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Aaron F.

Connecticut, United States

Against All Odds, An Army Veteran

This is the story of my partner, Aaron F. As a 17-year old, athletic high school junior, who idolized his uncle in the military, the 9/11 terrorist attacks had a profound effect on Aaron. After the attacks, something that had always been inside him rose up and he quickly recognized what it was: The Call to Service. Aaron enlisted in the U.S. Army at the end of high school and left for bootcamp after graduation. At the end of 2004, he deployed to Iraq for a 14-month deployment. Aaron was always athletic; however, the conditions of his deployment had significant effects on his body. Severe joint pain began after coming home, and eventually he could only run with a brace. His knee issues led to back problems as he could barely walk at one point. Despite this, Aaron fought his pain through physical therapy and other remedies, continuing to strive for greater physical excellence through working out 5-6 days a week for years despite this pain.
However, eventually Aaron could no longer tolerate high impact training and he quit running. After college, Aaron entered the work force. His time became increasingly limited and exercise infrequent, leading to weight gain. Despite this, Aaron sought out and accomplished one his life-long goals: attending law school. As a part-time, evening student, Aaron worked full time and attended evening classes. He recently graduated from law school during this pandemic. However, law school accelerated his declining fitness and significantly increased pain as the extreme sedentary lifestyle ravaged his body. He frequently feels regret because of the way his body declined in the last handful of years. Aaron wants a comeback badly, and Peloton offers the low-impact, high-reward comeback he deserves! He would be tremendously grateful for this!

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