2 days ago
This is my client Paul. He’s 83 years old and couldn’t get off the floor without assistance when we started. He used a cane for balance. Now he basically glides through the small group training workouts he attends and finishes before everyone. I started making him do some of the same workouts I do in our one on ones. Last month he went on a camping trip and took a vacation to the Baltic on his own.
What I’m trying to say is: I don’t care who you are, how old you are, how deconditioned you are, what you look like, what doctors, physios, family and friends told you. You can and will make gains. I was never athletic growing up. I was “skinnyfat” and had absolutely no connection to my body, what it needed, what it could do, or even what having any muscle to speak of felt like.
I have struggled with depression and the will to live for a large portion of my adult life and continue to do so. So, I’m here for the underdog. The 95 year old woman who can’t walk without a walker and people said she never would - now walking, basically running down the hall, on her own. The 62 year old man with hydrocephalus who was constantly falling and now practices tai chi forms with grace and gets up from the floor hands free. The 78 year old woman with Parkinson’s whose stiff body I guide through a sun salutation.
Athleticism and performance are surely admirable and beautiful, hell I wish I had more of those. But it’s these small victories by forgotten members of the fitness community that really speak to the shadowy parts of my soul. It may not be trendy or cool or sexy, especially in the world of social media, but people, root for the underdog. We need it. Much love, Lolo 💚 @renewmefitness @faieducation @growingbolder