The late Christopher Reeve was quoted saying that “A hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere…in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” Today’s PumpUp spotlight member Kendrick is certainly a hero in more ways than one. He brims with positivity on PumpUp and has overcome bullying in the past. If Superman’s “S” stands for “hope,” we’re very optimistic that Kendrick will accomplish great things on PumpUp in the future.
Kendrick had to overcome his fair share of adversity before he managed to attain his current physique. “I use the past to fuel my present so I never feel alone and sad like I was back then,” says Kendrick. Never the tallest nor strongest child growing up, he explains that he was not only targeted during grade school for his small stature, but because he was reading at a college level by the 6th grade. Bullies were quick to pick on him for his other physiological conditions as well. “Having asthma and immune deficiency, I was always sick and many kids picked on me and beat me up. I am stronger now—though I almost died after being hit by a pick up truck when I was 10,” he elaborates.
Presently, Kendrick’s lifestyle consists of healthy eating and exercising at least three times a week. Since joining PumpUp, he abandoned his bad habits and cut back on his partying. He recently shared how maintaining this routine led to his impressive 4.3% body fat composition, and he doesn’t take supplements or even protein shakes. “Just the occasional protein bar if I am out and about,” Kendrick shrugs. “I am constantly eating and if I am not eating, I am training or working.”
He gives a great analogy for PumpUp members who are looking to lead a more healthy and active lifestyle. “Fitness is a marathon, not a 40 yard dash,” Kendrick muses. “The true results you can feel good about will come with time. Within that time you must not lose faith in yourself or the journey.” The word Kaizen, Japanese for “continuous improvement” or “good change” sets the framework for Kendrick’s fitness goals. “Continuous improvement. That’s how I see fitness each day—it’s a day to improve upon yourself, rather than to deny that who you are is not great already,” he affirms.
Kendrick brings a herculean force of positivity to PumpUp and he hopes to inspire others while in exchange deriving inspiration from members within the app. “I’d like to motivate others to keep pushing forward in their journeys and to spread as much positivity as possible,” he shares.
In all honesty, Captain America and Superman. I have been obsessed with them since I was a kid.
My favorite saying is “I may not be the strongest, I may not be the fastest, but I’ll be damned if I am not trying the hardest.”
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Fun Facts about Kendrick
I’ve travelled to over 10 countries and plan to touchdown on every continent before I kick the bucket.
Follow Kendrick on PumpUp @kendrickwilliams1291 and on Instagram @kfitbro93.