“If I Could Start A Movement, It Would Be Incorporating Working Out Into The Office Work Day” With Alvin Davie
If I could start a wellness movement, it would be incorporating working out into the everyday office work day just gym was mandatory in school. Companies have been taking the approach of paying for their employees’ fitness classes, for insurance breaks and also because it decreases the amount of sick-days employees have been taking. Also, if fitness was included in the workday so many people wouldn’t have excuses for not working out.”
I had the pleasure to interview fitness expert Alvin Davie. Alvin has walked a long path to this point. Al was raised in St. Louis Missouri where he was a multi sport athlete.He attended Cardinal Ritter College Prep were he lettered in Football, Basketball,and Track. And won one state championship in Basketball. He received a full football scholarship to Tennessee Tech University. Alvin is a 3 Time Florida Golden Gloves champion, National Bronz Medalist, and student of the Sweet Science.
Thank you so much for doing this with us! What is your “backstory?
My back story started with college football. I finished my season with a trip to the national championship. After the season, I worked out for several NFL teams but never received an invite to camp, so I was preparing to sign a semi-pro contract. A few days before I signed, my brother gave me a letter that was sent to him from All-American Heavyweights. This was a company who had the mindset that they could convert college athletes into Olympians in the sport of boxing. My brother had two years left playing college football, so I responded to the letter. It was a free trip to LA for the tryout and $500 just for coming. I went and after the workout they loved me. They offered to bring me back to live in LA, free training with the best coaches in the world, a personal chef, housing on the beach and a monthly pay check. I said yes, and from that moment on it was history. I won three Florida Golden Gloves tournaments, won a silver medal in the national tournament, Gold in the largest tournament in Puerto, and became ranked the number 10 heavyweight boxer in the USA. I started training clients one-on-one because it was a way to make extra money. Eventually I saw the need for boutique boxing gyms in Miami, and I put all my energy into opening up The Box in Midtown Miami.
Can you share the funniest or most interesting story that happened to you since you started your career?
The most interesting story of my career would have to be when I was closing the gym for the morning. I was standing at the front desk and I saw someone walk past my front door who resembled my favorite rapper Jay-Z. I walked outside and into the store next door, and it was Jay. He came out and talked to me and even took a picture with me.
Are you working on any new or exciting projects now?
I am working on a huge workout app with Puma that will be releasing this summer. I can’t say much about it, but it’s going to be the best workout app in the world.
I am also so proud to be a part of the Propel Co:Labs Fitness Festival in its beginning stages. To me, this is the future of pop-up community workout classes, and the festival will only get larger and continue to revolutionize the fitness industry.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
The person I am grateful towards is Brenda Schamy. Brains/Brawns is our business relationship — who is who, I’d rather not say lol. Brenda is a lawyer by trade but also one of my partners at The Box. I handle the day to day and she is more of the business side of the gym.
Can you share your top three “life hacks” for people feel great?
My top three life hacks are: never miss a Monday. Always ask why you’re doing something, and have fun while you’re working out.
Is there a particular book that made an impact on you? Can you share a story?
The book that has impacted me the most was Michael Jordan’s “I Can’t Accept Not Trying.” There was a quote in this book that I still live by today. The quote was “You will miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” Ever since reading that, I haven’t been scared to attempt anything in life. Even if something seemed impossible to others, I would still go for it.
If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of wellness to the most amount of people, what would that be?
If I could start a wellness movement, it would be incorporating working out into the everyday office work day just gym was mandatory in school. Companies have been taking the approach of paying for their employees’ fitness classes, for insurance breaks and also because it decreases the amount of sick-days employees have been taking. Also, if fitness was included in the workday so many people wouldn’t have excuses for not working out.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
Three years ago I joined a group called the Jack Brewer Foundation. This group intent is making impoverished nations self-sustainable. We have been to Haiti the past three years with hundreds of influencers who have all done their part to help or bring awareness to situations going on in the country. Every year I have been involved, I have organized clothing drives for orphanages and schools that have been created by the foundation.
What are your “5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started” and why. (Please share a story or example for each.)
I think I’m a little different because I don’t have five things that I wish someone would have told me. I love immersing myself into my craft and making mistakes myself.
Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote?”
“Que sera, sera” is my favorite quote. The quote means “it is what it is.” I have learned life is going to come at you like it’s going to come, and you have to take the punches and roll with them.
Some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this :-)
The person that I would love to have lunch with is Floyd Mayweather. I choose Floyd because he has built one of the best teams in history. Floyd has accomplished so many things, not just in boxing but in business by using boxing as his tool. Plus, I think I have an idea that would take his fitness boxing clubs to the next level.