It wasn’t until Ryan Vergara moved to South Florida, was he able to discover his true place in the fitness industry. Now, Vergara helps clients reach their goals at the popular Get Fit Academy in Boca Raton. We caught up with Vergara for a Quick 10 interview, but you can also follow him on Instagram – @trust_ryan.

Tell us about yourself – where are you from and how did you find your way to the 305?

I’m from Burbank, CA. I came here about two years ago. I was doing training back in California but was stuck in that hometown bubble. I moved to Florida on a whim because I had family out here, so it was a little bit of a jump start. Three months into moving here I found myself with a tremendous opportunity with Get Fit Academy. Now, I’m just filled with so much happiness with everyone I’ve surrounded myself with. A true team and family now.

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How did you get your start in fitness and as an instructor?

Back in California, I went to a tech school for training. Learned hands-on in a gym as well as getting that book knowledge in the classroom. As soon as I finished, I went right to work. Just like all of us, I was finding what kind of trainer I was. But where I am now, I know I made the right decisions.

What is your favorite part of being a fitness instructor?

Honestly, just hearing the stories. We all have our own story on how we got into this fitness life and journey. Not one story is the same. Hearing the ups and downs, things people have overcome to get to where they are, it’s some of the most inspiring things to hear. Especially with the fact that my members and clients trust me to take them to that next level, they’re trying to reach.  

How would you describe your classes?

Energy out the WAZOOOO! Our gym is based on the energy that’s around us. You hear the hype club music, the lights, and fog machine, and then you see the guy with the headset smiling and yelling at the same time. You’re surrounded by other members that are there for a similar reason, because we all know our worth and what we want.

Tell us a little bit more about your specialty.

HIIT style training. I like to keep classes at a fast pace along with weight training. The thing people love about how I coach is that I’m real through and through. I’m not going to sugar coat things, but I’m also not going to break you down. I’ll let you know the truth from the minute we meet and keep it that way. I’m not going to be a different trainer or coach just because of my surroundings change or if I’m around other people. I’m me.

Besides fitness, what’s one thing you’re passionate about?

Helping the younger generation. I do a lot of speaking at schools and with kids. It may sound cliché, but the kids are the future. So, if I can give them insight on how I grew up, or tricks and tips here and there, I want that. I want to give them that extra push or help if they need it.

What is a long-term goal you are working towards or would love to achieve?

I want to speak. I feel that I can inspire so many with my words. Training and coaching are amazing but speaking and motivating is where I thrive. Because in all honesty, trainers can be replaced by an app. I don’t think many want to say that and accept that idea, but my workouts can be replaced by an app. But what that app can’t and will never do is bring my heart and soul to the session.

What is the one thing you do every day to stay fit?

Two-a-days, six days a week. I’m non-stop on the move. Always making sure I hold myself to the standards I hold my members and clients to. I don’t want them to think I just talk about it – I am about it.

How do you practice mental health in your everyday life?

My day starts mad early. So, I’ll do the usual, get ready, brush the grill, eat a pre-breakfast, put my hat on backward and get into my car. On the way to my first client, I listen to motivational speeches or podcasts, and I’ll repeat what resonates with me.

What do you love about the South Florida fitness/health & wellness community?

It’s huge! Everywhere I look I meet someone in the community. We all help each other, push each other, and at the end of the day, I want to see us all succeed. I understand there’s always going to be that competitive fight amongst trainers. But let’s be real, there’s so much opportunity in this field that we all can support and see the other win.