Pablo Picasso once said, “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”
The people of Mt. Pleasant give back to their community in many ways, and Eli Goldstein, certified personal trainer at Duff Training, is no exception.
Goldstein dedicates his time, knowledge, and resources to improving the quality of life of others. In addition to being a full-time personal trainer, devoted husband and father of one, he still finds the time to give back to his community in a unique way.
“I was reflecting on my life, what I had and what was missing. And, I didn’t feel that I took part in enough community service,” Goldstein recounts. “I didn’t know how to go about it, so a client gave me the idea to donate my time to help people who couldn’t afford to train.”
Through Goldstein’s pro bono work, he’s helped a client with high cholesterol, blood pressure, obesity, and a propensity to liver disease. His background in the culinary arts and restaurant industry in combination with an Athletics & Fitness Association of America (AFAA) certification enables him to give clients invaluable knowledge—vital when making a commitment to a happier and healthier life.
Goldstein was always involved in sports and exercise, but becoming a personal trainer wasn’t his original plan. After high school, his passion for food guided him into culinary school, and thereafter, undergraduate studies in hospitality and restaurant management. His transition into personal training came about for personal reasons.
“After being in the restaurant industry for about eight years, I was really unhealthy.”
He made a commitment to a healthier life, and when a trainer at his local gym noticed his routine and dedication, she approached him with an opportunity.
“She asked if I had considered becoming a personal trainer,” Goldstein recounts. Shortly after, he began teaching classes.
“The transition into the training world was slow,” he recalls. “But I was so happy with what I was doing and what I was learning.”
Reflecting on his own personal experience and the experiences of his clients, Goldstein reveals the number one trait that his most successful clients have in common.
“Consistency. Stick with it. It’s the most important thing for anybody at any stage. You can’t just stop once you reach your goal,” he says. “Consistency is so important. If you take a process to get there, you need to keep that process to stay. Pick something that you can stick with forever.”
Goldstein’s principle of consistency ties directly to his commitment to serving his community.
“You must keep giving back to gain personal growth. It’s not something that I can do once and stop, it’s something that I must do—continuously.”