Danville Trainer Inspires Others
Reporter: Heather Rosenbaum | Videographer: Jonathan Merryman
Danville, VA -- A Danville personal trainer has turned a difficult time in his life into a positive for himself and others. Dave Gluhareff knows firsthand what his clients are going through with losing weight. He teaches boot camp classes hoping to inspire others with his own story.
"Growing up I was so heavy, there were no dates, there were no proms for me...because of the weight," said Gluhareff.
Peaking at 305 pounds, Gluhareff knows what it's like to be overweight.
"The fatigue came on faster. I guess I was a little more lethargic. I wanted to sleep more. I didn't have as much energy as I do now."
So he did something about it. He worked out, ate healthy and taught himself to live a different lifestyle.
"It's a little tougher way to grow up and I didn't want people to feel like that," said Gluhareff.
Gluhareff started a boot camp 15 years ago after losing 100 lbs.
"Everything we do here helps to strengthen them not only on the outside but on the inside" said Gluhareff.
He says he's teaching his clients a new way of life.
"I hope I've been a good influence on them helping themselves."
"I was taking diabetic, I lost 4 pounds, 5 pounds, my eating habits and my body structure is going back to where it once was," said Alfanzo Tate Jr., Dave's client.
For the past month, Tate works Gluhareff's class into his schedule. He started the training on three diabetic prescriptions. And in 30 days, he has seen the results dropping pounds and losing pills.
"If I keep on training (gestures none). I see a big difference in my sugar. It's dropping way lower than it was and I feel better," said Tate.
"It's made a big improvement as far as my strength, stamina, running. Just overall," said Rose Marie Percario, Dave's client.
Marie Percario sees a difference in her strength and life after two years with Gluhareff.
"I've never been as strong and able to do things. I can do things I wasn't able to two years ago," said Percario.
Gluhareff doesn't focus on what his clients lose, instead he sees all they gain.
"Emotionally it's tough. They may be on the verge of depression. I love to help someone overcome that and to get more positive," said Gluhareff.
Gluhareff has a written up his whole fitness model and diet suggestions online so everyone can see his strategy for losing weight.