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Matthew Begansky


Phone: 301-520-5510
Bryson City, NC
United States 28713
10 out of 10 (36 reviews)
Matt Begansky, owner of Rebel & Live Well and Iron Stella Personal Training, LLC, is a full time personal trainer from Bryson City, North Carolina. His passion lies within fitness and helping others conquer their fitness goals. Currently at a weight loss of ninety pounds, Matt strives to help clients battle the mental and physcial challenges of becoming healthy. Matt has obtained his Russian Kettlebell Certification Level II (RKC II), Progressive Calisthenics Certification (PCC) along with certifications on the TRX Suspension Trainer, and Battling Ropes. Matt believes in having a strong mind, being able to laugh at yourself, and most importantly having fun and enjoying the ride that lies ahead.   
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10/10 Video Training for a Busy Working Mom
By Michelle Foti / Harrisburg, United States

Working out with Matt via video conference has changed my life. As a busy working mom, my health and fitness had taken a back seat for a long time and Matt met me where I was and has steadily helped advance my health, strength, flexibility and energy level. Matt designs efficient whole body workouts so I can stretch, get my workout in and cool down in 40 minutes. Video training with Matt provides the accountability I need to keep me coming back for workout after workout while Matt encourages me to push through the last few reps and constantly monitors and adjusts my technique to maximize results and avoid injury. Since working out with Matt, I don’t wake up in pain like I had for years, every move I make throughout the day is easier, my A1C came down to normal AND I’ve lost a significant amount of weight. Matt’s positive energy and vast knowledge of health and wellness are unparalleled.

10/10 Amazing Trainer!
By Lucius Taylor / Washington, USA

Just to say that Matt is a great kettlebell instructor would do him a disservice. He is a life coach. Not only does he make sure your technique is correct when working with the kettlebell. He constantly makes sure that your nutrition is on point. That you are properly stretching after a workout and have had enough sleep. All of which is critical if you are serious about losing weight or becoming fit. The weekly measurements are a barometer of where you stand. This is where Matt is at his best. The scale and tape don't lie as he would say. Whether its good or bad. Matt always gives you the truth and a detail plan of attack to improve your fitness journey. So during my weekly weigh in and measurements. it was always up and down week to week. I was frustrated and Matt stuck with me offering encouragement. Plus a detailed plan on how i'm going to reach my goals. I'm diabetic so I've been following a diet provided to me by my Nutritionist that follows the ADA (American Diabetes Association). This Diet was also encouraged by most of my doctors. Matt saw that this was not working. My workouts were really good and I was sleeping great. So he figured it has to be the meals. So Matt laid out a meal plan that i would follow and scrap the ADA meal plan. While on the ADA meal plan my A1c was always between 8.0 and 9.5. After adopting Matt's meal plan and continuing with our workouts with the kettlebell. I began to feel really amazing my workouts got even better and my energy has greatly improved. After 4 months I lost 33lbs. and my A1c is 6.3. This why I would say Matt is more than an expert with the kettlebell. He is truly a lifecoach. Matt treats your mind, body and soul and if you follow his plan. You can definitely achieve your fitness/health goals with Matt as your trainer.

10/10 Me, a grandmom and an athlete?
By T. C. / Silver Spring, Montgomery

When I mentioned to my friend that I was ready to be more serious about my physical exercise routine and that I wanted to get a personal trainer, she said two words, “Matt Begansky.” And then she said, “Matt’s an amazing trainer and he cares!” She immediately emailed Matt and told him about my interest, and before the night’s end, Matt had emailed me back. Within the next couple of days I completed my paperwork and had my first training session the next week! That’s how much Matt cares about people and about their journeys to physical strength and holistic well-being. Even before meeting Matt, he sent me a video clip with his demos of stretches to try before my first class. The stretching is so important and Matt stresses that on “Day one”. Step by step, Matt provides instruction and watches carefully to ensure no injuries. Every routine and every repetition is planned based on the level of strength and agility that you bring with you, and with the vision that Matt has for helping you reach the goals that he knows you are capable of and interested in achieving. Matt is a certified kettlebell instructor and he expertly teaches students how to execute the kettlebell snatch and swings. He tracks individual progress and determines kettlebell weight adjustments for each class and for each routine within a class. He’s just that in tune with your personal and physical readiness and he cares! Matt doesn’t push beyond what you’re capable of doing, because safety and personal care come first. However, he keeps you motivated and you always want to improve and progress. After the warms ups of downward facing dog, pigeon stretches, squats and lunges during the first session, I was ready to try my hand at the ropes and kettlebells, modified push-ups and my personal favorite, (pure sarcasm, here…), the bear crawl, or walking across the floor on all fours – hands and feet. I personally have challenges with range of motion in my knees, but Matt provides alternative exercise routines and knee pads to make the exercises work for me. I never feel out of place or uncomfortable because of my age. This positive approach makes me forget my limitations and before I realize it, I’m doing the routines correctly. It’s a wonderful thing to see how, in just a short time, I’ve built enough core strength to stand up from sitting positions without holding onto a chair or something else for support, and how I’ve increased my flexibility enough that I no longer come down the steps sideways to avoid bending my knees. Matt’s energetic and positive engagement, coupled with cool points for having great upbeat music shuffling through the playlist during workouts, earns him an A+ as an instructor and great person. Every successful exercise rep is met with Matt’s high-fives and encouragement, and before you know it, you realize that you can do it! Even me, the nerdy but thankfully rhythmic, music loving grandmom, felt like a champion after only a couple of weeks of instruction and strength training. When Matt told me, “You’re an athlete! Athletes compete with themselves to get stronger and better, and that’s you!” I started to believe that I could do this! He sees you as a winner and he wants you to see yourself like that too. This is just the start of my physical strength-training journey. I am so happy to be on this path.

10/10 What are you waiting for!
By Mary Jane Zimmerman / Louisville, United States

Matt is prompt, knowledgeable, and he makes training fun. His workout space is clean, well lit and organized. Plus Stella watches over you. I was visiting the area and wanted to continue my Kettlebell routine while traveling. I found him and 2 other instructors on the internet. He was the only one who got back to me. In one short hour he taught me a lot! I was worried I wouldn't remember it all. No worries, he sends a follow up email with detailed instructions. Plus his rates are very reasonable. Don't miss out!

10/10 Superb Intructor from Novice to Expert
By GP Sinicropi / Silver Spring, United States

Am a novice/beginner. In 8 months, Matt has motivated me and seen dramatic progress in strength, endurance, and balance. Matt takes the time and effort to build a relationship that’s drives understanding, goal development and ultimately, results. I have always been apathetic to working out. With Matt, not only do I look forward to our workouts but they’re a healing magic. He’s tough, he thoughtfully pushes me forward and as a result, I’ve doubled my output. I recommend Matt to anyone who wants one on one done professionally, didactically, and methodically. He’s affable and attentive and easy to get along with at anytime. He’s consistent, dependable, flexible with heavy work schedules and always makes you feel at home. And Stella...she’s a treat and a motivator.

10/10 Great trainer, great training
By Isaac Shpilman / Silver Spring, U.S

I started working out with Matt when I was just 13 years old. I'm 15 now and I can really see how much progress I've made over the last 2 years. Matt is a nice, kind and open person who is always accepting of you and I would highly recommend his services.

10/10 Friendly, Professional, and Reliable
By Sam Hillhouse / Silver Spring, USA

I recently took up running, but without any guidance I quickly overdid it. I developed shin splints and found myself struggling to meet my fitness goals. Lucky for me, Matt had my back. In my experience, Matt is easygoing and extremely knowledgeable. He worked with me to identify exactly what was going wrong during my workouts. He advised me on how I could avoid injuring myself in the future and gave me a set of carefully tailored exercises to help me recover. These exercises were simple and quick, and didn't require any special equipment. With a few targeted stretches and a tennis ball, Matt completely turned my situation around. Within the first 48 hours I experienced a noticeable decrease in my discomfort. Also, Matt gave me a tailored workout regimen designed to improve my strength and stamina during my recovery. Both the therapeutic exercises and workout regimen were designed with my capabilities, resources, and complicated schedule in mind. As a result, I found Matt's advice easy to implement. I cannot recommend Matt enough. He has a collaborative manner that makes him easy to work with and he made my success his priority. If you're in need of guidance, look no further.

10/10 Quality Instruction
By Roosevelt Turmon III / Baltimore, U.S.

This guy knows his stuff. I never received work out instruction before and my first time left a good impression. Matt was informative, patient, and clear. The first ten minutes he explained to me that when you exercise what you are really doing is movement, and without proper movement your exercise is going to go nowhere. With that said, we worked on movement and things that will facilitate movement, hip stretches, and how your muscles should contract. He taught me how to properly swing a kettlebell, how the hinge movement suppose to be performed, and the proper posture during the swing. I came from baltimore to silver spring to learn something and that's what happened. Matt offers quality instruction and I plan to use him again for sessions. I recommended him 10 out of 10, this guy will not steer you wrong. He seems to be a dedicated individual wanting you to succeed in your fitness endeavors. Thanks Matt!

10/10 Matt's the Best!
By CSR - / Silver Spring, USA

Matt is an excellent personal trainer. Where do I start? His knowledge (which is broad and detailed)? His personalization (he'll adapt when you feel tired, sore, tight)? His professionalism (he's consistently personable and gives you 100%)? I would recommend Matt to anyone, either sex, any age.

10/10 Yes, it's true. He's amazing!
By Erin Summerour / Silver Spring, United States

Matt is an amazing personal trainer! His enthusiasm and knowledge as well as Matt's ability to motivate his clients is unmatched. I worked one on one with Matt for a few months this summer and I saw dramatic changes in my physical appearance, energy levels, strength and stamina. I would highly recommend Matt to anyone who is looking for a friendly, personable, knowledgeable personal trainer. I can't wait to get back!

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