Fitness is one of those remarkable things that keeps giving back. The benefits go way beyond the physical. Take Fitmark Ambassador Kevin Ginther, for example. He’s discovered so many practical uses for fitness that he applies them to many other aspects of his life – in particular, to keep crushing it on the daily.
Physical fitness is something that can’t be bought, you have to work for it. That work ethic can be applied to anything you do in life. Fitness has taught me how to overcome obstacles.
With a passion for sports, a competitive nature and a degree in exercise and health science, Kevin has applied this work ethic to just about everything in his life. From his studies to his athletic and fitness career. He told us:
I played three sports all through high school and four years of college basketball and one year of football. The training it took to compete on that level stayed with me.
Sports played a large part in Kevin’s life growing up, partly because there was nothing else to do but mostly because he’s always enjoyed some friendly competition with his cousins. He told us:
I come from a huge family that is very competitive. Naturally, I started practicing and training so I could keep up with my older cousins at family gatherings!
Now as a health professional, Kevin applies this same passion to motivate his clients. He says it’s the best feeling in the world seeing the look in his client’s eyes when they start reaching their goals. He told us:
I’ll measure their body fat and it’s down by 10% from where they started and their eyes light up and you see them get re-motivated to keep pushing harder.
Nutrition Is Half The Battle
Part of the work ethic that Kevin talks about involves diet and nutrition. He says that if you’re going to spend time working, “make sure you spend the time properly fueling the body.” This usually involves meal planning, meal prep, and counting macronutrients. Kevin applies the approach of flexible dieting to his way of eating. He told us:
My nutrition is based one hundred percent on my goals. If I am looking to add more muscle, I know I have to be in a surplus. If I am trying to cut body fat, I know I have to be in a deficit. I track my macronutrients with the myfitnesspal app and calculate my own macros based on my goals like I mentioned above. Then according to the macronutrient total I have set up for myself, I plan my meals out and prep most of them ahead of time. I usually prep enough food for about three to four days, then I’ll cook more after those four days, so I know my food is always fresh. I am a firm believer in flexible dieting. So if I am craving a certain food, I will switch out one of my meals to fit the foods I am craving. It really comes down to being one big math equation for me!
Kevin’s Burrito Bowl
Kevin’s favorite go-to recipe is super easy to prepare and full of yummy ingredients:
- 1/2 cup brown rice
- 8 oz grilled chicken
- 1/2 avocado
- 2 oz salsa
- 1 Tbsp fat free plain Greek yogurt
- 1/3 cup diced peppers
- 1/4 cup black beans
My fitmark bag plays a huge role in staying on track. Every day I pack up my meals and go to work knowing my nutrition is in order. Not to mention it holds a lot of my supplements I use for training!
Training Doesn’t Have To Be A Chore
If nutrition is half the battle, according to Kevin, then fitness has to be something that drives you. Because, “it will keep you motivated every time you think about quitting.” If you’re not having fun then what’s the point? Kevin says:
Have fun! Make little competitions with your lifting partner. Find the style of training that keeps you engaged.
It’s this kind of attitude and ethic that Kevin has learned from fitness. Setting goals and going after them every day, no matter what obstacles you face, is the only way forward. But it’s also about flexibility and living life. He says:
Balance can be tough, that’s why I use flexible dieting. I still want to go out and do things, so I will pack my bag up with meals but still leave enough room to try foods wherever I go. Whenever it starts getting tough, I remind myself why I started and the goals I want to achieve and that usually gets me going again. The occasional cheat meal also helps!!
No matter what, he says: “Fall down seven times, stand up eight!”
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