Life-Altering Episode Opens Gym Owner Mark Reynolds’ Eyes to Importance of CPR, AEDs

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Img 6281Mark Reynolds works out three hours a day, six days a week. Makes sense. He’s not only a competitive body builder, but a commercial gym owner. Yet, Reynolds refuses to work out in his own Denver-based UFC GYM, explaining that he doesn’t want to come across as rude when he powers through a workout session without speaking to his own patrons. That personal preference ultimately saved the 54-year-old’s life, as a reaction to a supplement last November caused his heart to stop mid-workout in a gym that — unlike his — was equipped with an automated external defibrillator. AB senior editor Paul Steinbach asked Reynolds to recount his episode and subsequent AED advocacy in the context of both his highly intense training lifestyle and his fitness entrepreneurship.

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