“Big Mike” Katz still has Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou (“The Incredible Hulk”) Ferrigno on his speed dial. The three bodybuilders met during the making of the 1977 niche classic Pumping Iron.
About 10 years ago, Katz was diagnosed with sleep apnea and now, at age 70, depends on his CPAP machine for the deep night’s sleep his big frame needs. As a client, he now has DME company National Sleep Therapy on his speed dial as well.
Katz will be the featured guest during the next free group virtual support session, “CPAP Talk –Live!”–everything you wanted to know about sleep apnea—set for Wednesday, February 4 from 7 to 8 PM (ET). The town-hall-style forums are held at the same time on the first Wednesday of each month, sponsored by National Sleep Therapy. In recent months, enthusiastic CPAP users from 10 states have joined in the monthly sessions. (To participate: Just prior to the session, call 800-204-6655, enter access code 342-2187#.)
Katz, who played for the NY Jets with Joe Namath, was a former Mr. Olympia bodybuilding champ. Today, Big Mike hasn’t slowed down much. With his son, he operates five fitness studios in Connecticut, sticks to a tough exercise regimen, trains fitness clients, and speaks on behalf of Special Olympics and youth fitness. (He was a high school health education teacher and earned advanced degrees in the field.) Most important, he makes time to enjoy his grandchildren.
“It takes a bit to get used to wearing the CPAP mask at night, but it’s worth the effort,” he says in a release. “I don’t want to shorten my life or sleep through my grandkids’ childhood–waking up when they’re 16, wondering where the time went.”
CPAP Talk-Live! is hosted by National Sleep Therapy President Eric Cohen.
Interested individuals may also send questions in advance either via Facebook or using the cpaptalklive.com form. For more information, call 888-867-8840 or e-mail [email protected].
You are encouraged to register for the phone call in advance at www.cpaptalklive.com.