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Wheelchair Bodybuilding CEO to keynote fitness expo in Bridgewater NJ

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The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Bridgewater will host its first Community Fitness Expo on Sept. 22.

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The community is invited to participate in a day of fitness- and health-related activities, including fundraising competitions and free health screenings, health food samples and chats with experts, including Nick Scott. The champion wheelchair bodybuilder and motivational speaker will discuss how he turned a tragic car accident into motivation and didn’t let a wheelchair stop him from achieving both his fitness and life goals.

“I do what I do to help others, to give them hope that anything is possible,” Scott said. “I do not want to impress anyone, but to impress upon them that if I can do it, so can they. Power without a purpose is meaningless and worthless. A purpose that is firm can change the impossible to the possible. That is the power of my cause.”  

Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center in Bridgewater will host its first Community Fitness Expo on Sept. 22. Keynote speaker will be Nick Scott, founding CEO-president of Wheelchair Bodybuilding, pictured. (Photo: ~Courtesy of Nick Scott)

Scott’s keynote lecture is a community-building joint effort with Somerset County and Plainfield YMCA, organizers said. Additional talks will be given by Kara Kilian, a coach, mentor, and master of physiology, and by Dr. Ken Kearstan of Total Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine, a clinic that strives to reduce pain, restore function, and improve quality of life after injury.  

Funds from the $20 entrance fee to a variety of fitness competition will benefit special needs programming at the JCC. 

“We are very excited about bringing this event to our local community, which will offer competitors the opportunity to showcase their talents,” Fitness Director Joy McIntyre said. “We hope that our Fitness Expo inspires the community to learn more about the importance of a healthy lifestyle and not to let any limitation hold an individual back from attaining their goals.”

The expo will be presented by JFit, the JCC’s extensive fitness and sports program, which includes a well-equipped indoor gym, an outdoor gym that focuses on functional fitness, a studio with a variety of classes, personal training, a spin room, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and a gymnasium with a variety of leagues. Annual memberships start at $50. 

Community Fitness Expo

When: 8:30 a.m. Sept. 22

Where: Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center, 775 Talamini Road, Bridgewater

Cost: Free admission, health screenings and food; $20 to register for fitness competitions, which will benefit special needs programming at the JCC, items for sale from fitness vendors

Info: ssbjcc.org/fitness-expo

Bob Makin has won 11 New Jersey Press Association Awards and four Best of Gannett Awards. A news veteran of nearly 40 years, Makin covers business and entertainment. Contact him at 732-565-7319 and bmakin@gannett.com.

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