The relationship between a person and their personal trainer is sometimes a very special one. For Marcus Meyers, it was enough to bring tears to his eyes the first time he left Wildwood Athletic Club.
Marcus was born with a condition called cerebral palsy spastic diplegia. “My specific type of disability is predominately in my legs,” he explained. “I can walk, but it’s a little bit delayed and I get a little bit more fatigued when I do walk. That’s why getting out of my wheelchair is so important, and that’s why finding a club that can help me achieve that is so important.”
His personal trainer, Jarrett Beck, put it simply: “I just don’t baby him.”
Jarrett explained that Marcus said sometimes people feel they need to baby him because of his disability. “He has goals just like everybody else has goals and that’s what we’re working towards,” said Jarrett.
Marcus says, “They push me to do the things that I thought I’d never been able to do. They support me both physically and emotionally so that I can achieve those goals.”
But when it comes to taking credit, Jarrett gives it all to Marcus. “He’s the one who puts all the work in. I’m not the one walking on the treadmill or anything like that. I just tell him what to do and he does it.”
Watch Marcus and Jarrett’s story in the video above. Considering a personal trainer? Read this article to learn more about the benefits and how to find the right one.