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FitView – Heroes in Fitness

FitView By Efren Martinez

Heroes in Fitness 28 year old Jose Jauregi always enjoyed staying physically fit prior to serving in our Armed Forces. Growing up, his physical fitness was more for fun versus being on any given team, but later in life he did join one of the greatest teams in the world, our United States Army.

Jose fought with his fellow solders in Operation Iraqi Freedom. During the war Jose was a member of a cannon crew and field artillery. It was April 16, 2005, he and the other members of his unit were in battle in Ar Ramdi doing counter fire when they were all hit by an enemy rocket. After the explosion, all of their bunkered ammunition caught on fire while they were still inside. Out of their four-man crew, Jose was the only one who survived.

Jose’s injuries included the loss of his left hand and 75% of his body was burned. It’s been a long road of recovery for Jose. He has had close to 100 surgeries and is part of a treatment program in UCLA called operation mend. He is getting the best of care and they’ve done most of his surgeries as well as rehabilitation exercises to help him regain better movement of his hands. This rehabilitation program at UCLA has helped Jose tremendously. Today Jose is still in treatment, but is now able to participate and enjoy cycling, indoor soccer, archery, and swimming as well as other fitness activities. In fact, he proudly shared with me that he’s done a couple cycling events with Ride 2 Recovery which included cycling from Chicago to Detroit and Palo Alto to Santa Monica beach. On May 30th through June 2nd he will also be participating in the Valor Games in Oakland. His fitness events will include participating in cycling, swimming, archery and the biathlon.

Sure it hasn’t been an easy road for him to get to this fitness point in his life, but he is a fighter with the heart of a true American solider that doesn’t acknowledge the word surrender. I asked Jose if he could share a few fitness words with other veterans who might be thinking about becoming more active in fitness. His message was; “The toughest part is getting started, once you are there, you’ve just got to stick with it.”

Modesto View friends, I, like many of you, have the greatest respect for all who have and are currently serving in our armed forces. I invite you to join Jose and myself at this year’s Modesto Memorial Classic. It’s a 1-mile and 5K run/walk that includes entertainment, a pancake breakfast, and a veterans fair along with a children’s fun run. Proceeds in part go to The Modesto Vet Center. It happens on the morning of Saturday May 24th at the Tuolumne River Regional Park in Modesto. For more information please log onto www.shadowchase.org or like them here www.facebook.com/pages/Modesto-Memorial-Classic/

Warm weather Fitness Tips Apply Sunscreen & Mosquito repellant prior to your outdoor workouts. Early morning & later evening workouts are best to avoided the hottest part of the day. Increase your water intake during the summer, double your hydration the day before your workout. Electrolytes should be part of your daily intake everyday

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I answered the call back in 1983; mixing Music and Entertainment with an eccentric European style has always come easy for me. In the early 80's I was the Disc Jockey for most of the high school dances in Modesto. In the late 80's I found myself in Hollywood working as a dancer and sound engineer for various professional recording industries. In 1990 my wife of 25 years and I started (The Quake Mobile DJ ®) which was seeded from San Francisco's 1985, The Quake, radio station that only lasted a short while on the air. 26 years later The Quake Mobile DJ is bigger & better than ever in the Entertainment industry. Real-Estate, photojournalism, event promoter, saving animals, travel and fitness are a few other of my interests. I also enjoy motivational speaking to children and to those who are struggling with addiction. In my life, I have always been a very direct person and once I see a goal I won't quit till I've achieved it. But out of all of the above I feel in my heart that the best inspiration in my life is my wife and my love for the faith that I practice. Phil 4:20