Meet Instagram's fighting fit couple and know why they are 'Swolemates' for life
Online fitness inspiration usually comes from fitness influencers showing off their flat tummies, impressive abs, and over-the-top workout routines. And when it comes to hitting the gym and getting fit, it always helps to have your partner with you. But this couple has taken their relationship goals to a whole new level by combining their commitment to fitness and to each other in an amazing way. When you see 31-year-old social-media fitness star and bikini competitor Jessica Arevalo (@jessicaarevalo_) in the weight room with Garrett Greer (@GarrettJGreer) you just can’t stop being emotional.
The stellar workout duo have been dating since they met at a lounge in California last fall. Garrett was paralyzed in 2010 after he broke his neck in a pool accident. But that doesn’t stop him from getting his sweat on with his girl. He can’t move his lower body and has limited function of his upper body. But the 31-year-old professional poker player says that his strengthening workouts with Jessica have really helped him feel confident and strong. However Jessica had no idea that her couple workouts with him would lead to such positive physical results for him - nor such an incredibly positive response from her followers.
It was Jessica who encouraged Garrett to post his workouts on Instagram. The Santa Monica fitness guru has always been a fitness buff. She picked up bodybuilding in her late 20s and is one of Instagram’s biggest fitspiration influencers, having amassed more than 2.7 million followers. The Instagram star has long been a fan of fitness, and always had a keen interest in sharing her passion and positivity online in the hope that it will inspire others. Jessica has competed in 33 bikini competitions so far and has more than 196,363 followers on YouTube.
The couple’s most popular video which went viral last year with nearly 1 million views, shows the bikini model spotting Garrett lifting weights as she straddles him. After they moved in together into Garrett's Santa Monica home recently, Garrett was completely into his five-days-a-week training regimen, 30 minutes per session, including tough exercises like tossing weight balls or flexing using cable flies. All the credit goes to Jessica’s incredible support.
Standing, or sitting, Jessica says she cannot be parted from her boyfriend - and regularly posts gushing tributes to him on her social media. And it's tricky, while each case of paralysis is unique, the couple has to be careful in the weight room. Garrett's workouts focus on his upper back muscles and chest because he lacks abdominal lining needed for core workouts. Garrett can still move his biceps, not triceps; the tops of his forearms, but not the bottom of them; and his chest and upper back, but not his core. He has no dexterity in his hands, although he can move his wrists in a way that tightens his fingers to create a faux grip. 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.
Jessica did her best to concentrate on individual muscles to stimulate nerve regeneration. They repeated the cable workout on the right side of his chest and tricep and sure enough the next day Garrett regained some feeling in those muscles. While Garrett is hopeful he'll walk again one day regardless of what the future brings, the doctors gave him no guarantee if he will regain full body control and feeling.
We can totally see that it’s a match made in heaven. Wait, are you crying?