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From Wallace Mahlenbrok
To MatchPoint NYC
I started my membership at Matchpoint NYC in September of 2014. Kristina KC (MatchPoint NYC’s membership adviser) suggested that I would benefit from working with Taras Luzhnyy (MatchPoint NYC’s personal trainer) because of his experience as an athlete, physical therapist and a Hosftra University graduate with a Bachelor degree in Science. My challenges included a herniated disk and chronic sciatica flare ups that would leave me immobilized. I was not even able to climb stairs without gasping and pain. At the age 48 my body felt much older! I had my reservations because I had injured myself at a different gym with a different trainer. Kristina reassured me that this would not happen with Taras.
My program began with only 15 to 20 minutes on the elliptical machine and light weights lifting. Repetition was slow but important, it left me aching and sore. Months went by and Taras increased the amount of weights I lifted and moved some of my cardio work to the stationary bike and the stair master. I was slowly losing weight under his guidance. After 10 months my debilitating sciatica flare-ups subsided and I lost 40 pounds. I can even run 5 miles on the treadmill! I have not run that far since the age of 17.
I am 49 years old and now I have more energy for my children and myself. I also had a chronic shoulder pain when I played a violin and that has gone away as well. At my last doctors examination my heart and aerobic capacity checked out perfect. Taras suggested that I get a bone density test and my bones are strong! My body fat level is that of an 18-25 year old according to the body MRI.
I feel great and many people say I look more attractive. I feel blessed, changed and incredibly lucky to have met him and have him as my trainer. Thank you Taras for changing my life. I will never forget you, Kristina or Jason because you suggested that I should sign up for a full year of sessions, it was the best investment I have ever made. Taras you improved my quality of life and I did it without any medication.