Working out at the YMCA has been an important part of Bob Frank’s life for many years. During his 35 years as a teacher in central Wisconsin and as an emergency room technician, he began most days with early morning workouts at the Y. When spending spring breaks in the Venice area, it was only natural for Bob to continue his routine at the Venice Y.
Bob and his wife, Betsy, moved to Englewood Isles three years ago after both retired. The two goals Bob set for himself were: making new friends and learning to navigate the local waterways. The places where he went to meet those goals were the Venice Y and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 86 in Venice.
“I am inspired by others that I meet working out at the Y,” Bob said. “Many people have serious illnesses and are recovering from injuries, and they make a point to come to the Y. This is such a positive place.”
Bob’s progression to daily workouts started slowly. He began recording his exercises on phone apps (RunKeeper and LIVESTRONG), and making some lifestyle changes. After losing 35 pounds, his strength and endurance have greatly improved , he is no longer on cholesterol-lowering medications and he manages his arthritis pain without medication, as well.
Today, a typical week for Bob includes strength training three days a week, a 1.5-mile swim in the Y pool two days a week and a daily 3-5 mile walk with Betsy. As the father of two grown children, he also enjoys kayaking, fishing, gardening and waterskiing.
“I’ve made so many good friends through the Y and the Coast Guard,” Bob said. “I try to offer a word of encouragement to someone new each day.”