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By Steve Sharpton, Parsons Training Center, Tucson, Arizona
July 23, 2018
On of my favorite places in the world closed this past week, and it is not sitting well with me. The Flycatcher (back in the day known as Plush) was shut down on July 15 and I spent one last night at the joint. While they ran out of beer and alcohol, at least people showed up to pay respects to a place that had been around for nearly 20 years. You see, the landowner of the place decided to sell out and possibly create a domino effect that might alter the entire state of the historic 4th Avenue District here in Tucson. He sold the land to developers that are going to build a five store high rise and also have a restaurant space on the first floor, which will most likely have a rent too high for the average joe here in town and will most likely be filled by some third tier chain that is not familiar in town. There is no talks as to whether The Flycatcher will reopen somewhere else, but this may lead to the ultimate corporate gentrification of one of the last unique bits of Tucson. It is being a little over the top in regards to emotions, but since there is no official restrictions on height requirements (which was shocking in the least) and no ability to block this development, it is quite obvious the other landowners might follow suit. I’m of the old mindset here, for I believe in repurposing something rather than outright destroy. It might be the east coast mentality that has drizzled into my brain lately, for I have a great appreciation for old buildings. Yes, it is harder to maintain and you have to do some extra work to upgrade them, you can always touch up the beauty of old things. It is why I like The Rialto and Good Oak and Pueblo Vida Brewing and The Hub and The Fox Theater and Batch Distillery in downtown Tucson. They turned pigeon graveyards and homeless drug dens into thriving businesses. Change is not bad but a respectful change is what is necessary. Downtown Tucson is already building some new apartment space…I don’t think we need much more considering the spaces are going be overpriced to begin with.
Why am I so upset about this? This is a pretty good metaphor for fitness and life in general. You have one body to work with in your life, and maintaining that body is important because we have not reached a future where our DNA can be altered before birth and cybernetic enhancements cannot replace lost or faulty limbs. So if you let yourself go or are recovering from an injury, you have to do things that will allow you to strengthen your body as opposed to just giving up and mailing it in with phony reconstruction and liposuction. That is why it has always been a struggle for me. I completely forgot that May 6 was my six year anniversary at Parsons Training. I forgot because this is my life and sometimes when you do something long enough, you forget about anniversaries (and unlike marriage, you can at least get away with it). While I have had a constant push and pull with my weight and my abilities, I have been remarkably consistent up to this point. I have given myself some good challenges over the years and I have met them. Much like the changing atmosphere in Downtown Tucson and also 4th Avenue (which adjoins next to Downtown Tucson), rather than let my body rot away in decay, I rebuilt and made something better in its place even if the cost has been pretty rough over the years. Buying new clothes, constantly buying new workout shoes, getting addicted to Kill Kliff recovery drinks, eating PHÖD bars that Christa makes, getting deep tissue massages and chiropractic adjustments, Ragnar Relays and spending the gas to get to the gym and back has been worth it. I suppose I could have gotten the same result with some surgery for nearly the same cost, I would not have learned a damn thing from that path.
This past week I also got another validation that my path has been the right one. Let me make this clear….I am not the picture of fitness. I am pudgy to say the least, but at least I am gritty and have some good lung capacity, even if I am struggling with my running right now. Anyway, I got a stress test this week for my heart. The very reason why I even started this journey was because of my own poor aesthetic health and the fact I could have inherited some of the bad congenital diseases from my mother’s side of the family. A couple months ago, I had a weird incident that was most likely a combination of a pinched nerve in my shoulder, a budding infection in left nasal cavity, and just the overall stress of your body not feeling good. I thought it was a heart attack, and got checked out despite no real signs of a true heart attack. Anyway, months later I finally got some real results and turns out my heart is in pretty good condition. Beating at a good rate and I went longer than most can go on the stress test. The doctor was impressed and recommended I do a heart check-up in two years. So I am doing good, and despite the fact I don’t look or feel aesthetically fit, it indicates two things to me. My body is better for the exercise and consistency, and the fact I became vegan and started an animal-less eating lifestyle proves that my decision is not just an ethical and moral one, but a health one. I mean, I seriously don’t like the way I look but on the inside, I am operating like a well tuned machine…kinda like my philosophy with vehicles. So I have to accept the interior is what is more important than the exterior, because you can always touch up the paint and such.
I have a great many people to thank for this, especially my parents who basically had an intervention for me and introduced me to Jon Parsons all those years ago. I still remember the first time we met, me despising his eerily cheery facade (which he is almost always in a positive and upbeat mood, and it's not a facade) and not meshing with the “fitness” vibe that was in his gym when I showed up that day. These days I cherish the fact I am sweating like a pig in his new Northwest Gym and letting one of his trainers named Bernard kill me on Mondays for the Barbell Club at his eastside location….despite being the oldest guy there.
This is the final lesson to you all. Focus on you. Focus on staying consistent rather than focus on the aesthetic. Trust me, I would have quit long ago if I had based my results on my outer appearance. That is something I try to focus on with this blog because a lot of people are focused too heavily on certain results rather than the big picture. I look at my father and despite not feeling like he is improving, can outwork a lot of his peers and has a lot more energy than most men his age. Seeing my mother’s strength and surviving her heart condition is a testament to the fact that she has built up a strong enough body to continue living. Keep that consistency and the results will always be waiting for you once you get there.
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