Exercise was always been part of Bill Stock’s life growing up. He was involved in baseball, football and wrestling.

When his kids started getting older, he knew he needed to find a workout routine again. So he turned to group fitness classes at Pinnacle Fitness Club.

The Omaha man has been a fixture there for the last 15 years. During a recent session, Stock practiced his footwork. He hopped and shuffled and ran through a ladder placed on the floor.

Q: When did you start working out and why?

A: I started here (at Pinnacle) about 15 years ago. When the kids started getting older, I needed to get back to the gym and get back in shape — physically and mentally.

Q: Describe your workouts. How many days per week do you exercise?

A: I’m here five days a week. I do the group classes. Every class has a different instructor and a different routine.

Q: What is your current fitness goal?

A: Right now, it’s to maintain muscle tone and cardio. And it burns off the bad vibes of the day. You feel great when you’re done.

Q: What has been your biggest accomplishment?

A: Maintaining my fitness. The hardest part is getting here. You can find 10 reasons not to come. So just show up.

Q: What has been the toughest hurdle and how did you overcome it?

A: Eating. My wife is really big on watching portions of food. This is part of why I work out, so I can eat.

Q: What helps you stay on track?

A: My wife. And I want to stay in shape with my kids. We have a lake house, and we go hiking and boating there. I want to stay up with my kids.

Q: What is your gym pet peeve?

A: Most everyone here is professional. We don’t have any gym rats who are grunting and throwing weights. Around here, everyone’s really respectful.

Q: What do you do when you aren’t in the gym?

A: Outdoor activities, spending time with my family. I like hunting, fishing, going to Husker and Creighton games.

Q: What is the piece of equipment, supplement, clothing, etc. that you can’t live without?

A: A good pair of shoes. When you buy good shoes, it makes a heck of a difference.

Q: What advice would you give to someone who is just starting their fitness journey?

A: Make workouts a part of every day, just like eating and sleeping.

Kelsey covers health and fitness for The World-Herald. Follow her on Twitter @kels2. Phone: 402-444-3100.

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