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Brendon Ayanbadejo isn't just a beloved fitness trainer; he's a legit professional athlete. A former Baltimore Raven and member of the Super Bowl XLVII champion team, this three-time NFL Pro-Bowler is now a studio owner and coach at Orangetheory Fitness Brentwood, where he teaches HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) classes that always spark a two-week wait list.
"My philosophy is that fitness starts from the inside out," he explains. "Anyone can build large muscles and be all show, but if you don't have the conditioning to match then you have some work to do. This is why HIIT classes are so effective. Young or old, my goal is to get people in the best shape of their lives and in perfect balance, physically."
Although Ayanbadejo could probably slay just about any field that he's interested in, his passion for fitness keeps him coming back for more. "Making fitness accessible to such an expanded audience is the driving force behind me working in this industry," he tells us. "Outside of my professional football career, I have always had other business ventures that kept me busy, including my time at Fox Sports as a color commentator. I was never focused on creating a career in fitness, however, after working in fitness I realize that nothing makes me as happy."
Working out keeps this superstar both happy and entertained, especially when he's having a little fun with clients: "We have a few members that are huge Pittsburgh Steeler fans; when I see them on the schedule in one of my classes, I wear my Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl championship ring."