Name: John DeLaPaz
Hometown: Austin. I grew up in Lake Travis
When and why did you come to Austin?
After graduating from UTSA, I moved back to Austin in 2006 and to help my mother run our family’s insurance agency. Being close to family and back in the city that I love was an easy decision to make.
What is your background? How did you get into personal training?
I played football throughout high school. In the off season, I ran track or did powerlifting to stay in shape. During my college years, I played softball, flag football and indoor volleyball. After college when I moved back to Austin, I started powerlifting at Austin Simply Fit in an effort to get back in shape. I began to love the process of getting stronger and as a bonus I ended up losing about 30 lbs of fat. That’s when I knew it was time to make this a career and became a full time Personal Trainer. This position now gives me the opportunity to help people on a personal level through fitness. I couldn’t be happier in my career choice.
Tell us about your current fitness goals and training:
My goals are to lower my body fat%. My goal is 12%, while maintaining a body weight of at least 200 lbs.
What is the most common fitness myth you work through with your clients?
A lot of people say they can’t do things because of age. The truth is, it’s never too late. We are all at different points on our fitness path, but it’s not where you start, it’s where you’re going.
With smart planning, discipline and a lot of heart, you can achieve great things. My job is to help my clients find their inner strength. Once they have that, there’s no stopping them.
What do you want your clients to take away from each training session with you?
I want my clients to enjoy the process. My goal is for them to leave every session feeling proud of the work they put in
What sets you apart from other fitness professionals?
My passion for helping others. I love being able to help clients work through a previous injury and teach them how to proactively keep it from happening again. Besides helping people work through chronic pain, I also enjoy keeping people accountable. We could all use some words of encouragement when things get hard. I pride myself in picking my clients back up, both literally and figuratively.
What is your favorite thing about Austin Simply Fit?
By far it’s the Austin Simply Fit community! I feel fortunate to have built so many wonderful relationships with the clients that I have had the pleasure of training over the years. They inspire me everyday with their hard work and dedication. On top of that, I have the best owners in the world, who support and challenge me every day. My fellow trainers constantly surprise me with their passion for overcoming any obstacle that life throws at them.
Favorite quote and who said it?
“Success at anything will always come down to this: Focus & Effort, and we control both.” – Dwayne Johnson