Cheers to Art!!!
At about the same time, while there was still some snow on the ground, through Betsy Fitzgerald-Campbell, I met up with Laura, co-owner and ace personal trainer at a local (Plymouth MA) gym, Shockyard Fitness & Social Club. Laura and her partner, Casey, didn't bat an eye when we talked about working out with my required oxygen tanks.
Since then, I've been in the gym usually at least twice a week, for going on 6 months, a life first for me. Laura has created workout after challenging workout
If I don't walk too fast, I can now go all day, most days without oxygen and keep my numbers in the 90s. (Oxygen saturation numbers, a measure of how efficient your longs are at pumping oxygen into your bloodstream -- for most people, it's 98-99% all of the time.)
My resting heart rate is down. I'm stronger, have lost about 25 pounds and am continuing to trend downwards, and have found that my whole attitude and energy level has changed in a positive way.
I'm not sure I can ever beat ILD, which is a chronic disease, but I may have figured out the way I'm going to fight it and live with it. On my terms. With a little help from my friends.
Art's Photography in Action!
Only 5% of Americans Maintain Gym Memberships.
Are You Ready To Stop Competing
With The Rest Of The Industry
And Start Changing The Lives Of The Other 95%?
HOW DO WE REACH INDIVIDUALS WHO
-have never felt welcome in your competitor's gyms
-have never worked out a day in their lives
-have had one or multiple bad trainer experiences
-hate working out
-aren't totally able bodied
-never felt that fitness was for them
-aren't looking for fitness in their lives?
Congratulations to Maryellen!
From Maryellen: "Sometimes when people come into your life, it is meant to be! I first met Laura and Casey two years ago at Relay for Life. While walking laps, my friend Colleen and I happened upon their campsite. The energy and excitement for fitness these girls exuded was contagious and, a little scary for me. LOL. Fast forward about 10 months and I ran into them again! This time at a Relay for Life meeting where they were volunteering their time to organize and teach a “Flash Mob” dance to the committee and team members for our Relay in June. It was so much fun! Ran into them yet one more time after Relay at the Farmer’s Market and I told them I would be calling! So finally in August of last year, I picked up the phone and made an appointment.
Meeting Laura and Casey and joining ShockYard Fitness has changed my life both physically and mentally. I am definitely out of my element in a gym, but at ShockYard the atmosphere is one of fun! My strength and stamina have noticeably improved and for that I am forever grateful. Each and every person I have met here is on their own journey and there is no competition. I actually love being there with people that are far beyond my fitness level. The encouragement I have received from other members is heartwarming. Casey and Laura always have a smile on their face and a story to tell. I spend a lot of time laughing! I have a long way to go on this journey, but I have come a long way too! Working on my fitness will always be a part of my life now. Many thanks to Laura, Casey, and all the members I have worked out with. You are all truly inspiring."