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Darryl Payne Jr

Name: Darryl Payne, Jr.

Hometown: San Antonio, TX

When and why did you come to Austin?
I came to Austin in 2013 after graduating from Baylor to pursue a culinary career.

What is your background? How did you get into personal training?
I have been an athlete for the majority of my life, mainly in track and field. I started off as a client at ASF chasing my Olympic dream and I loved the community so much that I decided to become a trainer.

Tell us about your current fitness goals and training:
I am currently training to be a 2020 Winter Olympian in Skeleton for the USA. 

What is the most common fitness myth you work through with your clients?
“I will never be able to (fill in the blank)” That phrase in and of itself is a myth. A little discipline and hard work can change the game.

What do you want your clients to take away from each training session with you?
I want every client to know and believe that fitness is approachable. Patience is key. Master that, and results will come.

What sets you apart from other fitness professionals? 
I wasn’t always an athlete that pursued such ambitious goals. I remember what it was like to not be as strong as the other guys around me, to not meet physical fitness standards. I feel that I can empathize with clients on each level. 

What is your favorite thing about Austin Simply Fit? 
ASF is a big community; Clients, trainers, athletes, athletes’ parents as well. That’s is where our success comes from, because “it takes a village…”

How do you, personally, define success?
Success is measured by the amount of failure that is being experienced. To be comfortable is indicative of stagnancy. Outside of our comfort zone, where we fall and repeatedly pick ourselves back up, where we are forced to learn from our falls in order to gain victories is the space that earn our triumphs.