During one of the first weeks we began the fitness program at Lakeview, a patient was midway through his reps doing squat jumps (an exercise that certainly spikes the heart rate), when he suddenly stopped and placed his right hand over his heart. With a look of amazement, he grabbed one of the guys standing next to him and had him feel his pounding heart. His response, “I know…I haven’t felt this way in years!” They then did a typical guys chest bump and carried on with their workouts.
A few weeks later, a group of guys were going through a chest and bicep workout, focused mainly on strength. These guys had been training together every day throughout their rehab and had gained quite a bit of muscle mass in their upper body. On the second bicep exercise, a patient stopped, flexed his bicep and looked down to admire the newly formed peak and all the vascularity accompanying it. He made a point to have the other guys check it out, at which point they all started comparing their current “pump” in their bicep muscles by trying to flex and touch their shoulders at the same type. So typical of guys, but very much a first for them.
These moments are so small that you certainly could have overlooked or not given them a second thought. But these are the moments that change lives; these are the moments that give them hope for a new and better future. These are the moments that I will never forget.
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