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TODAY star Al Roker has encountered some issues while engaging in the morning show’s fitness segment.
Laurie showed the moderators the benefits of incorporating foam rollers into an exercise regimen.
Following the health coach, the NBC personalities executed the same foam roller exercises that she demonstrated.
The talk show team kept up with Laurie the best they could; however, each of them seemed to struggle when it came to doing the lunges.
Things became increasingly more difficult for the anchors, especially Al when Laurie had them do the quad roll.
A motion where you balance on your forearms, lifting your knees up off the ground as you use your body to move the roller back and forth underneath you.
While Dylan, Jacob, and Craig managed to pull themselves up to a sitting position on their knees after stretching their body out, the weatherman remained horizontal.
Attempting not to cause alarm or concern, he made his struggles with getting up appear as if it was intentional.
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“I’m just gonna stay down here; it’s good,” Al told everyone on stage.
KEEPING IT GOING
His determination to participate in the show’s workout segments despite his ongoing medical issues is admirable as well as worrisome to his fans.
Last month Al sparked concern from fans who caught him appearing to struggle during a live fitness segment.
The TV star was joined by health coach Stephanie Mansour to present a segment on the daily steps people can take to improve their health.
Stephanie advised slow walking followed by fast walking and marched around the set with Al in tow.
The presenter seemed to slow down and struggle to keep up as the fitness instructor switched to rapid walking.
She then took him and a show guest through doing slow squats and standing on tiptoes.
One viewer claimed Al looked like he was unsteady during the routine.
They tweeted at the time: “He’s seriously struggling can someone get him a chair!”
Al returned to the Today show in January after a string of major health battles.
AL’S BIG FIGHT
Al was hospitalized in November 2022 after blood clots were discovered in his legs and lungs.
He was released on Thanksgiving Day but was suddenly re-admitted to the hospital just a day later.
Due to his health issues, Al was absent from the morning show for two months.
It meant he was forced to miss festive events such as The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and the lighting of the Rockefeller Christmas Tree.
Al opened up about his health battles on the show and revealed that he underwent a grueling seven-hour surgery.
He shared at the time “Look, I had two complicating things. I had blood clots, which they think came up after I had Covid in September.
“And then I had this internal bleeding going on, I lost half my blood. They were trying to figure out where it was.”
His wife of more than 20 years, Deborah Roberts, revealed that Al was a “very, very, very sick man.”
In January, Deborah appeared on the Conversations Above The Noise with Maria show and opened up about Al’s hospitalization.
She admitted: “We really did think we were going to lose him.”
Deborah also revealed that the hospital trips were “terrifying at every minute.”
She said: “It was like the worst roller coaster ride you have ever been on.”