Online fitness inspiration usually comes in the form of female influencers showing off their flat tummies, impressive abs, and over-the-top workout routines, so their boyfriends are expected to have impressive muscles, too.
However, nobody could predict extremely popular fitness blogger’s gym buddy to be Garrett Greer.
The 31-year-old professional poker player, who was paralyzed in 2010 after he broke his neck, isn’t just a stellar workout partner. He and Jessica Arevalo, whose page on Instagram gathered 2,7 million followers, have been dating since they met at a lounge in California last fall.
And have to say, wheelchair-bound boyfriend doesn’t stop the duo from tearing it up at the gym.
My motivation now a days is this beautiful soul❤️ – Today I showed @GarrettJGreer different exercises by lightly spotting him. But I couldn't help but to spot him from the front for lateral raises!😂🙈😜 – Trust me getting on and off his wheel chair isn't as easy as it looks it took me awhile to get it that smooth lol! – – P.S. We love having fun! Hence the dance at the end! Life is too short not to have fun!💃🏻 – New day vlog of us live! LINK in bio to watch!👆🏼
The couple has made a name for themselves in the online fitness community for posting videos of their partner workouts.
The two have formed a dynamic gym couple, and IFBB Bikini Pro athlete Arevalo said: “I love his drive in the gym it always gets me motivated!”
“It feels good to be doing something active,” Garrett told Cosmopolitan about his video workouts, which see him doing all manner of tough exercises, from tossing weight balls to flexing using cable flies.
In between my Glute workout I was showing GG @GarrettJGreer how to do compound movements that he was able to execute!😍 – I love his drive in the gym it always gets me motivated! I love performing compound movements because it really gets your heart rate up and you can feel the burn so good!🙌🏼 – Lateral raise to a curl- Targeting shoulders and biceps! We did a total of 4 sets for 15 reps. – P.S. New Vlog up on my YouTube channel of us! Click link in bio to watch! Daily vlogs going up!👆🏼
Due to this limited hand functioning, Garrett uses special gloves to grip free weights, medicine balls with straps, and wrist cuffs with hooks to hang onto cable machines.
“I work on what I can do and test my limits,” he says. After all, although there’s no guarantee Garrett will ever regain full control or feeling throughout his body, he has been told that exercise may encourage nerve regeneration.
“You really can’t know what functionality you’ve gotten back without trying to move it,” he says.
Hope, one day Garrett and Jessica will walk together, however now he has that crucial thing – he has Jessica’s love and support, regardless of what their future brings.
“I think he is absolutely perfect just the way he is,” Jessica wrote in an Instagram post. “I told him if he were to be able to walk again some day, that it would be too much perfection to handle.”
I feel like I've been making some progress in my core strength. Here I'm focusing on rotating my core and getting my shoulders around to each side. I love these medicine balls with straps for this exercise – makes it really easy for those with limited hand function. – Also shout out to my #AlmaMater #UCLA #Bruins @stancesocks – #WheelchairLife #SpinalCordInjury #Quadriplegic #Wheelchair #SCI