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!!!