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Do YOU accept the #Dance2CureALSChallenge?
Here’s how to do it…
It’s the latest craze sweeping across social media channels. You know, people dumping buckets of ice water on their heads. It’s crazy right? But the craziest thing just might be that it has raised a record amount of money for ALS research. Perhaps just as important is the amount of awareness about ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), it’s devastating effects and the research to cure it that the Ice Bucket Challenge trend has created. After all, social media fads tend to fade as quickly as they arrive, but this time a wake of knowledge about the disease will be left with the millions of people around the world who participated.
LA Fitness has been involved with supporting ALS research through Augie’s Quest for a few years now. In fact, every February LA Fitness puts on an event at every club to raise money for this cause. So, once you dry off, come and warm up with us in February. Together, we can find a cure!
Watch this inspiring story of a son, his wife and their father. Three lives bonded by family, love and the will to swim through life together…one mile, one day, at a time.
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After being bound to a wheelchair for 22 years, Joel is taking his first steps to get out of it.
On March 12, 2013 Kira Martin went into labor with her fifth child; she had a boy, Lucas. After his birth, however, she experienced severe complications and almost died. In “Portrait of a Mother,” Kira recounts the terrifying 10 hours that followed and explains how fitness may have saved her life. This is her story. This is her second chance.
Even though she had lost almost 100 pounds, Karrie wasn’t entirely serious when she said, “Maybe one day I’ll run a marathon.” Well, she didn’t think she was being serious anyway. Immediately after making this statement people began telling her that she should do it. In fact, everyone who knew her believed she could do it…but Karrie had never ran in any such race. A year ago she couldn’t even run one mile let alone consider running 26.2. She was flattered by the confidence that people had in her, but Karrie had her doubts.
Just before her dirt-biking accident, which landed Chrissy in the hospital for major surgery on her knee, she was 12 pounds away from hitting her weight loss goal. Her determination was unwavering, and today Chrissy is back in the gym on a restricted exercise program. Oh yeah, and she has already surpassed her goal by three pounds.
“My goal was to weigh 130 pounds,” Chrissy said. “Last time I checked I was 127!”
So how did she do it?
Shannon actually surpassed her goal and lost 110 pounds! When we last caught up with Shannon, she was struggling not to plateau and decided to quit drinking diet sodas as a way to curb her late-night cravings and snacking. She felt that the diet sodas she was drinking, which had no calories, were causing her to crave sweet and sugary foods. Read the rest of this entry
When he talks about his childhood and growing up, Harry doesn’t describe himself as an athlete. In fact, Harry never stepped foot into a gym during the first 56 years of his life.
But that would all change, and so would Harry’s life. Read the rest of this entry
It is perhaps the best opportunity of the year for you to feel great after a workout both inside and out! On Saturday, February 23rd at 3pm LA Fitness is holding a special Zumba class that you can attend in order to support Augie’s Quest and help find a cure for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). CLICK here to learn more about this event and make a donation. *LA Fitness clubs not participating in this promotion: Grove City, OH (Former Urban Active), Grandview, OH (Former Urban Active), and Presale locations.
You probably want to know more, right? Well, who better to tell you than Augie Nieto himself? So, we contacted Augie for a Q&A about Augie’s Quest, ALS and the LA Fitness Zumba event.
Why is it important for everyone to participate in this event?
Augie: The fitness industry has been instrumental to MDA’s Augie’s Quest…we’ve raised over $35 million to date because of clubs and members around the country. YOU have the opportunity to be a part of history and help families fighting ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Plus, I can’t think of a more entertaining way to get a workout!
How will the donations received from the LA Fitness Zumba event help Augie’s Quest, ALS and MDA?
Augie: Donations received will go directly to fast-track research for ALS. Our goal is to find an effective treatment for this disease as soon as possible.
How far has research and treatment come since you were first diagnosed?
Augie: When I was first diagnosed, there were ZERO dollars being invested in ALS research from ‘Big Pharma.’ We’ve been able to change the landscape of ALS research drastically. The lab we fund is called ALS TDI (www.als.net). It’s the largest ALS research lab in the world and we are focused on finding drugs to treat ALS. We currently have two drugs moving into Phase 2 clinical trials and 11 more in the pipeline. I know that one day soon, thanks to the support from the fitness industry, we’ll have effective treatments for ALS.
Your challenges, and the challenges faced with treating ALS are daunting, and yet you continue to persevere with Augie’s Quest, how do you do it?
Augie: What keeps me going is the momentum we have right now…we are truly making great strides in ALS drug development. Right now there is only one FDA approved drug on the market for ALS patients and it doesn’t do much. I’m confident the research we are funding will result in new effective drugs for the ALS community.
What would you like to tell those who are attending the Zumba event?
Augie: THANK YOU! Most people who attend probably haven’t had their lives touched by ALS…it’s amazing to me that so many people come out to support our cause. Oh…and get there early to get a front row spot!
Fun Question: What would you like to tell those who are hiding behind their poor dance skills as an excuse to skip the Zumba event?
Augie: If I can do it, you can do it! Zumba isn’t about perfect choreography…it’s about having fun. I promise you won’t regret it…no one has ever left a Zumba class and said “that wasn’t fun!”
Like many people, small business owner Roy Amor, 59, watched his blood pressure rise as his sales decreased during the recent recession. Though he could not control the state of the economy, Roy read an article that gave him confidence that he could control his blood pressure and his health. He decided he needed a more dedicated approach to his health and fitness to get his health back on track. So, Roy made 3 simple changes to his lifestyle; changes that he attributes to lowering his high blood pressure to a now healthy level. To find out the 3 healthy lifestyle changes that Roy made, simply click the play button on the player above.
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Say what…If it is just half of a marathon, then how come it is still so far to run? Read the rest of this entry
Her story is a heart-touching tale of the human spirit. Sandy suffered a great loss with the passing of Eddie, her husband and best friend, but their philosophy of living, loving and laughing has endured. Sandy uses the strength from the life they had together to continue to be the best she can be every day. Her journey of weight loss is evidence of her power to overcome life’s obstacles. Please enjoy and share this video about Sandy Aker that is certain to inspire you, your friends and family to LIVE, LOVE and LAUGH.
We are honored to have had the opportunity to meet Sandy and share her Real Story with you, and we will be sure to check in with her to give you updates as she continues her journey. Living Healthy is heading north for our next segment of Real Stories, so be sure to FOLLOW US by signing up for email updates!
Jenn is no longer afraid of cameras, and she is proud of the images that she sees of herself. What better way to close this chapter of her journey than with a video segment featuring Jenn on camera?
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Next week we check in with Clay to update you about his latest and greatest accomplishments, and we also have some more great Top Tips to share with you too! Follow us by signing up for email updates so you don’t miss out!
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