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Paul Arell - 67 and doing the "Manic Thing"

Paul, what made you start working out at Manic Training?

I was constantly feeling old, tired, and sore. My hip was also bothering me. I was going to the gym, but I wasn’t doing appropriate exercises.

On a scale of 1-10, regarding your fitness and your health, with 1 being poor and 10 being great, how do you feel you were before you began working out at Manic?

I'd say, about a 5.

Now, after doing manic 3 1/2 months, what #?

I'd say I'm about a 7. I'm definitely far healthier now overall, but I've still got a ways to go. Its on the right trajectory, though!

What differences has Manic made in your life, both in daily challenges, as well as larger "life experiences?"

I've noticed the benefit, particularly during and after my mountain adventures…I just did a hut trip, and before I began Manic, my quads would be shot, I’d be hurting. Now, I just did the hut trip and coming down my quads weren’t hurting at all. However, my friends who aren’t active, or involved in a program like Manic, were hurting, stumbling, and what not. Heck, they could hardly even get out of the car after the adventure because they were so stiff and sore.

I’m not a great skier, so I get kind of bashed around out there. My body takes a beating, and so I used to get quite sore after skiing. After skiing Copper, a couple of weekends ago, I wasn’t sore at all, and I usually am. The only thing I can think of is that I started doing this “Manic thing” so I guess that must be it.

Not to mention, my hip is much less sore, the pain is less frequent, and less intense, which is amazing in and of itself!

All I can tell you is that with Manic, next year I’m going to be a full year younger than I am now! (and less of a gut).

*** As an added note from Peter Beuth, the owner of Manic Training Highlands Ranch, and Paul's usual trainer, I'd like to make a point of making it known that Paul came into Manic Training, knowing very little about interval training, and his memory retention was reflective of a person in their 60s with, essentially, an aging brain. At first he had trouble remembering basic exercises, including ones shown to him minutes before. Nowadays, however, Paul remembers many of the exercises, both from minutes prior, and from days/weeks/months past. His reflexes are stronger, both from a mental and physical standpoint, and I would have to say, that in a year from now, when he's a "year younger", I firmly believe that his mental age will also be a "year younger".
Good work Paul! You are an inspiration, and a model for all those who wish to better themselves, and I know you'll's never too late to exercise!

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Paul Arell
Manic Member - Nov 04, 2015 - Present


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Littleton, Colorado 80126