines every day, or you do some other form of cross-training. And this injury put me on crutches for 4 weeks and another 12 weeks of recovery, with a bare minimum of any form of exercise. Gradually after recovery was completed, I slowly started to do more impactful exercise, but didn’t feel as confident on my knee or my body in general.
At the same time, I started to see Ben for some ongoing lower back pain, I’d been having for years. And soon enough I learned chiro is not only good for your back and neck pains but also quite often the solution for other different issues. It helped me to return faster to my previous level of fitness, especially in weight training and trail running. Most importantly, it helped me to regain full confidence in my body and particularly in my injured knee, which is an absolute must if you want to run on the trail. Lack of confidence does throw you off and potentially might lead to injuries. Plus, on the initial consultation with Ben, I found out the right side of my body was completely out of alignment, which potentially resulted in my knee injury in the first place, and impacted my performance significantly. 5 months after my surgery I ran an Ultramarathon – and my body handled it perfectly. So yes, with full confidence I can tell you that chiropractic care played a massive role in making it possible.
4. Can you feel the impact of Chiropractic on your performance?
I would say I can feel the biggest impact is on my mindset. Chiropractic care gave me more of macro-understanding of my health: to read the signals my body is giving me, understanding how my body responds to stress, what my body is lacking, and how important is to have not just your physical component in place, but also having your emotional stressors in check. Having this great balance especially before big events has been the most impactful part of it. The knowledge that Ben shared with me has helped me to get to the start line in the best possible mindset. Feeling in peak condition when I did my first Ironman in August 2019. I put 144 miles on my body and went through the wall of pain, and knowing your body in the best condition possible is essential in the sport like that. And this is important for any distance. If at the start line you are not feeling with every cell of your body that you can pull through, there is no point in even crossing this line.
5. For all the people out there, who are dreaming about joining the race, what would be the best 3 tips you can give them?
Firstly, if it is your first race, pick something which will give you the satisfaction of racing and competing – do not pick something that scares you, or you can end up regretting your decision. The race has a necessary element of fun to it. Secondly, train the hardest in the room. This is my motto. If you do something – commit to it fully! And lastly, don’t procrastinate – if you see your race and you like it – do it.