Trevor Michael Opalewski

I recently had an opportunity to speak with Trevor Michael Opalewski, Michigan’s astute personal trainer & handsome model.

By: Joshua Conner

One of my main motivations for featuring Trevor Michael Opalewski, is because: we both were successfully raised in single mother households, both are Aries and we are both fans of fitness legend Greg Plitt. His passion, work ethics, motivational social media presence, and dedication to health and wellness inspires me personally & professionally. Opalewski is a: personal trainer/sports performance/injury prevention at Built by Trev, certified personal trainer/strength coach at Jax Fitness, ambassador at Proteinfactory.com and model for DAS Model Management Miami. With every post Opalewski produces, he inspires the masses with his mantras & incredible physique.

What is a day in the life of Opalewski like?

“A day in the life, first & foremost, you know being a personal trainer, I am always looking to help my clients and my people. I usually start personal training from about 5 am in the morning to about 10 am. I usually have some down time after that, probably about from 10 am to 2 pm. I either get done with some chores, do some research, run errands, and slowly implemented another step into my online training business, that I am working on,” said Opalewski.

“Then, I’ll get a workout in myself, if I am feeling pretty adequate. After 2 pm, usually I go to personal training at about 3 to about 7 or 8. Then after that time, if I haven’t worked out, then I would get it done. Otherwise, I’ll probably prep dinner. Then I’ll have something to eat, do some reading, some research and maybe watch football if it’s on. Other than that, I really don’t try to watch television, or movies too much, because it just sucks the life out of you. Then, I’ll go on social media for a little bit, and usually end up falling asleep anywhere from 11 pm or 1 am,” said Opalewski.

What would be the title of Opalewski life story and who would play him in a movie?

“The title of my life story would be: the fight from within. Who would play me, oh, I mean of course I would love to have Morgan Freeman do the voiceover, haha. He’s pretty notorious for that, but who would play me, jeez, that’s a tough one. I am going to have to go with one of my favorites and that Jean-Claude Van Damme,” said Opalewski.

What is Opalewski underwear preference?

“You know, growing up, I was always a boxer kid, just because of the freedom haha. Now, getting into working out and everything, boxers probably wasn’t the best route to go. But, once I noticed boxer briefs, was kind of like a weird thing growing up, hey things kind of stay close-knit in here, you know while you’re working out. So these are a bit nicer, when you just lounge around with nothing to do,” said Opalewski.

“If it wasn’t for the modeling industry, I would have to say boxers,  but I don’t have a favorite brand. Since, opening up into the modeling industry, I would have to go with the briefs. Just outside of that bro, honestly on a regular basis, I like some sort of spandex, but day-to-day, I have to say neither,” said Opalewski.

Opalewski has also modeling Richard Dayhoff underwear.

“Oh, Richard Dayhoff, his product was honestly really nice. If I were to wear briefs or something, that would be it. Like I said, the whole modeling thing, kind of opened me, back up to that realm thankfully. It was nice, comfortable material, it was very form-fitting, which is kinda hard for me, since I have a small waist and bigger lower half, but they fit very well. I definitely recommend them,” said Opalewski.

Opalewski has a great body of work, would he ever consider posing for Bodybuilding.com Bodies of Work similar to Greg Plitt?

“Bodybuilding.com Bodies of work or bodies of art, kind of like the whole ESPN series. Honestly, that’s like one of my goals that I have for myself. I would definitely like to do one of those editorials or shoots with myself, I think it would be really cool. Obviously, out of all the athletes, the one that inspired me the most was Greg Plitt. Just seeing the guy, it’s just phenomenal, what he is able to obtain and do with himself,” said Opalewski.

If Opalewski mantra were a hashtag what would it be?

“I am going to have go with my life’s work #builtbytrev. I think it’s all about the dream, I have made ever since my buddy,  brought me into the fitness world when I was about 15 or 16. Learning from him, he was an avid Arnold Schwarzenegger fan, as I was too, but he was like a fanatic. I mean the guy, literally built a basement when he was 16 years old, his dad was a carpenter, so he was a great craftsman. He built a basement shrine, with: every single movie poster, magazine he was on the cover of, vhs tape, and a couple of action figures, he literally had it all,” said Opalewski.

“So coming from him, and all the bodybuilding magazines, I was involved and kind of engulfing myself in the industry. You know I always wanted to be involved in fitness in some way. You know I always, just tried to find the best ways possible of obtaining the physique I wanted. You know the athletic & performance driven physique that I wanted,” said Opalewski.

“You know it’s the constant giving back to the chalkboard, taking notes on everything, I was doing, trying & relearning. Even when I thought I had it right, my body would tell me, hey you don’t have it all figured out bud, you gotta go back to the drawing board. I think especially over the last 5 or 6 years, I have really I don’t want to say mastered my craft, it’s been always kind of learning and progressing, but I think I definitely got a better handle on it now, then back then,” said Opalewski.

You can follow Trevor Michael Opalewski on instagram.com/trevor.michael.opalewski & instagram.com/builtbytrev

Extra Content: If Trevor could do one workout with Greg Plitt what would be it? You can follow me on Instagram & like my on Facebook page to find out.

#ChiFitExpo Success!

By: Joshua Conner

OrangeTheory Fitness
Me testing the Orange Theory Fitness Rover Photo By JoshuaConner.org

On June 9-10, 2018, Bodybuilding.com presented The Fit Expo ™ Chicago, sponsored by Subway Restaurants at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. The Fit Expo ™ Chicago was a great success with social media integration, familiar faces and an opportunity that took this intrepid blogger out of his comfort zone.

For $25 Saturday or Sunday, or a $40 weekend package, you will receive access to free samples, classes, cash winning competitions, seminars, and celebrity guests photo ops.

In my prior years of covering The Fit Expo ™ Chicago, my primary motivation was to get celebrity guests interviews. This year, I decided to take a more immersive approach, and give a brief highlight reel of some of the best moments that you can discover at the expo.

The fanfare of The Fit Expo ™ actually began before you even entered the door. Besides, the ticket deals you find by following the special guests on social media, attendees were encouraged to download the Fan! Guru application. The application really helped me get a preview of the great events and information on the special guests expected to arrive. The other pre-show sign up offering was the, “WBFF Workshop: Posing Class & Fitness Modeling Success Seminar” taught by TJ Hoban and Caroline De Campos. My intention for signing up was for an immersive reporting experience, little was I aware I was able to have a fun opportunity to explore outside of my comfort zone.

During the WBFF Workshop: Posing Class & Fitness Modeling Success Seminar is where the fun began. Not only was it taught by Bodybuilding.com Bodies of Work: Volume 6 first couple TJ Hoban & Caroline De Campos, it also had a special guest consultant WBFF Pro Fitness Model Dusten Nelson. Which was a pleasant surprise because Dusten is one of my social media followers.

"WBFF Workshop: Posing Class & Fitness Modeling Success Seminar lead by T.J. Hoban and Caroline De Campos with special guest Dusten Nelson
Photo/Screenshot from Dusten Nelson’s Instagram Stories

It began with the posing class at Main Stage C. It was gentleman first and then ladies. An observation made was this was the first time there were more gentleman than ladies. After some encouragement from Dusten and TJ, I decided to press my luck. I always understood that showing a physique takes work, however I never knew how much mechanics and personality come to play.

“Quarter turn, half turn, and abs pose,” were just some of the many nuggets of wisdom that Dusten taught the guys as he instructed us on how to look ornamental and functional with style and substance.

During the Fitness Modeling and Success Seminar, TJ Hoban and Caroline De Campos enlightened the audience with many golden nuggets of wisdom about the WBFF, social media and the fitness industry.

Joshua Conner, T.J. Hoban, and Caroline De Campos
Me, T.J. Hoban, and Caroline De Campos Photo courtesy of T.J. Hoban and Caroline De Campos

“Looking your best, having the best pose and eluding your best confidence,” said TJ Hoban on the keys of success for the WBFF.

“We are a family, we support each other and help each other,” said Caroline De Campos.

After the seminar, TJ and Caroline had a photo-op, which included Instagram story shout outs.

Social media played a huge role in the Fit Expo ™ this year. Whenever you went to a celebrity guest booth, not only could you get a selfie, they also asked your Instagram handle to give you a shout out.

One celebrity guest who had two days of long lines to get a photo-op was the motivated, brawny and charismatic Brad Castleberry. What made the Castleberry experience so unique, is how he had a meet and greet with every fan, before every photo.

Joshua Conner & Brad Castleberry
Me and Brad Castleberry Photo courtesy of Castleberry Nutrition

In addition to the photo ops, exhibitor booths also gave great experiences.

From competing for an Amazon gift card at the Orangetheory Fitness ® booth, or tasting delicious electrolyte tea from Honest Tea ® .

Vendor Spotlight Honest Tea
Vendor Spotlight Honest Tea Photo by JoshuaConner.org

Ironically, the Fit Expo ™ is a great place to get a cup of iced coffee. Adam Von Rothfelder Strong Coffee Company, offered either a hot cup or cold brew of their delicious healthy coffee.

Joshua Conner and Adam Von Rothfelder
Photo courtesy of Strong Coffee Company

You never know who you will meet at The Fit Expo ™. While taking the Nordic Track challenge at Gideon Akande booth, I ran into a former co-worker from my Command Center security days Abraham Elias (Fit Ops Foundation).

 

“You never know who you are going to see at The Fit Expo ™,” said Gideon.

One of the most powerful mantras came from Corporate Wellness Speaker and one of the stars of Netflix “The Perfect Physique” film David Morin.

“Focus, intention and action,” said David, during the Meet the All Star Cast of The Perfect Physique film seminar Q and A.

I was grateful to have the opportunity to cover the Fit Expo ™.

Joshua Conner & Matt Christianer
Me and Matt Christianer Photo courtesy of Matt Christianer

The Fit Expo ™ will be coming to San Jose, California on July 21-22, 2018. You can buy tickets here:  https://www.thefitexpo.com/TFESJ_tickets.shtml. 

You can also RSVP for the Official WBFF Workshop: Posing Class & Fitness Modeling Success Seminar taught by TJ Hoban and Caroline De Campos here: http://www.tjhoban.com/events.

I would like to thank Sydney Redisch, Sales and Marketing Coordinator for The Fit Expo, who allowed me to cover The Fit Expo Chicago for my third year.