Guys, the weekend went by too fast! I feel like I wanted to get so much done but managed to accomplish only half. Story of my life I guess.
Today’s Motivational Monday post is with one of the most awesome and innovative trainers I know. Antwan Harris is the founder and co-owner of Boundless Performance Systems in Hartford. More than just a “workout place”, Antwan and his crew of trainers mold student athletes and come with an extensive background in training, sports, and of course fitness. Antwan is a father, husband, and a great role model to all of the athletes he works with. True passion radiates in every interaction with Antwan and his trainers. I know you all will understand after reading his responses to the interview!
Q. Tell me how you got into fitness. What drew you to this industry?
A. My path to the fitness industry is a very unique one. I started off as a 3X All-American football player at Mount Ida College with an undergraduate major in American studies or history paired with a minor in psychology. It wouldn’t be until I graduated from college and experience the real world for a couple of years where I discovered my passion towards fitness and helping people.
After college I pursued my professional aspirations as a football player and initially things did not line up. I did several professional team organization tryouts and not much came of them; so I came home and got a job with the Hartford Board of Education. So I was teaching in the classroom as a paraprofessional and the first summer after my first year working I was presented an opportunity to go overseas and teach English in South Korea. I of course took that and ran with it as it would give me a plethora of experience that would mentally broaden my horizon.
Fast forward, I came home put a video up on YouTube because I was still very intrigued by playing professional sports and within several days my YouTube video I put up received tons of interest and I would sign a contract to play professional indoor arena football in the IFL. I had amazing success but more importantly again had an opportunity to travel the entire country play in front of thousands of people. I got traded with the expectation of moving into the NFL and everything took a turn. The NFL would lock out and I would be asked to play another year of arena football and on the first day of my new team I would tear my ACL.
Through some serious soul-searching I was able to get back on the horse and applied to graduate school, as higher education was the only option left for me. So I chose the fitness industry, did a rigorous internship with Tyler English Fitness. Got a job thereafter and the rest is history.
Q. What convinced you to open Boundless Performance Systems?
A. Boundless was a higher-level opportunity where I could learn business 101 with 2 other business partners. More importantly, I could take my game to a whole other level.
Q. As a business owner, what is the KEY ingredient to your business’s success?
A. The key to a business as physically demanding and competitive as the fitness industry is ‘Patience, Relationships, Effective Communication, & Hustle’. The fitness industry is very saturated and with that said, you can choose to be either a niche or become utterly DOMINANT at what you do. Otherwise you are what we would consider a ‘Norm’.
Q. How do you manage to balance your work with your personal life?
A. It’s extremely difficult; my best response here is to know when your candle is beginning to burn too much from a day-to-day standpoint. With my wife its simply a game of effective communication.
Q. What motivates you the most both inside and outside of the gym?
A. I am motivated most by creating ‘Generational Wealth’ for my family and all that I work with. This would be my daily motivation! In the gym I would say creating a system so infectious, motivating, organized, conducive, and being as informed for my demographic as possible. Having resources and other professionals outside of my scope of practice that can articulate further for a client that needs assistance.
Q. What is the best advice you can give to those who are just getting into this fitness journey?
A. It’s a marathon not a sprint!
Q. What is the best piece of advice you have gotten along the way?
A. Do not burn bridges, take the high road and reach back to help as often as possible.
Q. What are you most passionate about?
A. Food, cooking, learning, understanding, family, God, regurgitating knowledge for others
Q. What is your favorite food?
A. I guess I do not really have one!
Q. What is your favorite exercise move?
A. Any core movement would be a MAJOR KEY!!!
Q. What is your motivation music?
A. ANY uptempo House, EDM, or funky beats will suffice as background sounds
Huge thank you to Antwan for taking the time to answer my questions! You are amazing. Keep on inspiring those around you.