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Welcome to our search for New York City's hottest trainer. Over the coming weeks, we'll profile twenty-two smoking candidates who work at local gyms and studios. Once you've gotten to know everyone, we'll host a March Madness-style showdown in which you get to vote for your favorite.
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MMA fighter Brendan Weafer is a knockout in more ways than one. He's been a trainer for the past six years, leads a Spartun Run group, and landed a spot on Spike's Ultimate Fighter. He teaches Mixed Martial Arts, kickboxing, and hybrid training classes at Kings Thaiboxing and Epic Hybrid Training Center, and somehow finds the time to race cars as a hobby. An additional fun fact: his Twitter profile name, The Grim Weafer, is pretty great.
What made you want to become a trainer?
Exercise and training is something I've always been passionate about. It's helped me trough some difficult times in my life and I wanted to share that with people. I like enriching people's life through physical activity.
What's your favorite thing to teach?.
Mixed Martial Arts, because the class is very detailed oriented. I enjoy teaching technique and strategy. I'm just a fight nerd, I guess.
Describe your training style.
I like to "lead from the front". I create the workout structure, motivate through positivity, and lead by example. What people put into the workout is up to them. I fight professionally, so I understand what it means to push through discomfort and overcome adversity. As I always say, "I will never make you to do something I can't or won't do".
I like to make it a fun atmosphere and inspire people to give it their all. And people do! I'm just one man—can't push everyone in the room every workout. We "suffer with a smile", enjoy it! It is YOUR workout.
Thinking of trying MMA, or another one of Brendan's classes? Get more info for Kings Thaiboxing and the Epic Hybrid Training Center below.
· Brendan Weafer [Official Site]
· The Grim Weafer [Official Site]
· Brendan Weafer [Facebook]
· Brendan Weafer [Facebook Fan Page]
· Kings Thaiboxing [Official Site]
· Epic Hybrid Training Center [Official Site]
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