Davey Fisher: Personal trainer, fitness program director, & real estate agent

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My name is Davey Fisher. I’m currently a trainer, fitness program director, and real estate agent living in Santa Monica California. In addition to these professional avenues, I’ve been lucky enough to shoot for many various national and international  fashion and fitness modeling opportunities. Although I’ve been extremely fortunate to have had these experiences, my primary work and play environment will always be in fitness. The realm of fitness is and has always been my passion, and I’m constantly seeking to maximize my physical potential while helping others seek their own.

What do I do best?

I’d like to think that I can instill discipline and motivation in people who struggle to maintain it by themselves. I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but I couldn’t agree more with Jackie Robinson when he said “a life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” As a trainer and fitness professional, walking your talk is foundational in its importance to the  application of my career. When people see me maintain my (sometimes maniacal) gym habits, they are more motivated to get more out of themselves. With physical discipline comes mental discipline, and exercise can be a very powerful accountability tool in this way.  While I’m a big believer in leading by example, I also realize that nobody is perfect. We are all human, and with that I believe being realistic while maintaining balance is crucial for the longevity of our heath and happiness.

What makes me the best version of myself?

I think determination is one of the single most important qualities when it comes to achieving what you want in life. Although not everything is in our control or goes according to plan, the one thing you can ALWAYS control is your effort. All things considered, I think you can sum it up like this: if you work hard enough for long enough, eventually things will go your way. Sometimes you have to take a step back to take a step forward, but for every setback, there can always be a comeback! The discipline that I exert in the gym I also like to apply in my daily environment; eventually I know things will go my way if I stay disciplined.

What are my aspirations?

I have my eggs in a lot of different baskets at the moment; to me that’s what your mid 20’s is all about. The more I do, the more I learn about myself and ultimately want I want to be. I’ll never do one thing- I think life is too short and there’s always something I’m trying to learn or get better at. While my heart is and will always be in fitness, professionally I’m also lucky enough to be involved with different things that are each challenging and stimulating in their own right. I’ve had the fortune of being discovered in the modeling industry and had some amazing opportunities in that realm. Last year I also got my California real estate license, so I see that becoming a more prominent part of my professional career in adulthood. In sum, I don’t currently have any specific aspirations in the fitness realm, modeling, or even real estate, but I definitely will be consistently working to maximize my potential in these areas long term.

My biggest success?

This might sound crazy- but so far in life the thing that sticks out is being voted team captain of my high school football team by my teammates. It makes me even emotional thinking about it. It wasn’t about getting “status” or recognition for it, but it’s the fact that enough guys recognized me as somebody to fill the role of how they wanted to be represented. I always have wanted to be like my dad, who to this day is my biggest role model and “leader by example”, so for a bunch of teenage guys to tell me that I was their “leader by example” was incredibly meaningful to me. I wasn’t our most talented player or a “star” by any means, but up to that point in my life I had never worked so hard as an athlete or a student. I think high school football for me in a lot of ways set a precedent for hard work and paved the way for my growth and development as a collegiate athlete in football and in track, but more importantly as a man.

My most challenging moment?

I think there are a lot of instances in a young persons life that you can point to as times that set the trajectory for the rest of your development and ultimately the rest of your life. For me, moving to LA at the age of 25 was one of those instances. After a brief internship there, I knew that LA would be an incredibly challenging but rewarding place to establish myself- which for me became its biggest attraction. If you can make it in LA, I told myself, you can make it anywhere. It proved more difficult than I thought. It was incredibly deprecating; I struggled to find a job where I felt like I was fulfilling the value of a great college education. I struggled to maintain meaningful relationships. For the first time in my life, I felt like most of my circumstances were out of my control. I overworked myself just to pay rent, and at one point stopped paying rent altogether to live in my car and save what was the last of my money. It was an ultimate low point for me. The lower the got, however, the more motivated I became. I had a massive chip on my shoulder to prove to myself that I could do it, and that I wouldn’t let outside circumstances dictate my future. One breadcrumb led to another, and eventually I caught my break and became self employed. I like the idea of being an independent contractor on a commission based lifestyle, because I only have myself to blame financially if things don’t go the way I’d like them to. On the opposite, I’d like to think that the harder I work, the more deserving I become.

My motto?

On a somewhat ironic note, I’m not a big “tattoo guy,” but my motto is tattooed as a bible verse on my back.

It’s Corinthians 9:24 (also my birthday)...”in a race, all runners compete, but only one will win...run in such a way that you may win.” It says nothing about how “winning is everything” or that winning is even the point. The point is to carry yourself with a winning attitude. I’ve always been somewhat of an overachiever, so this goes hand in hand with the mentality that I live by; hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work as hard. In college, I went from barely making the track team my freshman year to becoming the top ranked runner in my event during my senior year. It wasn’t because I was the “fastest runner” but because year after year I commented myself to the process while maintaining a mindset that I wouldn’t be out-hustled.

My favorite role model?

Sounds like I gave the answer away already: my dad. When I think about any personal conflict, or professional dilemma, I always ask “what would my dad do? What would he say?” That’s not to mean that my dad and I are the same person; we are actually very different, but our innermost core values are definitely aligned. He has an almost omniscient sense about him, and always seems to be the person who knows the most in any environment but says the least. Besides the occasional football game prediction, he’s never really wrong about anything. He knows a lot about a lot, but ultimately when it comes down to it I think he knows the most about what it means to be a dad and a husband...although he knows a heck of a lot about real estate too. Personally and professionally, there’s nobody that really comes close.

Favorite places / destinations?

Besides the gym, I’m definitely a homebody. When I get the chance, I like to sneak away to Lake Tahoe area to visit my parents. Besides that, there’s nowhere outside Santa Monica (where I currently live) that I prefer to be. I’ve been incredibly lucky to see some amazing places around the world for modeling shoots, but it’s hard to beat Southern California. I’ve always tried to lead  a lifestyle that I don’t feel the need to take a vacation from.

My favorite products / objects?

I’ve never been much of a “product” guy but there are definitely a few high quality staples in my life that would be hard to go without. I’m a sucker for Caveman Coffee’s cold brew, especially pre-workout.  I do my best from developing dependence on anything these days, but coffee would be the hardest. I also regularly do a breakfast and/ or post workout shake with grass fed whey and collagen protein. I try to always be conscious of what I put into my body, so I try to stick with the best stuff out there. My favorites are Biohealth’s grass fed whey protein and Vital Protein’s collagen. With my workouts and active lifestyle, it can be hard to maintain the right balance of calories and quantities of macros, so I fill the needs of dietary protein with shakes when I have to.  I also need to confess that I have a workout shoe addiction; particularly Nike’s Metcons. They can take a beating, more so than my body can! I also have a theory that the more pairs of workout shoes one possesses, the more inclined they’ll be to go put them to work in the gym!

My current passion?

The easiest question so far; fitness! My world revolves around it- not just personally but professionally. Half the hours I’m awake I'm either in the gym or not far from one. It’s my preferred environment and playground. My daily workout is never a chore; in fact it’s something I look forward to (crazy I know). It serves as a form of an emotional stabilizer, stress diffuser, and even at times a social behavior. Fitness is ingrained into my lifestyle as much as anything, and it’s something that I simply couldn’t live without!

As long as I continue work hard at it, hopefully it will continue rub off on others as well.