Fitness Interview with Fox29’s Darian Trotter-Thomas


Fox 29 News Anchor and Reporter, Darian Trotter-Thomas, is probably one of the fittest 49 yearolds you will ever meet! He got into amateur bodybuilding during his University days and now focuses on cardio and weight training. According to Darian, his health and fitness regimen keeps him looking and feeling strong, fit, and confident. Our exclusive interview with him reveals his passion for healthy living, keep reading to find out what he does to motivate himself to workout even when he doesn’t want to!

HFR: What is your daily exercise and nutrition routine?

Darian: I start my exercise regimen with 30 minutes of high intensity fasted cardio in the morning. I prefer the elliptical because it’s low impact on knees & joints. At night I add another 30 minutes of cardio before weight training. I do a 3, 4 day slip. Meaning I target specific body parts on a given day, covering the whole body within the 3/4 day split.

HFR: What keeps you motivated to stay healthy?

Darian: I’m selfmotivated to stay fit. I workout alone which requires more drive, because there’s no one to help push me to make every movement count. I prefer exercising alone. It allows me to have laser focus.

HFR: Do you believe that being fit and healthy has contributed to your successful career?

Darian: I think being fit has in some small way helped with my career. My morning sessions leave me feeling exhilarated, and I believe it allows me to have better mental clarity and an overall feeling of wellbeing.

HFR: What inspires you, in general?

Darian: I’m inspired by feeling and looking healthy. Esthetically, the benefits of staying fit arguably helps in this image-driven on-air field of broadcasting.

HFR: What tips would you give your fans and our readers to staying healthy?

Darian: I encourage anyone starting a new exercise regimen or getting back into the gym to start slow, setting reasonable goals. Allow yourself to get in the habit of exercising. Do something even when you’re not motivated to go all out. Not every workout will be 100% but consistently over time is what counts. And don’t compare your progress to someone else’s. We all start somewhere. Even if you’ve been off your regimen, don’t expect to return at the same level of intensity you had when you stopped training. Set yourself up for success with small goals. When it comes to diet, enjoy a cheat day or an occasional cheat meal with reasonable portions. It gives you something to look forward to, a reward for your hard work.

HFR: Share something that most people don’t know about you!

Darian: Most would be surprised to know 2 out of 4 days I have to negotiate with myself to get to the gym. It includes what I will or won’t do when I arrive. Whatever it takes. Getting to the gym is half the battle. Life gets in the way. There are always reasons to say “No, not today.” However, just remember your fitness goals are what you do for yourself and ultimately being in better health is for your family. Find reasons to say yes to yourself!

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