Feb 14, 2019
Birth date: 2/25/1971
Job: Interior designer/furniture designer/actor/VO actor/yoga teacher
Home town: Delco, PA
What’s your favorite exercise and why? Surfing. It’s a soloist adventure. It’s just you on your board, in the water, reading waves, connecting and harmonizing with nature, finding the flow and riding it. Every time out and every wave is unique. It teaches you the rewards of charging what you fear, the art of wiping out and doing all of it in style. Paddling is where you find the exercise, but you too distracted by the “now moment” to realize it’s actually exercise.
What’s one thing you wish you had more time or energy to spend on? Being of service and helping others. It’s hands down the most rewarding feeling when you can positivity impact someone else’s life. That’s my favorite selfish act. Such a feel-good drug.
What’s your personal motto? The lessons of failure, hardship and negative events always provide growth and opportunity. The greater the loss the bigger the potential reward.
Birth date: 6/9/1978
Job: FDNY firefighter
Hometown: Port Au Prince, Haiti
What’s my favorite exercise and why? The deadlift. It adds solid size and thickness and works a lot of different muscle groups. And every time I’m about to start my first lift I’m reminded of the commercial “I lift things up and put them down.” Lol.
What’s your go-to drink? Water. But If we’re talking alcohol, Grand Marnier neat.
What’s the last thing that you did that was really really fun? My first time at Burning Man a few months ago.
Birth date: 5/14/1970
Home town: Columbus, OH
Who’s the strongest person you know? My mother. Mom beat ovarian and breast cancer. She still works, and, still has an amazing sense of humor. Now that’s what I call real strength!
Growing up who was your pop culture and who is your ultimate guy now? Sylvester Stallone inspired me as a teenager to get really fit. Now? Still Sylvester Stallone! The man is in his 70s and doing pull-ups with a 100 lbs. dumbbell hanging between his legs.
What’s your personal motto? “Stop complaining about what you don’t have, and be grateful for what you’ve got.”
Birth Date: 12/15/1969
Job: Freelance Graphic Designer and Art Director
Hometown: Fort Dodge, IA
Do you have a personal motto? “Why not me?” It is surprisingly easy to make a list of the reasons preventing you from getting what you want. And, in the age of social media, it can feel like everyone is living their dreams except you. I try to flip the script and open myself to the positive possibilities.
What does “fit” mean to you? I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t focused on the aesthetic benefits of working out. But being “fit,” especially as as I age, has become much more about maintaining strength, stamina, flexibility and mobility. I want to look great, but I really want to be able to be active for decades to come
What’s the last thing you did that was really really fun? In addition to my graphic design business, I am an actor and improviser, and I get to tour the country with an improvised musical comedy show—singing, dancing and making people laugh. It is physically demanding … and really, really fun.
Birth Date: 3/22/1972
Job: Lieutenant correction officer/independent recording artist
Hometown: Waterbury, CT
Why does fitness matter to you? It matters because not only do I have a family history of high blood pressure, but being fit also helps me in both areas of work!
What’s one thing you wish you had more time or energy to spend on? My music career. My current job and fitness competitions have somewhat taken priority over my first love of music.
Do you have a personal motto? I can show you, better than I can tell you.
Job: Adjunct professor
Hometown: Everywhere (Dad was in the Army)
What does “fit” mean to you? Not just working out in the gym, but also living a lifestyle that supports and maintains all the hard work I do in the gym. I try my best to be balanced – physically, mentally, and spiritually. My church, my friends, and the students I help all contribute to my being “fit.”
Who is the most important person in my life right now? After Jesus, my girlfriend. She is the most beautiful person inside and out, and she loves me for who I am, not for what I do or have. She encourages me to be the best I can be, picks me up when I fall, and is my best cheerleader.
Growing up who was your pop culture fitspo and who is your ultimate guy now? Arnold Schwarzenegger. He was Conan The Barbarian and he was a giant. But as I grew up, I actually began to realize that I bring some pretty cool things to the table too. I’m encouraged by athletes and their accomplishments, but I’ve stopped comparing myself to others. I have begun setting and achieving my own goals. I’m on a journey to be the best “me” I can be.
Job: Venture capitalist/IT nerd
Hometown: Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
What’s your go-to drink? My special “Low Carb High Fat Fella.” It’s a lean muscle-building coffee: 1 tbls butter, 1 tbls MCT Oil/powder, 1 scoop of protein
What’s your cheat meal? One of my biggest solutions that contributed to my 217Lb weight loss over the last two years was finding alternative Keto/LCHF friendly foods. I always stay in “fueled by fat” mode without ever needing a cheat day. #Winning
Growing up who was your pop culture fitspo and who is your ultimate guy now? Michal Landon from “Little House” and Charlton Heston from the Omega Man. Later on, Mel Gibson from Braveheart and Russell Crowe in Gladiator. Above all others, though, and still my favorite, Iron Mike Tyson. I was so grateful to finally get a chance to meet him for Father’s Day a few years ago.
Date of birth: 7/25/1974
Job: Sales representative/actor
Hometown: Cold Spring, NY
Last thing that made you cry? The loss of my father
What’s one thing that you had more time or energy to spend on? The gym and my family who lives a few states away
How did the #MeToo movement changed the way you interact with women in the world? I respect women even more knowing that sexual abuse is so real.
Birth date: 1/25/76
Job: Professional life liver
Hometown : Staten Island, NY
Why does fitness matter to you? It was my daily refuge. It saved my life when I was in a severe depression over the loss of a loved one.
Go to drink? Apple Martini. Don’t judge me!
Strongest person I know? My mother