In their own words...
General Health and Wellness Testimonials
“Over the years, Steve Dam and Activation Fitness have helped my son and daughter prepare for college basketball, relieved my wife's chronic sciatica and improved my strength and mobility after a long NBA career."
— Bill Cartwright
3X NBA Champion - Chicago Bulls
"I have been training with Gina for about 6 months. The first work out was an adjustment, but I already knew I had a lot of work to do. Since then, I have lost about 20 pounds and feel a lot stronger and more balanced. My endurance has greatly improved as well as my ability to move in most ways. In between sessions, I am pretty consistent with working out by myself and my training sessions with her have helped me continue to progress. She has a really positive attitude that helps me out of low points on my way to achieving my fitness goals. Gina’s workouts are filled with variety. She keeps the work outs interesting by presenting new exercises that push my body to new limits. She is high energy, friendly and provides just the right level of motivation to keep me going when I feel like stopping. Her work outs are difficult and she is persistent about getting me to push myself. I am not into the “boot camp” style and Gina is the right mix of tough and supportive that I need to keep coming back to her. "
"I met Gary almost ten years ago and have been very pleased with his extensive knowledge about training as he created work-out programs for me that have benefited me in many ways. He truly knows my needs and it has been enjoyable to train with him consistently for two to three times a week for almost a decade. A few years ago we made a change in our routine where we included MAT sessions following each workout. I felt instantaneous improvement in my motion and balance with my every day movements. I’m pleased with this amazing effect! Weekly treatments made me get better and better each time. I found Gary to be extremely knowledgeable, very thoughtful and reliable. I would be delighted to strongly recommend him to whoever needs his help!"
— Richard Lange
Adjunct Faculty at National-Louis University
"I started coming to Activation Fitness when I had some nagging knee pain. I wanted to get ready for a ski trip and searched on line for something effective and non-invasive. After just a few sessions of MAT, my knees were pain free. It really was a Godsend. I was impressed enough to encourage my mom to start coming. She had several car accidents and had become much less active with increasing pain and tightness. She started with some MAT but now does strength training mostly and has been a regular client for a couple years. It has changed her life and she can now enjoy active exercise and walks regularly without pain for first time in years. Now I even convinced my dad to start coming in finally for a chronic shoulder issue.. he was skeptical but is seeing some big increase in his strength and flexibility. He is finally starting to sleep better at night and feeling optimistic again about the golf season coming up!
— Arpie Petkus
"Before I began working with Gina, I had traditionally shied away from using weights and machines at the gym because I did not know how to use them properly. Gina helped me to not only gain a level of comfort with them, but also taught me how to use my own body in my workouts to build my strength. Her time spent with me was definitely well worth it!"
“For years I had been trying to gain muscle strength and tone while losing weight. I had tried working with many personal trainers before Steve with no results. Steve was able to get me on track and I started to see real results. Steve is very knowledgeable about how to work with someone to get results and get them to push themselves as far as they can while never pushing someone too far so they injure themselves or feel like giving up. He is very attuned to how a person is feeling and is able to adjust the workouts to suit their present needs.”
— Randi Feiger
"Gina is, hands down, my favorite trainer I have ever worked with. In the past, I have felt like trainers ran through the same circuit of exercises that they used with all of their clients. With Gina, I feel that each workout was personalized to my specific needs. The exercises are fun, and I feel like I’m really targeting specific muscles."
“Steve has had a profound impact on my thinking and activities for my health. He was an eye-opening experience after 25 years of static stretching, which had not produced results. He was the entire reason I started going barefoot more often, and now wear the thinnest possible shoes (after wearing orthotics since I was 10), thus allowing my feet to go through a full range of motion. No more big clunky shoes, thank you Steve. I recommend Steve and Activation Fitness highly.”
— ROBERT JORDAN
Founder of Interim CEO / Interim CFO
"I have been training and receiving MAT services from Gary Gecas for more than 3 years now. First, I would like to say that Gary is a very reliable individual, so it is easy to keep up with workouts and MAT because you can count on Gary being there. Second, I would like to say that Gary is great about mixing up the workouts and doing different things, so you never get bored by a same old same old kind of routine. Also, as I am getting older, I need to be more careful in terms of preventing injury through the use of proper technique. Gary pays close attention to make sure that I don’t use an incorrect position that might cause injury. Also, he has helped me through a couple of injuries that I suffered outside of our sessions such as shin splints from all the running I used to do. I no longer am suffering from shin splints because we have modified our workouts and I discontinued the strenuous running I was doing as well as regular MAT treatments focusing on the leg, ankle and foot that has really helped. More recently, I have been plagued with a shoulder aggravation that has been helped a lot by our MAT sessions.
Lastly, one of the great things about working with Gary is his vast knowledge about the human body and how that relates to a workout and MAT. It is very nice to have in one person someone who can give you a safe workout and provide MAT treatments as well. I would highly recommend Gary to anyone whether you are looking for a great personal trainer or someone who can provide MAT; or, as in my case, someone who can provide both specialties and do them both very well."
— Karen Elin Johnson
Roughneck Concrete Drilling and Sawing Company
“Both my wife and I saw Steve. With treatment and exercises to do on my own, I have significantly improved my range of motion.”
— John Hoffman
Director of Finance at Zurich Insurance
“After trying everything under the sun, I finally found Shawn and M.A.T. I was most impressed with the science behind the technique and Shawn’s knowledge of the body. I highly recommend Shawn and M.A.T.”
— Kimberly Farah
Artistic Director of Moves Dance Studio
"I just came up the hill from swimming in my pool. 5 years ago this was not a big deal, but for the past 4 years I just couldn’t do it without falling and hurting myself. Since MAT with Steve, I can do all sorts of things I couldn’t do for years and had given up doing ever again...like going down to my basement. Couldn’t do stairs. I keep trying to tell everyone I know how well MAT works but they are very skeptical. Obviously my improvement is not enough for them...but my grand kids think it is great since I can swim with them again! Anyway, I’ll keep spreading the word, but I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for giving me my life back. My husband, Bill, has also steadily improved. His hip is not bothering him, he doesn’t limp and he can sleep on his back without much problem. We have not been in for a while due to financial constraints but this sustained improvement is truly amazing!"
— Jacque Sherman
“I have lived with aches and pains in various areas of my body. I also had a feeling of persistent tightness. I would get some temporary relief from stretching and other methods trying to release the tight areas. I have had these issues for many years so MAT has not been a “quick fix”. However, I was able to experience some relief almost immediately. I am now able to do many activities that I would never have been able to do a year ago. I feel much stronger overall and look forward to continuing to take on new challenges.”
— Renay Mandell
“My entire life I have been very limited in my body’s flexibility. After working with Steve Dam, I immediately began seeing tremendous improvement in my muscle strength and my body’s overall flexibility. Even when I experience any neck or back pain, Steve’s consistent attention and expertise makes all the difference. On the personal front, Steve is a kind, supportive, energetic, approachable and very bright individual who really knows how to make a positive difference. I will continue to recommend Steve to all my friends and colleagues who are looking to improve their overall quality of life.”
— Jon Harris
In their own words...