Saw something remarkable at the gym today.

  • JockChefJim

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    Jul 08, 2009 1:20 AM GMT
    I finally pulled my tired butt into the gym today. Working in a kitchen I find myself usually making the excuse that i am tired after working on my feet all day. Glad I did. What I saw was remarkable if not really encouraging. A young guy who had had his left fore arm amputated. I figure he was there to do cardio or maybe some light weight dumbell training. No. He sat down on a free weight flat bench after adding more weight than I use with two fully funtional arms. He pumped those reps out with one good arm and the stump of his left arm....then added more weight and repeated his reps. This totally impressed me. M

    Many times when things are bad in my life, I fall into spells where I will not go workout. I can only imagine what I would do if I had had an arm or leg amputed. I don't imagine myself being THAT motivated. I have to applaud this young man (and many others) for not falling into self pity and had to thank him for giving me some perspectives.
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    Jul 08, 2009 1:23 AM GMT
    JockChefJim saidI finally pulled my tired butt into the gym today. Working in a kitchen I find myself usually making the excuse that i am tired after working on my feet all day. Glad I did. What I saw was remarkable if not really encouraging. A young guy who had had his left fore arm amputated. I figure he was there to do cardio or maybe some light weight dumbell training. No. He sat down on a free weight flat bench after adding more weight than I use with two fully funtional arms. He pumped those reps out with one good arm and the stump of his left arm....then added more weight and repeated his reps. This totally impressed me. M

    Many times when things are bad in my life, I fall into spells where I will not go workout. I can only imagine what I would do if I had had an arm or leg amputed. I don't imagine myself being THAT motivated. I have to applaud this young man (and many others) for not falling into self pity and had to thank him for giving me some perspectives.


    I've seen stuff like that before and it really is inspirational. P.S. You're hot as fuck icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 08, 2009 6:12 AM GMT


    I love this video. If you really want to do something, you will find a way. This guy wrestles and wins too.

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    Jul 08, 2009 6:51 AM GMT
    manofsteel18765 said

    I love this video. If you really want to do something, you will find a way. This guy wrestles and wins too.



    Purely Inspirational! Quite a cute looking guy too! icon_surprised.gif

    We all do tend to sit and dwell on things that have happened to us all too often - I tend to do it a lot anyways. I am trying to learn that things I can not change is just not worth using my energy on and take that extra energy to get things I want done.
  • JockChefJim

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    Jul 08, 2009 9:48 PM GMT
    Wow! That REALLY is incredible. And a high school student at that.
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    Jul 08, 2009 10:09 PM GMT
    His body actually is a positive in his wrestling since there's less of him to grab. He squirms around and gets away.
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    Jul 08, 2009 10:13 PM GMT
    WOW! That young man is amazing! And very inspirational. I hope he goes far!
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jul 08, 2009 10:21 PM GMT
    Quite a learning experience there.... to see a guy working away, improving his physical body... almost as if he had no handicap! Makes ya kind of think about things doesn't it.

    I've shared this before once. My father had his right hand cut off when he was 17 while working in a grocery store (got cut off in a meat grinder).
    He not only had to deal with it and learn to write again with his left hand, but went on to graduate college, law school and was legal director for Wichita's largest corporation for 30 years. As an adult now, it makes some of my whining kind of pale in comparison.
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    Jul 08, 2009 10:32 PM GMT
    There's a guy here in Austin (former offensive lineman) who had a leg amputated due to a motorcycle accident who handles yoga as well or better than most people in there...I really have to admire his desire and dedication...
  • ursa_minor

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    Jul 08, 2009 10:32 PM GMT
    I have someone similarly handicapped in my gym, it seems he´s had polio on one of his legs. But his upper body and the functional other leg is well developed.

    Even as he limps his way across the gym floor, he inspires me well.
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    Jul 08, 2009 10:44 PM GMT
    I think my life is hard? Emmm, No.

    Very impressive.
  • torontoguy222...

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    Jul 08, 2009 10:51 PM GMT
    That's wild and inspirational! I don't think any of us able folks really have a valid excuse to avoid the gym if guys like that can do it.
  • JockChefJim

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    Jul 08, 2009 10:57 PM GMT
    Exactly Toronto. Now today I put off gong til later due to being horny.....but that was for more the safety of the other members. Tee hee! But still.......I have to personally be better about not making excuses and remember ...it can always be worse.
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    Jul 08, 2009 11:10 PM GMT
    manofsteel18765 said

    I love this video. If you really want to do something, you will find a way. This guy wrestles and wins too.



    Pretty moving. I would so date that guy. My last gym had a blind guy. I thought that was pretty motivating.
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    Jul 08, 2009 11:18 PM GMT
    That is great....

    but how often does he wash his workout shirt? We gotta know that.


    Also, working out actually can be a great tonic to the fatigue after a day at work.