Gary earned his credentials in the school of hard knocks. As the youngest child of South Asian immigrants, Gary struggled to ‘fit in’ and sought comfort in food. On top of typical immigrant insecurities, he faced weight issues and low self-esteem. This parlayed into a few years of cultural rebellion and ‘partying’. Like many South Asian youth, he felt pulled in various directions at once. Canada pulled him to the west; India pulled him to the east. He could not understand the ongoing responsibility of having duo cultures and how to merge the two.
Then during his 20’s – things finally clicked. The inspiration was from his older sister, Sonia and her own healthy weight transformation. With her guidance, he found a passion for weight training and fitness. Gary’s natural athletic ability ignited. Weight training enabled him to propel his South Asian Sardar identity, roots, and incorporate them into a total body functional training regimen.
As the saying goes, “charity starts at home” and Gary has utilized his knowledge to help others, especially his own family. This deep-rooted connection and purpose to achieve a healthy lifestyle has made Gary become one of the most sought-after fitness coaches. His modus operandi has become ‘believe to achieve’.
“It’s not about me, I’m just representing our community – the South Asian identity – and it being shown in a positive light to people around the world.”
While his focus is primarily South Asians, Gary extends his reach to the masses by working one on one with individuals to attain first hand, practical experience about fitness, and what it takes to follow a healthy lifestyle. He strives to maintain the highest standards in developing new and innovative ways to enhance and maintain physical fitness. “There are many people living out of balance – my goal is to put the pieces of the puzzle together with cardiovascular training, weight training, nutrition, and mental health.” Leveraging various tools, Gary strives to educate and motivate individuals to develop themselves and improve their performance.
Life is not without hurdles and Gary recognizes there are challenges for a Sardar fitness person to gain mainstream acceptance. However, as a trailblazer there is definite place for unique and interesting looks, and in the western world, the turbaned look falls in that category.