Miami fitness instructor Lyndon Fitzgerald came to Miami for a fourth of July weekend and never left. Now, this former athlete turned fitness triner from Cincinnati, Ohio is living the life by helping others achieve their health and wellness goals. We caught up with Fitzgerald for a Quick 10 interview, but you can also follow him on Instagram – @lord_fitzgerald.

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

I was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. I came to Miami on a vacation that turned into a staycation. I fell in love with this city instantly because of the amazing culture, health and wellness scene and most importantly, no more winter!

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

Becoming a trainer wasn’t what I had in my plans. I took a big break from working out and decided to start back again. Some friends asked me to train them because they liked how I was training myself, and the results that came. After that, I took some clients and the rest was history. Now, I train multiple people and I can help transform lives through health and fitness.

What is your favorite part of being a fitness instructor?

My favorite part is the moment when your clients become activated – they mentally believe in themselves and their body’s capabilities. What comes next is the results.

How would you describe your sessions?

My sessions are challenging and will push you mentally. A lot of people who are new into fitness are scared to push the boundaries, so I enjoy taking my clients there.

What is one fitness myth you would like to bust?

You don’t have to take supplements to get strong and fit (whey protein, pre-workout, creatine, etc.). You just need food. Your diet provides you with all the building blocks, energy resources, and nutrients that your body needs to recover and reconstruct your muscles into larger, stronger versions of their previous selves.

Tell us a little bit more about your specialty.

Personal Training is what I specialize in the most, but I am a huge fan of HIIT training. I think it provides great results and is very effective.

Other than where you teach, where is your favorite place in Miami to train?

UM Health and Wellness Center (Jackson Hospital), Fitbox Method, and outside at parks or on the beach.

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

I would love to host a huge fitness event here in Miami where I would lead a workout for hundreds of people.

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

Going to sleep early and making sure I get enough rest.

How do you practice mental health in your everyday life?

Every morning I wake up and meditate on my balcony. You can see all of Miami from my view, so it i very inspirational and gets my mind right to have a great day.