I recently had an opportunity to speak with the handsome Kevin Ronald Davis, a brawny fitness enthusiast enjoying his second act.
By: Joshua Conner
Kevin Ronald Davis is an ex-United States Air Force Fire Protection Firefighter, cover model, works at Crunch Fitness, a gym/fitness enthusiast and in recovery loving life, based in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. I am inspired by Davis because of his service, how he used his struggles of overcoming addiction to help people, his dedication to fitness, physique and how he has reinvented himself.
What is Davis’s mission in the world?
“I recently started recovery, I’m seventeen months clean today, so it’s like my life has sort of started over. My mission now is to be my best self and hopefully, I can inspire others. I want to show people that not only is it possible to change and recover, but you can do it at any age. I started my recovery journey at forty-nine and I am fifty now. My life has sort of turned around for the better. I’ve got a lot of great things happening for me even at the age of 50,” said Davis.
What is Davis’s life philosophy?
“I guess my life philosophy would be, having a positive attitude, is probably the biggest step in doing anything that you want to do. I had to change my attitude in the way that I thought about things. My addiction made me think very negative about myself, and about what was possible for me.
Once I started, changing my attitude and seeing progress, I started thinking differently. I started thinking that I can do this or this is possible. My attitude changed, then more good things started happening. Now my attitude is just like, I can do this if I want to do something. Then, when something good happens to me, it’s just like yeah, instead of, wow, I can’t believe that it’s happening. Now, I just expect good things to happen. I would just say, just having the right mental and positive attitude is probably the best philosophy to have,” said Davis.
If Davis could go on a road trip with any celebrity who would it be and where would they travel to?
“I would probably take a road trip with Ellen DeGeneres, and I wouldn’t care where we went, because she would keep me laughing the whole time,” said Davis.
What are Davis’s underwear preferences?
“I like briefs, and I normally wear Calvin Klein,” said Davis.
Davis has two memorable years, the first was when he joined the Air Force and the second was his recovery year.
“I would say, I have two. The first was the year that I joined the Air Force. I would say the second would be this year, not only have I started fresh and new, but after so many years of my addiction, I was just cloudy. Now, it’s like I have my eyes open again.
This past year has been remarkable, it’s the first time, I started living again, in a long time. I’ve learned so much about myself through all my bad experiences. I think sometimes, you can’t learn things, through good experiences. Sometimes, it takes bad experiences to learn the most about yourself. I learned the most about myself during the past few years before I started recovery. I would not take back those experiences for anything. I think hitting rock bottom was the very best thing that ever happened to me,” said Davis.
Davis became fascinated with the compass during rehab.
“When I was getting rehab, I saw that tattoo. I had not gotten a tattoo in many years. I knew that I wanted one, I had seen a picture of a compass, and I liked the idea of it. It sort of represents moving in the right direction. When I started thinking about that, I was like, that’s going to be my next tattoo,” said Davis.
What does Davis enjoy most about working at Crunch Fitness?
“When I was in rehab, I had just started working out again, and it had been years. That was something that I believe helped me through most of my recovery. Getting back to the gym, helped me to feel better about myself. I could see the positive changes, and it helped me to clear my head. I started to feel better about myself physically, mentally and get my self-esteem back. I was in the gym a lot at Crunch Fitness before I started working there.
To me, it was a place where I started feeling good about myself again. I kind of wanted to work in that environment, I got to help people, and I also just felt like it was a good fit for me. I enjoyed being in that environment,” said Davis.
Hugh Jackman is who Davis would pick to play him in a movie, but what would be the title of his life story?
“I would say, my story could be called Never too late,” said Davis.