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Obi Obadike is more than the high energy celebrity trainer and fitness expert you see on television or on all those fitness magazine covers. He’s a change agent, who is one of the most sought after trainers in the industry.
He got amazing results for actor Morris Chestnut, helping him shed more than 30lbs off his physique for his role in the film ‘Best Man Holiday.’ And Dr. Oz’s sharecare.com website named Obi Obadike as one of the “Top 10 Most Influential Fitness Experts On The Web.”
Talking to Obadike, he says he found his love for fitness by being involved in college sports. But after suffering hamstring injuries, he decided to get involve in sports modeling. And without missing a beat, he found success as a sports model featured in national print ads and commercials, including for industry giant, Gatorade.
Not one to slow down, Obi holds three academic degrees and is a Certified Fitness Trainer and Certified Nutrition Specialist with ISSA. He still finds time to excel as a writer for Bodybuilding.com and engage his 1.5 million twitter followers.
Obi has a simple philosophy when it comes to fitness.
“I love what I do because I have the ability to help transform a person physically and mentally and that is a priceless feeling not only as a trainer but also as a writer. Knowing you can help someone attain the body they desire and be healthy throughout their life is a rewarding feeling.”
And for the rest of us, who want a personal trainer; Obi says there are four things to keep in mind. “Because if a person is in shape, it doesn’t necessarily make them a great trainer, he says.”
Picking a Personal Trainer
- The person could have great genetics. Make sure the person is credentialed. They should be certified.
- Make sure the person is an expert, they are knowledgeable. They should be credentialed through a nationally accredited organization.
- It’s important to be able to see examples of physical transformations, can they help others meet their goals?
- The person should understand fitness and nutrition. Exercise is only 20% or the battle, most of it is nutrition.
And most important is to take your time in selecting a trainer – make sure you are comfortable and do your homework. Check credentials.
Lastly, when it comes to making fitness a habit, Obi says, “Look at it as part of personal hygiene…like brushing your teeth, combing your hair, working out is part of your personal hygiene.”
Visit Obi Obadike’s Facebook page here.
Walker Tisdale III is editor of Healthyblackmen.org interviewed Mr. Obadike for this article.