On December 7, the 77th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, 24 Hour Fitness member Joe Rosa celebrated his 103rd birthday—at the gym. The Summerlin club in Las Vegas threw Rosa a birthday party, complete with balloons, cake and fellow veterans. (Rosa served in the Navy during World War II.)
In 2011, after being hit by a car, Rosa joined 24 Hour Fitness. He was told by doctors that he would never be able to walk again. Fast-forward seven years later, Rosa trains three to four times a week at 24 Hour Fitness. Rosa says that what keeps him alive is the gym staff and the members he see each day.
24Life: Reflect back on the last year—what has surprised you about yourself, and how have you seen yourself grow?
Rosa: What has surprised me the most is my health. I have continued working out three to four times a week. My friendship with the 24 Hour Fitness staff and members who keep me coming has continued to grow. I contribute my life to everyone at this gym who encourages me to come every day. If it wasn’t for them, I could easily lay in bed in pain and probably would have passed years ago. I’d like to give a special shout-out to the trainers Julia, Oleg, Will and Ken, my former trainer Aaron, and the members that push me to come through thick and thin.
24Life: How do you define results? What do results look like to you?
Rosa: By holding steady, neither going up or down in weight. Just being able to still come in every week regardless if I am in pain or not. It means to have a lot of courage and determination to stay healthy.
24Life: Do you have any goals for 2019?
Rosa: To have a bigger and better party for my birthday next December. And to stay disciplined in my workouts and stay healthy.
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