Sometimes you need to refocus to follow your true calling. That’s at the heart of the message from this week’s guest, Nike Master Trainer, athlete, and personal coach Dennys Lozada. After spending years working 9-5 jobs in the corporate world, Lozada gave up stability to return to his athletic roots and pursue his true passion as a personal trainer. It took starting over at a local gym. From there, he worked his way up through multiple certifications and got to the master level he’s at now.
It hasn’t been an easy journey for Lozada. He came from a difficult childhood in the system and as an adult, has been through bouts of both testicular and breast cancer. Through each challenge, Lozada has found moments to learn and grow. He uses those lessons to guide his work today with the adults and kids he trains. While he’s found fulfillment in his current track, he’s not done growing yet. He’s currently working to develop an athletics mentorship program for youth from similarly challenging backgrounds in the hopes of paying forward the fruits of his own success.
What You’ll Learn:
- Use challenges as opportunities to build character
- Connect with youth where they are
- Focus on fitness, not aesthetics
- Build your career from the ground up
- Give your passion your all
“I just woke up one day and I said, you know what, this is it. If I’m going to do this, I’ve got to just do it. … I have to go into this and leave no stone unturned and give it my all.” -Dennys Lozada
“I surround myself with those who inspire me and elevate me and that I want to be around. The more I’m around them, the more I want, and the more I want, the more I can give the people who are around me.” -Dennys Lozada
“No kid should ever feel unwanted or unloved because their parents put them in a situation. And what happens to a lot of us is you feel that our circumstances will always determine our final outcome. I’m like, no way, my circumstances do not dictate who I become. They’re just character building for me.” -Dennys Lozada
“I always think, if you have a body, you’re an athlete.” -Dennys Lozada
“I always tell my clients it’s not about aesthetics, it’s about your health. If you’re healthy, you can do fitness. … I want to keep you healthy so you’re able to do all the things that you want to continue to do.” -Dennys Lozada
You can follow Dennys Lozada on Instagram @FFTStrong and on his website, DennysLozada.com. If you find yourself in New York City, he encourages you to reach out to him on social media and come visit one of his classes.