Inspirational Member of the Month – Tony Hansen

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One of the great privileges of being a Trainer, Instructor or Body Worker at Seattle Athletic Club is the opportunity to work with truly decent and incredible people. Tony Hansen stands in evidence of this. Another great honor of being a Trainer here is that we get to work with colleagues (in the richest sense of the word). The wealth of knowledge and integrity of our Trainers is such that clients never have to feel bound to any single Trainer. Again, Tony can testify to this.

When Tony first came to Kathryn Reed (SAC Nutritionist) and me his goal was to lose weight and get into better shape. Soon however, it became clear that he was really committed to reclaiming his body, his confidence and his spirit. Tony was, from the beginning, very open and trusting to Kathryn and me; he trusted me to nudge him out of his comfort zones and into new realms of ability, agility, strength and belief in himself. Conversely, he gave me room to challenge my own comfort zones and become a more complete Trainer.

During the Holiday Season of 2012—nine months into our training—Tony told me of his annual strategy to find a single worded theme to guide him through the next year. He ultimately came up with “Emerge” for the coming 2013 year. And ‘emerge’ he did! His coordination development and his willingness to be challenged physically really started to become evident. More importantly, the possibility for confidence began to emerge too. As the next Holiday season began to approach he entrusted me as a sounding board while he sought out his theme word for 2014. Finally, he came upon “Embark” which, after he told me, seemed the only possible word. We continued to work together until it was time for Tony to face head-on his apprehensions around the weight room and all that it represented to him. Who better to work with than a three sport collegiate athlete and holder of several Division II football records; who better than the always positive, extraverted and insanely strong Jacob Galloway! In other words, who better to work with than Tony’s worst gym nightmare? Together Jacob and Tony have worked through those issues and Tony actually feels good going to work out in the weight room on his own. He feels he can ‘own his space’ and not feel judged, and more importantly bring its own deep compassion to others in there that may also feel intimidated. Tony and Jacob have become good friends with a deep mutual admiration for each other both professionally and fellow worker-outers.

Tony now proudly wears slimmer and better fitting jeans, is in terrific shape and is sought after as a distinguished Therapist to speak publically, participate in public forums, and present advice in governmental affairs about mental health issues in the work place.

Tony has emerged and embarked as a truly incredible and inspirational person and the world is a better place because of it. Personally selfishly Jacob and I are privileged to work with Tony and call him our Friend.

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