Gary Gundy squatted down for target practice, but then he needed help getting back up.

It was the writing on the wall the La Vista man needed to start exercising and change his diet.

The now 65-year-old dropped 80 pounds in about three years and hopes to lose another 80 pounds. He’s become a regular at Papillion’s Fit In The City. His ever-changing workouts include work on exercise machines, boxing and rucking — carrying backpacks filled with weights.

It’s made daily life easier for Gundy and it’s also made his hobbies, like cowboy action shooting, more enjoyable.

Q: When did you start working out and why?

A: In my 30s, I worked out all the time. But about six years ago I started again. I got a trainer because I knew I wasn’t going to stick with it without one.

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

A: I do classes and personal training. Every time’s an adventure. It’s never the same. We always do a mix of exercises and some balance work. I work out six days a week.

Q: What is your current fitness goal?

A: To survive. I don’t want to go to the hospital. That’s how I justify the cost. I’m spending money on this instead of on doctor bills.

Q: What has been your biggest accomplishment?

A: I can go hiking. I can get through a workout. At first I was dying. I could barely do a half-hour. I’ve built my endurance up a lot.

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

A: The weight loss is a big thing. I lost 80 pounds. I had to change my lifestyle. I changed what I do, instead of sitting around watching TV, and I changed my diet. It’s hard to break habits. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it.

Q: What helps you stay on track?

A: I’ve got a trainer. Otherwise, there’s a lot of days I wouldn’t show up. That’s the hardest thing.

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

A: I like shooting, hiking and playing guitar.

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

A: If at all possible, get a trainer. It’s awful hard some days to show up. But to me, having a trainer makes a difference.

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

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