Am I the only one that ate their weight in Christmas cookies this year? Uh uh, y’all can deny it all you want but we are all carrying around “Covid handles.”
That’s what former NFL player Chris ‘Steel’ Edmonds dubs our pandemic pounds and he has a perfect solution: a free space for fitness and nutritional coaching that caters to underserved communities in Pittsburgh, where healthy foods and gyms are non existent.
The former Cincinnati Bengals linebacker launched Athletic Trauma Unit (#ATU)—a 501c3 non-profit that runs off charitable donations— that offer free group workout classes three times a week.
“I didn’t want people to have to pay me. I felt like the gripe within the community was they didn’t want to go to the gym because they were far away…” Edmonds told Altoona Mirror.
After retiring from the Bengals in 2006, Edmonds pivoted towards being a fitness trainer and developed a style that doesn’t include dumbbells or a Peloton. No Peloton!?!
The workout is strictly based on body resistance movements. It’s only gravity and the participant on the mat, which makes ATU inclusive; kids and seniors can work out together.
They can eat healthy too. Edmonds also started a food truck to provide healthy food alternatives.
“I’m not a nutritionist, but the whole intention of the food truck is teaching people healthy eating by showing them ‘this tastes good.’ I’ll give you the recipe and you can make it at home without a lot of salt and sauce. You can help your family be more healthy so we can build a healthier community,” Edmonds shared with Altoona Mirror.
Chris Edmonds is getting us snatched for 2022. If you don’t live in Pittsburgh hop on his YouTube channel for exercises.
Let’s start 2022 on a healthy foot.