Thursday, January 22, 2015

In Remembrance... Greg Plitt

Last Saturday, the fitness industry lost an icon of physique, motivation, and courage - Greg Plitt. I was deeply shocked and saddened to read the news. Greg was someone who made a tremendous impact on my own life, and I had the honor of meeting him on two occasions. He was truly a kind and generous man.

My very first awareness of Greg Plitt was on the Bravo Channel show, Jackie Warner's WorkOut, then later through a variety of magazine covers, articles, and then his videos. One video in particular (the one that used to be on his home page - it was clips of this) especially motivated me, and I thought, "I want to be that brave, that open and fearless!"  It spurred me to step out of my comfort zone, to reach higher and go farther. And I am so grateful.

Today, as information continues to trickle out, it appears that the fearlessness I envied, may have played a part in his death. The legacy of his life, his message, will live on through all of us who were touched by his joy. The lesson of his death, I hope, will remind us that balance in life is not optional. One can reach too far. One can be too fearless.

While fear should never be allowed to hold us back, it also serves a more noble purpose - it keeps us alive. Fear causes the hunter to respect the prey. Fear causes the climber to respect the mountain. Fear causes the athlete to respect his/her limits. The tragedy of Greg's death - the consequences of a mistake, a miscalculation, perhaps an error in judgement - brings home to me that life is short - and while I strive to make each moment count, to live fully in each one, I am also responsible to find balance - to respect boundaries and limits, even while working to expand them - to cherish each moment, while working toward making a better tomorrow.

The Legacy that Greg Plitt has left us includes an extraordinary impact that is felt, honored, and a loss that is deeply is grieved. He gave us so much, and had so much more life to live. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones.

Greg's family have posted the following information on social media and on his site - if you are moved to give, here are their requests.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation be made in Greg Plitt’s name to one of the following charities that support initiatives that were near and dear to his heart. All knew about Greg’s love for animals, especially his precious pit bull puppies Gunner, Zepplin and the late Quest. As a former member of the military, Greg also had tremendous respect for those who have and are currently serving our country. We thank you in advance for your support.
Donations can be made to:
Lynda Blair Worldheart Foundation (http://www.lindablairworldheart.org/donate)

Arrangements:
California:
Memorial Service
Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 2:00pm
Church of the Good Shepherd
504 North Roxbury Drive
Beverly Hills, California 90210
www.goodshepherdbh.org
Maryland:
Viewing Service
Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 2:00pm-4:00pm and 6:00pm-9:00pm
Ruck Funeral Home
1050 York Road
Towson, Maryland 21204
http://www.ruckfuneralhomes.com/…/12022/lo…/2354/fh_id/12022
Memorial Service
Friday, January 30, 2015 at 2:00pm
Immaculate Conception Church
200 Ware Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204
http://www.theimmaculate.org/directions.html

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