Excerpt of Article by Anna Medaris Miller | U.S. News & World Report
The Chris Kaag who people know is the no-nonsense former Marine who runs a gym and a foundation with the motto “No excuses. Just move!” He’s the fitness buff who mountain bikes 8 miles every day — with a 30-pound ammo can strapped to a trailer that he pulls behind. He’s the guy they look to for inspiration and motivation.
But to be that Chris Kaag isn’t easy.
Diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disorder the day before his 21st birthday, Kaag, now 38, has limited control of his legs. When he tries to get dressed, [his legs are] not trying with him. If he bends too far to pull up his pants, he falls.
On the upside, technology to help people with disabilities is improving. “It’s the best time to be disabled, as crazy at that sounds,” Kaag says. When he first started to lose control of his legs, he stopped mountain biking. A year later, he found hand cycles. “[They] gave me another whole level of fitness that I had been missing,” Kaag says.
Kaag’s trick for helping members of his gym — no matter their abilities — stay active? Creativity. He’s figured out how to strap his legs into rings and do pushups, adjusting the straps according to his legs’ cooperation level that day. He got the idea from a young man at his gym who is paraplegic and does pushups off the side of his bed.
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Thanks to Anna Medaris Miller for writing the article; U.S. News & World Report for committing its resources to the article; Chris Kaag for sharing his story; Google for helping me find the article; everybody who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the picture and text I used in this post.