Hard Exercise Works trainer home from hospital after attack

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - A Palm Beach County gym instructor is home from the hospital after being hit in the face with an iron weight last week.

Now, fundraising efforts and local gyms have rallied behind 25-year-old John Szarszewski.

Already, $9,000 has been raised on one fundraising site to help with the medical bills, and other gyms are setting up others in the next few weeks.

Szarszewski, a trainer at Hard Exercise Works, suffered multiple injuries to his eye and cheek during an attack July 10.

Police said Szarszewski was teaching a class when the suspect, Daniel Amato, 40, picked up a five-pound weight and smashed him in the face.

Szarszewski suffered a broken nose, multiple fractures to his face and will need reconstructive surgery.

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