“Once the mayor’s plan came out, I knew I could help motivate others to get involved,” said Hamm, who has survived severe blockages in his heart, seven stents, and a triple bypass in 2005. “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for working out. It’s all about trying to help motivate employees to get themselves in better shape.”
An veteran of the Army, Hamm had lifted weights for many years. It wasn’t until he noticed some changes in how he felt during his workouts that he discovered he had major blocked arteries and was need of surgery.
“I had one artery blocked 98 percent, one blocked 95 percent, one 75 percent and one 50 percent. The doctors kept asking if I was in pain and I wasn’t. They just couldn’t believe it,” said Hamm.
Hamm strongly believes if it wasn’t for his workout regimen he wouldn’t be here. “It was during my workouts when I noticed things just didn’t feel right and I went to get checked out. Had I not known how I usually felt, things could have been a lot worse.”
Three days after surgery, Hamm was up and walking and he now incorporates cardio into his workouts as well. After his stents were replaced, Hamm also quickly recovered.
“I wanted up and out of that bed. I wanted to go back to work. When something like this (major surgery) happens, the smallest things can get you down but you can’t let it. You have to find motivation. My daughter just had a little girl and I want to be around for her,” said Hamm.
After a recent appointment, Hamm’s doctor told him his heart had no damage.
“My doctor credits that to all my exercise but I don’t just do it for my heart. People don’t always understand the other benefits. It’s great stress relief. Have a bad day? Go hit the treadmill or hit the punching bag,” he said.