Insights from the Blind Man who Summitted Everest
Katelyn Sander

Insights from the Blind Man who Summitted Everest

Living Well...together, while apart

Erik Weihenmayer is the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest. I have never met Erik, but he seems to me a unique and remarkable soul who chooses to see every challenge as an opportunity.

Most of us have the gift of sight. And this gift supports certain biases. 

One of them being – since our eyes sit in the front of our bodies – that the vast majority of our movements and activities are forward facing.

This offers a unique and excellent opportunity: To strengthen the movement patterns that are typically initiated from our backs and sides.

Lateral, twisting, and backwards movements are not typically found in our day to day. Nor are they – unfortunately – in a typical person’s exercise repertoire. Yet to be strong, capable, coordinated, even powerful – all the way around provides an opportunity for better balance, agility, posture, and overall a more competent, comfortable, interesting, and safe future.

Need one specific motivation? Think of the postures you adopt and maintain throughout the day. They encourage rounding of the shoulders and all three segments of your spine. Your body – your muscles, nervous system, and your skeleton – WILL adapt to these flexed, shortened positions. (Yes, I said skeleton. Your bones will ultimately adapt to these shortened postures.) When you challenge your body to move and adapt in alternative plains, you send the signal to your body that you NEED it to be strong, all the way around. 

Next time you head out for a run, walk, or hike? Incorporate intervals with side stepping. Walk backwards up a hill (not down!). Twist and turn and bend to the side for you warm-up or cool down. Take a moment to grapevine up and down the driveway. (This last one will make your neighbours smile – and smiling is a good thing. It may make them curious – also always a good thing. And it might even inspire them to do the same.)

If you need inspiration and ideas – check out our Virtual Group Fitness Workouts! Alternately – in the Trainer Moves today – I take you through a whole series of both mobility and strength exercises targeting your back and sides.

And if you would like to benefit from some individualized, expert advice, please reach out as we’d love to set you up virtually with one of our personal trainers. Based on your specific opportunities, we can customize a workout that will be perfect for you.

Your opportunity? To walk through this world a little more tall, open, stable, strong, and balanced.

Today’s Inspiration

“Optimist: Someone who figures that taking a step backwards after taking a step forwards is not a disaster. It’s a cha-cha.” – Robert Breault

Today’s Live Workouts

Happy Monday! Ready to get moving to start your week off right? We’ve got TWO classes on the schedule for today!


Join Robert S today for a Total Body Conditioning workout! Challenge your cardio and strengthen your muscles from head to toe with this incredibly effective no-nonsense bodyweight training.

No equipment needed today.

Join Robert at 12:00pm (30 minutes) from your own living room.

Click here to join the workout.

Meeting ID: 864 5295 2847
Password: 991724


Join Robert Y today for our new Yoga Fusion workout! A combination of hatha, ashtanga, and kudalini yoga techniques. This class will engage your muscles, open your joints, calm your mind, and lift your spirits. (All levels)

No equipment needed today.

Join Robert at 5:15pm (45 minutes) from your own living room.

Click here to join the workout.

Meeting ID: 899 4248 0739
Password: 624126


Click here to view our weekly schedule.

If you have questions about our virtual live workouts, please reach out to Lauren.

Today's Trainer Moves of the Day

Join Meg as she takes you through a whole series of both mobility and strength exercises targeting your back and sides.

For questions about today’s Trainer Moves you can connect directly with Meg here.

Today’s Bite

Building a Healthy Trail Mix

Not all trail mixes are created equal. Sure, it may be easier to buy a bag of trail mix, already thrown together…but where’s the fun in that! Start from scratch and find your perfect mix.


For the customizable version:

  • 1 1/2 cups raw nuts (i.e., almonds, pecans, cashews, peanuts, etc.)
  • 1 cup raw seeds (i.e., sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, etc.)
  • 1 cup unsweetened, usulphured dried fruit
  • Fun stuff (amounts vary) (i.e., 1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate, 1 cup popped popcorn, 1 cup pretzels, etc.)
  • Spice (i.e., 1/4 tsp sea salt, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, pinch of nutmeg) (optional)

Our Go-To Trail Mix Recipe:

  • 3/4 cup raw pecans (toasted in the oven for 10 minutes at 350F)
  • 3/4 cup raw cashews (toasted in the oven for 10 minutes at 350F)
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened, unsulfured cherries
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened, unsulfured raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped 82% dark chocolate/chocolate chips
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of nutmeg


  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
  • Store in a Ziploc bag or mason jar.
  • Will keep for up to 1 month.


Do you have a “Something of the Day” you’d like us to share?! Email Meg.

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