Fit Issue: TODD AVERY, 35

Owner/Operator of #Pinsfitcamp ministry and Memphis Master Trainer

Family: Wife: Kristy Avery; Children: Mia (10), Shiloh (5), Banks (1)

I think trainers have the hardest time staying fit and motivated because we sleep, eat, and breathe fitness. So after seeing clients on and off from 5 am to 7 pm, you have to really know your “why” of staying fit because it’s easy to get burned out.

I get bored really easily so I change up my workouts. Whether it’s traditional weight training, running bleachers, mountain biking, or speed and agility training, the key to staying motivated is to consistently switch up your routine and environment every 4-6 weeks.

I do not diet, but my normal food intake is high in protein, incorporates good fats, and has controlled carbohydrates on certain training days. I adjust my macros per the type of training I am doing.

I am not a big sugar person, but slide the chips, salsa, and guacamole this way!

The longer I am in the health and fitness industry the less I focus on role models for myself and focus more on being a role model for my children and my clients.

Romanian deadlifts are the most underrated but most butcher exercise. They are great for weak hamstrings but are very technical and can be performed in various ways.

People focus on what we see in the mirror, which is all the muscle groups in the front of the body (i.e. abs, chest, biceps, quads). We lose sight of the back muscles that accentuate and strengthen the areas that we do see.

Box Jumps are one of my favorite exercise moves. I’ve always been a great jumper, and they combine explosiveness, coordination, strength, and athletic ability into one exercise.

My favorite scripture is 1 Timothy 4:8. Physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

My advice for anyone new to fitness is to understand that your fitness journey is your own and to enjoy the peaks and valleys. Get to know that progress is the goal, not perfection.

Photo by Tindall Stephans. Compiled by Amy Goode.

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