Trainer Spotlight: Roberto Cartagena

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Tell me how you first got involved with Power Hour 360?

“I am nearly 14 years sober. And, when I committed to soberly living my life, I felt that I should also work out more. Growing up, I’d always been athletic, from baseball to football, and I also did a bit of boxing 25 years ago. But then, I got in drugs and alcohol. I turned 30-years old, got a divorce, and ended up a single parent to my 4-year old son at the time. I said to myself, ”You gotta stop.” At that point, I focused on sobriety, good health and fitness, and the responsibility of being a single dad.”  

“I started working in construction, and over time, I found myself divorced for a second time, had another child – a daughter, who is now 4-years old. I didn't want to go back into construction, so I thought about what I should do next. I'd been training for a while, and I felt I needed to put my efforts to good use. Without a doubt, God led me to personal training, and I believe it was my calling.” 

“In my 14 years of sobriety I've learned that it’s never too late to get to where you want to be in life. I got my life back and I want to help people get their life back as well. I love what I do, and I don’t call it work! Doing construction was work. When I get up at 2:30 or 3 am, I am happy because I’m doing what I love.”

 

What has surprised you most about teaching at Power Hour 360?

“How receptive people have been toward me. I was in dark place for a long time. So, when someone says, “Thank you for getting me to this point in my life." Or, when they say, "If it weren’t for you, I wouldn't be here today," It is very humbling and it makes me very proud. I then tell them, “If it weren’t for YOU, I wouldn't be here either.” To get that feedback has surprised me. Knowing I’ve been able to change a person’s life has been overwhelming.

 

Tell me what has been one of your biggest accomplishments to date? 

Raising my son for 14-years. I get really emotional when I talk about him. I always pushed him hard academically. He played football in high school but wasn’t really happy. He wanted to quit, so I said let's focus on the academics which will take you further in life. He just received a full academic scholarship to Texas Christian University. To see him succeed is my greatest accomplishment. 

 

What might someone be surprised to know about you?

I cry at sad movies. I can come across as a tough guy, but I really have a big heart. I was watching the Disney movie, Coco, with my 4-year-old daughter and was completely in tears.

 

Tell me about someone who influenced your decision to become a trainer?

“No one really influenced me to become a personal trainer. I just felt the need to do something to help people. I wanted a better life for myself and my son. So, maybe the person who inspired and influenced me to do this, is my son. I wanted to show him the right way to do things, and that it's never too late to start living your dreams."

 

What foods or drinks do you have a hard time resisting? 

“Pizza and tacos. Once a month at a UFC fight I might have a Coke or a Pepsi.”

 

What is your favorite thing to do on your down time? 

“Spending time with my kids. Going to church and just spending time with my daughter. That’s it. I don’t go out very much; I’m pretty boring.”

 

What is your favorite cheat meal?

“Pizza and tacos!”

 

What powers you? 

God. 

 

FINAL QUESTION:

What would you tell someone thinking about becoming a member of Power Hour 360?  

●     It's life-changing.  

●     It's one of the best workouts you'll ever do.

●     It’s never too late to start working toward better health and fitness. 

It’s not an easy workout. But like everything in life, you can’t change without a challenge. And, you can’t spell CHALLENGE without the word CHANGE.