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Workout Warrior: Injured Marine gets specially designed gym installed at home

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Long before he was a Marine, Josh Himan loved the gym.

"Ever since I was 12, 13, I started lifting weights,” says Himan. “The gym has always been my sanctuary.”

He served as a machine gunner in Afghanistan. In 2009, his Humvee ran over an improvised explosive device. He is paralyzed from the chest down.

"There were 16 men who died from my unit and I think any of them would trade places with me in a heartbeat -- wheelchair or not," says Himan.

Christine Ribik was Himan’s occupational therapist at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He could only workout with help from someone else.

Two years ago, Ribik reached out to personal trainer, Sunir Jossan, and he contacted Tyler Hobson from Rogers Athletic. Hobson designs strength-training equipment for professional athletes - including the Redskins.

Rogers designed the equipment and flew Himan to Michigan to test out the prototype. The Semper Fi Fund paid for the steel to make the equipment, and on Wednesday, they set it up in Himan’s house in Woodbridge, Va.

When he saw the equipment, his first reaction was "Look at this thing. That's awesome!" Ribik said it was amazing to see the idea come to fruition.

"I can't believe that these people followed mine and Josh's dream,” says Ribik. “I'm going to get all choked up here. For me, as an occupational therapist, that was the one thing I couldn't do for him -- to have him be independent at the gym.”

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