Athlete Name: Travis Blau
Hometown: Jackson, New Jersey
Education: Mt. St. Mary's University
Tell us a little about yourself
My name is Travis Blau and I am from Jackson, New Jersey. Growing up with CF, I never let that stop me from playing sports, which I think had a huge impact in me staying healthy for as long as I did. I am 28 years old and I received a double lung transplant on my 27th birthday. I was working out until a month before I got the call that would change my life forever. I am currently a middle school teacher and it is a passion of mine just like exercising. Aside from teaching, I am the assistant coach at Felician University for Men’s lacrosse. I enjoy going to sport games especially Yankee games and any men’s college basketball game. I love spending time with my family and friends. Since the transplant I am able to travel to different places and do more adventurous activities. I am so grateful for this opportunity and there are no words that can express my gratitude to the donor and their family.
"I exercise because I want to keep my lungs healthy & strong."
Tell us what motivates you the most.
This is a difficult question, but overall my friends, family, and especially the community at Tribute Strength. I am constantly trying to honor the donor. I never want to waste this second opportunity at life. My friends and family always want to go out and spend time with each other and being able to do this without saying I am not feeling well because of my CF is so exciting. The community at Tribute Strength keep me honest with my exercise. I never want to let them down.
Why do you exercise?
I exercise because I want to keep my lungs healthy and strong. I exercised before the transplant and because of that reason, I was able to recover very quickly. I was told the more I exercise the more muscle I will have around my lungs, which can help the healing process. Exercise is more than just staying healthy. It is an opportunity to push myself to new limits, make friends, and just laugh with others. If I continue to exercise I believe that my lungs will stay healthy longer along with taking my meds.
How has your fitness routine changed post transplant?
My fitness routine definitely changed post transplant. I went from exercising 2 maybe 3 days a week to 5-6 days a week. Besides exercising more I am able to actually run. There is a video of me run with an oxygen tank on my bag in the gym and only making it 30 feet because I had to take a break. I am not able to run 2 miles without stopping. It is a wonderful feeling to be able to do this again.
Who is your role model?
My role model is my Grandfather. He is someone that always knew when to be serious and when to goof about life. He worked his butt off in everything he did and played golf through the age of 85. He was always active and loved his family so much. Between the two, there is no better way in my eyes to live your life.