As a baseball clinic wrapped up and dogs zoomed to catch flying discs, dozens of outdoor exercisers started rolling into Turner Park at Midtown Crossing.
Jimmy Roberts and a handful of friends claimed spots right in front of the stage for the free workout. Roberts, 25, was new to the annual summer fitness series.
The occupational therapy student joined with other gymgoers in tackling arm movements, lunges, kicks and shuffles set to upbeat music.
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Q: When did you start working out and why?
A: I played sports when I was younger. I started working out when I was 13 or 14. I played football and baseball.
Q: Describe your workouts. How many days per week do you exercise?
A: I do yoga or run three times a week. I do Yoga with Adriene on YouTube, and I run outside as much as I can.
Q: What is your current fitness goal?
A: To stay fit for life.
Q: What has been your biggest accomplishment?
A: Not too long ago I was able to do a 10K.
Q: What has been the toughest hurdle and how did you overcome it?
A: I’ve had a few injuries. I fractured my shoulder and had an Achilles tear. To overcome it, rehab and taking it slow.
Q: What helps you stay on track?
A: Schedule it. If you write it down, that helps. It helps to work out with someone, too. I work out with my girlfriend Kayla Rieger.
Q: What is your gym pet peeve?
A: When there’s too many people there and you have to wait for the weights. Or when bros are yelling and screaming.
Q: What do you do when you aren’t in the gym?
A: We like to go out for walks and be outside as much as we can. We like to check out the food scene and nightlife, and hang out with friends.
Q: What is the piece of equipment, supplement, clothing, etc. that you can’t live without?
A: A good pair of running shoes and breathable clothing.
Q: What advice would you give to someone who is just starting their fitness journey?
A: Take it slow. Don’t expect to do it all in one day. Every little bit counts, even small improvements.
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