Q&A with Dan Flores
At The Sweat Life, we really believe that there is no best of anything, only what works best for you — which goes to say, there is also no best body. Everyone has their own hang-ups about their body image, areas that they would like to improve and body parts they love to flaunt, and what you see is not always what you get. #Sweat Your Body is an ongoing feature, one that promises to be quite eye-opening. Thank you to the rockstars who are brave enough to #sweat their bodies for the world to see, and tell us what they love — and what they don’t.
Native to Brooklyn, Dan Flores is a dad, a personal trainer, and competes in physique events — and even he has some body hang-ups! Dan is also an expert in helping others shape their bodies, both with his own training business and as Fitness Director at The Mark Hotel. Here, Dan shares his thoughts on his body, and tips and tricks of the trade.
How would you describe your body type?
I would describe my body as tall, lean, muscular, balanced, and sturdy. Growing up in Brooklyn playing sports, my lower body always dominated my physique, but once I got into weight training in high school, things evened out.
Why do you think you have your body?
The body that I have is a product of my daily habits and activities. As a personal trainer, I’m extremely active running to and from appointments. In my down time, I make sure to keep my body in the best condition with sensible eating, strength training, running, and various sports.
What do you do to maintain a healthy body image?
I’m able to maintain a healthy body image by not taking my own self-image too seriously. I do care how I look and I am vain to some extent, but I refuse to let negativity permeate my thinking. I realize that while my exterior does have value, it’s who I am inside that really matters… with that said, I’m going to the gym to lift.
What triggers you to stress the most about your body?
It can be very stressful if you’re in situations where people are judging or evaluating your appearance. This can happen at a party with friends, at work, or while working out in the gym. I deal with that stressor on a daily basis.
What does your workout routine consist of?
My workout routine mostly consists of strength training, and traditional cardio like sprints and jogging on the treadmill or at Central Park. I don’t usually have a lot of time, so I focus my workouts on exercises that give me the most bang for the buck, like pushups, pull-ups, and deadlifts.
How would you describe your eating habits?
My eating habits are very consistent. I spend the bulk of my work-week eating sensible meals that mainly consist of a protein source, a vegetable, and portioned serving of a starch. I try to save my weekends to eat liberally with my family, especially my kids who love going to brunch and getting pancakes and French toast.
What’s your favorite thing about your body?
I love the way my body responds to exercise. I can generally adhere to a routine and see results pretty quickly. It’s something I take for granted, because I realize that there are people who struggle with achieving the body they want.
What would you change?
If I could change something about my body, it would be to have a bigger chest. I grew up watching the cartoon He-Man, who was insanely jacked. That was definitely an influence, except he can keep the pink tights!!
When did you feel the best about your body?
I’m feeling my best about my body when I’m in what I consider good shape at the time. Sometime I’ll look at an old picture of myself and say, “Wow, I thought I looked good here!” That tells me perception is reality, and reality is ever changing.
What outfit do you feel best in?
I feel my best wearing clothes that are contoured to my body. I love slim fit dress shirts. I find them to be the best way to show off the hard work that goes into a fit lifestyle.
Are you comfortable naked?
I am comfortable naked, I could care less what someone thinks.
Any last words?
Love yourself enough to invest in looking your best, but don’t kill yourself in the process.
Dan Flores, RTSm, is a Master Resistance Training Specialist, with an expertise in biomechanics and exercise prescription. The grandson of a legendary bodybuilding pioneer, Dan was introduced to fitness at an early age. After a successful college football career at Stonybrook University and then briefly playing professional football, Dan entered the competitive NYC fitness market as a personal trainer in 2001. Recognized by Shape magazine as one of the “Top 50 Sexiest Trainers in 2014”, Dan’s expertise has also been featured in various fitness and lifestyle blogs/publications. When Dan is not competing in men’s physique competitions, he is the fitness director at the Mark Hotel in NYC as well operating his own fitness and lifestyle company DanFlores Training.