Interview with Robert Henry, author of ‘Age Re-Defined’
As a Personal Trainer, Fitness Nutrition Coach, and Wellness Coach, Robert Henry motivates individuals to transform into healthier, fit versions of themselves and to explore the mind-body connection.
As a writer, blogger, speaker, and media commentator he informs and inspires his audience to commit to a healthy lifestyle by reminding them “you can get better instead of getting older”.
At 52, after years of enjoying good health, Robert was challenged when a visit to the doctor’s office revealed his health profile had changed and he was no longer the emblem of health he had been. That alarm, that wake-up call, that unprecedented need to lose body fat and the doctor’s statement “You’re not getting any younger” ignited something within him.
Robert was challenged for the first time with the need to lose weight and re-boot his commitment to fitness or be at risk for potentially serious health issues.
He refused to accept age alone as the determining factor of his health going forward.
Fitness became such a priority and passion that working out was no longer enough. He began studying and learning as much as his could about fitness, nutrition, and wellness. His appetite for learning led him to earn four certifications: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Certified Personal Trainer from the National Council on Strength and Fitness, Certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition from the International Sports Sciences Association, and Certified Wellness Coach from Spencer Institute, an affiliate of the National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association. He has also recently taken additional course work in Sport and Exercise Psychology at California State University. To learn more about Robert’s certifications, click here.
His law school education (Juris Doctor, Southern Methodist University) and his experience as an attorney distinguish him with analytical skills, which he now applies to his study and work in health, fitness and wellness. While still in his teens, Robert progressed from Student Pilot to Certified Flight Instructor. Later, he became a professional jet pilot. In the fitness realm, he has been a training client and is now a trainer with multiple fitness certifications. All of this gives him unique perspective as both teacher and student, and as both trainer and client. To Robert, learning is a lifelong process.
Robert’s latest book is the health/fitness how to book, Age Re-Defined.
Visit his website at www.RobertHenryFitness.com.
Q: Thank you so much for this interview, Robert! Can you tell us where you are from?
I am originally from New Haven, Connecticut. I’ve lived in Los Angeles or vicinity continuously for almost the last 28 years.
Q: How did you come up with your title?
That actually took a few weeks. I considered dozens of possible titles, including Age Re-Defined. Many of my other choices were already in use either as book titles or domain names. I also ran the final contenders past some friends and colleagues. This title suits the book well.
Q: They say you can judge a book by its cover. Can you tell us a little about your cover and who designed it?
Veteran photographer Halstan Williams of Santa Monica took the photo. Debbie O’Byrne did the cover design. I’m on the cover at age 56 to show some evidence of the Age Re-Defined concept.
Q: Can you tell us something about your book that would make me run out and buy it?
If your idea of anti-aging consists of creams, lotions, peels, those infomercials with older looking guys (ironic) in lab coats, and all that, then read my book. If you believe that your health is something you are a passive participant in, or that medication is the avenue to good health, then read my book. If you want to know more about exercise, fitness, nutrition, or the mind-body connection, then read my book. If you need motivation in any of these areas, then read my book.
Q: Are there any messages in this book that you want the reader to know about?
Yes. The book’s most fundamental message is suggested by the book’s subtitle. Your state of health, how you feel, and how you look are more within your control than you think. Another message is: If your self-talk is negative, expect negative results. Inner strength is an important subject, too. There is much more in the book.
Q: What was your most favorite chapter to write and why?
I can’t really pick just one. The Introduction, Chapters Two and Three because they include a lot of information about my own life journey, as well as some specifics about the health, fitness, and wellness benefits I have enjoyed the last four years. However, each chapter was a joy to write. Chapter 4, Nutrition, is the longest and it became a bit tedious, but that was offset by the chapter’s importance and by the opportunity to collaborate with Deborah Klein, MS, RD, my Contributor. She’s fantastic. I believe there is some innovative content in the book, as well. An example of that is the content in Chapters 7 and 8, but it can be found elsewhere in the book, too.
Q: Why did you feel you had to write this book?
At first, my interest was in shooting videos, writing content for my website and blog, and maybe contributing articles here and there. Then, the book idea hit me hard and it became my mission for the next several months. Once I started writing, I enjoyed the opportunity to go much deeper into the subject matter than is possible in videos, blog posts, web pages, or articles. A book is still the only place to be really comprehensive. I decided on an eBook. I might also add that there is some “fit over age 50” content out there that seems to be all about stretching, walking, really slow movements, and nothing else. I couldn’t let that stand as the only representation of fitness for my age group. My book is not limited to any age group, but it inevitably includes and represents fitness over 50 by virtue of my own age and my own journey.
Q: Now, some fun questions – What deep dark secret would you like to share with us?
I wasn’t into sports or physical fitness as a kid. Not deep or dark enough? Okay, how about this: Halle Berry smiled and said “Hi” to me in 1999 and I still go back to the same spot where it happened. (Well, it happened in a supermarket parking lot and I still shop there. Wouldn’t you?)
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I think I’d need to research this. My multiple answers, off the top of my head: Nowhere, because I love living in coastal Southern California. Hawaii – because everyone talks about it here in SoCal. South America – because the beaches and the women are said to be the most beautiful in the world. Italy – because I am half Italian and have never been there.
Q: Are you a morning person or a night person?
Q: Are there any members in your family who also like to write?
Not that I am aware of.
Q: As a child, were you a dreamer?
Q: Last but not least, the magic genie has granted you one wish. What would that be?
Wow. I’d like to be able to indulge in my passions without financial concerns of any kind. How’s that? If she can’t grant that, then let’s get back to that Halle story…
Q: Thank you so much for this interview! Do you have any final words?
Thank you, as well. Be proactive about your health and wellness. The benefits are priceless.