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John DeLaPaz
UTSA - Bachelor's in Finance
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
Texas Licensed Insurance Agent for Property and Casualty

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. The music, food and outdoor activities also brought me back.

What is your background? How did you get into personal training? 
I was always an athlete, and growing up in Texas, my parents had me playing football my entire life. Once I was in high school, I narrowed my sports to football, track and powerlifting. During my college years, I dabbled in softball, flag football and volleyball. 

After graduating, I started working as an insurance agent and stopped training for the first time in my life. With this new lifestyle, it didn’t take long for my body fat to increase and my weight shot up to nearly 245 lbs. So, I used this wake up call to get a gym membership and went back to the weight training I was accustomed to.

Shortly after, a friend of mine recommended I start training (powerlifting) at Austin Simply Fit. The community there was so positive and uplifting that I instantly fell back in love with the strength training process. Within months I found myself in the best shape of my life. I had lost 30 lbs and knew that I wanted to make a career of helping others unlock their potential.

You are also the General Manager of both ASF locations. Tell us about what you do in that role:
Being the General Manager of a small business means I wear many hats. For Austin Simply Fit, I am a personal trainer, a facility manager, an Integrator and the Head of Marketing & Sales.

As Integrator, I run our weekly team and administrative meetings. These meetings help us lead, manage and hold each other accountable. Outside of meetings, I help organize our team and community events, help trainers with any systems issues and help clients with any account needs.

Tell us about your current fitness goals and training:
Currently, my training goals revolve around consistency. With my busy schedule, I struggle to maintain a consistent regimen. When I do, I prefer a combination of strength, power and hypertrophy. My goal for the year is to train three times per week, in an effort to increase my lean muscle mass and stay ready for any adventures life throws at me.

Most recently, my wife and I took a trip to Sedona, Arizona. On this trip, we planned to hike three days in a row. To prepare for the vacation, I incorporated lots of barbell squats, deadlifts and a variety of lunges into my routine. On the days I wasn’t training, we’d go on long walks while wearing our hiking packs.

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. In addition to that, I really enjoy helping my clients overcome their “chronic pains.” In my experience, we all tend to do most things with consistency, whether it be lifting with poor form or sitting on the couch for hours after a long day. I ask my clients for details about their lifestyle to help me pinpoint the cause of their pain. Once I understand what is causing the issue, it makes it easier for me to address it and then teach them how they can prevent it from coming back. Adding a simple stretch routine or a foam rolling session to their routine each day can make a world of difference.  

What sets you apart from other fitness professionals? 
I would like to say it’s my passion for helping others, but honestly I see that trait in all of our trainers. So with that being said, I think what sets me apart would be my experience managing people.

With over a decade of experience in the business world, working with numerous people and teams, I have developed skills that allow me to effectively lead, manage and hold people accountable. Being genuine and setting clear goals has helped me become a more effective leader and I bring that into each of my training sessions. It is always my goal to motivate each client so they can get the most out of each day.

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 my fellow trainers and clients. It’s inspiring to be around such focused, friendly and hardworking individuals. It’s easy to be a part of the team that is so committed to helping others.

I am a firm believer that organizations develop their company culture from the top down. Luckily for the Austin Simply Fit community, our team draws inspiration from our amazing owner and leader, Krista Bergeron. She is genuine, compassionate and courageous. She embodies all of the core values we uphold in this company and sets the tone by which we operate. As a member of our leadership team, she inspires me every day, and she has an innate ability to brighten my day with her infectious personality. Whether she’s cheering us on during a lift, raising money for our scholarship fund, or volunteering to help others, she really is one of a kind.  

Favorite quote and who said it?
“The road to success and greatness is always paved with consistent hard work. Outwork your competitors, be authentic, and above all, chase your greatness.” – Dwayne Johnson

I have to say that John DeLaPaz is one of the best trainers I have had. Not only does he listen to what my physical goals are and understands what workouts I need to help me achieve them, but he also helps and guides me to make better decisions for faster and more noticeable results. He has always been patient but pushes me to always get better. Definitely keeps me accountable, which is key!

Maria Blake