Earl Ridout

2014-06-25_AOF_11454_RGBWhy did you choose the Y over other places?
People in my community talked about working out. I knew the Y had trainers as well as the facilities I need such as the pool and the weight room, having Silver Sneakers, and being a handicap accessible facility.
How has the Y changed your life?
The Y has helped me physically and mentally increase my strength sevenfold. Socialization with friends is a motivating experience. Excellent staff has assisted me at thy Y to help me achieve my goals.
What would you tell others about the Y?
Even if you are in good health to the best of your knowledge you can enhance your overall well-being through exercise and contacts at the Bryan YMCA.
What drew you to the Y?
I have known about the Y all my life and was a member when I was younger but when I got into the business world I didn’t go anymore.

August 8th, 2009 Earl was admitted to the hospital thinking he had the flu. He ended up passing out and 45 days later woke up at Duke Hospital. He was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome which is a problem with the nervous system. It causes muscle weakness, loss of reflexes, and numbness or tingling in the arms, legs, face, and other parts of the body. After 4 months at Duke he was transferred to Wake Forrest Baptist and started therapy at Bowman Gray. After being discharged he still needed out patient therapy for a couple months.

In October of 2011 he came back to the Y. After a month of trying to exercise on his own Earl realized that he needed some guidance and got a personal trainer and worked with her for 20 months. When he first started back he was in a wheelchair but built up enough strength to use a walker then to a cane. In December of 2012 he was able to walk without a cane! In January 2013 Earl knew that it was up to him to take fitness into his own hands, so he started working out on his own. His philosophy was to first work on his spirit then body then mind and is a firm believer that feeling good physically makes you feel good mentally.

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