“Its like anything in life. Once I see a person who is passionate at what they do regardless of what it is, I want that kind of person in my life. That passion is infectious and helps positively influence decisions we make. I want to be that same person for healthy living and entrepreneurship. I have extremely big dreams that reasonable people would see as unreasonable.”–Ben Hart
Summer has come and (almost) gone, but that shouldn’t stop you from continuing on your fitness journey to achieve the mental and physical health you aspire to have. We sometimes consume our fitness thoughts with just the “I need to lose 10 lbs,” or “I’m getting in shape for my wedding,” and those “fitness” thoughts are fine, but we should always remember the real importance is not only to look good, but to feel great. Fitness and health go hand in hand, and we need to remind ourselves of that. We want to live longer, healthier and happier lives, right? Most of that starts within ourselves; confidence, strength and longevity. There are plenty of health things we cannot control, so the ones we can, we should take that extra step to do so.
We want the best for all of our Binge Magazine readers, so we are happy to introduce our Fall Fitness Series where you can ask a fitness expert ALL of your questions. No question is too big or too small- we’re here to arm you with all of the tools to be the best version of YOU!
It’s with the utmost excitement that we introduce to you our Fall Fitness Expert, Mr. Ben Hart. Ben is; Co-Founder of Qinetic – Tier 3 Trainer @Equinox – @Rexist360 Master Trainer & Olympic Boxing Candidate – We are opening the floor for your questions, so go ahead and email any and all fitness questions you may have to firstname.lastname@example.org, or tweet us at @binge_magazine and include @Benny_Hart!
If you’re not familiar with Qinetic yet: “Qinetic is a health and fitness community where you can find trusted information, people, and brands all relevant to you. We wanted to create a place where enthusiasts, professionals, and brands can all come together to inspire, discover, and share information around the active aspect of their lives.
Qinetic’s Mission: To be that one place you go to for reliable information and motivation for a healthier day.”
“The most rewarding moment of my career is right now. I feel a tremendous amount of reward when I am training people and put any amount of positive change in their life. That is just instant gratification. But looking back in my life and realizing the domino effect your life has and how one moment causes another is gratifying for me.”
Read below to find out a little more about Ben & to get an idea of his fitness expertise. (trust us, you won’t want to pass up the opportunity to get advice from him!)
BM: We see you’re a boxing trainer! How long have you been doing that? What do you love most about boxing in the form of a sport? in the form of everyday exercise?
BH: Boxing is my absolute passion! Once I got into it, I knew I would be doing it forever even if it wasn’t at a competitive level. I started boxing late- at about 18 years of age. Since then, I have basically been doing it religiously. I started competing once I hit college and dedicated my life to it, which meant sacrificing parties, get togethers, alcohol, and all of that fun stuff. I don’t regret it at all looking back as it got me to compete at the Olympic Trail level with one of the best trainers and former boxers supporting me, Dennis Milton. With all that being said, my passion for training people in boxing and conditioning was already in place. If I can make others feel 1% of what I felt when I was training, I would give the world to make it happen. I have been training people for about 5 years now and love every minute of it! I am fully dedicated to my clients and if they needed me in any situation in life, I would be there. What I love most about boxing is the complexity of it. Most people see two guys just scrapping it out, but they call it THE sweet science because it is a science that hits all aspects of your life. The mental focus it requires is like nothing I have ever tried before competing. It gives you unbelievable self-awareness by
taking away the ability to rely on others to get you where you want to be. It’s a single person sport and at the end of the day its all on you.
Boxing taught me how to use elements I have learned in and out of the ring to be a better, driven, fearless person and entrepreneur. Getting inside the ring and fighting someone day in and day out for years teaches you a lot about yourself as a person. Think about stepping into a square where you know the other person doesn’t just want to win, but most of the time they want to destroy you. That’s just the mentality, especially in amateur boxing. So its either fight or flight at every single moment you step in, and If you can gain the courage to continuously fight, it makes you more fearless in life over time. Boxing made me an entrepreneur at heart! I feel fearless in most situations I step into because of it. Not in a cold-hearted way, but in a confident way. And in my opinion, confidence can drive you to a whole new life! So what I love most about boxing is yes, the physical demand it puts on you, but more importantly, the changes it makes you adapt to in order to grow as a person in this life.
BM: It’s obvious that fitness & health play a huge part in your life! How did that come to be? Have you always been active?
BH: Funny enough, I have been active since a kid. Not just active, I was in the gym 5-6 days a week at an early age of 12. Its such a lifestyle that its not thought about now. Its like waking up and brushing your teeth, its on the agenda! Sports were always in my life as well but boxing is where I excel and where my passion is. It is very much ingrained in me at this point and that’s part of the reason I want to help spread the way I feel everyday. Its like anything in life. Once I see a person who is passionate at what they do regardless of what it is, I want that kind of person in my life. That passion is infectious and helps positively influence decisions we make. I want to be that same person for healthy living and entrepreneurship. I have extremely big dreams that reasonable people would see as unreasonable. My goal is to be unreasonable and be around as many great people as possible. Right now I am in the health and fitness space and I want to make a huge impact here with great people.
BM: As an entrepreneur and a trainer, what has been the most rewarding moment of your career?
BH: The most rewarding moment of my career is right now. I feel a tremendous amount of reward when I am training people and put any amount of positive change in their life. That is just instant gratification. But looking back in my life and realizing the domino effect your life has and how one moment causes another is gratifying for me. The reason I say now is because I feel amazing about doing what I do with training and Qinetic and I haven’t really begun. When I look at the team that I am surrounded with every day, from Qinetic, and see the roadmap of where we are going, nothing makes me happier. Just to know that you have a group of individuals who dedicate their life to the mission of the company, may I add with no payment, that in itself is rewarding and gratifying all at once. I feel I couldn’t be luckier being around such great people every day, which is why I feel rewarded constantly.
BM: What is your biggest indulgence?
BH: Considering peanut butter is not an indulgence, it’s a lifestyle, ill choose another. I would probably say chocolate covered or sugar covered almonds. Its not often but I do dabble.
If one “bad” food could be turned good- which would you chose?
I would choose some buttermilk pancakes! I know there are plenty of good versions out there, but as a kid my mother blessed me with some amazing pancakes!!
What’s your favorite form of exercise?
Boxing by far! After that I would say running! I am a huge running fan!
I would say I dont hate anything but I would probably say “spinning” would be my least. I love the energy , its just the exercise. Maybe I havent had the RIGHT teacher yet 🙂