Rebuilding arm strength allows Omaha woman to return to skydiving – Omaha World-Herald

When Lori Munhall became a mom, she set aside her thrill-seeking hobby of skydiving. She had about 150 jumps under her parachute before parenting responsibilities took over.

When Munhall, 56, decided to get back into jumping, she realized she lacked the upper body strength to deploy her own parachute.

That motivated her to get back to the gym and focus on a healthy lifestyle. After three months, she was skydiving again, having regained the arm strength needed for the task.

Q: When did you start working out and why?

A: I really started working out here last June. I had been a member before but didn’t come regularly. I started skydiving again and didn’t have the arm strength to pull my parachute and land. I sprained my ankle and started working out while I was healing.

Q: Describe your workouts. How many days per week do you exercise?

A: It varies. Sometimes I work out on my own and sometimes I work with a trainer. I try to come every day at least to get cardio in, if nothing else.

Q: What is your current fitness goal?

A: My goal is to lose weight and be healthier.

Q: What has been your biggest accomplishment?

A: Being able to go back to skydiving and being able to successfully pull my own parachute. It took about three months before my ankle healed, and I worked out every single day.

Q: What has been the toughest hurdle to overcome?

A: Sometimes just having the stamina is the toughest hurdle. It takes a lot of effort, and you need to stick with it.

Q: What helps you stay on track?

A: The motivation of skydiving.

Q: What is your gym pet peeve?

A: This gym’s been so nice. At a gym I belonged to before, I felt like nobody noticed I was there. No one acknowledged you or cheered you on.

Q: What do you do when you aren’t in the gym?

A: I do skydiving, archery and occasionally I go fencing. I love to read.

Q: What is the piece of equipment, supplement, clothing, etc., that you can’t live without?

A: Cute clothes. It helps me have the motivation to come here.

Q: What advice would you give to someone who is just starting their fitness journey?

A: Just keep going. If you have a bad day, go back out there and start again the next day. Whatever you’re doing, keep doing it until you can do more., 402-444-3100,

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