Randy Nantz has always prided himself on being superfit. It’s what allowed the Texas native to join the Army in the wake of 9/11, at the ripe age of 33, and endure Green Beret training. It’s also what helped him survive the roadside bomb that tore through his Humvee in December 2006. Nantz suffered third-degree burns to 22 percent of his body and eventually lost his left leg to amputation. Throughout recovery, he worked hard to return to an active life.
But earlier this year, nearing age 50, Nantz had to admit he’d let things slip. “I was just sitting around getting fat,” says retired U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Nantz. “I was in the worst shape of my life.” That’s when he committed to a nine-week course with the Dallas-based Adaptive Training Foundationfor injured soldiers, first responders, and adaptive athletes. Nantz was no stranger to the grueling workouts, but some of the techniques used to help ease pain and increase mindfulness were new to him