Drew Manning is the author of the New York Times best selling book Fit2Fat2Fit: The Unexpected Lessons From Gaining and Losing 75 lbs. on Purpose. Drew currently runs Fit2Fat2Fit.com in hopes of sharing his comprehensive fitness knowledge and experiences to help others achieve their goals. “I love seeing others embrace this lifestyle change and paying it forward by inspiring others to do the same,” says Drew.
Tell us about your background:
I grew up in a family of 11 kids. Most of that was in San Diego and then I moved to northern Virginia when I was 13. I went to three different colleges (Shepherd College in WV, Snow College in Utah and then graduated from Southern Virginia University). My first job out of college was as a Financial Analyst for Chrysler in Belvidere, IL. Then I moved to Utah, where I got a job as neuromonitoring technician. That's where the idea of Fit2Fat2Fit came about. Fit2Fat2Fit went viral and I went on shows such as Dr. Oz, Good Morning America, Jay Leno, The View, and wrote a NY Times Best Selling book about my journey. Just this past year, it became a TV show on A&E called, Fit To Fat To Fit, where other trainers are joining this movement.
What inspires you?
Being a Dad to two daughters is what inspires me to be the best Father, Man and Human. My role as a Dad is what defines me. I'm not defined by my past, but I feel I will be judged for how good of a Father I was. So even if I fail at everything else in life, if I can look back and say I was a great Dad, then I would feel like I lived a successful life.
Who is your hero?
This has changed throughout the years. I would say someone like The Rock because of how much I'd love to be like him, but right now I'm leaning more towards a popular author called, Brené Brown! Her two books, Daring Greatly and Rising Strong, have taught me so much about being vulnerable and not being afraid to share my story. It's been very liberating applying what she teaches in her books, and I feel like I've grown more from this past year reading her books than I have in all 35 years of my existence.
What are your fitness goals?
I recently talked to Mark Divine, author of Unbeatable Mind and owner of SealFit, about the importance of having "crucibles" in your life both physical and emotional, and how they can help you grow. I'm still looking for what my "crucible" will be. Maybe it's a Spartan Race, maybe it's a SealFit course or the Kokoro camp. We will see once I move back to Utah in May of 2016.
Do you have any upcoming competitions?
The only thing I have coming up is a partner WOD throwdown,with Chris Powell as my partner, at FitCon in Utah on April 29-30th. We will probably get embarrassed in front of a lot of people going up against top athletes like Rich Froning, but I'm looking forward to it.