On the eve of the funeral for Carlos Oliveros, my father in law, I am constantly being reminded of why so many refer to Fitness One as a family, and I am seeing first hand how we take care of our own.
Carlos has worked out with us at Fitness One since we opened 10 years ago. He always brought a smile, a pat on the back, and a helping hand for anyone he could assist each and every time he came into the gym. He was known for keeping up with, and flying past people half of his age! It was always fun to see him exercise and have fun with a smile on his face. I’m so grateful we could provide such a plan for him. He loved Fitness One, and was always sporting his Fitness One shirt every time he came in.
Never seeing him again (on this earth) is going to be quite the struggle for me, as he was like a father to me. Each holiday, every cookout, every vacation-I wouldn’t have missed a single second of that time for the world.
Once he said to me, “I want that you take care of the family.” I know this was him saying “when something happens to me, you have to take over.” I only hope I can do a job that he would be proud of. I have some pretty big shoes to fill.
People come and go in our lives and I know that, and death is that separation for Christians “until we meet again” which is the hope of all who follow Christ. For those of us still here, the people in our lives that we can truly count on are limited. At Fitness One, I do feel that each and every member is part of something bigger than just a gym, and during this time I learn and see just how important that is, and who we can count on. It is you guys, the ones we see and spend so much of our lives with.
One of the reasons I believe Fitness One is a successful fitness gym is because of this community. After you “drink the Kool-Aide” and have been coming for a few months you begin to build friendships not only with your trainers but with the other members you surround yourself with everyday. Because of these relationships we’re held accountable, we’re pushed, and we’re inspired by these people that were once strangers. When you are part of this group, you are in something special. Every time someone moves away I get texts and emails saying “Can you please come open a gym in __________!” Sure the workouts are awesome, but what they will forever miss is the feeling of camaraderie and family that simply cannot be replaced. We have the best job in the world, and it is because of the members and staff and the bond they all have.
Earlier today I looked at Carlos’ older brother Marcel as he prepared for lunch, provided by people from a gym he has never heard of, serving him and several other family members of Carlos’ who have begun arriving from all around the world. Our Fitness One family has taken care of us this week, from those on staff to those staff who have stepped up to do extra to help us, to all of the notes, messages, posts and calls. The food that has arrived has been fantastic. The support amazing. So many “what can I do” messages and “how can I help” texts that they are difficult to track. I think, I know that Carlos is pleased at this outpouring. I know that we all are.
Thanks once again for those in the Fitness One family and in the community for having our backs. These are the times when things are put in perspective and you see things just a little clearer that you might have before. I know I will never be the same after this, I will appreciate things even more, especially those around me.
Monday night will be the service for our family member, friend and fellow gym member Carlos Oliveros. This is a difficult time for us, but it does give us strength knowing that there is an army behind us.
Allen and Olinda
“When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
1 Corinthians 15:54-58