Name: Brendan Morr
Hometown: Bronx, New York
When and why did you come to Austin?
I came to Austin to work for my cousin.
How did you get into personal training?
Upon being here a few years I knew I wanted to be trainer and began the journey as an intern here at Austin Simply Fit, with no clients. It has taken many years, but I worked to the point that I did not need the second job in the restaurant and chose to be a trainer full time.
Tell us about your background:
I’ve always been into sports, even as a kid. I did gymnastics, played little league, and even played soccer in a competitive league in New York. Even though I loved basketball, my highest “rank” was a starter for my high school JV team. With more hard work, I earned a spot as a varsity backup player on the basketball team and became a backup kicker with the football team, too. My main talent was running, I loved running middle and long distances. My best mile time was 4:52 and my best 800 broke a long standing high school record. In summary, being at athlete has been embedded in my life from the very beginning, all it took was a mindset switch to make it my passion. I’m a an all or nothing type of guy and I put my all into personal training. This is what I live for.
What are your current fitness goals and training:
Right now my personal fitness goal is to build my body and fitness level up to where I feel fully competent on the basketball court. This year’s focus has been on increased work capacity and body composition. My life goal is to stay ready so I never have to get ready.
What is the most common fitness myth you work through with your clients?
The most common myths I see are around food and strength. Food in the sense that most of my clients don’t account for their overeating. They all tend to improve their eating habits but they don’t adjust their total calories according to their goal. The most common weight loss issues is that even with positive changes my clients are eating too much food with too little net movements.
The flip side to this is strength. More specifically, what the concept of strength really means and that is can’t be attained. It annoys me on a cellular level when someone says being strong is for “someone else” or “they can do it, but I can’t”. I may not have all the years of experience, but the wisdom I do have knows that being strong is a choice and it is for everyone. It is not an unattainable or intangible thing. Strength is real and it starts in the mind. When we unlock our minds, the body follows.
What do you want your clients to take away from each training session with you?
I want clients to leave my sessions feeling better about themselves and believing they are indestructible. It’s my goal to help every client feel that way. I’ve learned that some people aren’t ready to accept the truth that strength is for them; and I wait patiently, curating workout after workout until they cultivate the mindset and start to surprise themselves.
What sets you apart from other fitness professionals?
I use presence and mindfulness with my clients. I know there are a lot of professionals that approach training this way, and what separates me from them is my heart and vulnerability. I show each person that side of me and I strive to connect on a deeper level with my clients. I’m not just a trainer or a coach, I’m a therapist and a friend.
What is your favorite thing about Austin Simply Fit?
My favorite thing about Austin Simply Fit is the feeling I get when I walk into ASF’s central Austin location. I’ve been training here for more than 7 years and I’ve gained much respect for abundance of different training methods that happens in these walls. I’ve seen athletes and clients from different sports, of different ages, genders. and backgrounds all come in here to do the same thing: accomplish their health and fitness goals.
Favorite quote and who said it?
“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” -Michael Jordan