Profile of Kehinde Anjorin, personal trainer and barbell ambassador.
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Interviewed by Tina Tang.
How did you become engaged into fitness?
I grew up active. I ran track and played tennis in high school.
How old are you?
How long have you worked in fitness?
Two years ago, I started as a trainer at Equinox. Prior to that, I always worked in fashion retail. When I became disillusioned in my job as a retail manager to Helmut Lang, my twin sister suggested I go into the fitness field. She knew I've always been devoted to fitness. Yet, I was hesitant about seeking a career in fitness.
In my Yorban culture, a West African ethnicity, fitness is not a respectable career. Additionally, my mom was concerned about the career change. This created a divisive conflict between us. That's what made me hesitant. Yet, fitness is so enjoyable to me that I had to try. I started as a personal trainer at Equinox where they provide a lot of training and education. Once my mother saw how happy I was and how well I was doing, she embraced my choice.
I was at Equinox for 1.5 years before I went out on my own.
What do you love about working in fitness?
I've heard that cliche, “if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life”. It was an unattainable and unbelievable saying. But I feel it, I live it. Now, I live my purpose. I'm my own boss and I love to help people. I really do feel like I'm not working. I could do this forever.
What do your parents do to stay active?
My mother always had a personal trainer.
What's your weekly exercise routine?
I work out 5 times a week. Monday: Yoga
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: I lift heavy
Friday is my light day
I only work with kettlebells and barbells.
Do you ever take classes?
Only yoga or meditation. I prefer to lift alone.
Why do you like lifting?
Lifting makes me feel strong.
In my culture, curvy symbolizes health. I'm naturally thin, and I've always wanted to put on muscle. I love curves.
I have never aspired to be thin.
Why do you like personal training vs being a fitness class instructor?
Working one on one really challenges you. Every client has a unique architecture and limitation. As a trainer, these unique differences keep me alert. It's never boring. One on one feels more authentic to me. I care about each client.
Being an instructor does not allow me to focus on individuals.
What's your client demographic and why do they appreciate you?
Early 30-late 50’s, male and female. I like this age group. They are more committed and they value the one on one coaching and attention.
How long have you been in NYC?
Since 2008. Prior, I lived in a small town in California.
I was born in NYC. Lived in Lagos for many years then, college in San Francisco.
Do you want to stay in NYC?
I want to move to Europe in 3-4 years. I want to raise a family and NYC is not where I prefer to do that.
What are some of your goals?
I want to grow my business and brand. One of my aims is to create an online coaching service.