At age 13 Matt had a tumor that was so large it forced his spine into a dangerous lateral curve. He was in tremendous pain as a result. He was misdiagnosed twice and finally a doctor at New York hospital’s Hospital for Special Surgery figured it out and successfully performed the surgery.
They put Matt in a full-torso cast for a year and then wanted to put him in a full upper-body brace for the rest of my life and he refused to do it. After a repeated back and forth with the doctor and his mother Matt resolutely told them that there has to be another way. The doctor mentioned that exercise was showing some favor in rehabilitation research circles and that he could try it, but if it didn’t work it would be the brace for life. That started Matt’s journey in fitness and to beat the brace.
Matt now devotes his life to inspiring people and teaching them what he had learned to be able to build his body to beat the brace and to be in top shape at 60 years old. He also performs fitness events for charity including doing a 1000 pull-up events with all proceeds going to Food for the Hungry.
His new book is called Don't Sweat 60, and in it contains his story in detail and the methods he used to be able to avoid the brace and to be in the shape that he is now. He especially wants to teach more mature individuals because his method is totally safe and highly effective, and can change their lives for the better. He says that he feels like he’s still in his twenties and wants others to experience that same joy as well. For Matt, that is his greatest passion. The book also has separate sections for people that want to train at home, with circuits laid out from total beginner to very advanced, as well as a workout plan for in the gym.
Matt’s personal fitness records include: 425 fist push-ups flat to the floor and to full lockout in 19 minutes,
365 strict form pull-ups in a half hour, 640 in an hour, and 1000 in an hour and forty-five minutes, and 2000 in one workout.