By Kenny Santucci
Kenny Santucci is most well-known as a competitor on MTV’s famous challenges, but he is also a killer trainer, tv host, Ironman triathlete, and most recently Director of Body by SOLACE, his standout class at SOLACE NEW YORK. Kenny keeps the jokes flowing in every class he teaches, but do not be fooled, he is one serious trainer! So what’s a Day in the Sweat Life like for Kenny? Read on.
1. What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
I set about 14 alarms. So for the first 13, I hit the snooze button. Then get up and figure out where I'm gonna spend $10 on a cup of coffee.
On a more serious note, it's important for me to take time in the morning to mentally prepare for a full day of coaching. I often start at 6am, teach midday classes, and then run a number of evening sweat sessions. I review my programming, making sure it's going to keep my mind and my clients’ minds engaged. To keep my classes fresh and fun, I'm always researching new methods of teaching foundational strength and conditioning movements, as well as speed and agility. Something is going to speak to each person in a different way. I want as many clients as possible to have that 'Ah-Ha!' moment, while keeping it constantly varied.
2. What is your go-to workout?
I'm an Ironman triathlete, and my passion for challenging workouts is insatiable. My love for fitness and innovation led me to create the Body class for Solace. The class incorporates HIIT, with the elements I love from CrossFit and strength training. The beauty of this combination is that it allows the person who wants to take their workouts to the next level, to do so in a fun, fast-paced group setting. The overall philosophy for the class is have a goal. And you’re in competition with yourself. Beat or repeat what you accomplished the previous round. It's the good sweat that people are looking for, plus the added incentive and focus on goal-setting. Let's face it, without goals you move without purpose. You can scale the workout as needed, and quantify results, and see those results by staying consistent with the class. It doesn't matter what page you’re on in your fitness journey. You will only get better.
3. What does a typical day of meals and snacks look like for you?
I've been meal prepping with Deliciously Fit. Typically I'll start out with a shake first thing in the morning. About three hours later I'll have eggs and bacon with a Fitaid to get my vitamins in. Lunch is always some sort of meat and carbohydrate dish to get me ready for my afternoon workout, and I'll have another shake after my workout. Dinner is usually at my friend's restaurant, Linen Hall, typically another meat or fish dish.
5. What is your healthy living philosophy?
We are so obsessed with material things. Everyone wants nice cars, apartments, and clothes. The best thing you will own is your body. It can do more for you than any cell phone or computer. Treat it as if it is the greatest thing you will ever own. Put good fuel in it, play with all the buttons, and take it out for a ride everyday. Oh! And don't forget to wash it.
I also have my own philosophy called “Team Beautiful.” My only two rules are treat others the way you want to be treated, and don't take yourself too seriously. Think about those two principles every day and with every interaction.
6. Do you meditate?
Hell no, although I need to. I have severe ADD. Looking for a good spot. (Check out our feature on NYC meditation spot MNDFL this week!)
7. What can we find in your gym bag?
People make fun of me because I carry so much, but I always have a change of clothes. I never know when a workout might happen. I've got Rocktape, wristwraps, Onnit supplements, you name it. I also lug around my laptop, and all the other essentials for CrossFit and life in general. The zombie apocalypse can happen at any moment…
8. What is your favorite active wear brand?
No question! Reebok, baby!
9. What is the last thing you do before you go to bed?
The same thing we should all do. It's healthy!
10. What or who inspires you?
My best friend Evan Starkman, who owns his own marketing company called The Bait Shoppe. He is always there for me and pushes me to always be better. As much as we are the same type of person and think alike, I wish I could be more like him. If you take my class, you’ll notice I'm very passionate about what I do, as is Evan, but he is more calm and positive. I’m more about tough-love. Since I've known Evan, he has always been a great support system for me and I wish I could be that beacon of light for others. Everyone should have an Evan.
Kenny Santucci is the Director of Body by SOLACE, the newest fitness program offered by SOLACE New York. Looking for a challenge? Kenny is a dynamic leader who encourages clients through his no-bull approach to training. Having grown up overweight, Kenny understands the importance of becoming comfortable with the uncomfortable. Kenny used wrestling and football throughout high school and college as his entry into the fitness world and as his catalyst for change. Discovering his inner natural athlete, Kenny has competed in various marathons, triathlons, and an IRONMAN.
Kenny's success as a media personality inspired him to use his fame as a platform to motivate people to pursue self improvement. Having not always been the most athletic, Kenny worked hard to get to the level of performance he is at today. What makes him a great coach is that he can break down movements for anyone because he understands how unnatural it can feel. Kenny has dedicated his life to fitness and is truly invested in the success of each individual in his class. Kenny nicknames his class ‘Team Beautiful’ because he encourages members to exude positivity in all facets of life. Fitness is just one pillar to personal happiness. The way we talk, act, and treat others adds to an overall beautiful life.