Fitness Instructor Lee Jimenez has built quite the name for himself here in South Florida in the few short months since moving from New York City. Better known as @bodybattlefitness on Instagram, Jimenez is bringing his brand of fitness to a studio near you. We caught up with Lee for a Quick 10 interview.

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

I am a native New Yorker and I moved to Miami this past April. After so many extended winters and constant transit issues, I was ready for a different pace. In January, I ran the Miami Marathon and fell in love with the city. Four short months later, Miami became home.

What is your favorite part of being a fitness instructor?

The connection I get to make with so many people daily. Everyone has their reasons for walking into their first group fitness class. It is up to us to motivate them to go beyond their initial expectations and break some personal boundaries to create change. I love the impact I can make on someone’s day, week and beyond.

Tell us a little bit more about your specialty as an instructor.

I teach over 14 modalities and have seven certifications including yoga, cycling, Kettlebell Concepts, TRX, and Concept 2 rowers to name a few. Being well versed in different modalities has made me a better fitness professional. Understanding not only the mechanics of the body but how we can functionally train to be better for our lifespan.

How do you stay full of energy throughout the day?

I take a lot of time to reflect and put things into perspective. I am my most authentic self when teaching, and when I look back at my previous career, my gratitude for today lifts me up every day. Besides, my spirit animal is Godzilla, so I only know how to be larger than life.

How would you describe your classes?

When you walk into my class, you are no longer who you are outside. Be ready to get uncomfortable, because I give you want you need and none of what you wanted. At the end you will be glad you did.

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

My personal workouts are Crossfit focused so I go to boxes like Society Barbell & Fitness and Reebok Miami Beach.

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

Advocacy for better public nutrition. I am vegan and the research I have done in comparison to a meat-based diet has been the major stepping stone in my personal health. I have been vegan for four years, and prior to that, I had a lot of illness. All those issues disappeared and have stayed gone since being vegan.

What are you excited about right now?

Growing my Body Battle Fitness brand in Miami and my trademark signature formats: IGNITE, XTREME and RIPPED. You can take all three of the formats with me at Anatomy Fitness.

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

Meditate – a healthy mind leads to a healthy body and a consistent regimen.

What’s your go-to healthy and cheat meals?

Kale, spinach and quinoa sautee. I don’t believe in cheat meals.