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Workouts an exercise in vitality for Waynesboro man

September 18, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Local business owner David Sanders carefully pulls a folded and worn piece of paper out of his shirt pocket and points to a set of numbers: 194 and 142/80.

The numbers are results from tests performed at his doctor's office. The first was a measure of the sugar in his bloodstream and the second was his blood pressure.

"He told me that, walking out of his office one day, he was afraid I was going to die," said Sanders, who owns Sanders Furniture Refinishing & Upholstering in the former Harbaugh's Hardware building on East Main Street.

Sanders, 48, said doctors told him that he wouldn't live to age 50.

Sanders, who is 6 feet 4 inches tall, joined Gold's Gym in Waynesboro in March, when he weighed 305 pounds. He had heard good things about the gym from a friend, then learned more about it at a Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce mixer.

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Sanders started to focus on cardio exercises with a trainer and signed up for every class he could. He especially enjoyed the BODYPUMP and abdominals classes.

"Now I take spin, which is a cycle class," Sanders said.

Sanders' newest trainer, Aaron Shorb, cemented his interest in weightlifting, even encouraging him to enter the 100% RAW Eastern U.S.A. Open lifting event Aug. 23 in Standsville, Va. There, Sanders took home one first-place and two second-place trophies.

He bench pressed 225 pounds, deadlifted 300 pounds and curled 105 pounds.

"After the first one got done, I thought, 'Oh my gosh, he can do it,'" said Elizabeth Wolff, his mother.

The biggest frustrations for Sanders come when he has difficulty lifting a weight that he's lifted before, he said.

Sanders' credits the staff at Waynesboro's Gold's Gym for being a big part of his accomplishments.

"They worked with me and worked with me," he said.

Today, Sanders weighs 269 pounds and proudly shows off his latest blood sugar and blood pressure results: 121 and 130/86.

"The doctor was saying, 'You've got to be kidding me,'" Sanders said.

He hopes to lose another pants size by Christmas and perhaps wean himself off the prescriptions he needs for diabetes. He reports significant improvements in his sleep apnea and back pain.

"Before, I was tired all the time. Even bending over was a chore," Sanders said.

Now, he describes himself as a whole new person.

"It's a world of difference," Sanders said, saying that he hopes to encourage others.

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