When I met Pete 12 months ago he had already made significant rehabilitation progress after an illness left him with limited mobility. However he was still using his wheelchair, his coordination was limited and he lacked confidence in his movement.
We started spending time together on Wednesdays, building up a good friendship and discussing the sorts of activities that I could support him in doing.
We went to the Morley Recreation Centre where we explored the gym, spoke with staff, and found a nice cafeteria. Putting aside his concerns about what others might think, Pete decided we would start at the gym the following Wednesday.
Pete now has a routine of three sets of bench, shoulder and leg presses; uses the treadmill, and has his eye on the rowing machine.
Pete’s strength and coordination has improved by 80%; he walks confidently with a walking frame, and is in the early stages of trying out a quad walking stick. Recently we have started attending the gym on Fridays as well.
Pete’s natural exuberance, great sense of humour and steady supply of jokes have put him on a first name basis with gym and cafe staff. He has also made friends with the locals and really enjoys the social atmosphere at the centre.
It has been great spending a small part each week supporting Pete on his journey and seeing his quality of life improve.