We had the good fortune of connecting with Kevin Alinyo and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kevin, what are you inspired by?

I’m inspired by my parents more than anything. They’ve showed me the meaning of persistency, faith in your ability combined with an unbelievable work ethic & how it can have a huge impact on the outcome of your life. They moved to Texas from East Africa (Kenya) to start a life in search of opportunity not only for themselves but also their future family to provide resources for their daughter currently living in Africa & the sons (my 3 brothers & I) they would have in central texas.

My mom would tell me stories when I was a kid about how she started a vision board in her room back in her village of Kenya with pictures of cities in America she wanted to explore, living in a house where’d she raise her big family in hopes of moving there one day because of all the great things she heard & saw through pictures this country had to offer. Understanding that her future destination had so much more to offer compared to her birthplace where she was raised. She would also talk about how when my Dad first moved to Texas he’d work at Burger King while attending Sam Houston State, pursuing a math degree & my mom studying to become a registered nurse while working as a waitress at red lobster in the late 80s back when minimum wage was below $10, both putting in 40hrs+ a week to support themselves. The early to mid 90s came & they’d soon have my brothers & I, where my mom worked in hospitals while my dad worked as a truck driver for General Motors & another Company transporting cars from one lot to the other. Through grade school I got a chance to see the meaning of hard work & persistence & how it played a huge role in their lives.

I remember always moving from apartment to apartment not really understanding why, now looking back I can see it was partly because of finances & partly them not wanting us around environments they didn’t see as safe or having the best influence on us when we were kids. We didn’t grow up in terrible areas but there were unfavorable situations that lead to some of the poor decisions we made as young boys. My parents became more aware of what we could’ve been exposed to & saw what effect it would’ve had on us while they were away working all day & night. This lead to

them keeping us involved in local summer camps, recreational sports, church groups, after school programs, etc.

During those days I would see my dad always getting up at 4am every week Mon-Fri sometimes Sat to get ready, head to work & clock in from 5am-5pm. Never once did I hear him complain, he always showed up & gave nothing less than 100% effort. I’d also see my mom leave for work that was 45-60min away at 6pm then come back home around 7-7:30am just in time to take us to school if we weren’t already taking the mission arlington shuttle bus. Even then, she too would never speak on how hard work was or complain in front of us, she’d show up w/ a smile & always made sure to perform as well as possible at her job to help provide for our family.

It was seeing that example of work ethic that I soon began to find a passion for sports. I didn’t play organized sports until middle school because we couldn’t afford it & if we could afford it, we had no way of getting to practice because of the hours they’d work. Once I reached middle school & our family  finally moved into a house, it was during that time l started watching interviews, documentaries & segments on tv about great athletes. The one thing I noticed & was drawn to that I saw they all had in common was the time they spent working hard to improve their performance & skills. This in combination w/ seeing my parents put in work daily lead to the start of me waking up at 4am everyday before school.  No matter the weather, I’d go out back into our small backyard to do sprints, agility/ quickness drills & skills for football. On other days I would also work on my basketball shot shooting 100-200 shots daily etc. I carried this work ethic with me all through high-school & then college w/ goals on playing professional football. After college I did have opportunities to play football overseas professionally, but as I had time to think about the sport while being away from it & seeing the effects it would have on my future health, I’d eventually change my mind to go on a different path. In middle school I always knew if I wasn’t able to make it to the NFL, I would become a coach or physical therapist that specialize in performance enhancement. Using my past experiences as an athlete to inspire & motivate people to reach goals they set for themselves to become successful.

My parents have always encouraged me verbally or showed me through their actions to go after what I wanted & to never give up no matter how hard it gets. I learned so much from those years and apply those same values & principles to my life to this day. Fast forward to today, I’m working as a performance coach/trainer for youth athletes & adults in Los Angeles, CA. Doing  my best to help share my experiences & use my words of encouragement, like my parents used with me to help lead & inspire others to transform their lives for the better  through the improvement of overall health/ wellness. The journey to this point in my life has been everything but easy, whether it was dealing w/ struggles in my academic career, struggling financially in college to support & feed myself, transitioning into life after sports, struggling financially after college & a huge list of so much more.

I’ve learned through each & every one of these experiences that the consistent thing I held on to, helping me overcome these obstacles was persistence, faith in my ability & work ethic. I’m not where I want to be in life right now but I do know with the memory of my parents’ journey & the values they instilled in me growing up, I will always hold onto this mindset of never stopping & always working towards achieving my personal goals no matter the obstacles. I’m extremely thankful & proud to call my parents my greatest inspiration.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?

My business is a training/ coaching service that provide the best human performance & overall health systems, high quality coaching & resources combined to efficiently upgrade knowledge, confidence & overall health and wellness. I do this by  creating a gameplan for people that are  serious about changing their lifestyles through my training style that consisting of a combination between: athleticism development, Gymnastics, Yoga, Pilates & Bodybuilding. Not only transforming them physically but also mentally so they have tools to guide them around obstacles they may encounter in their journey.

I’m most proud & excited of the past clientele that continue to take what I taught them & coached them on & apply it daily, as a reminder me that I added value to their life.

I got to where I am today by originally planning on playing football overseas professionally after my college graduation,  to getting offered an opportunity by one of my close High school friends to move out to Los Angeles, CA. Once I moved out here I struggled; not having a job or car to get around I was introduced to the metro bus line & subway line. This was how I traveled all over the city working as a paid audience member & then soon starting in a park training my 1st client. If it wasn’t for my other close high school friend helping me, I  wouldn’t have gotten her signed up. After a few $10 sessions, paid audience member to shows & interviews everywhere I eventually started working in a commercial gym where I’d travel from Inglewood to Hollywood to North Hollywood to Burbank by bus, train, then bus again. It wasn’t easy because I wasn’t used to public transportation, relying on it to be on time, to not drive past my bus stop & to get me to my destination safely. Once I got to the gym I struggled with acquiring clientele due to my inexperience working in a gym. This was a culture shock because I had no idea how to use a gym to run my own business, going almost months without training people; all while struggling financially to survive in the big city.

I overcame these challenges by always showing up with a positive outlook on everything, talking to everyone w/ no selling in mind & watching/ learning from others that were successful in the gym, while also believing in my ability to change the lives others. I would also constantly read & educate myself on all things related to health & wellness on those long bus rides & train rides, then apply it to new members in the gym that would get assessments. I had a great team of trainers & sales people that looked out for me & helped provide me with people for me to train.

Lessons I learned along the way was to never quit & always stay positive that my time to train people consistently would come & when it did, I would produce results. Especially for the ones that showed up ready to always work. I also learned that not everyone can be self-motivated, so guidance & working as a team to help someone reach their goal is often overlooked & takes time to develop.

I want the world to know that through all the obstacles I’ve encountered & always “playing from behind on the scoreboard” I’ve never given up no matter what I was going through. I also want them to understand that I’m never gonna allow them to give up on themselves & that everyday is a reset button. Where we all have the power to change who we are today, tomorrow, etc. if we didn’t like who we were yesterday. Life is beautiful & we have complete control over who we become. We should always use that power to learn how to improve every aspect of our health, helping maximize our time we have here on earth because tomorrow is never promised.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.

That’d be very difficult since I eat at home regularly & rarely go out haha. If I do go out the 1st thing I’d think of doing is maybe doing something active. That could include taking them out to the sand dunes in Manhattan beach, then after find some local restaurants to eat at beachside before relaxing laid out by the ocean. I’d also take them hiking at either Runyon Canyon or Santa Monica Mountains exploring nature.

Then we’d also stop by Annie’s Soul Delicious out in little Ethiopia. Then later that night we’d go to HaHa comedy club, Flappers or the Hollywood Improv to check out a show. I’d also take them out to watch either the Dodgers, Rams or Lakers play depending on what time during the year they show up.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?

A few people, I want to dedicate my shoutout to my Parents (Fred & Sarah), Aunt (Rose) & my brothers (Justin, Junior, Joel, Washington & Caleb). Without the sacrifices they made for me & their unlimited support, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

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