Being a highly competitive athlete Gary had aspirations of playing basketball throughout his high school and college career. He trained hard and developed into the best player that he could become but unfortunately Gary’s career was cut short due to severe and multiple ACL knee injuries. These continuous injuries left Gary on the sidelines for years wondering what he was doing wrong and what he could do differently to prevent this from happening to other athletes and how to recover from them more effectively.
It was then that Gary set out on a mission to reinvent what training should look like to increase performance, decrease injuries and live a healthier lifestyle. Since 2009 Gary has dedicated himself to this mission
Over the years Gary has worked for physical therapists, endlessly studying anatomy and training theory, earning certifications and coaching private and group sessions. He also had the invaluable opportunity to go through a mentorship experience with Dustin Collier of Andover Mohawk Physical Therapy as he rehabbed my final injuries. During this time I enhanced my understanding of functional anatomy and injury mechanisms to better apply it to fitness and athletic performance.
Gary is a Performance Specialist with EXOS (XPS), a Functional Movement Screen Specialist (FMS) through Functional Movement Systems, a speed and agility specialist through Athletes Acceleration (CSAC) and a Precision Nutrition Certified Nutrition Coach (Pn1).
More proud than he is of his certifications, Gary has relentless passion and drive to continue to become a better coach and apply what he learns so that the Driven community enjoy the absolute best and safest training experience.
Gary started training athletes and adults from very humble beginnings. In the summer of 2012 he began training local athletes in parks and high school weight rooms. He would travel to parents home and train them while the kids were at camp or after work and he would go to camps training athletes. As he families noticed his passion, knowledge and ability Gary’s training programs continued to grow.
In 2014 Gary started an Athletic Development program in a local commercial gym while continuing his adult personal training. In one year he grew this program to training nearly 1,000 athletes and countless adults. The growth and development of this program was a tremendous learning experience on how to deliver a completely comprehensive training program so that athletes and adults don’t just get a great workout but remain healthy and strong throughout the process.
Gary driven by his passion to become the best coach and deliver the best experience then set out on his own in the spring of 2015 when he opened Driven Fitness and Performance. In the past 18 months Driven has seen tremendous growth because of the same principles energy, passion and consistent improvement.
It is Gary’s mission for Driven to become the pinnacle of sport-performance and adult strength and conditioning in our area. His vision is that Driven becomes synonymous with excellence and when families talk of Driven in the local community people understand that they give everything they have over there to meet that standard of excellence.
Gary would like to personally thank you for reading about his passion and determination to represent something special here at Driven Fitness and Performance. If you ever need anything please feel free to reach out.