Meet Ebai Ayuk-Enow, a native of Cameroon, Central Africa who moved to Atlanta, GA in 2006 to join his family. Ebai as a Bachelors in Health and Exercise Science, and also certified with the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) plus a HeartSaver CPR AED (American Heart Association).
A former athlete who played basketball and (American) football in High school and a personal trainer, Workout Anytime Director of Fitness and most recently Total Fitness Revolution. You can say Ebai is a HYBRID TRAINER!!!
Check out my exclusive interview with him below:
Hey Ebai! Would you like to introduce yourself to our readers?
My names are Ebai Ayuk-Enow. I am 30 years old. And a resident of Atlanta, Georgia. I am a native of Cameroon, Central Africa.
Talk me through an average day in the life of you?
Well I am a fitness professional (personal trainer), as well as a fitness model. My typical day in my fitness world starts every morning (Monday through Friday) at 4:15 am when I get up, get myself ready and head out to the gym to start working with my clients at 5am. I train all day. Some days are busier than others. I generally return home around 11:30pm on really busy days or around 9pm on others.
What institution(s) did you attend and what did you study?
I went to two good High School when I moved to Georgia before attending a two year college (Young Harris College). I later transferred to University of Memphis for one year then moved back to Georgia where I attended Kennesaw State University. I studied Health and Exercise Science.
Why did you decide to become a fitness trainer?
I’ve always been an athletic lad. But most importantly, I’ve always seek to help people and through fitness, I thought would make the most profound impact on people’s lives.
Are you CPR-certified? What other certifications do you hold?
Yes I am CPR certified. I also have a certification in Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA).
Tell us more about “Total Fitness Revolution” and what its the main focus?
Total Fitness Revolution is the current institution I work for and represent (Gym). We are a family based, classes oriented, Small group training (focused), as well as personal training. We also serve our immediate community by doing community service and make charitable donations. We aim at assisting people achieve a rich and better quality of life.
How will you rate the fitness industry in the United States and do you feel it’s doing well in keeping American fit?
If I am not mistaken, the Fitness industry now has become a multi-billion industry. Only second to technology. Only in the past 10 years, the industry here in America has risen exponentially. I’ll rate it a solid 9 out of 10. The industry has certainly raised awareness and so my answer is yes it is helping keep Americans fit. There’s still a lot of work to do.
Looking at your photos from 2011 till now, there as been massive transformation and improvements. What will you say motivated/inspired you to go into fitness and stay dedicated in it?
What kept me motivated/inspired? Well that is simple, my answer is the inspiration people get from looking at me physically. Aspiring to attain the kind of success I’ve been blessed with. Make no mistake, I have a long way to go myself. It feels good to know that what I do out of innocence To be healthy, inspire others to follow a similar path.
As a certified fitness trainer, what will you say are your 5 Dos and Don’t when it comes to fitness and health?
My 5 Dos and Don’t ?
- Hard Work
- Humbleness (from my fitness perspective).
Very simple; “Mind your own Fitness !“ my “Director of Personal Training “ will advice! Do not look at someone else’s body of work and try to replicate that. Recipe for disaster!!! thus ; unwanted injuries.
Do you think we are taking our health and wellbeing seriously?
I think we as a society have become aware of the benefits of living a healthy/ healthier fitness lifestyle. That means that we don’t have to pile up medical bills due to our inactive lifestyle. “Prevention is better than Cure”
For someone trying to start out eating healthy, what meal plans will you recommend?
The meal plan I’ll recommend varies significantly from individual to individual. Obviously, I will not recommend someone who is an “Ectomorph” (a skinny individual with a very high metabolism) who is trying to gain muscle mass; do a low caloric diet. If you get my point. So it varies from individual to individual.
How do you balance your professional and personal life?
I balance my professional and personal life by staying very disciplined. For example I do not do anything work related after certain hours of the day or certain days of the week such as the weekends. It’s that simple!
What do you consider the most common public stereotype about the fitness trainers?
Haha, we are “hoes” lol.. I get that quite a lot! On a more serious note, a lot of the time, people think being a personal trainer is all we know or are good at. They think outside of that, we’re “empty buckets “
What aspect surprised you the most once you started?
How little people know about what we do. How little people understand that it takes mental strength, focus, and perseverance to deal with people who a lot of the times come in to see you for Training with negative energy.
How little people understand that a trainer puts in a lot of work to perfect his craft in order to help and keep a client satisfied. For example, advice on how to keep, prepare and maintain a healthy and consistent diet. Put together the client’s training program. Keep up with their measurements, body fat/ BMI… etc.
In retrospect… ALOT OF PLANNING TO HELP THE CLIENT BE SUCCESSFUL.
Looking back to when you started as also a model, will there be anything you would like to change?
From my modeling career, yes I’d love to change a lot. But I also realize being a model comes with making certain miss steps earlier on in your career. I learned and kept moving forward.
Which brands, clients, photographers, models, etc, have you worked with?
I have featured in BE online magazine, I have featured on Billboards promoting “Culture Headphones“ designed by a former school mate of mine, I have also featured in Play Girl Magazine (2015 edition) haha. I have worked with photographer James C Lewis to name a few.
What do you consider your biggest professional success so far?
My biggest success professional success, featuring on Billboard promote for “Culture Headphones “ as well as casting as an Extra (Police Officer in the TV series Greenleaf, Season 1). I also did a music video shoot for one of the up and coming female rappers here in Atlanta called “Dirti Diana”
Who do you want to work with that you haven’t yet?
I have a lot of people I’d love to work with. If I start naming them, I’ll go on and on and on. Lol
What has been your biggest challenge?
My biggest challenge has come from a failure of not branding myself properly.
Tell us two things people don’t know about you?
Two things people don’t know about me, I am warm and incredibly tolerant
Do you think its important to be active on social media and if so why?
Being active on social media has its merits and demerits. I can only speak for myself. It can serve as a tool for good and also a tool for destruction.
You are a native of Cameroon, West Africa but moved to Atlanta, GA in 2006 to join your family, how as the city been working out for you?
The city has been good. I moved here knowing very little or nothing. But I learned and made the most of my blessings and opportunities.
What are your must visit travel destinations?
How would you describe your style?
My style, simple. Mostly athletic. Occasionally business casual
What style genre appeals to you the most?
What is style appeals to me? It truly depends on my mood and the occasion.
Name your five must have accessories/essentials?
- A pen
- Note book, .. that’s all I can come up with at the moment.
What are your favourite fashion trends?
Fashion trend… business casual, suit and jackets..
What is your favourite dish?
None! From a cultural perspective, I’d say African food. Don’t ask me which one lol
What songs are currently on your music playlist?
My play list.. boy oh boy! I have African music, Trap music for training, soft music for relaxation and reading etc.
Apart from fitness, business, what other projects are you currently working on?
I am working on a film project.
Seeing you’re doing your dreams, what advice can you give others to pursue their dreams?
“Be relentless with the pursuit of what sets your soul on Fire.”Hard work and consistency. I’ll tell them to remember “You never lose in any situation. You Learn from it!”
Any specific plans for the future?
Yes Build my brand and establish myself as one of the greats in the industry.
Any final words?
Thank you for this tremendous opportunity!
Where can we follow you online and on social media?
Facebook: Ebai Ayuk-Enow