Sun 23 Nov 2014
Last week I did the following workout with Chest/Back emphasis: Chin-up, Chest Press, Neck Flexion, Pullover, Neck Extension, MedX Row, MedX Leg Press.
I was working over the weekend, so on Saturday 11/22 I set up Wendy’s machines before I went in to work. She went down later in the day and worked out while my daughter was at dance rehearsal. My son supervised her through a Big 4 workout: MedX Chest Press, SS Systems Pulldown, MedX Overhead Press and MedX Leg Press.
Today after work I did the following workout: Rear Delt Fly, MedX Overhead Press, EZ barbell curl, Nautilus Plate Load Triceps, EZ reverse curl, Calf Press on MedX Leg Press, MedX Leg Press.
It is with great sadness that I inform the BBS and UE community that one of our most venerable clients, Jim Monroe Davis, passed away on November 17, 2014 at the age of 90. Jim and his wife of 55 years, Betty, were long-standing clients of UE. Jim was an inspiration for all of us at UE. He showed up every week 10-15 minutes before his appointment and would sit quietly while he prepared mentally for his workout. Once he walked into the training area, it was all business. He brought incredible focus and intensity to his workouts and developed great strength. We (as well as Jim) were very proud of the fact that he was significantly stronger than many male clients in their 20′s and 30′s. At several points in time, Jim’s leg press weights exceeded mine. Jim was determined to show continuous improvement and did so until he left to live with family in Tennessee a couple of years ago. When he left, Ed Garbe traveled to his new hometown to help set up his workout program so he could continue working out. Jim would still come to UE every 4-6 weeks to workout and to keep track of his strength levels.
Jim was a WWII veteran and acquired a degree in Electrical Engineering. He worked for General Electric and was deeply involved in the Apollo Space Program. In retirement he became a Certified Clockmaker with the American Watchmakers Institute and NAWCC. He was a Mason and a member of the Shrine. He was involved in the Adopt-a-Highway program and kept things spotless, like only an engineer can. He was a Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America and led numerous 50 mile hikes on the Appalachian Trail. His strength earned him the name “Super Grandpa”.
Jim has always been an inspiration to all of us at UE. He was tough as nails and never complained. When his beloved wife died, I remember being impressed with his depth of grief, but his refusal to wallow in self-pity. It was one of the most impressive acts of Stoicism I have ever witnessed. I can only hope that I live as long and as well as Jim Davis did. The fact that UE is mentioned in his obituary brings me more pride than you can ever imagine. I am sure the entire UE team feels that pride as well. If Greg Anderson is listening, I would like to pass on my favorite client to you. Take good care of him. Jim Davis is the embodiment of UE’s mission. RIP Jim Davis…we love and miss you.