In­spi­ra­tion down at the gym

Central Leader - - SPORT - By ALASTAIR LYNN

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.

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