Q&A with Cam Tribolet
In 1986, I was attacked at a stoplight and was shot 3 times. One bullet ripped through my aorta, another tore a hole in my bowel, and the 3rd bullet lodged near my spine. Eight months in the hospital and 36 operations later, I left the hospital with both legs amputated above the knees. I’ve never been one to give up and therefore have always remained active in the outdoors but years of physical abuse has taken a toll on my body. In 2012, I set out on a quest to take up a new hobby… rock climbing. But I needed to get back into shape and that’s when I approached Anytime Fitness for some much needed help and an experienced trainer.
Q: What was your goal upon joining Anytime Fitness?
I literally had a mountain of a goal in front of me. I have always been involved in outdoor activities like downhill skiing, scuba diving, biking, hiking, hunting, and kayaking but I really wanted to learn how to rock climb. I admire the drive and determination that those athletes have to be able to climb a mountain, and as a double-above the knee amputee, I wanted to be one of those athletes. So I put the goal in front of me to climb Mount Whitney. I climbed over boulders, scaled rocks, and traversed on trails only as wide as my feet and finally made it to 10,000 feet but my disability and the mountain clashed and the mountain won. But that didn’t stop my goal. I moved over to another mountain near Mount Langley and hit that summit the next day. From there I was then able to attempt and meet yet another goal of mine, to rappel through the Alabama Hills mountain range.
Q: That sounds like a lot of work… what prompted you to join the gym?
My son belongs to Anytime Fitness and has always spoken very highly of the family atmosphere, the camaraderie, and how the members support each other during their workouts. Since I knew that I would require some much needed help to reach my goal, it only made sense to go to Anytime Fitness and work with one of the trainers.
Q: We are like a big family! What would you say is your favorite part of working out at AF?
The best part of being a gym member is seeing how fitness has improved my life and my endurance. For example, I have walked with a cane for nearly 24 years but once my trainer taught me how to build my core muscles for the mountain climb, I found that my new strength has also improved my balance. So I got rid of the cane last year and now walk on my prosthesis without any assistance at all.
Q: Your journey hasn’t been easy so what advice would you give someone considering starting a fitness program?
Don’t use the phrase “I can’t”.
With my disabilities, it would have been very easy for me to say to myself that I would not be able to climb a mountain or downhill ski. We all need to look past that thing in our life that we think we can’t do and begin looking at those same hurdles as something that we will do. Remove “I can’t” from your vocabulary and begin each day believing that you can accomplish anything you set out to do.
Q: What are your go-to bands during your workouts?
I love the classics like Aerosmith, ACDC, Boston, Seger, Fleetwood Mac, etc..
Q: We love jammin’ to Aerosmith here! What about your nutrition habits… what do you like to eat for meals?
- Breakfast is typically a fruit with a granola or protein bar, sometimes a boiled egg, and a yogurt or a bowl of oatmeal.
- Favorite lunch is a fruit, a sandwich with a lean meat like turkey or chicken and then a yogurt.
- Favorite dinner is venison loins with red potatoes, or turkey burger with avocado and tomatoes, or salmon with a mango salsa.
Q: QUICK QUESTIONS:
- If I was stranded on a deserted island, I couldn’t live without: A bottle of red wine.
- If I could live anywhere in the world, I would live: In Namibia, Africa.
- My favorite cheat meal is: Pizza and cookies.
- #1 on my bucket list: Sky Diving. I’ll probably leave the artificial legs off though… ☺
- Not many people know that I: Wrote a book titled “Dead 13 Times, Learning to Live after Dying” It’s my story of perseverance and my will to survive after my accident.
- On a perfect weekend, I’m usually: Relaxing by the pool with my family and friends.