Many students signed up with the goal to get healthy and into better shape. TSMMA Manhasset Student Dr. Matt LaBarbera – winner of the 60 Day Challenge at Tiger Schulmann’s Manhasset – with a very busy schedule, signed up for the challenge and never looked back. With determination and focus he started his training to get fit and daily planned his nutrition to get healthy.
The challenge started on January 13th, 2014 and ended on March 10th, 2014.
60 Days / 8 Weeks to a healthier, fit life style.
In these 60 Days, Matt lost inches & pounds and got into the best shape of his life.
With long days working at the hospital, as well as academic and family commitments, it’s easy to wonder if cardiologists are practicing the lifestyle behaviors they would advise their patients to emulate.
Dr. Matt LaBarbera is.
Matt LaBarbera, a Cardiologist, a husband, and father, knows a fair bit about exercise. “The important thing about exercise is that one needs to have goals,” he said. “The goal is to complete the stages, and stay on track. When you have goals like this, then exercise is easier to accomplish.”
“Patients like to hear that you exercise. You’re able to talk passionately with them about exercise and transmit your enthusiasm.”
When he is not working or spending time with his family, he exercises regularly. Training at Tiger Schulmann’s Manhasset; taking classes of kickboxing and mixed martial arts, from late into the evening or early in the morning, making sure to stay on the schedule he has set for himself. If his busy schedule did not allow him to train, he made sure to make up the classes he missed within the next day or two. For Matt, exercise is a priority, because it helps with concentration, makes him feel fitter and stronger, and helps with overall aspects of his health. For Matt, there is no better workout than kickboxing and MMA. A total body workout in one session, in one place.
As diet and exercise remain the cornerstones of sound cardiovascular health, and doctors having had the inevitable talk with a patient about their weight, avoiding junk food, and starting an exercise program, so it makes sense that Matt would be out there leading the charge, rising early or staying up late to get his kickboxing and MMA classes, practicing what he is preaching to his patients.