Get Fit: Fighting for Mobility

Posted at: 07/23/2013 7:36 AM
Updated at: 07/23/2013 7:39 AM

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Ed Becher’s journey to Get Fit, is more about survival and living a full life than it is about losing weight.

“Almost two years ago we were out riding the mountain passes in Colorado. The last thing we were going to do was Mount Evans, a 14,000 foot climb,” Ed Becher recalled. “On our way down, on the decent, I had an accident. I’m paralyzed roughly from my chest down.”

“You wake up and you realize you can’t move. I was basically skin and bones…pretty weak, and pretty nonfunctional.”

Becher decided to enroll in Exercisabilites, a gym and rehabilitation exercise center in Rochester.

“Exercisabilites was created as a place for everyone to come, including those with mental disabilities, for safe, effective exercise, especially those with physical, medical and chronic conditions,” Exercisabilites founder, Melanie Brennan said.

Before Becher’s accident, he was very active. He said he didn’t want to lose the physicality of his life, just because of what happened two years ago in Colorado.

He works out three times a week, for three hours a day, at Exercisabilites, and then travels to Golden Valley twice a week for eight hour sessions. Not to mention, he still goes to work (he owns a few auto parts stores) three days a week.

“I feel much more healthy and alive by coming in and working out,” Becher explained. “It gives me energy, doing this. I’ve regained a lot of use in my fingers, I can use my hands, hold myself up, push my chair manually.”

“I feel much more functional. I’m feeling more and more complete all the time. It’s bringing my life back together, and as we keep increasing the workouts I’m feeling more function throughout my whole body. I’m becoming a more whole-bodied person.”