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A Truly Inspirational Man

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Friday, August 02, 2013

A Truly Inspirational Man.

His name is Bob, and he goes to the same gym that I go to. He is probably into his 70ís and about a year ago, he started doing a set of exercises in the 55+ section of our gym.

He is slim, and fit, and he makes them look quite easy, and within a few months he had several other men asking him if he could join in.

When I started being a regular attender a couple of months ago, I watched them, thinking, ĎIíd like to do thatí, but there were no other ladies in the group, and I felt a bit too shy too ask. Then a fortnight ago, a lot of the over 55ís went out on a coach trip, and there were only Bob and another two men there, so I plucked up the courage to ask if I could join them.

They were very friendly, and helped me to do as much as I could of a shorter programme, as that day it was extremely hot, then the following Monday, there were eight of us.

He has all of us, and in my 60ís Iím probably one of the youngest, skipping about like 2 year old's. Starting with arm swings, we quickly move on to various mobility and flexibility exercises. Necks, knees and hips all clicking like castanets, as we twist ourselves into various impossible poses.

I think the gym started worrying about health and safety, since one of the older instructors now comes and joins in with us, telling us to be careful not to hurt ourselves!

Quad stretches, then calf stretches, then doing Ďwindmillsí with our arms, going round in a complete 360 degrees, faint moans, groans and creaks coming from us all. Sitting down, legs wide, pushing ones belly onto each thigh in turn.

Then itís into yoga. The shoulder stand and plough that I was so proud of in my last blog, is commonplace to them. We do those, and the cobra, then the scorpion! More moans, and comments about this only being the warm up!

Then itís ST! Sit ups, then leg raises, then rolling onto ones front and pulling legs off the ground! Then legs and body! Flying itís called! Roll over again to do the boat. Nobodyís got breath left to complain any more, weíre all hanging on for grim death. Then the planks start, front and side, 60 seconds at a time and weíre all beaten into submission. Last of all, 90 minutes after we started, we finish off with push ups!

Bob calls it Ďthe 39stepsí. We love it, and itís agony! But itís made a huge difference to these men, all of them elderly, theyíve all regained flexibility, gained muscle and lost paunches. One told me that he could now sleep on his side for the first time in several years.

Bob is just another gym member, but this is the best, most fulfilling class I do, simply because heís my age, not some 20 year old with no idea what time and overweight do to the human body. He does this on Monday and Thursday mornings for 90 minutes, free, and without fear or favour, Iím also doing it over the weekends at home off my own bat. If he were on Spark, I would vote for an award for him.

He really is a most motivational man.

PS he just told me that he was an athletics coach and he's 84 years old!!!

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SHELTIE2013 9/13/2013 4:59AM

    emoticon here is bob's award. Who says he can't have it!!

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EFFRAYECHILDE 8/31/2013 7:19PM

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SATCHMO99 8/10/2013 2:23AM

    Great story, and well done for overcoming the fear of being the only female. Let's hope you inspire other ladies to join in.

My mum does windmills, too. She's 83.

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JRRING 8/8/2013 12:16PM

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ANIHAKA 8/8/2013 1:34AM

    Wow thank you for this. If he can do it we (oldies) can too!

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BEACHLVRMI 8/7/2013 5:25PM

    Bob is a very inspirational man! You my friend are someone to look up to!!

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KIKA07DK 8/7/2013 5:04PM

    Thanks for sharing! Truly inspirational story

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JENSHAINES 8/7/2013 4:39PM

    What a wonderful man and wonderful blog, Evelyn! Someone like him gives us ALL hope! I just hope I can do many of the things you talk about here within the next year or so. You ROCK! (And clearly, he does, too).

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WALKINGBYFAITH2 8/7/2013 3:00PM

    That's a fabulous story to share, and one that has obviously lifted many. Thanks for blowing past your nervousness to ask, and then sharing with us!

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CHOCOHOLIC2276 8/7/2013 12:27PM

    emoticon blog Evelyn! What an inspiration Bob is! BUT what an inspiration YOU are too!!



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ZANNACHAN 8/7/2013 11:01AM

    Oh, thank you for sharing this! I'm no where near my 80's (though I hope when I do hit my 80's, I'll be even half that fit!) but it can be frustrating and discouraging to go to fitness classes and be 15-20 years older than anyone else there and the only dealing with joint issues etc. Life doesn't end at 30 though and I love that he is encouraging people to keep going and be strong, no matter their age. That sounds like a great--and very intense!--routine!

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FITNHEALTHYKAL 8/7/2013 10:23AM

    And YOU, sweet Island Sister Evelyn are a motivation and inspirational woman! Thank you for sharing your journey with us! emoticon emoticon

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A10TIVTRTL 8/6/2013 8:23AM

    Hearing stories like this lifts my spirits and restores my faith in humanity. Thanks for sharing!


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LJCANNON 8/6/2013 7:59AM

    emoticon Well Done on Bob's Part and Kudos to YOU for having the courage to reach out and Grab the Blessing he was offering you!!

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DMSGLASS 8/5/2013 2:46PM

    Absolutely incredible!!

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 8/5/2013 2:35PM

    WOW !!!!! All of you deserve much more than a simple award. I know family and friends are in awe of you. What do the youngsters think about the old folks? You are all probably in better shape than they are.

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CINDYBEL 8/5/2013 1:19PM

    Wow!!! I'm really impressed, by all of you. emoticon

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ABYGAILSMOM06 8/5/2013 1:14PM

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SHANNONY84 8/5/2013 9:53AM

    Bob sounds like nothing stands in his way! WooHoo Bob! Thank you for sharing!

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DANAPRIME 8/5/2013 9:00AM

    You are truly amazing!
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RENATA144 8/4/2013 11:18PM

  He proves what is possible with perseverance . Thank you for sharing this. emoticon emoticon

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ROXYCARIN 8/4/2013 10:59PM

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CICELY360 8/4/2013 8:13PM

  good blog

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LKS2GAB2 8/4/2013 5:26PM

    Sounds like Bob has found his passion and now you are lucky enough to reap the rewards. Congrats to you for getting up the courage and join in instead of standing on the sidelines.

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MRSRIGS1 8/4/2013 3:31PM

    It's wonderful you found him! emoticon

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PENOWOK 8/4/2013 3:27PM

    That is SO cool ! What a wonderful role model he is!!

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FALLNTENN 8/4/2013 8:28AM

    I'm so glad you were able to join up with his group. It sounds like a fantastic way to spend time at the gym.

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1BEACHWALKER 8/4/2013 3:29AM

    Wow-that is so awesome that he is like that and helps others!! And for you to keep up with all that is also awesome!! SP needs Bob on their team!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BERRY4 8/4/2013 3:21AM

    Glad to hear about someone who is "doing it" and leading the way for others!
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It's great that an "older" somebody is encouraging to others to "try & keep up!"
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MARYJEANSL 8/4/2013 1:00AM

  You are so fortunate to have found this man. I only wish I could find someone like that.

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 8/4/2013 12:20AM

    I so agree that the young trainers have no idea how to help the more senior exerciser. Great that you were brave and connected up.

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SJKENT1 8/3/2013 11:28PM

    How awesome!!

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JAMER123 8/3/2013 10:01PM

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You are doing yourself a great service!! Keep the tempo going!!

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NILLAPEPSI 8/3/2013 6:13PM

    Wow! That's so emoticon Good for you getting up your courage to ask if you could join along. I love having exercise buddies to work out with. emoticon

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NEWTINK 8/3/2013 5:44PM

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NANCYPAT1 8/3/2013 5:37PM

    That is cool. We don't have a separate section for the old guys/gals - everyone just does their "stuff". When I was having my fitness assessment, my stepmother was waiting for me - she walked several laps around the track and a woman in her 70s struck up a conversation. She told my Stepmother that she wished she could do that but she was, after all, in her 70s, my stepmother laughed and told her she understood, that it might be hard at 70 something, but it wasn't so hard now that she is 90.

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TERMITEMOM 8/3/2013 5:19PM

    This is wonderful! You are very lucky and so smart to have asked to join!

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HAPPYMENOW58 8/3/2013 4:23PM

    Fantastic! Thanks for sharing your story! VERY GREAT!!!

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POLSKARENIA 8/3/2013 4:20PM

    Brilliant - how lucky to find such a great person! Such a rare commodity - someone giving for nothing!!

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LISA_FRAME 8/3/2013 3:50PM

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TINY67 8/3/2013 3:37PM

    Sounds like a great gym partner.

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SUSIEMT 8/3/2013 3:02PM

    Great Blog!

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JSEATTLE 8/3/2013 2:23PM

  That is so neat. We all have our favorite Inspirational People, what would we do without them?!

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JOANNHUNT 8/3/2013 1:25PM

    THANK YOU FOR SHARING THAT AWESOME STORY. BOB SOUNDS LIKE A MOTIVATER. I AM OUTTA BREATHE IMAGINING THAT.

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ASCIESZKA 8/3/2013 1:23PM

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ROCKYCPA 8/3/2013 1:15PM

    What an inspiring individual - you are so lucky to have found him!

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PATRICIAANN46 8/3/2013 12:44PM

  How emoticon that you found him and good for YOU to have joined him!!! emoticon

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IAMAGEMLOVER 8/3/2013 12:30PM

    That is truly motivating.

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LIVELYGIRL2 8/3/2013 12:10PM

  Ok, so even if Bob isn't interested in joining SP, copy or show him the article and comments, OK ? Cool!!!

All of us should be active. How wonderful an older gentleman is showing others how.
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Thank you Spark for sharing this story of a non member.

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