Posted on March 02 2018
“Let’s go! You have two more reps, these weights are not gonna lift themselves!” The sun has yet to rise over Raleigh, North Carolina, but Raleigh Personal Training is already bustling with people working out. Like any day, you’ll find personal trainer Malik Hunter pushing his clients to their limits. The 19-year-old has been training here for a short amount of time, since September, but has already affected so many people. “I enjoy what I do because I know I am making a difference in people’s lives. Whether they are having a bad day, not feeling well, or just need someone to talk to, I am here for them. Always.”
A typical day for Hunter includes waking up before dawn and meeting his first round of clients well before the rooster crows. He’s training people with goals ranging from losing weight and shedding body fat to gaining muscle and toning. “I tailor my clients’ programs specifically to what they want to achieve. I help them set realistic and attainable goals. They have to focus on reality and understand that anything is possible with hard work and determination.”
For people who are new to health and fitness, Raleigh Personal Training provides an environment that will serve not only as a place to get in shape, but also as a place to learn about your body and how it functions. “Before we show visitors our rates and plans, we perform an assessment to determine their strengths and weaknesses, and take them through a sample workout.” The consultation helps Hunter determine which areas his clients need to focus on the most.
Hunter said it doesn’t matter your age, background, or physical fitness level, working out is for everyone. One of his clients is 67 years old. She tried to lose weight on her own, but never saw the scale tip to the left. That’s when she sought the help of Hunter. “She’s been with me since February and has seen several changes in her appearance and has lost weight.”
Like many people, including some of his clients, Hunter has struggled with his own health. When he was 17 his mom saw him eating unhealthy foods and got him started down a path of health and fitness. “She got me a Planet Fitness membership and that’s what helped me change myself for the better. I didn’t know what I was doing at first and decided to research bodybuilding.com, Mike Rashid and CT Fletcher.”
At first, Hunter saw immediate results, but later began losing some muscle mass. He took what he learned and changed his workouts. “I’ve seen myself grow in numerous ways. I look better, feel better, and I know more know than what I used to.”
Hunter’s goals include owning a private gym as well as a non-profit aimed at promoting health and fitness.
He plans to enter a powerlifting competition in August, looking to test his strength on the bench press and deadlift platform.
“Take a look in the mirror and if you are not where you want to be what are you going to do to fix it?”
When he’s looking to splurge every now and then, he’s usually satisfying his cravings with donuts, ice cream, or pizza.
You can contact Hunter through his Instagram account, @flyesttrainerinnc, or by giving him a call, (919) 630-7638.