Jesse Pineiro needed to take a breath between exercises.
The Nelson Boxing Club coach gestured to his student, a 79-year-old man who had gingerly taken a seat nearby, and said, “You’re getting fitter, I’m getting worse.”
“I’ll give you some of my pills,” quipped Bob Browning.
Browning has been training at the gym, twice a week for about three months. Five years ago soreness in his arm led to Parkinson’s, which is a neurodegenerative disease that affects movement. What that’s meant for Browning is stiff muscles, poor balance and a hoarse voice.
“It’s a sneaky disease,” he said. “You can have it for 10 years and not know it. It kind of sneaks up on you…