By Patrick Frost
Fitness has been the game changer in my life. I'm from a military town in Georgia and grew up playing all sorts of sports. Although I had an active youth, I was completely oblivious to the endurance high I was becoming addicted to. I moved to New York City when I was 20 in hopes of pursuing some sort of modeling or acting career. My whimsical move wasn't well thought out, considering the limited funds I saved. All 800 dollars was quickly spent after renting a couch off Craigslist. I waited tables, tended bar, produced a documentary, waited more tables… and partied a lot. I had a wild first few years in the city, and eventually had a sobering epiphany of what my future should hold — FITNESS!
I realized that fitness was, and had been, the only constant in my life. No matter what emotion or difficulty I was going through, I turned it into sweat; and with that, everything became manageable. At the time, serendipitously, Barry’s Bootcamp co-owner Joey Gonzalez was searching for trainers before the opening of Barry’s NYC. We shared a friend who made the connection, and I was lucky enough to get a shot. Looking back, I'm not too sure as to why he decided to give this 22-year-old with no training background a chance, but I'm glad he did. Once I found Barry's, it became my new extended family, and my life became focused. I had direction and drive; I never wanted anything more in my life. I studied for and received my certification through AAPT (American Academy of Personal Training), along with TRX and Rehab Essentials, and developed my education. My love for fitness has remained in full throttle ever since.
I was interested in broadening my fitness scope, and was fortunate enough to be signed by Wilhelmina Models to their fitness board. It was something I had wanted to do in the past but was never fully successful. I was expecting both my modeling and Barry’s career to coincide, but I was mistaken. I found it hard, if not impossible, to balance the two. I was already teaching twenty classes along with several private clients a week — subbing a class out for a casting call was something that I just didn’t feel comfortable doing. It got to a point where I felt if my focus was on modeling, then it was taking away from my teaching and vice versa. And once again I made the decision to choose fitness.
In my 3.5 years with Barry’s Bootcamp, I’m humbled to have such growth in not only my career, but also my person. I’ve grown into a man that my family is proud of, and who is respected by his peers. I had no idea what life had in store for me. I sort of went with the motions for a bit, and allowed myself to fail at a lot of things. I figured once something mattered enough I wouldn’t be a failure — I’d be the best that I can be.
I will admit that my story is still incomplete. I still have big goals, and I am always crossing my fingers! But I’ve learned a few things along the way. Always lead with passion. It is passion, a strong sense of self, and a humbled approach that has gotten me here. And I think “here” is pretty great. Now let’s go sweat!
Patrick Frost has been consistently featured on just about every “Best Of” list since his debut on the New York fitness scene 3.5 years ago. A graduate of the rigorous American Academy of Personal Training (AAPT), his training style stems from his conviction that a hard body requires hard work. With advanced moves and a no-nonsense style, the most dedicated athletes of Barry’s Bootcamp consistently flock to Patrick’s classes. Despite the physical demands of his class, Patrick manages to inject fun and camaraderie into every intense session. Not only will you change the way you look and feel, you will also smile, laugh, and perhaps make a new friend. Your Barry’s Bootcamp experience isn’t complete until you’ve been FROSTED!