ACTION Leader of the Month: Eric
ACTION Leader of the Month: Eric
ACTION Leader of the Month: Zach
This month we are honored to highlight Zach and all that he accomplished during his time at FiT and with FITBuddies. Zach passed away in August 2020. We feel so fortunate to have captured this interview with Zach last spring. This month we highlight, honor and remember the strength and energy Zach brought to our group — he will forever be missed and forever inspire us all to do our best every single day.
What do you love most about FITBuddies?
I love working out with my friends who support me.
What's your favorite music?
These are a few of my favorite things…
Hikes, beaches, sushi, dogs and rollercoasters!
What FITBuddies exercise move do you love most?
Why are you proud to be a FITBuddies ACTION leader?
I'm proud to be an ACTION leader because I have worked so hard in my pull ups and other exercises.
How does spending time at FITBuddies make you feel?
I like going to Fit because everyone is so friendly and working out makes me feel good about myself.
More from Zach's parents and Coach Jen!
As a parent, what goals had you observed being achieved through FITBuddies?
FITBuddies provided Zach with a supportive environment where he built lasting relationships and learned the importance of exercise and wellness as a way of life. With the help of his coaches, Zach learned strategies to manage his emotions and build resilience.
What skills learned at FITBuddies did Zach use in his daily life?
Being part of FITBuddies taught Zach important life skills like working with others toward common goals and being emotionally available to a friend in need. He learned discipline and the importance of showing up for yourself and others, regardless of how life challenges you. It was heartwarming to see Zach grow into a young adult who embraced emotional and physical fitness. We are forever proud of him.
What had Zach demonstrated and achieved to be distinguished as this month's ACTION leader?
Zach was chosen as this month’s ACTION leader for his willingness to take every opportunity he could to learn something new and stretch himself out of his comfort zone. Zach was a part of our FITBuddies program for 11 years and was a friend to everyone he came in contact with at FiT. He brought an energy and unity to our FITBuddies group that is hard to explain — he stepped up in every conflict offering a solution, provided empathy to anyone having a tough day and always brought a daily dose of laughter (as well as a good joke).
As his coach, describe Zach's growth that you've observed.
Zach started at FITBuddies in 2009 and in the beginning, always thrived off a very set routine and only liked to do movements that were familiar or easy for him. Over the years, we slowly started working on "being flexible" as well as trying to tackle the movements that appeared "too hard" or out of Zach's comfort zone. Before we knew it Zach was revving his engine with Coach Chris to pump himself up and give him the confidence to try all the hard stuff. He was so proud of himself for his ability to be flexible and now thrived off a challenge. Watching Zach's progress brought us all so much joy - the smile on his face and the extra pep in his step were priceless; but I can say with certainty Zach taught me way more than I could ever teach him as his coach. It was truly an honor to work with Zach and I feel so incredibly lucky that he was a part of our community for so long. He will forever hold a special place in our hearts at FITBuddies.