What inspired you to become a model?
I enjoy doing amazing things with amazing people.
What is the most exhilarating aspect of modeling?
Seeing the finished product
What are your rituals before a photoshoot?
I have no ritual, but I always want to bring my “A” game, and professionalism.
What models have you followed or been inspired by?
Rob Evans came from an athletic background, which opened the doors for larger sized models. David Gandy also came from an athletic background, and is the leading male model in the industry, which gives me something to look towards. Lastly, Naomi Campbell and her longevity.
At what point did you think that you had what it took to model professionally?
Shooting with Tarrice Love, because that was a stepping stone for young Black male models
What advice would you give someone who seeks to be in the industry?
Do not think its easy, and seek trusted counsel.
Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
Depending on which profession accelerates first. If my fitness background kicks off first, then I will utilize my Kinesiology degree to train athletes at the professional level. If the model career kicks off first, I will have the opportunity to see the world and open new doors of interest.
How did you get involved in the business of health/wellness, and personal training?
I got involved in the business of personal training, being around sports. When I first got the starting position at quarterback back in high school, I was motivated to be the best. And to be the best I had to work the hardest, so I would grind every day from then to now. During the process of training for football and track, I was always researching new workouts to get better, ways to perfect my form, and making my workouts enjoyable. People began to see my growth mentally and physically so I would constantly get questions on what do I do, or how can I get like you or can you train me. I would always be like of coarse.
In what areas do you find us normal people making mistakes when hitting the gym?
I find most people making mistakes in the gym when they try comparing themselves with another person, especially when the other person is more fit. Once people understand that they need to stay in their lane, it will eliminate the injuries from trying to impress, or the quitting from results not coming fast enough. Another mistake is having the same routine. You can’t make working out boring because you will stop doing it. Finding activities that are exciting or constantly working new muscle helps keep your mind active.
What motivates you to defy the odds of physical fitness?
Movement motivates me to defy the odds of physical fitness because people forget that our bodies are the best machines made and we can do whatever we want once we put our mind to it. Nowadays, too many people think lifting weights and hopping from machine to machine is working out. We move every day, all in different ways and I guarantee there isn’t a machine that can adapt to everything we take our bodies through. Learning how to move fluid and control your own body will help you attack life better also when working out with resistance bands, machines, or weights you benefit more when incorporating simple body movements such as sprinting, handstands, bear crawls, etc. You are more mobile and flexible, which helps prevent injuries because you are not limiting your body.
Why is it important for people to stay fit… and how can we overcome the procrastination and fear of working out on a regular basis?
It’s important to stay fit because everyone always has that one thought in their head saying, “I want to look, feel, or perform better.” And to do so the main thing is consistency. Having a set schedule to where you fit in your training as a mandatory job. Changing habits take time and it’s hard in the beginning but once you get pass that you are used to the new pattern. It’s all about wanting better for yourself and making it a priority.
Where do you see yourself in the next, five years?
In the next five years, I see myself owning a training facility and having a nonprofit organization that pushes the importance of health and fitness to children, teens, adults, and elders. I also will have a brand promoting healthier living, self-confidence, nutrition education and lifestyle.
How can people find you to see more of your work?
Follow me: @TheAaronSpady