We Have One Life And One Body - Micah Baisden


1. Tell us more about yourself and your profession.

My name is Micah Baisden, I’m 29 years old from Albany, Georgia and I’m Owner And Lead Personal Trainer Of PowerHouse Sports Academy Located in Atlanta, Georgia. I started In The Fitness Industry In 2010 as a Sophomore at Fort Valley State University. I started with that May with my own transformation in which I went from 282lbs to 235lbs when I returned back to school in August for football camp. 

People were shocked and asked what did I do and could they workout with me I replied “Sure! But I’m not slowing down so I hope you can keep up” It started with a small group of three people who wanted to workout with me and grew to about 30-40 people by the end of that semester. 

When I saw that happen I told myself, “I could do this forever” So I went after my new found passion. 2014, I became a certified personal trainer through American Muscle Fitness Online Training Program out of Rochester, New York and in 2017 I completed my Masters In Kinesiology from The University of Texas At El Paso. In 2016, I started PowerHouse Sports Academy with my best friend and business partner, Justin Windom, who is a certified Occupational Therapist. 

Since 2016 When I started with only 8 clients in a year I grew to training 200 clients  in person and online as well. Currently, in 2020,  I have trained over  2,000 people worldwide. I have flown to two countries (Dominican Republic and Bali, Indonesia) to train people at hotel resorts. I have published two books: Find Your Fit: Leveraging Your Uniqueness To Succeed in which I give away my blueprints on how to succeed in fitness and my journey in this industry so far. My second book, I AM: Removing The Shackles Off Your Greatness is the book in which I help people reconstruct their mindset of how they look at life and how to remove the mental limitations that we tend to put on ourself. 

2. What is your fitness mantra?

My Fitness Mantra is “Pay The Man” I say this everyday to myself and my clients. “Pay The Man” to me has life meaning to it. Everything you want and desire in life there is a debt that has to be paid in order to achieve that goal and without that payment that goal will never come to life. The price may vary from money, effort, time, sacrifice, etc but it has to be paid so it doesn’t matter the work load or task at hand you have to Pay The Man.

3. What are some of major misconceptions about diets and exercises?

Some of The Major Misconceptions with diets and exercises I see a lot in my industry dealing with clients is people think “you can get results quick and keep them” So, people turn to these fad diets and these 15 min workouts because they honestly don’t want to truly work for the goals they say wanted to achieve . Structure eating (diets) and structure training (exercises)  is not a death sentence though most people in the world think so but you can’t undo years and month of bad habits in 30 days or less and think the results will stick if you want change you have to completely change it’s that simple. 

It’s insane  to think you can do the same thing over and over and get a new result. Second Misconception I see in my industry and it’s funny to me “I’ll eat what I want and just run it off” People truly don’t know how many calories they take in eating various food they enjoy. They tend to read the back of the box under the nutrition facts not realizing that the calories on the box are per servings usually. So they over indulge in food and that’s where you have the influx of calories which ultimately leads to influx in weight. 

Thinking you can run off your calories is like putting money in the bank and they withdrawing that same money out and you leave  thinking you still have money in your account. You don’t. You are literally starting over every time you over indulge (Putting your body’s account balance in the negative) thinking you can run it off that mindset is the reason   why people don’t see results in their fitness journey.

4. How can one maintain a healthy lifestyle?

You can maintain a healthy lifestyle by actually making it a lifestyle and not a “goal” For most, when they achieve a goal of some sort they stop doing the things in which helped them get the goal and as a result you lose it. Think about it like this, every morning without anybody telling you, you wake up, shower, brush your teeth, etc.  right? 

It’s a part of your lifestyle  it’s apart of your daily routine. Just like anything else,  lifestyles are  formed based off repetitive habits and behaviors. So, just like nobody has to tell you to practice good hygiene that same mindset is applicable to fitness take the word “goal” off it and make the conscious effort daily to make it happen and you will be fine.

5. How can one build a successful career in your field?

I love using analogies so people can understand the connection between points so I will one to answer this question. Any new destination we are trying to drive to we typically use a GPS because we don’t know how to get there on our own right? Well it’s the same thing in business in particular the fitness industry you will be successful or you will fail based off the organization of your brand/business. 

As a brand: business owner you should have business goals you will like to achieve in 3 months,6 months, 9 months etc. In this fitness industry you need a timeline and without that timeline and organization which is  (Your GPS) you will be lost and never arrive to where you want to go. So ask yourself “where do you see your brand/business going in 5-10 years” then map it out accordingly. A business with no structure is not a business so get organized and follow your GPS.

6. What is one piece of advice you would like to give someone who wishes to lose weight?

One piece of advise I can give is be consistent! You can’t start today then stop for two months then start again! You have to stay the course just like you would anything else in life. Once you make up in your mind this is what you want to do the only way it’s going to get done is that you consistently seek it! If you don’t, then it will never happen and you can’t blame nobody but yourself because of your lack of consistency.

7. How do diets and exercise contribute to overall well being and happiness?

Structure Eating and Training is the foundation of life! Health is truly Wealth! Why? Because you can’t do anything in life if you’re dead or hooked to machines in a hospital because you didn’t want to take care of yourself. We have one life and one body. One day, we will all leave this earth don’t speed that day up because of self-negligence. 

Interview by - Kriti Garg

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