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.