“I have been involved in sports for most of my life. I play soccer competitively, as well as compete horses in 3-day eventing. Despite the fact that I was training on a daily basis, there was still something missing. I was having trouble with my flexibility, as well as my range of motion in my hips. Also, I could never quite conquer my hamstrings. I was fortunate enough to cross paths with Garry a couple years ago, and I can’t even begin to tell you how much my body has changed since working with him. He has taken me to that next level and continues to do so. Even though I have been training with him for a couple years now, I am not bored. He comes up with the best exercises that are fun and challenging. Garry has my two thumbs up!” – Shanny
“I met Garry 3 years ago, and since then I have reached all of my training goals. Since I am an actor, being in shape is very important for my career, and it’s great to have a trainer I can rely on to help maintain my physique.” – James Scott – Actor, currently starring on Days of Our Lives
I began working with Garry Matthews after deciding to try out for a professional sports team. I knew when I began training I had a lot of work to do in order to successfully compete. Not only did Garry help get me into peak physical condition which allowed me to make the team, but he helped keep me motivated to reach the next level. Garry is extremely knowledgeable and professional, and keeps workouts fun and interesting. – Katie
I am a born skeptic. When I went to meet Garry, I was prepared to meet a person with mediocre knowledge and a homogenized program. Boy was I wrong! Right away I was impressed with Garry’s knowledge and his eagerness to share it. His passion is infectious! From the first workout I was impressed with all the different aspects he incorporated to create strength, muscle tone, flexibility, balance, and even increase brain and nerve function. He has a natural talent of combining exercises in a way where I felt I was constantly in motion but not overworked, and my brain was engaged so I was never bored or seeking for motivation to finish a workout.
The tools Garry created are phenomenal! I LOVE the vest and I have been surprised at what a difference it makes in my workouts. I refuse to be without it. The innovation in his wrist and ankle cuffs is genius- I am able to move and adjust from any position and therefore able to add resistance to any exercise I want- even floor exercises and running! They are comfortable and easy to use and I’m not having to worry if I’m using it right or hurting myself- which means I can go all out in my workout.
In only 50 days I have a noticeable difference in my core strength, my overall balance, my stamina and endurance, my hand to eye coordination, and a huge increase in strength in my quads- something that has been a challenge having had two knee surgeries on each leg. My body fat percentage is dropping consistently, my waist is more trim and firm, and I feel more empowered in getting the body I envision. Garry is great at helping those who desire to help themselves. I watched Garry guide people of all shapes, ethnicity, age, and gender to be closer to their goals in a very short amount of time. He knows how to get to the point and drive it home! I confidently recommend Garry to every single person I know for fitness and health. – Amanda Marziano
Thanks for the 50-Day Challenge! I am so happy to have dropped 17lbs and won 6 months of training, but even more excited to kick it into high gear on Monday! None of my friends believed that at 46, I would see any real results without illegal substances, but your program proved them all wrong! I’m ready to rock!!! – Diego
Q: How long have you been training with Garry?
A: I started working with Garry two years ago.
Q: How long ago were you diagnosed with transverse myelitis?
A: I was struck by TM in July of 2005.
Q: Prior to being in a wheelchair, did you work out at the gym and/or participate in fitness activities? If yes, what were some of those?
A: When able-bodied I participated in regular walk distance walking and working with a trainer off and on (once a week). I did a yoga routine every morning. I also played tennis since I was seven years old.
Q: How long after the diagnosis, did you wait to start working out? A: From the beginning I did some exercising at home. That included stretching, range of motion exercises and some light free weights. I had been in a chair for about a year when I started playing wheelchair tennis. I started working with Garry two years later.
Q: What or who was the driving force behind your working out?
A: A neighbor recommended Garry to me. She said that he could help me with upper body strength and overall wellness.
Q: What would you say has been the hardest exercise thus far Garry has had you work on?
A: Pull-ups are hard for me, but I enjoy the effort.
Q: What is your favorite exercise?
A: I like the floor exercises best. Garry lifts me out of my chair and places me on a mat. He holds up my legs wheelbarrow style while I do pushups.
Q: What are you currently working on?
A: I always work to keep good muscle tone, balance, and strength. I have no feeling or ability to move below the chest, and Garry helps me to maximize what I do have. We are also working to quicken my reaction time to help with my wheelchair tennis.
Q: What other activities do you participate in other than strength training?
A: I continue to do range of motion exercises at home and to use what is called a standing frame to help with circulation and to keep my bones strong. I continue to be active in wheelchair tennis and to participate in tournaments throughout the country. Garry helps me to prepare. He targets my workouts.
Q: How often do you work out?
A: Once or twice a week.
Q: If you could give one piece of advice to those in a wheelchair, what would you tell them?
A: Stay positive and stay active. Don’t let being in a chair sideline you. – Cynthia