The company was launched based on a life-changing incident in July of 1996, when a serious Jet Ski accident left Christine King with a broken back. Pulled from the water, she repeatedly said “I cannot feel my legs”, and was fearful that she may never walk again. Six months prior to this terrible accident, she was in vigorous training for the Miss Fitness USA Contest.
Injuries included an explosion of Christine’s lower lumbar vertebrae. Doctors were unable to say whether she would ever walk again. During emergency surgery, bone was taken from her hip to replace what had burst, and two rods and four pins were inserted to hold her back together.
After the surgery, the doctors informed Christine the operation was a success. Although her back had been repaired, they were still unsure of the amount of nerve damage and internal injuries. After a rigorous rehabilitation, doctors were confident that she would regain most of the mobility in her lower extremities. The doctors also told Christine that the superior physical condition she was in prior to the accident is the primary reason she would be able to walk again.
As Christine lay in her hospital bed with little movement in her legs, the doctor’s positive comments convinced her that she would walk again. After the realization of how important it is to be fit, she decided that she would dedicate her life to helping others in this endeavor.
During several months of rehabilitation, Christine also studied for and became nationally certified by the American Council on Exercise, and achieved the Post-Rehabilitative and Medical Exercise Specialist designation from the American Academy of Health Fitness and Rehab Professionals.
These certifications combined with her Bachelor of Arts in Communications degree from Rhode Island College, prompted Christine to change her career full time to educating people worldwide about the importance of developing healthier lifestyles – and YourBestFit was founded.
Christine King has been recognized for her leadership and community service by the Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Executive Women of the Palm Beaches. She is an engaging public speaker, has provided teaching videos through ehow.com and journeyintowellbeing.com, and contributed articles to publications including Long Live You! by Jane Wilkens Michael and When Bad Things Happen To Good Women by Carole Brody Fleet.