Biography | Wake the Fork Up®!


Known in the U.S. as one of today’s leading Total Body Transformation experts, Gary Watson has literally helped transform thousands of people’s mindsets, eating styles, and bodies. His unique form of communication, combined with his relentless passion for health and wellness, has been described as nothing short of extraordinary. “A dynamic leader, coach, trainer, presenter, and mentor… All this knowledge and energy with a communication style FIT to be reckoned with.” – Bernie LeCocq, Chicago’s River North Gym, President

Gary Watson graduated from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) in May of 1992 with a B.S. in Kinesiology, and a correlate in Performance Nutrition. In addition, Gary took graduate courses in exercise and aging, the business of physical education, participated in a volunteer outreach program for adults, and was the president of the Illini Weightlifting Club.

Gary began his career as a personal trainer at the world famous East Bank Club in Chicago. In November of 1992, he was Certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the well respected National Strength and Conditioning Association. He continues to stay current with all his continuing education requirements and holds a CSCS with Distinction status.

In January 1995, Gary founded Gary Watson Training Systems and has had an extensive roster of clients ever since. Some of his specialties include; burning fat fast, conditioning for muscular strength and endurance, cardiovascular conditioning, nutrition and weight management, sport specific training, pre/post natal and post-rehabilitative programs. He quickly became one of Chicago’s most sought after trainers and consultants, mentoring other professionals in the field, and hasn’t looked back.

Wake the Fork UP® was created by Gary in 2014, as a direct result of his three point system called Your Primary ME and the Power of Three™. With over 25 years of hands-on consulting experience, Gary has taken very complicated science and chunked it down to three easy steps to help YOU burn 10, 15, EVEN 20 pounds of fat in 30 days or less. This is literally one of the fastest fat-burning programs available to date and it works for nearly everyone! His new book, Wake the Fork Up®: How to Lose 10, 15, Even 20 Pounds of Fat in 30 Days or Less was released in December 2014. This system is groundbreaking new information that incinerates fat in record time! As a #1 Best Selling Author, Gary is driven to transform one million bodies over the next 10 years, empowering people to take control of their health and wellness once and for all. Looking, Feeling, and Being YOUR Best is his ONLY MISSION. “Through a shared vision of certainty and variety, significance and connection, growth and contribution, we will literally turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. NOW is YOUR time!”