MEET THE MODEL
“Anytime Total-Body and Core Workout” model Benedict Meneses is a Master Trainer at 24 Hour Fitness Torrance Del Amo Super Sport in Southern California. He took time out of his busy schedule to answer these burning questions from 24Life.
24Life: Why did you become a personal trainer?
BM: I became a personal trainer because growing up, my coaches—whether it was basketball, baseball or jujitsu—impacted my life and I wanted to pay it forward.
24Life: Favorite and least favorite workout move?
BM: My favorite workout move is probably box jumps, or jumps, vertical jumps in general. My least favorite is balancing.
24Life: Finish the sentence “When I’m not working out, I am…”
BM: I’m usually hanging out with my family and doing fun things outside.
24Life: Your favorite fit tip?
BM: It’s never all or nothing; it’s some or more. Nothing should never be an option.
24Life: Your power/pump-up song?
BM: Nipsey Hussle’s “Hussle and Motivate.”
24Life: Favorite memory as a trainer, so far?
BM: Just about a year-and-a-half ago my client Pauline could barely stand up for more than two minutes without her lower back hurting. After going to the doctor and getting cleared, we started working together. Now she can do multiple pull-ups. She can knock out 15 push-ups. We even have this little drill where she will be in the middle of a session and I say “fire drill,” and she gets on the floor and knocks out 10 quick push-ups. She could barely hold herself up in a plank for more than 10 seconds, and now she’s doing push-ups.
24Life: What’s one thing you wish every client knew about getting ready for summer?
BM: I like to tell my clients that, one, they’re going to definitely have to move more. Two, stay hydrated. And three, a lot of people know what to do. You probably know that the double cheeseburger is not going to be better than a chicken salad. So you know what to do; it’s time to do what you know.