Sometimes proving someone wrong can be just the right kind of fuel you need

Who are you?

I'm Robb Eggleston. I'm a 48yr old dad, music junkie, runner and radio morning show host in sunny florida. Running is my passion so anytime I can lace up and get out the door is a good day. If I'm running alone I like to put on a pair of headphones and get lost in a sweet playlist. I love spending time with my daughter but her social calendar is way busier than mine. When she has some spare time for her dear old dad I'm grateful.   

Tell us about your fitness journey.

How often do you workout and how has evolve21 impacted your workout routine?

I run 5 days a week and see a Physical therapist once a week for some mobility and core work. I've always been intimidated by yoga so evolve21 has been a great introduction into that world without all the self consciousness of attending a class. The cardio workouts in the app also offer some great cross training.  

How has physical fitness in general impacted your life and your perspective?

I was a couch potato up until a few years ago. In many ways running saved my life. It's the perfect reset button. Even better if I can squeeze in a trail run. Playing in the woods makes me feel like a kid again.

What barriers have stopped you from working out in the past?

Radio is a pretty sedentary job, combine that with a couple decades of an unhealthy diet and you suddenly find yourself getting winded walking to the mailbox or up a flight of stairs. One day I'd just had enough and decided to make a change. 

Why is adaptive fitness important to you?

I don't have a ton of strength or coordination in my left side so it's nice to have a workout that's challenging but also something that I can execute.  

What would you need to be successful with exercise and personal wellness?

Find your  "why" and go for it. Also finding weirdos on a similar path to help keep you motivated helps.     

Who are your role models and why?

People in my local running community. I've made some life long friends just by putting on a pair of sneakers. Also, Zach Anner cracks me up. I love his positive outlook and killer sense of humor.

How do you stay motivated when it comes to working out?

Remembering where I came from is HUGE. I never want to go back there again. 

What are the top 3 things you believe society should know about people with disabilities?

1) We're people too.

2) We're more capable than you think. watch out - we might just surprise you.

3) We want love and acceptance just like everyone else. I used to try to hide my disability. Now I wear it like a badge of honor.  

What are some misperceptions/stereotypes about disabilities that you have smashed and proven to be untrue?

I had a doctor once tell me running probably wasn't right for me so I signed up for a 5k and won 1st place in my age division against some able bodied runners. That was a good day. Some times proving someone wrong can be just right kind of fuel you need  :)

Jill Rosamilia