Just three years ago, becoming a personal trainer felt impossible for John Orsino.

“I had brain surgery when I was 23 years old. I was stripped of all coordination on the left side of my body. I struggled from a balance issue. I was in a wheelchair for several months,” said Orsino.

Doctors discovered a benign tumor blocking spinal fluid in part of John’s brain. He had to relearn how to walk.

Today, the 26-year-old is a certified adaptive and inclusive trainer for LaRocca Fitness. He trains for their program uniquely fit which offers one-on-one training to address the functional needs of people with disabilities.

Nina Romano started the program.

“I want to ensure any person that walks into a gym can get the help that they need,” said Romano.

For John, getting that certificate was something personal.

“It comes down to reliability for me. I knew what it was like to be at the bottom. I was around a lot of people who didn't see a way out in a lot of different ways. To be a part of it and to be able to give back to as many people as possible. I mean that’s the greatest thing ever,” said Orsino.

He said seeing improvements in his clients like Josh here is the biggest reward.

And while he hopes that the people he trains see him as a motivator he says he wants his experience to teach everyone that they too can make it through tough times.

“I was in this position not too long ago so to be able to do this for other people is phenomenal” said Orsino.