A:I’m originally from Panama City, Florida and I went to the University of Miami, Florida for Undergrad. So I guess you can say that I’m a “Florida Boy”.
Q:How did you begin in the fitness industry?
A:My beginnings in the fitness industry were quite humble. After being an athlete and active person for so long, I became frustrated at getting injured so much. I started to blame my desk job as an engineer for most of these injuries. So just for my own knowledge I did my training certification. Before long a few of my friends from business school who found out I was a trainer put me to work and the rest was history. Before long, I decided to leave corporate America to train full time.
Q:Describe being a personal trainer...
A:My best description of being a trainer is that you really aren’t a trainer... you’re a “coach”, you are a motivator, instructor, educator, counselor and advisor all wrapped into one. You’re primary goal is to create a client that to be honest doesn’t need you after a while because you’ve done your job so well, that they know what to do and why they’re doing what you tell them to do.
Q:Exactly. What's the greatest mistake you see your clients making, when training?
A:Settling and leaning on excuses. The biggest breakthrough that a client can make is coming to grips with the fact that “they” ultimately responsible for results. No matter how much external help you have, change is an inside job.
Q:How do you keep them motivated?
A:That’s an easy one…. I know I have larger goals and I have to stay motivated to reach them. Then and look at my clients, my employees, my wife and baby girl and I remember that it’s not about me. One of the great gauges of a leader is how much impact you have on those around you. That’s what keeps me motivated .
Q:What is your training and diet like?
A:Training is full body function focused, with a good amount of interval training. I follow my own programs as well as Martin Rooney’s Training for Warriors programs which is focused around increasing work capacity with sprinting. Other than that, a healthy dose of Kettlebell work and Bar Complexes are the foundation of my programs. I also do a lot of distance cycling which is a big part of my program as well. Diet, I’d say that I follow Dr. John Berardi’s Precision Nutrition Program which focus on 21 Superfoods as a foundation for a good, sustainable diet.
Q:Tell us about Body Space Fitness...
A:BSF in my own personal training studio that I opened in May 1st 2012. After leaving the corporate world and working at a well known gym in NYC, I knew that I wanted to have a place of my own that would not just allow our clients to train hard and smarter but train “right”. There are just some aspects of training that you can’t get in a “Big Box”. We makes sure to control the atmosphere and culture of the space. This makes our clients feel welcome and gives them a sense that they belong to something special not just a “gym”. Everything in the gym from the lighting to the 65 foot strip to the equipment selection to the open space is designed to help both clients and trainers perform at their max potential. My assessment room also doubles as a library. I’m a firm believer that we’re in an industry that constantly changing but at the same time has a lot of valuable historical material. We use our library as a way to keep up with trends and sharpen our skills on what we already know. BSF is set up to benefit both its clients and its trainers.
Q:What health and fitness trends are you currently witnessing?
A:I’m definitely seeing the trend towards full body functional training. Just this weekend there was an article in the New York Times speaking to this point and talking about how big box gyms are starting to do away with some equipment in exchange for multifunctional equipment and space. I’m also seeing a trend in people who are tired of riding the injury cycle and are starting to embrace things like stretching, foam rolling and corrective exercise.
Q:Can you give us all of your social media handles?
A:Sure. My personal handles on Instagram and Twitter are @kelvingary. Feel free to follow! The Handles for Body Space Fitness are @bodyspacenyc on Instagram and Twitter and Body Space Fitness on Facebook. People can also follow my blog at www.kelvingary.com and www.bodyspacefitness.com
Interview done by Elliot Rivera for HealtHaven.com