Fitness trainer uses his decade behind bars to inspire clients and help former inmates transform their lives
When the pandemic shut down New York City this past spring, personal trainer Hector Guadalupe was ready. He had already moved his workout sessions online.
But he hadn’t anticipated the impact the situation would have on his clients.
“Most of our clients were just really upset and depressed,” said Guadalupe, 42. “We all felt isolated. We all felt locked down.”
It’s a feeling Guadalupe knows all too well — from serving 10 years in prison for drug trafficking.
“I spent close to 31 months in solitary confinement,” he said. “I could’ve sat and let depression take over. … But guess what? What I do with my time is extremely valuable.”
In prison, Guadalupe discovered fitness and created a strict regimen for himself — exercising, meditating and reading each day.