New fitness center brings hope to those with physical challenges

New fitness center brings hope to those with physical challenges


SPORTS.. THIS WEEK, DREXEL GILBERT IS ON THE ROAD AND IN THE GYM, BUT NOT JUST ANY GYM. IT’S A PLACE WHERE PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE WHO CAN’T WALK. COME TOGETHER TO EXERCISE THEIR BODIES AND THEIR SPIRITS. DREXEL’S ON THE ROAD IN ENSLEY, FLORIDA. What do a former Pensacola police officer, a former corrections officer, and a former college softball player have in common? Nat Not just the obvious. The thread that binds them? Jerry 12:”I’m an overcomer.” C7: “I’m an overcomer.” Jerry Henderson. Jerry 1 “I was ambushed and shot as a police officer.” Chris Hankinson. C1; “I was in a natural gas explosion” And Tara Blackwell. T1: “I was doing a backflip and as paralyzed from the chest down” will likely never walk again. But in this gym in Ensley, Florida they and others who are disabled are “stepping up” to life. Jerry 8 “A lot of times, people look, at you in a wheelchair and that’s all they see.” Nat Jerry 9 “We’re still so capable of doing so many things.” Tara is the force behind The 7 Project Adaptive Fitness gym. She opened it in April, on the 14th anniversary of her injury. T7: “I realized there was truly nothing I could not do as long as I took care of myself.” Nat T8: “I wanted to create the tools and resources and platform for others to have that same opportunity.” T12: “To provide that sense of normalcy.” With certified personal trainers and adaptive equipment, Tara and staff provide a place where Jerry 9 “You meet people on a similar path.” A path that is the “new normal”. C4 “I don’t have my legs so my arms are my legs now and I have to take care of them.” C6: “She has a lot of equipment that is adaptable to most people with disabilities.” And, she has something else. The attitude of an overcomer. T16: If you work on the day to day wellness in your life, you’re gonna be prepared for whatever is to come. For Henderson, that “whatever” came a few days ago when, with the help of adaptive equipment, he stood for the first time in 10 years. Jerry 7; “It just felt so good. There’s still so many things I can do.” T 10: “I already see a family being created.” And, when you spend time in a place and with people where what you CAN do is more important than what you CAN’T do.. You catch the fever. GROUP SHOT OF ALL OF US: “We are overcomers!” On the road in Ensley, with photojournalist Jason Garcia, I’m Drexel Gilbert, WKRG News 5. THE FITNESS CENTER HAS PROGRAMS FOR A NUMBER OF DISABILITIES, NOT JUST PARALYSIS. FOR MORE INFORMATION… HEAD TO WKRG.COM We made it to the end of the week everyone, happy

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