Inspiration down at the gym
Renes Bashota is inspiring people one gym session at a time.
The 25-year-old suffers from cerebral palsy but has never let it hold him back.
Bashota is even showing up many of the regulars at Club Physical in Auckland’s Three Kings.
‘‘When he started it was very hard for him to move,’’ CCS Disability Action trainer James Quintal says.
‘‘He comes mess around.
‘‘The guys see him doing bigger weights than them and get inspired to try harder themselves.’’
Bashota began training at the gym four days a week in April 2014.
After a year of hard work, sweat and dedication Bashota’s movement has improved significantly.
‘‘We just started with it to figure out what he could do,’’ Quintal says.
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‘‘He didn’t think much of me at the beginning. The muscles grew and now he has so much better control over his body.
‘‘He’s now taking his own steps.’’
When the pair first began training they had trouble communicating but as his muscle tone has improved, Bashota’s speech has become clearer.
Aside from the leaps and bounds he has made, Bashota says he keeps coming back to the gym because ‘‘it’s fun’’. But this is just the beginning. The Remuera resident has been studying personal training through the Manukau Institute of Technology. ‘‘I want to help other people,’’ Bashota says.
Quintal says a workout is simply a great way to relieve stress.
‘‘Getting to the gym and just banging it out is great.’’
Club Physical manager Richard Hala, Renes Bashota and CCS Disability Action trainer James Quintal.
Renes Bashota powers through his crunches and curls with the help of trainer James Quintal.