Paul Ridgway: Class Instructor
Initiated into the world of physical wellness via a pair of shin guards and an almost grass-less soccer field in Wyandotte County, my fitness has had a checkered past. Although soccer was certainly the impetus towards what has become an obsession with wellness, both physical as well as mental; the manifestations of this "hobby" are numerous. Whether running a 5k, biking across the Katy Trail [I always stop by Jim's Bar in Tebbetts for burgers and for a ride in his Model-T], sweating dubious amounts in Amanda DeLeon's Pilates class, or killing some intense weight training, I have found physical wellness to be a bona-fide wellspring for happiness. This belief motivated me to become a personal trainer.
In the spring of 2005, I broke my femur in an accident, which lead to multiple surgeries leaving me with a titanium rod in my right leg. After several months of recovery, I slowly began to walk ... and then run ... and today, I'm overjoyed to say, there isn't an activity that I can't perform as well as [and in many cases superior to] before the accident. That time of physical renaissance in my life has created an undeniable appreciation of just how invaluable physical wellness is to living a "good" life.
It is this keen understanding of wellness that I strive to electrify my clients with. No matter what goal my client is striving towards, my aim is to not only reach this goal but to also foster an understanding that will engender new goals and a new standard for life. It has been my experience that overall wellness and the resulting joy that it invariably evokes has an addictive quality that will keep you coming back for more.
~ Paul Ridgway ~