Fitness Enthusiast: Vaughn Martin

City/Town of Residence: Providence

Age: 24

Occupation: Dietary Aide and studying for ACE Certification for Personal Training

Family: Single

Your sport of fitness activity: Running and Weightlifting

Recent events you have competed in: Spartan Race Amesbury, CVS 5K, Steven K Latimer 5K, Color Run Providence, Gloria Gemma 5K.

Events you are training for: My first ever half marathon next year, as well as the Spartan Beast in Boston 2015.

What is your proudest fitness accomplishment?: My proudest fitness accomplishment would have to be completing my first Spartan Race. The sprint course is usually 3.1 miles, but they changed it to 4.8 miles. I knew that would be an even bigger challenge, but I had no choice but to rise to the occasion. By the end of the second mile, I wanted to quit. I had to remind myself why I signed up in the first place, to prove that I can handle whatever obstacle came my way. Not just on the course, but in my personal life. So, I pushed myself and I completed the race. Safe to say, I’m addicted to competitions now. From the shy overweight guy I was as a teen to this in-shape young man that I’ve grown into that completed a Spartan Race. No feeling quite like it!

What motivates you?: Remembering how unhealthy I was as a teenager and never wanting to return to that state of unhappiness. Also, I love researching new workouts because I have to switch things up constantly. Variety is the spice of life, right?

Best local eats: Bajas on Thayer Street and Bob & Timmy’s Pizza on Federal Hill. Both spots have a place in my heart.

Famous person you would like to have dinner with: Janet Jackson, because I feel that we are meant to be together.

What’s on your nightstand?: My wallet, watches, and a Batman pimp cup.

Favorite cheat meal/snack: Food. More specifically, Oreos and ice cream.

What do you like to do in your down time?: Being with friends and family. I also love to listen to music and zone out.

Best thing about living in RI: Being born and raised in a small city, you basically grow up knowing everyone (which can also be a bad thing, but that’s another story). I’ve been fortunate to make some incredible friends who are also positive minded people that encourage me, which makes me want to better myself. There’s quite a few to name, but they know who they are and they know that I love them.

One thing people don’t know about you: When I was four years old, Barney came to my birthday party. When Barney tried to leave, me and the rest of the kids tackled the poor lady inside the costume. A bunch of kids hopped up on cake and smarties have the strength of 10 bodybuilders.

Favorite quote: “If there is no struggle, there is no progress” – Frederick Douglass

Fitness tip for RI Fit Readers: Everyone should incorporate bodyweight exercises into their workouts. I’m talking push-ups, pull-ups, squats, burpees, lunges, etc. Those movements will give you insane results to your physique and they don’t require a gym membership. You can do them in the comfort of your own home or outdoors, whatever floats your boat.

Additional Comments: If anyone is interested in following my fitness journey as well as checking out my workouts, you can follow me on Instagram: @vxmartin. Remember that having a positive mindset is the first step towards achieving your goals.

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