In order to be an NCAA All-American, NFL Athlete, and owner of one of the top fitness clubs in Miami you have to be a truly unique individual. After interviewing Marc Megna, it is safe to say that he is indeed a special person. Marc has an amazing story about working hard and never quitting to achieve a dream.
As a child, Marc was out of shape, lazy and not very athletic. He was never picked to play on any teams and lacked self-esteem. One summer this all changed when his grandfather took him to a local boys & girls club to teach him how to weight train. After that he was hooked. Fitness became a top priority and his ultimate escape. By his freshman year of high school his body finally caught up with his work ethic. Marc quickly developed athleticism and confidence.
Marc ended up getting a football scholarship from the University of Richmond and continued to carry the same work ethic throughout the rest of his football career. Marc made it to the top of his sport playing in the NFL for years and receiving coaching by NFL greats like Bill Parcels, Bill Belichick, Pete Carroll and Dick Lebeu.
Marc then transitioned his NFL career & work ethic to the gym full-time. He provided free sessions for 10-15 new clients per day to prove himself. He worked so hard he even broke his foot from excessive standing.
In 2014, Marc became the co-owner of Anatomy Fitness, a state-of-the-art fitness facility in Miami, Florida. Anatomy Fitness now has 4 fitness facilities including a facility inside the 1 Hotel South Beach. Megna has trained people from all walks of life including notable athletes Alex Rodriguez, Vernon Davis, Rob Gronkowski, Chris Jones, Alex Galchenyuk, celebrities Gabrielle Anwar, Noah Centineo, Kevin Spacey, and industry titans like Hollywood Film Director Adam Shankman and CEO of the Starwood Capital Group Barry Sternlicht. Megna also frequently contributes to fitness publications including Men’s Fitness and Bodybuilding.com, and became a recognized fitness model even gracing the cover of Muscle & Fitness Magazine in 2012.
Marc is a tried and true CHOMPIAN so we wanted to sit down with him to learn more about his thoughts on fitness and nutrition. We hope you enjoy this interview.
Q: Marc, tell us about your view on nutrition as a part of overall health & fitness?
A: I believe there are 3 pillars to optimal health: Nutrition, Sleep, & Training. It’s important that you give each pillar the proper attention to make sure you are always looking and feeling your best.
Q: What type of nutritional goals do you have?
A: My nutritional goal really aligns with my overall health goal. I want to feel good and have a great quality of life in both the short & long-term. To do this, I have to make sure that I fuel my body with high-quality foods everyday and avoid all garbage foods. I try to avoid foods that have added sugars, artificial sweeteners, and artificial preservatives.
Q: What types of challenges do you face when trying to achieve your nutritional goals?
A: As the Co-Owner & Chief Body Architect at Anatomy, my job can be very demanding. It is my job to develop the Anatomy culture and ensure that our standards are being upheld. Between training clients, training members of our team, and managing backend work my days fly by pretty quickly which can make getting the proper nourishment quite challenging.
Q: How have you overcome these challenges?
A: The best thing you can do is be prepared. Set your schedule in advance, know what you have to do each day, and make sure you are ready for any curveballs that might arise. I always prepare my schedule and my meals ahead of time so that I never have to sacrifice when it comes to proper nutrition.
Q: What types of things do your clients struggle with when it comes to nutrition?
A: I would say the biggest challenge my clients face is getting enough nutrient dense foods and eating right consistently. It can be tough to eat right all the time especially now when it’s so easy to just order fast food from an online delivery service. I try to recommend brands to my clients that are nutritious and convenient (like Chomps) so that they can stay on track.
Q: We heard you love Chomps? What is it that you love about the brand?
A: Chomps are great because I know that I’m getting the protein I need without having to feel bad about it. I love that they have grass fed and finished beef and that all of their products are hormone and antibiotic free. I avoid artificial ingredients at all costs so I love that Chomps products never contain these.
Q: Do you have a favorite flavor of Chomps?
A: They are all so good but if I had to pick one I would probably go with the Sea Salt Beef.