It’s 7:30 on a Wednesday morning and while many alarms are just going off, Jule and Gordon Trapp are hard at work hitting the weights.
As they begin their regimen at the Kroheler YMCA, you would never guess Jule is 75 and Gordon will be 80 in November.
A healthy lifestyle has always been important to Gordon, a former Big Ten Champ in wrestling and Jule a swimmer.
But, the Trapps didn’t start at the Y until about 2 years AGO.
They wanted to find a place that offered a Silver Sneaker class they could take through their new insurance company in addition to a pool.
They found Kroehler and never looked back. This marks their 236th workout.
“It’s for retirees,” explained Jule. “It involves a group exercise to music, and we use weights, free weights, and bands, and balls and we dance to music and we do exercises to music. And I didn’t that think he would enjoy this so I was a little hesitant to bring him. But we had to do one for the insurance company, we had to take one class, and he loves it. He just loves it.”
Gordon and Jule take their workouts one step further by lifting weights and running together three times a week. They use each other as motivation to exercise and to get the best work out they can.
“A lot of the times in the morning if you’re by yourself its so easy to find an excuse, you don’t quite do this, but many times the fact that you have a person going with you, well you kind of got to keep my share, end of the thing up,” said Gordon. “So you do and it and once you get down there and you’re very glad you did. It makes a big difference. Anyone working out to have a workout person either they’re going to meet there or if you’re lucky to have a wife its great.”
In the Trapp’s case, a couple that works out together, stays together and they’ve seen the benefits into their marriage, far beyond the Y.
“We spent our 54th wedding anniversary in Paris and after dinner we walked out and there was a street band playing Louie Armstrong songs,” said Jule. “I looked at him and we danced because we danced to Louie Armstrong when we were in college. We were the only people dancing, we felt 19.”
Weather its their dancing shoes or silver sneakers the Trapps are grateful to being doing it all with their “sole” mate.
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