Garrett’s success does not come without challenges. For 37 years, he struggled with Epilepsy and seizures, which poised as a significant barrier for his day-to-day life. However, March 2012 marked a two year anniversary of being Epilepsy free – he credits his personal spiritual beliefs, good health, and a powerful connection to his family and friends. At one point in his life he weighed up to 365 pounds and had a 56-inch waist. Within his lifetime Garrett has been identified as obese, diabetic, and dealt with cancer. Now he is a pillar of health and an inspiration to others. He continues to move forward with his healthy endeavors and now aspires to help others with their own personal quest for success. He’s developed a Youtube channel and now shares his messages of inspiration with the social media world.
Garrett’s Body Building Awards
2011 NABBA USA American Bodybuilding Championship Nationals
- 4th Place Men’s Open
2011 NPC Bill Grant Classic
- Men’s Masters Over 50 - 3rd
- Men’s Open - 5th
3rd Place NABBA American Bodybuilding Championship Nationals
2010 NPC Bill Grant Classic
- Men’s Masters Over 50 - 5th
- Men’s Novice Heavyweight - 5th
MEET GARRETT F. PUNCH, IV
Hometown: Steelton, PA & Memphis, TN
Residency: Middletown, PA
Occupation: Freight/Cargo dock-worker
Hobbies: working out, composing/recording music, collecting retro 50's & 60's objects & clothing
What is your definition of a Fuerte Man? (Strong Man): Intelligent, honest, respectful, hard working, fit in mind and body, goal oriented, positive, optimistic, in control, more demanding of himself than others, no excuses, humorous.
What are your professional, personal goals? My goal is always to better myself as a person - physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually as well as financially. I am always encouraging others to believe in themselves and reach for their own dreams like I have done. Support and encouragement as well as advice go a long way. Currently I am hoping to set up motivational speaking engagements mixing bodybuilding, health, fitness with posing, some music and humor.
How has the physical challenges of overcoming cancer and epilepsy impacted your life? I never take anything for granted. To wake up and be able to live a normal life like everyone else is amazing! I take much better care of myself, push myself harder to see as far as possible and am enjoying life. I try to share that enthusiasm with others and letting them know there is no excuse not to try.
What thoughts can you share with individuals who may be starting a health program in their later years of life? First, get a check up. Know how your body is. Start slow. Read and research everything on the internet and ask others. There is no “cookie cutter” method as we are all different. Know what you want to do, start and enjoy it!
Stick with it! Get a good diet, meaning the right foods for your body. Most of all, enjoy it. There is no age barrier to good health. No excuses either. Know your limits though. They will expand in time. Stay away from ads and fads for juices, shakes, prepared meals, and all nonsense and waste of money.