Meet the Model: Roderick (Rory) Santos
Roderick “Rory” Santos is a personal trainer at 24 Hour Fitness Apple Valley Super Sport in Southern California. Santos took some time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions about himself for 24Life.
24Life: Why did you become a personal trainer?
Rory Santos: It literally started by demand! When I began 30 years ago, most gyms didn’t have personal trainers. I took to my own training with great delight and focus like it was my craft—part science, part art. Gym members took notice of my dedication and results and would randomly approach me and ask if I would train them. From there it just took off and snowballed.
24Life: Favorite and least favorite workout move?
RS: Heavy squats. The same answer to both questions! I love/hate them! As an athlete who has performed in football, track and surfing, the overall positive conditioning effect of heavy leg work is undeniable. Knees that are over 50 years old and have been partially surgically replaced, like mine, need extra-special care and motivation for these moves, but it can be done!
24Life: Finish the sentence “When I’m not working out, I am…”
RS: Training others! It seems my personal training schedule stays so busy that I’m always in a step-up to balance between my work and my personal life. Maybe that’s one reason I connect so well to my clients’ fitness needs versus their busy lifestyle demands.
24Life: Your favorite fit tip?
RS: The fountain of youth is between your ears! Everyone wants to have a fit and attractive body, but body health literally begins with brain health. We choose what we think and focus on—toxic or positive—and what we are feeding our insides will always manifests itself on the outside.
24Life: Your power/pump-up song?
RS: “Love With Your Life” by Hollyn.
24Life: Favorite memory as a trainer, so far?
RS: I’ve been blessed to train some incredible physique contestants, including one young lady who went on to become a pro and another who is on her way, but I’ll never forget the time I trained and competed for myself in a physique contest. It was just a couple years ago when I was 56 years old and coming off a partial knee replacement surgery. My competitors were young men half my age, and yet I walked away with two trophies for placing in the top five!
24Life: This summer, what’s one thing you wish every client knew?
RS: Have fun on your summer vacations—but take your trainer with you! It’s the digital age—we have an app for that! With 24GO, your trainer can help you balance fun with fitness. Return from your vacation with your mind blown (from all the enjoyment)—and not with your gut and health blown out!