Pro Fitness is excited to put the spotlight on Pat Guidry this month! Congratulations from staff and friends at Pro Fitness!
In October of 2015, my husband, Darvey, had a fall and suffered injuries that left him a quadriplegic. He also suffered a traumatic brain injury. Up to that point we both worked out 5-6 days a week at the YMCA, and my only fitness goal was to not gain back the 120 pounds I lost about 12 years ago by eating less and walking more. I only did cardio each day and never even tried any weight training, as I wasn’t that interested.
After Darvey’s fall, so many things changed, and I needed to be strong mentally and physically. That’s when I decided I needed some help. I had known Cindy for awhile because I am a client at her nail salon. She was, and is, so kind and compassionate. Talking with her was so helpful for me. I knew I needed to do something for my stress issues, so joining Pro Fitness and training with Cindy made a lot of sense. My initial goals were to relieve stress, get stronger physically and lose a few pounds.
Working with Cindy has made me so much stronger physically. Darvey is in a wheelchair and I need to be able to push him up hills, take him on long walks, and get him anywhere he needs to go. The chair with him in it weighs 325 pounds. Without training, I would not be able to do that. I was pretty fragile mentally when I started training, and I feel I’ve come a long way in that department also. Just talking with Cindy, other staff, trainers and clients helps keep me feeling happier and motivated. Working out early mornings has been a real blessing for me. It’s great to see the smiling faces at 5:30 in the morning! Tammy always has a kind word for all, and fellow client, Thom, is always rowing and smiling when I get there. It’s fun to watch Chrystal and her fitness group grinding it out.
I’m really grateful I decided to train with Cindy at Pro Fitness. Besides being stronger, my health has improved. I’ve always had high blood pressure which is much better, plus I have great cholesterol numbers. Moving forward, I hope to get even stronger and continue to work on my food choices.