It’s beginner’s week here on FBG, and the first Monday of 2010! Whoop, whoop! To celebrate and to get you all motivated to be your healthiest this year, we’ve partnered with Equinox for a few FBG-insider goodies, including inspirational stories, information on the benefits of joining a fitness club and a complimentary Equinox trial membership! Erin and I have long been fans of Equinox and its facilities, and we’re excited to be able to bring more information from them to you, our dear readers. And, really, the best accessory to any get-fit plan is a quality health club!
Equinox recently started a campaign called “My Body. My Biography.” As one might imagine, the campaign features people’s inspiring fitness tales. Equinox started the site to celebrate its members and show that its gyms are more than just a pretty health club (and pretty they are, no doubting that!)—they really change people’s lives. They first asked members to share with them how Equinox had helped, changed or shaped their lives. They even held a casting call in Los Angeles and New York City (cities that both have a lot of Equinox clubs) to decide who would be featured.
If you go to the site, you can read the motivational tales of who was chosen. While all of them are moving, one quote in particular stood out to us, A.C.’s story:
“I basically had to start from scratch. Eleven years ago, I was in a small plane that crashed. Both the pilot and his daughter and my best friend died. The doctors said I only had a 50/50 chance to survive. Thirty percent of my body was burned, and my neck was broken in two places. I was in the hospital ICU unconscious for 30 days, I had multiple skin graft surgeries, and then, after I fell while trying to learn how to walk, I was put in a halo—a ring that is bolted to your skull to stabilize your neck. I had to learn how to walk again, how to brush my teeth again—you name it. The best part of my recovery was going to Equinox, because I could see improvements every day. Eventually, I was able to compete in the Ford Ironman World Championships Triathlon. A theme of Ironman is ‘proving the impossible possible,’ and that is really what my recovery/story is all about.”
Wow, right?! If that doesn’t make you appreciative for all that you have and want to get up and get moving, I don’t know what will! Now all of us may not have a story as compelling as A.C.’s, but everyone does have a story.
Equinox is encouraging everyone to start their journey, and share their story—dramatic or not—with Equinox today. After all, Equinox helped change A.C.’s life. Equinox could change yours, too. And to help you start your journey, Equinox is giving all FBG readers a complimentary guest pass to try for yourself! If there’s one in your city, you’d be silly if you didn’t check it out. Click here to redeem yours!
And let us know what you think of the club when you stop in! We know you’ll love it! —Jenn