Take a trip with me back to 2003, I was 21, a successful student in performing arts school and struggling with my weight. I was the stereotypical funny fat kid in school, but behind the humor was an eternally frustrated and downbeat young man, hiding his emotions behind his smile and 327lbs.
I knew something had to give; castings routinely ended with comments such as “"you have an amazing voice and stage presence, but you’re not right for this part".” I knew my weight was holding me back in more ways than one. I made the choice to transform my life, change my eating habits and commit to becoming healthy. It was a hard journey, spanning almost two years, with the inevitable pitfalls of falling back into bad habits, but determination and drive pushed me through and I achieved my goals, slimming down to a healthy 180lbs.
Fitness and healthy living has truly transformed my life. I've taken my performing background and adapted it to group exercise and personal training, motivating others the way I motivated myself to achieve my goals. I teach a numerous clubs in NYC and am in the process of establishing my own brand, KEONIKINETIC "Forces That Move Your Body".
In terms of health and fitness, I feel like I am in the best shape of my life. Training others has helped me to train myself, improve my fitness, and motivate not only my students but also myself to the next level of body conditioning. Yet behind the motivation and fitness there remains the realization that falling back into bad habits is an everyday challenge, but a challenge that I can overcome. The key is to understand your own body and finding what works for you. I feel my role is helping my students obtain this knowledge and utilize it so that they can achieve their goals.
My biggest frustration is that a lot of people adopt the attitude that a healthy lifestyle is a luxury limited to a small portion of the population. I believe everyone and anyone has the ability to transform and improve his or her lives.