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Marty Becker

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

For anyone needing motivation and encouragement, Marty recommends getting involved in a program. There were days he didn’t want to come in but he knew that he needed to stay active, especially during the winter.

Now almost 70 years old, Marty started off with the Y in Cincinati as part of the YMCA Band in the 8th grade. This start planted the seed for what many in the Warsaw area have known him as- the band director for Warsaw Schools. He stuck with the YMCA Band into college with rehearsals and trips and then chaperoning the younger kids. When he was in his 40s he was back at the Y, this time in Marion, in a running club. In 1989 Marty was in an almost fatal car accident resulting in many broken bones. He was in physical therapy for several months and came to the Smith Street YMCA for water exercise to build up his strength. He was able to rehabilitate in the pool there.
This January after having some back issues, Marty decided to lose some weight and gain flexibility so he joined the Y. He signed up for the Couch Potato Triathlon fitness incentive program and came in almost every day to work on the 2.4 miles swim, 112 miles cycling and 26.2 miles of running over the course of 6 weeks. He did all three activities each day with some stretching along with them and his back problems disappeared. He had to increase his ability in each activity, eventually running or walking 2 miles a day, biking 4-6 miles and swimming 8 laps at a time. Next he’d like to start training for a 5k. For anyone needing motivation and encouragement, Marty recommends getting involved in a program. There were days he didn’t want to come in but he knew that he needed to stay active, especially during the winter.