Star City Six – David Medina
Meet David Medina, the newest personal trainer at the Genesis Health Club (www.genesishealthclubs.com) located at 1801 Pine Lake Rd.!
Tell us a little about your business.
I’m in the business of self-improvement. I help my clients achieve their goals, and oftentimes surpass them. Whatever the objective – lifestyle modifications and changing habits, recovering from surgery, regaining full function post-injury, addressing a health condition, optimal athletic performance or just improving one’s fitness level or overall health and wellness – I’m there to help establish a plan and provide guidance and support along the way as we work towards accomplishing what they’ve set out to do.
How did you get started in the business?
Ever since childhood a healthy lifestyle was important to me and something I personally enjoyed. As far as pursuing it professionally, that was a decision I made about 9 years ago. I was working for Wells Fargo at the time and crossed paths with a gentleman working at 24 Hour Fitness who inspired me. At the time I felt as if I was in the wrong profession, as if I had a higher calling to do something more meaningful. So I applied there and was hired, and proceeded to pursue my education and certification. It’s been rewarding beyond measure to play a part in changing people’s lives for the better.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally?
Continuing my education while working full-time and building a business. I’m always working towards expanding my knowledge of specialty areas such as nutrition, post-surgical, corrective exercises, sports performance, rehabilitation, neurological development, and as a businessperson, even on things like marketing. But actually getting that degree while keeping everything else going was quite the formidable challenge.
What has been your most important achievement professionally?
There are many I’ve shared with my clients, including recovery from the effects of a bad case of Lyme disease and from a complicated back surgery, which required a lot of research and extreme precision. For me personally, there’s a couple. I won first place in a major body-building competition and established a licensed business I operated for about a year, which were very valuable learning experiences too.
Tell us a little about your family.
We’re originally from Puerto Rico, and I’m the youngest of seven step-brothers by 10+ years. I was mostly raised by my strong, amazing, beautiful mother, and I’m definitely a mama’s boy!
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
Currently I love exploring my new city, Lincoln, and partaking in all of the fun fall activities. I also enjoy meal prepping, cooking, and trying new recipes.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know?
I’m a huge Trekkie and love antiques
What are you the most proud of?
I’ve always known exactly who I am, even at an early stage in my life, and it’s helped me to grow into a person with strong values, morals, and work ethic who makes my mom proud. I was able to get to where I am today, accomplishing so many of my own goals and doing what I love for a living, because of my mom’s hard work and sacrifices, so making her proud makes me extremely proud.
If you had a theme song, what would it be?
“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough!”
What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why?
I recently moved here so I’m currently looking to get more involved, but I’ve joined the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and plan to become a member of the Young Professionals Group.
If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so?
Phone: (619) 240-5826; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.