Name: Michael Ogunbanjo 

Age: 60

Occupation: Owner of Banjo Autos

Family: Wife (Sonya), son (Lanre, 36), daughter (Sarah, 23), 2 grandchildren

Favorite Ways to Stay Fit:  I exercise 5-6 days a week with weight training and cardio. Every morning starts with a 5-minute plank. I also incorporate yardwork as part of my exercise on the days I don’t work out at the gym.

Where I Work Out: I work out at ATC Quince.

My motivation is my quest to remain healthy and not need any prescription medications for health conditions.

What Started My Fitness Journey: I transitioned into this lifestyle 22 years ago after a car accident. I had to use public transportation and was so winded and out of shape while walking to the bus stop. I made a commitment to take better care of my body.

What I Eat to Stay Healthy: My diet consists of fish, fruits, vegetables, rice, and beans. No sweets, and breads are very limited. I drink 80-120 oz of water daily. No sodas, processed foods, or fast foods.

How I Curb Cravings: I eat my favorite fruits, bananas and apples.

My reward is… Hawaiian Bread

My secret to staying fit… 100% discipline and dedication. It’s not easy, but necessary to reap the benefits of a strong, healthy body. 

What I Do to Stay Injury Free: I don’t overextending myself with my workout regimen, specifically not lifting weights heavier than I can handle.

Fave Workout Song: I’m Blessed — Charlie Wilson

Advice to Others on Their Fitness Journey: Stay focused and don’t get discouraged if you don’t get the results you want instantly. It’s the devotion to a total lifestyle change that will stay with you forever.

Photo by Tindall Stephens