NBC News recently ran a piece on retired NFL player David Vobora, who found meaning and renewed purpose in working with amputees at his gym. Take a minute to watch the video and soak up the stories of the members, who themselves have found renewed strength after realizing what they can do. The physical and mental benefits of exercise are indisputable. But I don’t have to tell CFers that.
We’re fortunate to have the IM ABLE Foundation share our space, so we see firsthand what people with disabilities are capable of. But you don’t have to be physically disabled to realize the benefits. Here are a couple stories (keeping names and personal details anonymous) that we’ve heard from CFers over the years, where CF literally saved their lives:
- A successful financial trader during the economic collapse in 2008, lost a LOT of money for his clients. Trading partner committed suicide. But this guy found CF and dedicated himself 100% to the emotional and physical outlet it provided. His family and personal life benefited immensely and a few years later, he narrowly escaped a major “widow maker” heart attack. Credited CF for saving his life yet again; not only was he in tune with his body because of his physical fitness, but he had recently taken a CPR course with us and learned the warning signs / what to watch for. Despite his physical fitness, he couldn’t escape genetics. He had a emergency stent placed and has been doing great ever since. I still get chills when I think about his story.
- A successful business owner, grew up in the area and was in and out of trouble, dealing with substance abuse issues. By his mid 30’s, he was overweight and bogged down in the business but knew he had to make a change. Came into CF wary of the group classes and with help from Chris, got his weight and nutrition under control. Went on to lose a significant amount of weight and become a major beast in and out of the gym. Credited CF with renewing his sense of self and allowing him to keep up with his children in a way he never thought possible. He continues to be an even more successful business owner and all-around stud.
Your story is likely not on here, but I bet you have one. Think about how finding Corps Fitness gave you an emotional, physical, and mental outlet. How it exposed you to an amazing group of people who I bet you now hang out with outside of the gym too! Isn’t it awesome?? And as a trainer / friend / CF family member, it’s so incredible to hear story after story just like these. I’m sure there are more stories out there that I haven’t heard and may never hear, and that’s ok. It’s enough to know that you found Corps Fitness, it means something to you, and it made a difference in your life. Because THAT is why we do what we do.