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Healthy Men of the Month – October 2014

By on October 1, 2014

Your health is very important, it’s your business, and like every business you need a business plan. Enter Aaron DeGraffe and Ahmed Yilla, the lead trainers at Verb Fitness based in New York City.

During our interview, the guys shared tips on selecting a personal trainer, specific tips for men of different ages, and common reasons why people re-gain weight they’ve lost.

Most people gain back the weight they’ve lost because they look for shortcuts and rely on unsustainable, fad diets that ultimately don’t support them in their long term goals. Furthermore, most people get discouraged when they feel that the results aren’t coming quickly enough and give up on their program too soon. Weight loss is a process that doesn’t happen overnight. Stay committed, stay focused, and keep working hard!

The guys say the best approach to long term weight loss is approaching fitness as a lifestyle. This includes having consistency in your workouts (a minimum of 3x a week), having healthy and balanced nutrition consisting of 5-6 small meals per day.  That’s good advice.

But what if you need extra support from a trainer? What do the experts say are good tips to select a Personal Trainer?

‘In selecting a new trainer in a gym setting, you should observe the trainer to see if he/she is present and attentive to the client. Check with the gym’s fitness manager to see what certifications that trainer holds. Also, speak with a current client to get feedback on that trainer.’ 

For men of all ages reading this article, we recommend you incorporate compound exercises that target multiple muscle groups at once such as squats, barbell or dumbbell chest press, deadlifts, and barbell or dumbbell rows. It is also important to incorporate exercises that strengthen your core musculature such as plank variations and ‘superman’s’ for the lower back.

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Aaron DeGraffe says, “I am committed to helping people live fit lifestyles, and empowering them to find strength within themselves to overcome obstacles in their lives and reach their ultimate goals.”


And his Verb Fitness partner, Ahmed Yilla shared, “What motivates me everyday when I wake up in the morning is that I get to make someone’s life better. “

Verb Fitness is on Twitter.




Walker Tisdale is the Executive Editor of Healthyblackmen.org and CJ Denegal is a Health Reporter and both contributed to this article.