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Boomer To The Rescue…Again

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Three out of four gym rats are okay. Pick the one who isn’t?

The spoken, and unspoken, truth of boomer gym rats is they show up to save lives, beginning with their own.

Start a gym schedule and you notice boomers showing up the same time as you.

After a few weeks you see familiar faces doing routines similar to yours, except they do it better.

If you find time for yoga classes and spinning in the bike room, you’re way ahead of the curve.

If you pick up your conditioning where you left it 20 years ago, check with staff members before you load up the bench press bar with 45-pound plates.

As months pass and you don’t lose even one pound, you realize diet is more than another four-letter word.

Boomer knows lots of those.

The gym experience evolves from anticipated drudgery to a sense of community. You notice the formerly gray-haired man’s new, richer color running down the back of his white T-shirt.

You see the ebb and flow of friendship between gym members who look like they could lift a car. You’re one of the gang.

Then it happens.

You’re in the locker room dressed and ready to leave. One of the boomer guys comes in and lies on a bench. He doesn’t feel well. You get him a bottle of juice. He still doesn’t feel well.

You ask the right questions and he gives the wrong answers.

The right gym has staff who know the drill. They don’t overreact, don’t panic. There’s no rush, just the steady progress of good training doing the right thing.

Two minutes after the ambulance and firefighters arrive, gym buddy is hooked to an EKG, IV, shock paddles and oxygen. They put wheels under him and head for the hospital.

The high-stress moments following a health-related event need calming words and sure action. Those aren’t promises you see on marketing handouts. Join any gym and start breaking sedentary habits.

Join the right gym and save your life, and others. Call it a boomer rescue mission.

Boomerpdx Lesson: Even a little reach out goes a long way.

Better Boomer says, lead by example even when no one is watching.


About David Gillaspie


  1. Who is that ugly bastard on the right side? It doesn’t look like he has been to the gym in years. He must be an adrenaline seeker drinking beer instead of lifting weights to look so young.

    • David Gillaspie says:

      Don’t give it away. Everybody who reads this wants to be under that hat. Looking too good.

  2. Wait a minute, that is me!!! I am going to save my own life, it is what I do every time I strap myself into my kayak or leap out of the door of an airplane cruising at 10,000 feet. It is why I do it! It feels good!!! I know why the birds sing and fish swim rapids. Do you?

    • David Gillaspie says:

      You are the bird and the fish that brings the sort of news boomerpdx needs. You are the high flier, the upstream swimmer, and the best thing for any school that needs a wake up. You are THE AL, jr.

      • I really like the fact that you are telling the elderly, I mean boomers, to walk and move rather than hurt themselves going big like they did in their younger days. I like boomer as it brings images of explosives rather than diapers filled with lumps. Or does it?

        • David Gillaspie says:

          I think the lumps you’re talking about is life without boomers. The 1950’s were lumpy, not the ’60’s. Why? Because the first Boomer Wave didn’t want lumps in their lives as much as their parents did. From then on it’s been one rainbow after another. In other words, it’s a full spectrum world with boomers, not black and white.

          You might want to get that diaper looked at, my brother.

  3. Wonderful blog! Do you have any hints for aspiring writers?

    I’m hoping to start my own website soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you recommend starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so
    many options out there that I’m completely overwhelmed ..

    Any ideas? Kudos!

    • David Gillaspie says:

      Hi Phillip,

      My first hint is asking what an aspiring writer is? Start by giving yourself a break and losing the ‘aspiring’ part of being a writer.

      If you comment on boomerpdx and join in the sign up box, you my friend are a writer.

      Take a look at my latest post, comment there, and we’ll get into the details I have for writers. Just so you know, I’m a writer.

      Looking forward to the discussion,


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