That would be our home gym. My husband’s father was one of the early bodybuilders in the 1960′s. So much of my husbands early memories are about being around all those guys like Vince Gironda, Dave Draper, Sergio Oliva, Franco Columbo. and even Arnold.
Besides being an athlete and top bodybuilder, Don Peters was quite an artisan and made beautiful furniture out of wood and leather. He’d find amazing pieces of old wooden doors or beams, anything. He had vision, that’s for sure. He was also a great designer and from the drawings I’ve seen, might have had a knack for architecture as well.
Luckily for us, he designed and had built an entire set of professional gym equipment. It really was the inspiration for us to finish our garage and turn it into The Don Peters Memorial Gym.
I brought the elliptical machines into the relationship. And we plan to add some Pilates equipment eventually. My husband makes sure to leave room for that. It’s going to be my reward for getting in better shape.
I’m looking forward to adding weight training to my weekly routine. I used to love those machines at the gym that were like the Nautilus types, but I’ve been reading more and more about how they really aren’t nearly as effective as using weights and your own body weight. I understand that, but I still won’t be adding squats and lunges until I get a bit stronger and lose some pounds. I don’t want an injury and at 45, I know I need more core strength to do that.
I wish, more than I can say, that my father-in-law was still with us. He’d be so proud of his son and his beautiful granddaughter, who both seem to have the award winning Don Peters legs. I watch my daughter sometimes and feel certain that it’s his genes that have given her such strength and solidness. She also loves being in the gym, even at 3!
So, here’s to Don Peters, Happy Birthday and thank you for all you brought into this world. You are loved and missed.