Posted on March 02 2018
Kenard Dansbury prefers to live his life day by day. The 24 year old is laid back, choosing to avoid stress at all cost, although, he hasn’t always been this way.
Dansbury grew up in a small town in Maryland, a community where he was always surrounded by crime and violence. Thankfully, he had the support of his mother and grandmother, who helped him stay focused on a path of success.
Shortly after graduating from high school, he branched out and moved to Orlando, Florida, where he attended the University of Central Florida. Unfortunately he became involved with the wrong crowd of people and made bad decisions. To change his ways, he decided to pursue a career in the military and completed three years of Senior Army ROTC as a cadet. He said it was one of the greatest experiences of his life. “I am so happy I was involved in ROTC, I met a lot of great people and learned a lot about what it takes to protect and serve,” he recalled.
During this time, fitness and health became a huge part of his life and he changed his course. He decided to switch paths and moved to South Tampa where he is currently studying economics at the University of South Florida.
When he’s not sitting in lecture halls learning about supply and demand, you can find him in the gym, working out to meet his health and fitness goals.
Dansbury has been naturally small most of his life, a physique he has been working tirelessly to change. “Three years ago I decided that I no longer wanted to be the smallest guy in the room. I started watching YouTube videos of bodybuilders, got a gym membership and began lifting. I find that it’s one of the few consistent things in my life that brings me happiness.”
He currently weights 160 pounds and is looking to increase his weight to 165 by the summer. Dansbury’s training program includes body-part-specific workouts, cardio, consuming the right amount of macros, staying consistent and having the right mindset. “It’s all mental, which forces me to block out all stressors and distractions, no matter what they are. I believe having the right mindset is key for me to reach my long-term goal of weighing between 170 and 175 pounds by the end of 2017. After that I would like to enter in to my first men’s bodybuilding physique competition in 2018.”
Earlier this year, he was selected as a student brand ambassador for Myprotein; one of the leading Sports Nutrition brands in the world. People always ask him what it’s like to represent a fitness brand. “I tell people it’s great! Everyone at Myprotein is supportive. I love being able to connect with people from around the world that support the brand.”
Dansbury has built up a healthy following on his Instagram page. He attributes a lot of the growth to his connection with Myprotein. “Two questions I frequently get asked are: What keeps me so motivated? and How did I get sponsored by Myprotein? I tell them that the best investment they will ever make in life is within them. We only get one body so it’s important to treat it well. Also, don’t be afraid to fail. I think my drive and determination are what keep me going. I am not afraid to fail because I believe the only time you fail in life is when you play it safe and don’t go after what you want. As for Myprotein, I am not sponsored by them, but I would love to be.”
When Dansbury is not at the gym, he is most likely involving himself in his other passions, jiu jitsu and muay thai.
Some of his inspiration comes from several fitness gurus including Jeremy Buendia, Sadik Hadzovic, The Rock and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
One final question we asked him was his favorite cheat meals; “That’s easy. I love chocolate chip cookies, pizza, and tacos. I eat Tijuana Flats almost every Tuesday and pizza whenever I am looking to consume a lot of carbs.”
For further inspiration, you can follow his Instagram account, @kdansbury.