Long Beach man is a real Gladiator
At 5-foot-6 and about 150 pounds, Gerry Garcia is dwarfed by the hulking stars of NBC's
"I sit next to them and I'm the size of one leg," said the Long Beach resident.
"These guys are twice my weight, twice my height. But I'm still not intimidated - I've got twice the heart."
Garcia put his heart - and the rest of his body - to the test in the premiere episode of the new season of
"American Gladiators," airing at 8 tonight on Channel 4.
The show pits 20 men and 20 women against the mammoth gladiators in contests of strength, speed, agility and guts. Once they get past the gladiators, contestants go head-to-head with one another, with their eyes on the $100,000 prize.
"I was battered," said Garcia of the pounding he took.
"I was told they haven't seen football hits that hard. But you know what? When you're going, when the adrenaline is pushing, you don't feel it. I didn't feel the pain until about half an hour after the event."
Garcia, 27, was born in the Philippines, moving with his family to Southern California when he was 1. He grew up in Oxnard and relocated to Long Beach about three years ago.
He's pursuing his business degree at Cal State Fullerton and works with autistic children through the Orange County Department of Education. He also has dedicated some of his time to helping at-risk teens through the Oxnard School District.
"I've been helping out kids since I was 17," Garcia said.
"I feel comfortable doing it. It doesn't feel like a job for me. I go to work, play with kids."
When he's not working or studying, Garcia is training.
He works out regularly with the Brazilian Top Team in Long Beach, training in mixed martial arts, and is at one or another 24 Hour Fitness facility four or five days a week.
"The only time I'm home is when I'm sleeping," he said.
"I try not to waste a minute of my life. I try to stay motivated."
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