I like Tony. He trains with me three times a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. He lives across the street in the yellow house with the nice garden in front so he just has to walk over. He stopped in on a beautiful late spring morning and asked for my help.
His appointment is at 8:30am. The thing is he never comes at 8:30. Sometimes he’s early, sometimes he’s late. Once he even came on Saturday. I said “Tony it’s Saturday. We don’t work out on Saturday.”
Tony wears a fedora. He never takes it off. Even when we work out it never leaves his head. He looks pretty good in his fedora. I don’t think I could pull off wearing a fedora but on Tony it works.
Tony works out in a fedora, button down dress shirt, slacks and brown shoes. He keeps his I Phone in his shirt pocket. He asked me once if he should get workout clothes. I told him no I like his outfit.
Tony is 90 and he misses his wife Gloria. She passed away a few years ago. He mentions her from time to time. He lives with his daughter and son-in-law now. They have two children. Their daughter is a freshman in high school and she dances ballet. Tony says the food is good.
Tony’s brother, John, has a 22 foot boat with a big outboard motor and likes to fish. Tony drives the boat while John fishes. Afterwards they go out to eat. I’m glad I’m not on the water while they are out and about.
Tony’s hearing isn’t the best so I have to talk loud to him and he can’t see very well out of his right eye; wet macular degeneration. He had a “heart thing a while back where they did something”.
He mentioned he was thinking about getting another car because he doesn’t like to bother people for rides. I told him it was probably a good thing he stopped driving when he did. He is starting up with Uber.
Tony thought it was pretty cool when he realized he had been receiving a pension for more years than he had worked. I told him he earned it.
He likes to watch basketball games with his son-in-law and now that it’s football season we talk Patriots. He is pretty upset with the NFL over this whole “Brady thing”.
He loves his morning cup of coffee and thinks it would be a good idea if we moved his appointment to 11:00 because he would be more awake. I told him I didn’t think it would make any difference what time we picked since he treated it more like a suggestion than an appointment.
Tony brings his clothes to the cleaners, walks down to the CVS drugstore, on the weekends he occasionally has lunch at the Ivy Tavern or Hope Street Pizza.
He started working out with me because he wasn’t happy with his walking. He said he was a little unsteady and got tired. He was having trouble getting his body up from the bed. I told him he was 90 and if he got tired it was ok to rest for a minute.
He is steadier on his feet now and doesn’t fall out of bed anymore and we play catch with a 6 lb. medicine ball.
There is a message here somewhere. What do you think?
“Ride The River” by JJ Cale
“Floatin’ down that old river, boy
All my worries far behind
Floatin’ down that old river, boy
Leave old memories way behind
Yesterday is slowly fadin’
All my life I’ve been waitin’
For this time.”
About the Author
Peter Holmes – Peter’s fitness career spans over 30 years. He has owned and operated multiple fitness facilities. He is a former educator who has coached at the high school and collegiate level including The United States Coast Guard Academy. He is a three time national champion in men’s’ amateur baseball and a silver medalist at the Nike World Games. He continues to work with clients out of his Providence RI studio. He is fascinated by the current studies in epigenetics and the neural links that control human performance and health.
Peter’s website: www.providencepersonaltrainingandfitness.com
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