Born and raised in Brazil. Renato Silva took his passion for fitness and sports and turned it into a thriving business in Fort Lauderdale known as G21 Fitness. We caught up with Silva for a Quick 10 interview, but you can also follow him on Instagram – @renatomarkus1977.

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

I’m from Brazil … always loved to play sports and I’m passionate about helping others improving their lives.

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

I always loved fitness and played different sports, so I decided to go to school to learn the science of exercise.

What is your favorite part of being a fitness instructor?

Interaction with people and make their lives healthier.

How would you describe your classes?

I can say my classes are for all levels with focus on form and be ready to be challenged.

What is one fitness myth you would like to bust?

People say we need to avoid carbs to stay lean – that’s such a Myth,

Tell us a little bit more about your specialty.

I graduate in Exercise Science in 2000 and since then I’ve worked as a personal trainer and fitness instructor with more inclination to cycling classes and HIIT classes. My clients always mention that they love the motivation and variations of exercises that I do weekly.

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

Traveling, dancing, watching movies, and I’m part of a non-profit organization in Haiti – RENAND Foundation, where we prevent kids from Human Trafficking and child slavery.

What are you excited about right now?

I’m very excited about completing G21Fitness after almost two years of hard work. Plus, I’m very excited that our Foundation has already rescued 287 kids from the streets in Haiti and provided them with Education/Medical & Dental, plus school books and uniforms. That for me is priceless – giving back to people in need.

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

I would love to Make G21Fitness the best health facility in town and help our community to improve their lives.

How do you practice mental health in your everyday life?

I meditate every day for 15-30 minutes.