A Career Rooted In A Passion For Helping: Taking The Bull By The Horns
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Darryl Whiting Jr.
Personal Training as a career has become more mainstream in recent years. It involves a love for fitness and health that goes beyond being an enthusiast. We learned this as Be Exceptional Fitness' own Robert Palmer sat down with Darryl Whiting, Founder and Ceo of Bull By The Horns Fitness.
For Darryl Whiting, fitness had only been apart of his routine because of his career as an elite football player. Darryl played football for more than ten years. For those ten years, football was the center of his physical activity. What he considered to be sufficient enough as a workout was athletics until he rediscovered his passion for movement and redirected his energy on being a guiding tool for others, helping them achieve their fitness goals and overcome personal blocks that prevented them from doing so.
Darryl graduated from Fordham University in New York, acquiring a degree in Business Finance. He played football at Fordham, leading the team as a star running back. After graduation, he was able to take advantage of the opportunity to have a career as a professional athlete.
Transitioning to Fitness
Darryl chose, after his career as a professional athlete, to explore a more traditional career path by entering corporate America . The environment however, ended up not being a good fit for him as it required him to sit at a desk from nine to five with no physically view to outdoors.
Having a drastic shift in his lifestyle of being on the turf outrunning and often running through defenders took a toll on his health and made him less active as well as less enriched by his career. Transitioning to the health and wellness industry was a natural move.
Darryl did not start in fitness because of his love for the industry, in fact, that developed over the course of his own journey. He hated working out, however the negative impact that a nine to five desk job had on Darryl's health led him to get back into the gym. He decided he had to make a change for the betterment and longevity of his life. This is where Darryl rediscovered his passion for helping himself as well as others. Through his desire to change his status as it pertains to health and wellness he wanted to share what he learned through self discovery. After realizing that he could use his passion for helping other people in this regard, he went got certified as a personal trainer, which gave him the requisite accreditation to formally start his new journey
Personal Training vs. Working Out
Personal training involves a trainer working one-on-one to achieve various goals ranging from building endurance, losing weight, and strength conditioning. One would think that having spent almost all your life in athletics, it would make you aptly suited and poised to become a personal trainer. In Darryl’s experience, the truth could not be farther from that narrative.
Darryl explained that you could be interested in lifting weights as a personal trainer, but you also must ensure that there is a real full-bodied program that caters to many different health aspects and modalities. These encompass physical, social mental, spiritual, and emotional health. One day a personal trainer may be engaging a client in strength, and on another occasion, that same personal trainer may be guiding a client through an emotional breakthrough, which may lead them away from the brink of depression.
BULL BY THE HORNS FITNESS
Darryl's passion for helping others led to him starting his fitness company, BULL BY THE HORNS FITNESS.
"If you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life" is an adage that has proven true time and time again. This does not mean you will not participate in tour duty as an employee, but having a job that you love will be so enjoyable because you love what you are doing. When we love what we do, we do it effortlessly. Not only do we do it effortlessly, but we do it at an exceptional standard.
Darryl used his lifelong love of football and his passion for helping people to build his company. BULL BY THE HORNS FITNESS' name came from the saying “Take the bull by the horns,” his company motif, which translates to facing challenges head-on with a steadfast and determined attitude. Darryl garnered great experience from owning and running a publication company, and this, along with his fitness certifications, corporate experience, and Finance degree, made Darryl a well-rounded business owner.
His cut straight to the point attitude is what has helped him to keep his clients on track. When it comes to personal training, it is sometimes difficult to get clients to take the steps necessary to achieve what they are paying for. It takes a particular persona to push people to achieve their goals while still compassionate enough to foster good client relations. Darryl has been able to achieve this balance.
To contact Darryl and get started on your fitness journey, connect with him via his Instagram page, @thefakedarrylwhiting. You can also visit his website, DarrylWhiting.com. or by visiting, BullbytheHornsFitness.com.
The Business Boost Community is simply a place that you can come for advice, resources, and inspirational stories such as Darryl's. This is helpful to everybody involved in the health and wellness industry.
If you would like to be featured on ‘Be Exceptional Business Boost’, please contact us. You are also invited to become a member of our community. Joining the Be Exceptional Fitness family will give you access to resources to increase your business' efficiency and build more brand awareness.
If you are a Health And Wellness Business, visit our website today, and let’s take your business to the next level.
Be Exceptional Fitness is obsessed with improving global health with proven techniques and the latest in science in order to best serve our clients . We have decided to launch ‘Be Exceptional Business Boost,’ highlighting Health and Wellness businesses and their founders. Be Exceptional provides health and wellness consulting services for consumers as well as professionals.
There are several paths that one can take to enter the health and wellness industry. Anthony Rosado, the owner of Pro Strength & Recovery LLC, a unique studio in Long Island, was recently shared his story with us on how he got interested in health and wellness, and how he started his business.
Who is Anthony Rosado?
Anthony Rosado’s story shows that you can enter an industry and scale your services successfully. Rosado carved out a niche for himself, rebranded and tailored services for his demographic. Robert Palmer describes him as “a good person and a good small business owner.” He is the owner of Pro Strength & Recovery LLC. This studio is the number one and only studio in Long Island that focuses completely on assisted stretching and recovery.
The Reason Anthony Rosado Joined the Health and Wellness Industry
Rosado’s entry to the health and wellness industry flowed from a personal desire to become healthier. He eventually got certified as a personal trainer, got into the industry, and then sought to figure out how he could offer valuable service and achieve success in the industry.
The love for sports was always a part of Anthony Rosado’s life. He was an athlete growing up. He then went away to college and started to drift away from athletics. He actually gained a lot of weight. At college, he studied physical therapy and was on a path to become a physical therapist.
He did not have a very clear plan for how he would operate in the health and wellness industry. His approach to the industry was experimental. He thought to himself that he would give it a try. He would combine his passion and education and try to help others while making a living.
The Birth of Pro Strength & Recovery LLC
Pro Strength & Recovery was started back in January 2018. It started as a Limited liability company, but was later converted to a corporation. His journey to establish this business started back in 2015.
He left the company he was working with and moved back to Long Island while completing his master’s degree in Exercise Science.
In long Island, he got a position as a trainer at the UFC gym. While at this gym, a member of the Stretch to Win Institute had shared with him the benefits of a new certification, Fascial Stretch Therapy. This certification would cost Anthony around $2,000 and would require that he travel to Canada or Arizona to complete it. While everybody else at his gym passed on the opportunity, Rosado decided to invest in himself and set himself apart from the competition.
After completing the first level of the certification, Rosado immediately started to see results. He started to get a lot of clients that were interested in his new skills. The certification would later make way for Rosado to work with the NBA. He worked with the Brooklyn Nets for almost two years. According to Rosado, he got the job “mostly because the head guy in charge had the same certification I did and the stretching.”
After completing all the levels of the program, Anthony decided to drop all his training clients and move into stretching completely. He now mainly does assisted stretching. He also teaches stretch techniques that individuals can do on the floor.
COVID-19’s Impact on Stretch to Win Institute
During the height of the pandemic, Anthony Rosado moved his services online. Going online gave him “an opportunity to interact with people on a different level. I was doing a lot of virtual sessions with clients and it allowed me to work on that part of my business that I previously wasn't working on.”
One of the challenges he faced was learning to handle the schedule of his virtual services. It was initially overwhelming as he was doing back to back sessions. He started to limit the number of sessions he would do daily to around 5 per day and scheduled a day off for himself. He is also intentional about scheduling time to work on himself and build his skill set so that he can deliver more value.
Golden Advice from Anthony Rosado
Anthony Rosado believes that individuals who are just starting to offer services in the industry should focus on their strengths. “Double down on your strengths, don't focus on your weakness because you're not going to have enough time in a day, in a month, in a year to ever improve it to the level of your strength.” He shared that this even applies to an individual working at a fast-food restaurant. “Whatever service thing that you're doing, make it unique, but make it the best, whatever it is.”
To individuals operating a brick and mortar, an LLC, S Corps, or DBAs, it is important that you have a desire to offer superior service. In addition to offering great service, Rosado believes that it is important to create a system of support around your operation.
Things were difficult for Rosado when he just started his business because he was trying to do everything for himself. From this experience, he learned the importance of working with others. As a business owner, “the most important word you can come to be best friends with is delegation,” shared Rosado.
We have heard from Anthony Rosado the importance of having a solid support system and sound business principles as you grow your product. Pro Strength & Recovery is certainly making waves in the industry and so can you.
If you would like to get in touch with Anthony Rosado, you can reach him at ProStrengthRecovery.com. His Instagram is @RecoverwithRosado. His office is located in Franklin Square, New York. His telephone number is 516-587-1974.
The Business Boost Community is simply a place that you can come for advice, resources, and inspirational stories such as Anthony’s. This is helpful to everybody involved in the health and wellness space.
If you’d like to be featured on ‘Be Exceptional Business Boost’, please visit our website.
You are also invited to become a member of our community. Joining the Be Exceptional Fitness family will give you access to resources that will help increase your business's efficiency and build more brand awareness.
If you are a Health And Wellness Business visit our website today, and let’s take your business to the next level.
Today I want to lend my professional opinion and advice.
Let's tackle the topic of training - not just working out.
At first glance, most will see them as identical, but a closer look, we can see a big difference and why a distinction is necessary. My definition, teaching a person a particular fitness skill or related behavior through practice and instruction over a while constitutes training.
These skills do not have to be solely focused on aesthetics. For example, daily self-care that leads to the improvement in the efficiency of life fall under this umbrella of skills. Lifestyle changes are necessary for training to be effective. These skills should be continuously habituated and practiced, similar to when many of us learn in school. In school, when it came to midterms and finals, some would wait to study at the last minute and typically would not yield the same results or house the same confidence that the prepared student got. Thus, learning skills to prepare your body for the examination of life is important. This is true even when your life revolves around winning championships or merely winning the day - it is crucial.
Those that have a particular end goal , such as weight gain or weight loss at hand, are the perfect candidate for programmed fitness training. I've seen many people, and every individual is unique, yet it is vital to know that we all can benefit from intently working out. Most think that the top trainee goals is to "lose weight"; however, this is a big misconception as some of the best athletes in the world can care less about how their bodies look as long as it does not affect play. Goals sometimes are very vague; however, being able to channel the real reason for training will determine if it is something a person can benefit from in the long run. Other common goals/benefits are as follows:
-Improving the quality of life
-Increase memory capacity
-Increase cardiovascular output
-Decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease
An effective program typically starts from the inside and works its way out. What exactly does this mean? When we take the step to change habits, behaviors, and skills, first, we must change mentally. We must recognize that if we are not mentally prepared for the journey, we are about to endure, we will inherently prolong our process. If you do this, many changes will occur, but surprisingly, the mirrors' looks are only a by-product of the harder behavioral changes. We at least know one person who kills workouts, or at least say they do, but find it also equally hard to lose the weight. To help, scenarios such as this, training correctly with a plan is the accountability necessary to link the rest of the pillars of fitness together - food/diet, working out, supplementation (in regards to switching out lower nutrient-rich sources for those higher).
Often most people combine fitness into a big disfunction. By not wanting to live a healthy, wholesome lifestyle - maintaining mobility/locomotion and achieving hormonal homeostasis, your habits will become costly that you will pay for with your wallet and body. Do the right thing and #BeExceptional.
Robert L. Palmer
Fitness Entrepreneur | Digital Operator| Wellness Brand Consultant
Dedicated to answering clients questions on experiences in hopes to build a community on the things that are trending currently in Food , Fashion and Fitness.