A Bay area fitness instructor who spends his days motivating kids is now healing, thanks to his students' compassion.
Just a few months ago, Joshua Hill could jump over park benches, climb walls and do back flips in the air. The 27-year-old is an expert in Parkour, an exercise using physical strength while removing mental blocks and maneuvering through obstacle courses. Last year he opened up a gym just for the sport in Sarasota.
However, today, Hill is wheelchair-bound after being thrown 150 feet from his motorcycle.
“Boom, right in front of me, there was nothing I could do,” he said, explaining how scary his accident was.
The fitness guru spent a month in the hospital with two broken legs, a broken arm and severe injuries to his foot.
“There were times where I actually asked my girlfriend to get the nurse to see if they could just end it," Hill said. "I was done. Literally done. I couldn’t take it any more.”
Not able to move or teach, Hill felt like he had lost everything. So now it’s his students at Sarasota Parkour Facility that are coming to his rescue. He says without their support, he wouldn’t have the strength to recover from his injuries.
Leo Glickman, 13, is one of Hill’s students. Leo, like many of his other students, checks up on Hill when ever he can.
Leo says thanks to Josh, he is not only physically fit, but he can deal with the stresses of teenage life better.
“I have gotten a lot more confident in my physical abilities," Glickman said. "And I think that I feel more agile. I think that if I see something, I can do it.”
Leo said it is hard to see his mentor in such bad shape.
“I always imagine him doing vaults and on his feet, and to see him in a wheelchair, you almost need to take a step back,” Glickman said.
However, Leo said Hill will always be Superman.
“You always feel like he's with you and understands how your feeling,” he said.
Josh is expected to make a full recovery. However, he does not know when he will be able to teach or walk again. From his stay in the hospital, he has more than $100,000 in medical bills. His students are throwing him a fundraiser Wednesday called Jumpin For Josh. It will be held at the Jumpin Fun Trampoline Park, 7321 Trade Ct. Sarasota.
You can also donate at www.skimcity.com/Josh.