Last week, we received an email from a WaterRower customer wanting to share his story about his journey with Parkinson’s. We are incredibly appreciative that he wanted to share his story and are extremely touched as a team to hear such a wonderful result from the use of a WaterRower. Read below for Richard’s story:
“I am a 73 year old man, I have Parkinson’s (notice I said “have”, not “suffers from”) and have had my WaterRower since Nov of ’04 (after literally wearing out wind and pneumatic resistance rowers). I row from 30 to 45 minutes everyday, my wife says I am obsessed, I say disciplined. That all came to a crashing halt in Sept of ‘12.
My Parkinson’s was diagnosed in Sept of 2012 and I went downhill pretty fast, I couldn’t walk, sign my name, much less write and had fairly bad tremors. Some people thought I was drunk all the time because my balance was off. I couldn’t surf, sail, ski or anything. I had stopped rowing because it wasn’t fun and I couldn’t do it. My neurologist said there were four aspects to my treatment and I controlled three of them. They were attitude, nutrition and exercise (my responsibilities) and medication (his responsibilities) and he said if I don’t do my part his part won’t work. The doctor saw me every three months and I just got worse. I used to enjoy rowing so much and I missed it so I started rowing again in July of 2014 and I was way off but struggled anyway, however things started an incremental change, my nutrition and attitude remained pretty much the same but I really worked hard on the rower and things got even better. The doctor was amazed and started seeing me in 6 month intervals, last time I saw him he said “You can’t cure Parkinson’s, but you are living proof you can knock the living s*** out of it, I don’t need to see you for a year”. Of course I autographed my chart with a huge signature.
I am not back to where I was but it is still a great workout. My dog thanks you (she missed her walks on the beach), my wife thanks you (I am a lot more fun and her walks on the beach), my kids thank you (didn’t like seeing their dad hobbled up), my grand kids thank you (it’s back to the beach).
I live in San Clemente, CA at the beach. Attached is picture of my WaterRower out on my little deck and a picture of my view as I row, listening to music, yeah I am a lot better. Thanks.”
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“An obscure piece of exercise equipment has become an unlikely star.
The WaterRower, a rowing machine distinguished by a tire-shaped tank of water at its front, has gained fame through repeat appearances on theNetflix hit “House of Cards.”
Read about how WaterRower has been gaining momentum through sources such as House of Cards, Equinox, Orangetheory Fitness, and other fitness facilities in The Wall Street Journal article: The Least Likely Star to Emerge from ‘House of Cards’: A Rowing Machine