Roughly two weeks ago we experienced a horrible tragedy here in Boulder, Colorado. In a period of four days we had nearly two years worth of rain dumped on us. Nearly all of the creeks and rivers that run out of the mountains overflowed and flooded the lower lying communities. The level of destruction was monumental. The President immediately signed off on providing Boulder county with comprehensive disaster relief. Air National Guard arrived within a day and began their high alpine rescues/evacuations. FEMA was on site and assisting flood victims by the second day. With the help of these organizations, and the thousands of volunteers and civil servants we made it through the disaster. Thankfully the total number of fatalities was much less than it could have been. The clean up will be lengthy and expensive. Sadly it won’t happen overnight. Many of my favorite trails are compromised.
What makes matters worse is because we are over 5,280 feet (one mile), many residents in Boulder county have no flood insurance. Many people were left “on their own” to handle much of the clean up in their homes and stuck with little to no compensation for losses and damages. In that lies the silver lining.
No one could have predicted a storm of this magnitude, nor could anyone have avoided the irregular path the water was taking as it tore through our community. Personally, friends and clients that were affected by the storm ranged from middle aged men to women in their late fifties, to men in their late seventies, to college students, to male and female twenty somethings. Basically everyone. The amount of sweat and effort required to begin the rebuilding process was immense. The process has only begun and without the help and love from thousands of volunteers, it wouldn’t be possible.
It was a scary few days, not knowing if all of our friends, loved ones and clients were safe or dry. Last week, most of our people came back and shared their stories of survival and resolve. What amazed me most was how thankful people were to us for the work we do with our clients. A woman in her mid fifties said to me, ” I would have never been able to navigate through the waist deep river flowing through my neighborhood if it wasn’t for the core strength I’ve built here over the years.” A man in his seventies told me that ” I had no idea I could move as quickly as I did. Good thing I come here or I would have been a statistic.” Yet another woman in her sixties told me upon returning for her sessions, “I had no idea I was gonna have to bail hundreds of buckets of water out of my basement all day Thursday and Friday, but thanks to you I didn’t even think about it. I just did it.” People began tearing up basement carpeting on their own and pulling up flooded out floor boards and dumping dozens of trash bins of debris in community dumpsters, not to mention in some cases hiking miles out of the mountains to safety. The overwhelming theme was that people had the strength, stability and determination to handle themselves through the “Thousand Year Flood” as it was called in a local newspaper.
I couldn’t have been happier. Not because our community was ravaged by the worst storm and flooding this part of the country has ever seen, but rather happy because my friends and clients and family had the resources they needed to endure tragedy. Those resources are the results they obtain from Functional Fitness. The term “functional” as it applies to fitness has gotten so diluted and misrepresented recently that it literally makes me ill. Functional, as we teach it at Functional Fitness, applies to one’s abilities outside of the exercise world. We teach movement patterns that not only identify and correct imbalances and dysfunctions, but also provide the structural stability and strength required for all of life’s challenges. I believe this qualifies as one of those challenges. I took a huge amount of pride in the fact that this system of fitness, taught to me by the founder of Functional Fitness, Sam Iannetta, had contributed directly to saving people’s lives as well as their homes and livelihoods.
The system worked again. It always does. It always will. I have more respect and admiration for this system than ever before because I’ve seen the results time and time again. You never know when you’ll need it. Strength, that is. Stability as well. One thing is for sure, life will hit you with adversity as often as it can. Many times that adversity will test our spirit and will as much as our strength and stability. People who have experienced and continue to experience Functional Fitness, are equipped with a set of tools to tackle any job effectively. Not only the physical tools, but the confidence and empowerment that come with keeping your body healthy for a lifetime. Check out www.functionalfitnessusa.com and learn more about the revolutionary system of “Fitness Longevity”. Then get some for yourself. Follow @Rich1ill for more on functional fitness. Thanks