Fitness has become an essential aspect of daily life for many people in the world today. When the COVID-19 pandemic pushed the majority of the nation to quarantine, many people began to spend their time adopting a healthier lifestyle that included a new diet and or exercise routine.
This summer Mercyhurst football player Dante Rodriguez capitalized on the launching of Defy the Odds Fitness, his very own fitness platform set to inspire others into a more active lifestyle.
A Sports Management major at Mercyhurst, Rodriguez is also on the football team. He has been involved in fitness since his youth, playing football and track as a child.
Rodriguez was able to train at the esteemed NYC Fitness center in Queens over the summer, and was able to gain access to an out-standing array of fitness resources. When he realized he could use the resources to promote fitness for others, he seized the opportunity and launched Defy the Odds Fitness.
Defy the Odds Fitness is designed for anyone interested in fitness training and provides methods and routines to get into shape. The platform currently offers a program focused on calisthenic training, allowing any-one to participate with minimal equipment from the comfort of their home.
“My goal is to train any and everyone. If you have enough passion, there is nothing you cannot accomplish,” said Rodriguez.
Being a New York City native, Rodriguez also had the ability to offer sessions for his clientele at venues such as the Yankee Stadium Track & Field in the Bronx over the summer.
Rodriguez has had the ability to develop his training experience over the past two years by working with top prospect high school athletes as well as with Division 1 college athletes.
Rodriguez credits his passion for football and fitness to his former high school coach, Coach George. Even after his high school career ended some years ago, Rodriguez has stayed in touch with the prior coach and George has been a constant figure in his life.
Rodriguez spent over a month designing how he would launch the platform, carefully planning the organizational structure it would take. He was thrilled when his hard work led to the support of a quickly growing client base shortly after launching.
Rodriguez has been extremely grateful to see his platform do so well, and gives words of encouragement to anyone with dreams to do something on the same scale.
“If you want to create a business, I suggest you go for it! Don’t worry too much, even if you do not think you’re qualified enough yet. All that matters is if you are passionate enough and willing to work hard for what you want, then you’ll obtain success.”
Rodriguez plans to continually develop his platform to provide inspirational content and pro-mote a healthy lifestyle. He has created various outlets to do so across social media and is excited to watch his work reach a greater audience.
Defy the Odds Fitness is currently holding virtual training via Zoom every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 6:00pm.
If you are interested in looking into Defy the Odds and its available class sessions, information can be found at https://dtofitness.as.me/schedule.php or on Instagram @dto_fitness.