Different Strokes for Different Folks: Rowing at Sweat for a Vet

Nov 17, 2010

Flywheels spinning at Sweat for a Vet while participants watch a video about Concept2’s program for adaptive athletes and the CRASH-B’s.Pictured are Capital Adaptive Rowing’s Patrick Johnson (left) and rower Laurent Piereth.

On November 13, hundreds of people in fitness centers around the world came together to Sweat for a Vet and celebrate Veteran’s Day and one of the greatest lessons we have to learn from them—resilience. Terry Smythe represented Concept2 CTS at the main Sweat for a Vet venue, Tyson’s Sport & Health, where well over 100 able-bodied and disabled people pedaled Spin bikes, Krankcycled and rowed for three hours to raise funds to buy fitness equipment for disabled vets.

Rowers were well-represented by the crew from Capital Rowing Club’s Capital Adaptive program. They kept the flywheels spinning on five rowing machines throughout the three hours and racked up nearly 145,000 meters in the process. Big thanks and congratulations to all of them!

Sweat for a Vet was organized by Project VisAbility, which works to get disabled people jobs in the fitness industry.  This in turn helps them find new careers and change other people’s perceptions of people with disabilities. 

Based on what we saw, that formula is a winner. The biggest thing that struck us was the event’s inclusiveness: wheelchair tires and sneakers mixed in beautiful synchronicity on the floor, able and disabled bodies working together. Everyone was there for the best reason, creating power strokes of endurance for a good cause, through pedal strokes, bike strokes and rowing strokes.

There were some notable people in attendance, including Spinning and Krankcycle creator Johnny G, but the real stars were the incredibly fit Project VisAbility “Inspirations,” fitness instructors who shared their stories of how they were disabled and came back from their injuries, in part through fitness.

In addition to their tales of bravery, we couldn’t help but be inspired by the leadership of these people on the workout floor, sweating as much or more as anyone else. It was a great reminder that “disabled” doesn’t mean “unable.” On the contrary, through her work with UCanRow2, Terry has found that disabled people have a much better work ethic and attitude than many of their able-bodied counterparts.

No matter our size, age or ability, there is a workout that’s right for us all and we have no excuse not to keep doing as much as we can with our bodies, every workout, every day. 

So what’s your workout for today?

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