If I can change and you can change, everybody can change.

Rocky Balboa

My Story

Growing up, I was an avid athlete. I tried as many sports as I could get my hands on. But my true love was Wrestling. My passion for the sport drove me to compete at any cost, including my health.

Like many high-school and collegiate wrestlers back then, when it came to proper nutrition and training, there wasn’t a lot of guidance. Losing massive amounts of weight in order to compete at a certain weight class was just part of the sport.

During the season, I would wake up up about 5 every morning and run five to eight miles depending on how much “weight” I needed to lose that particular week. My food intake was barely 800 calories, sometimes less. And when I finally did eat a normal meal on the weekends, I would end up purging it all so I could do it all again the next week.

By the time I was 15, I was diagnosed with an eating disorder. Finally, with the help of my family and a dietician, I learned how to maintain my weight safely and effectively.

My performance improved on the mat and in the weight room. After which I developed a love for exercise and fitness as well as a passion for helping others to achieve their best selves through proper nutrition and exercise.

Having been recognized as one of the top fitness trainers and rehabilitation specialists in North Texas, my extensive background brings a level of expertise, ranging from injury prevention and rehabilitation, performance training, to one-on-one & group fitness training.

I have a Degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology from the University of Texas in San Antonio. In addition I carry the designation of Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

American Grit - Donny King 1
It’s Never Too Late to Change

One of the things I have realized and have had to accept as I get older, is that this is a long-term journey – about health, fitness, and performance – in that order. With 50 just around the corner, the trade-off between chasing a bigger squat and having knees that don’t feel and sound like rusty gate hinges is an easy choice. Today, training becomes more about feeling good rather than the absolute levels I can attain. Now, I’m not saying you can’t still train hard – far from it. I can still out train and out work most guys half my age thanks to years and years of training and living a healthy lifestyle.

I have found one of most challenging aspects about training is finding the balance between my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training, my time in the weight room and giving my body adequate time to recover in order to do it all over again. The older we get, the more challenging that equation is to balance, because our body becomes less and less able to absorb that intense training. The problem is that in our heads we still feel like we are 25, but then reality hits and we can barely get out of bed the next day.

Have the discipline to train light when you are supposed to. Resist the temptation to always try and keep up with your 25 year old training partner. And last but not least, listen to your body and be aware of the little clues that tell you to back off a little or when to take a break.

Getting older doesn’t mean you have to quit working hard, but it does mean you need to be smarter about how you go about it. Recovery is the key to progress and you need to tweak your program to allow for maximal recovery, and not always for maximal work.

Up until now you might have prided yourself on not having missed a day in your training for the last several years, but if you are over 40, training seven days a week is a sure route to an early retirement from your sport or activity. One thing is absolutely for sure – the older we get the more recovery time we need. Let me say that again, if you are over 40, you need more recovery time following your training sessions. We for the most part, have no control over this. It is what it is. Period.

If you are over 40, the answer is not to train harder, but to train harder less often. The secret with training is not how much you do, but how much your body can handle, and that amount is often much lower than you might think.

Let me show you how to moderate your training, incorporate rest days and use proper nutrition and supplementation to ensure adequate recovery and repair so you can continue to see results and progress in your training.