Miami fitness instructor Rick Chavez can be found leading packed classes at TruFusion Coral Gables or the newly minted Anatomy Midtown location. Chavez is known for his welcoming personality, expertise and exciting programming. We caught up with the South Florida native a Quick 10 interview, but you can also follow him on Instagram – @bredforgreatness.
Tell us about yourself – where are you from and how did you find your way to the 305?
I am born and raised in the MIA. I lived up in the Sarasota/Bradenton area for a few years when I was younger, but made my way back down by the time I hit high school.
How did you get your start in fitness and as an instructor?
I was always involved in some sort of sport and/or physical activity, but it wasn’t until around 2006/2007 when I first started using kettlebells and doing more gymnastics/bodyweight oriented training that I started to consider teaching others. I kept learning from trainers around me, absorbing everything I could from them, and then started studying to get my CPT. I found Crossfit in 2009, got my level 1 certification, and started teaching for I AM Crossfit. I was certified in kettlebells shortly thereafter and the rest is history.
How do you stay full of energy throughout the day?
I get as much rest as I can the night before, make sure to eat well throughout the day (beginning with breakfast), get at least one solid workout in, and teaching class. I could be dead tired, but when I walk in to teach a class, and suddenly I hit 100 mph.
How would you describe your classes?
My classes are always high energy, filled with some jokes I challenge your comfort zone, and always make it a point to teach you at least one new thing, whether it’s a skill or something about yourself.
What is one fitness myth you would like to bust?
That doing sit up/crunches alone will get you that six pack you’re after – FALSE! Proper nutrition and overall fitness (think HIIT workouts, compound lifts, etc.) would be a better focus to help you achieve this goal.
Tell us a little bit more about your fitness specialty.
Kettlebells – they are my absolute favorite thing to use and to teach. I find it to be the most versatile tool in the room. You can use it for strength, cardio, mobility, balance, and coordination. You can take it to a park, a beach, on vacation, your backyard.
Other than where you teach, where is your favorite place in Miami to train?
Train8nine, Zoom Fitness, and Reebok Crossfit Miami Beach.
Besides fitness, what’s one thing you’re passionate about?
Definitely music. If you come to any of my classes, regardless of which one it is, you’ll catch me busting a move at some point because I just can’t help myself.
What are you excited about right now?
Right now, I’m excited for Anatomy Midtown’s grand opening! I already have my #trutribe at TruFusion Coral Gables, and now I will have my #anatomyfam to also grow and learn from.
What is a long-term goal you are working towards or would love to achieve?
I would love to bring more awareness to the usefulness of the Kettlebell and hope to grow a community for it here in Miami. Ideally, I’d like to have some workshops ranging from Kettlebell flow to Kettlebell sport and maybe help organize a sport competition down here.