This week we're excited to feature Brian King! A US Navy Veteran and Online Coach. He shares how he rose from his darkest hours, gives us insight on fitness, the day-to-day grind, and of course living and eating healthy! Here's why Brian is our Everyday ICON of the week...
What do you do?
I am currently working as an Online Coach, Personal Trainer, Sponsored Athlete, US Navy Veteran and part time private security guard in the entertainment industry. I love being part of the fitness industry because I get to motivate and inspire other to better their lives.
What made you want to do what you are doing?
I have always had a love and a passion for bodybuilding. It’s something that has always been my escape from tough times, something I have always loved and was gifted at. Fitness saved my life after years of struggling with PTSD. Things started for me growing up in a very abusive house hold of domestic violence. I was exposed to every time of abuse from sexual abuse, verbal, mental and physical abuse too. I ended up joining the navy right after 911 and was deployed 5 times; thus, being exposed to additional stress and traumas. When I got out of the navy found myself homeless, jobless and divorced.
This eventually took its toll on me, and I tried to take my own life in 2013 but by the grace of god I am still here. He kept me here for a reason so I can help others who are struggling like I was. After using my faith in god, mental health therapy, and bodybuilding I was able to rebuild my life. Over time I have had a lot of healing, happiness and then realized it was my fate to share my life struggles in order to help others. I knew back in 2015 that my purpose was to pay it forward by inspiring others to never give up and to make positive changes in their lives. Fitness has been a huge part in saving my life and that is why I do what I do!
Why Icon Meals? What makes us different than other meal services?
The reason why I chose Icon Meals is because I want the best quality and taste. Plus, their track record speaks for themselves. You can get a health twist on many different popular meals, unique meals and get customized meals dialed in to the exact maros. Icon Meals is what the pros use and trust. Icon Meals stands out because they always keep things fresh, are coming up with new tasty dishes that they deliver fast right to your door.
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
The best advice was given to me was by my mother. She always told me that the sky is the limit, never give up and you can become whatever you want in life.
You are a social media “influencer” how are you being “influential” in today’s society?
I am being influential in society by sharing my lifes story in order to help others know that they aren’t alone and that we all go through tough times. Most importantly, I always try to put a positive spin on things that are negative. I do this to show that there is always something positive you can take away from something negative. You can always turn a negative into a positive!
Who is your biggest inspiration? Why?
My biggest source of inspiration is my mother because she fully disabled but still doesn’t give up! Although she is in tremendous amounts of pain from two forms of arthritis, lime disease and fibromyalgia she stays positive and does what she can each day. According to the doctors she shouldn’t even be alive, but she is extremely tough and pushes herself to keep moving and keep going. She is the strongest and toughest person I know!
How do you balance work and life demands?
I do my best to take a little bit of time each day to spend it with God. I disconnect from social media a little each week, watch movies and realize I cannot do it all one day. I also try to remember not to take things too serious and to laugh each day.
What do you want your legacy to be? How do you want to be remembered?
I want to be able to say before I die was able to help change the lives of hundreds of thousands if not millions of people for the better! I want to be remembered as a great man who helped a lot of people and gave back millions of dollars to charity! I want to leave an impact on this planet before I die.
What is your current focus? Any plans for the future?
I am currently trying to grow my brand and my online training. I want to help as many people as I can change their lives while sharing how amazing Icon Meals are. My plans for the future are to keep improving my physique so I can get my pro card as an IFBB and get into magazines.
What are your favorite Icon Meals? Or favorite thing about Icon Meals?
My favorite Icon Meals are all the different pizza meals, as I am a pizza addict. Now I get to enjoy my favorite meal (pizza) with a lot less guilt. My favorite thing about Icon Meals is not having to meal prep because time is the most precious thing on the planet.
Stay connected with Brian King on IG at @supermanisking
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