74 is the New 50!

Yesterday in our Bridge class we were honored to share in the birthday celebration of one of our members as he turned 74 years young. Ryan, one of our incredible team trainers, designed a workout to commemorate the event by having all participants exercise for 50 seconds followed by a 24-second rest (do the simple addition, and you get why those times were chosen). People who normally attend other classes changed their schedules to attend this particular class. Another example of how exercise can be a community builder and friendship maker.

I need to back up and explain how the Bridge class came about. Some time ago we recognized that there was a large information gap which exists between the time people are released from medical care (cardiac rehab, stroke rehab, physical therapy, etc.) and when they are advised to get a membership at a local gym to keep their exercise regimen consistent. Most people are not given specific enough instructions to know what to do and how to progress when they become gym members. Unfortunately, more often than not, the knowledge level of your average gym staff is not at a level that would provide the appropriate guidance for people in these categories. We decided to do something about that. Hence the class’s title of “Bridge Class.”

The interesting thing about the way in which this class has grown is that it is not populated solely by individuals who have been released from medical supervision. We do have a number of attendees who have had cardiac events and who are learning to live with the effects ailments or diseases (joint replacements, stroke recovery, Bells Palsy, Parkinson’s, etc.) yet we also have a number of people who aren’t post-medical care but who come in with apprehension or concern that they may get injured in other classes or gym settings. This was the case of our birthday boy. He was unsure whether an exercise class would be a safe and beneficial environment. The most amazing thing is that today you would be hard-pressed to pick that person out of the group. Funny enough, he will be the one swinging from the rings like an orangutan or the one who is battling strong in a game of dodgeball or the one who is having a push-up contest with one of the “young bucks!”

Happy Birthday, David! We are so proud of the accomplishments you continue to achieve. May you keep turning back the hands of time and never stop acting your age by being a kid.