Celebrating Inspirational Members: Interview with Rob Smith

Rob Smith, a local 24 year old resident of Shotton, attends Deeside Leisure Centre 5 times a week, leaving time for a “rest on the weekend” (in his own words). He has been attending the gym for roughly two years and brings with him tonnes of energy!

Rob has lived with cerebral palsy all his life and does not let anything get in his way. He travels everywhere in his wheelchair – whatever the weather – and trains every weekday in the gym without fail. His dedication to fitness is relentless and he is even training to do the London Marathon next year, graciously referring to himself as being “fairly active”.

With a big smile on his face, Rob chatted about his fitness routine and how he enjoys coming to the gym every weekday. He said he does not have a specific preference when it comes to the gym equipment and likes “a bit of everything! I like to do weights and cardio to have an all-round mixture”.

In order to train for the London Marathon in 2020, Rob is currently working on his strength and cardio fitness.

Rob explained how he is a huge football fan and a big supporter of Liverpool FC. He also plays for Connah’s Quay Tiger’s Football Team. He enjoys taking part in the football tournaments as well as volunteering with young children on a weekly basis.

Rob Smith DLC

Rob explained: “I train for 3 hours a day, wheel myself home, have a rest and then I’m fine again, no aches or pains.”

When asked if he had any advice for anyone who would like to improve their fitness, Rob said: “just give it a go and try your best. Think positive and always have a goal.”

“People are always shocked by how much I come to the gym and how much I am dedicated; they think I’m crazy!”

“I have cerebral palsy but it does not bother me. I’ve used my chair since I was young but I don’t let anything get in my way. I’ll give everything a go!”

Rob completed 5 pull ups for the first time in December 2018 (as shown in the video below) and the team at Deeside Leisure Centre were privileged to be there to witness it. Colleagues expressed that Rob’s commitment to training inspires them and “keeps motivating us to do what we do!”

They further commented: “Amazing work Rob, we are privileged to be a part of your inspirational journey!”

On behalf of everyone at Aura Leisure and Libraries, we would like to thank Rob for chatting to us and sharing his positive energy and enthusiasm for fitness! We would like to wish him the best of luck with his training for the London Marathon next year.

2 thoughts on “Celebrating Inspirational Members: Interview with Rob Smith

  1. 🤩proud to have him as my son 👊🏽 and would like to thank everyone at the gym who helps him & guidance along the way 😃

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