We were lucky to catch up with Oladipo Akintunde recently and have shared our conversation below.
Oladipo, thanks for joining us, excited to have you contributing your stories and insights. We’d love to hear the backstory behind a risk you’ve taken – whether big or small, walk us through what it was like and how it ultimately turned out.
In recent times, risks have been quite frequent for me. I have come to understand that to grow as a person and truly find success, risks are essential. One particular risk that sticks out for me was moving out of the commercial gym space and going into private practice and online coaching as a trainer. After having spent a few years training clients face to face for a company that supplied trainers with their clients, I realized I was lacking essential skills to becoming a top level trainer. The ability to market and to sell clients is a massive component of being a fitness trainer and I wasn’t experiencing enough of that. The security of being at a gym where clients were given to me was nice, but ultimately, I understood I wouldn’t truly become the best version of myself for me or my clients if I stayed in a such situation. The risk I took in leaving a situation that was comfortable and exploring the unknown was a testament to my character. I had no choice but to learn new skills and invest into myself as a result. The knowledge and skills I have now trumps the security I had then.
Oladipo, before we move on to more of these sorts of questions, can you take some time to bring our readers up to speed on you and what you do?
First and foremost, I am a man of principles and I believe serving others with the upmost respect.
I have a discipline to do the things I have to do regardless of how I am feeling.
I love to see the people around me find success whether it is with my help or not.
More basic information on me is that I was born in New Jersey and I currently reside in Texas, I have a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources from the University of Houston, and I also played professional soccer for two seasons.
I made the decision to leave soccer as a result of countless injuries and setbacks.
I knew I would struggle to perform at the highest level for long periods of time so I made the decisions to hang my boots up.
Although I stopped playing, my health and fitness remained top priority.
This lead me to training and as I learned more about training, I realized I could share my knowledge to help others improve their fitness!
The decision to become a trainer happened in that moment.
After my first few years of training, I came to the conclusion that I can not impact as many people if I am training solely in person.
My services now have opened up to in person training and online coaching.
All my clients can expect personalized training programs, meal plans, and most importantly, accountability calls.
As a trainer and coach, I assist women to build their glutes as well as their mindsets!
I’m most proud when I see my clients, as well as the people around me, show themselves that they are capable of being resilient and overcoming their struggles.
It’s a pleasure to be a part of the process.
Although I gain a lot of joy being a part of someone’s success, I want people to know that Bobo Fitness is simply about empowering those who are associated with the brand. To know you can be a part of group of people who seek to be better for internal happiness.
We often hear about learning lessons – but just as important is unlearning lessons. Have you ever had to unlearn a lesson?
One thing that was necessary to unlearn was that you can be successful from only working hard. Don’t get me wrong, working hard is a key component of becoming successful, but I have come to realize it goes hand and hand with working smart. As a kid, all I ever wanted was to play professional soccer. Coaches always said you have to work hard for a chance to reach the professional level. What they didn’t stress from a young age was that you couldn’t outwork your diet or your sleep or your lifestyle. As a result, I did not eat the greatest, sleep the greatest, or make the best life the decisions. I worked hard on the pitch and even did more training after, but I failed to realize that if I did not recover hard as well, my progress would be for naught. It was only towards my last few years of playing when the damage had been done to my body, I recognized the importance of working hard and working smart.
If you could go back in time, do you think you would have chosen a different profession or specialty?
Being in fitness is something I have always had an interest in. Involvement in a profession that requires me to move is something I am naturally drawn to. I don’t think anything could top the work I do now. I feel a sense of purpose and fulfillment when I do my job to the best of my ability. Outside of playing professional soccer, I could not see any other profession beat being in fitness.
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