It was a typical Wed. starting off with me flying into the Audubon Y forgetting to clock in and excitedly rushing to set up my bench for the best hour of my day. In walks a “new girl” and I am eager to meet her and tell her all about Les Mills Body Pump and it’s awesomeness. We chat as I help her set up her bar and weights. She is upbeat, smiling and energetic so I immediately love her. She seems excited to work out and starts to tell me why getting strong is so important to her.
She says “I need to build my strength because my husband has Parkinson’s disease and he has been falling much more frequently. I need the strength to be able to pick him up when this happens.” She tells me this without watery eyes, without a frown and a sigh or a ‘woe is me’ attitude. She tells me this as it is…a matter of fact.
I struggle to keep my composure as I feel myself wanting to tear up. And one word comes into my head “angel.” What an angel she is and a blessing to her husband to be his caregiver. As I take a breath and start the class, I can’t stop another word from flooding into my brain, PERSPECTIVE!
Wow, I work out all the time! Why? As a way to keep from feeling depressed, as a way to feel empowered, to stay strong and let’s be real to be able to fit into my skinny jeans and look good. I am not saying there is anything wrong with that, just that Ann really got me thinking that day. How many things I (we all) take for granted. I sometimes say to my classes when I know they are hurting “be thankful that you CAN be here and work out” or “do this for someone who can’t be here.” So, yes I know I am blessed, but let’s get real, I forget it often, way too often.
And Ann is assuredly an absolute angel who will remind me every Wednesday how blessed I am. Even when I am having the downcast of down days. And by the way, she is as strong as an ox (and credit goes to Adam Marks for working hard with her every Sat.). At age 74, YES 74, she can do tricep pushups ON HER TOES and squat after squat, lunge after lunge with impeccable form.
Great training Adam! And, way to go Ann! You are truly one of the most inspirational people I have ever met. Yes you can! Anyone can!
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