FIRST AND FOREMOST, WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO USE THE TERM “AMER THE HAMMER”? HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THAT NAME?
Well, like most good nicknames they just come on their own! People started to call me that when I played football because I would Hammer everybody.
TELL US A LITTLE SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF?
Currently I live in Toronto, Canada. I have a degree in architecture which I went to school for in Toronto. But I have been featured in magazines/TV commercials for my true passion – fitness. I am also very family oriented, I believe in spending as much time with the people you love, because at the end of the day, those are the real things in life that matter. A little secret about me is that my thing is to always stay positive, I love surrounding myself with positive people as well as spreading positivity, because it can make a huge difference on how other people feel. You can make somebody’s day with a smile, believe it or not.
WHERE DID YOU GET YOUR PASSION FOR FITNESS?
Like many people it starts with wanting to look good, but when you finally realize the true benefits of working out and eating healthy…looking good is the least important aspect. I love the mental feeling I get, I guess you can say it’s a “high” because it’s such a good feeling. Another passion I have is that I love to help others and if I can use fitness as a method of doing so, I will. I believe in being humble and helping others when you have the knowledge to do so. My website is non-profit, so to speak. The true profit of my website is when I get emails or facebook messages from people telling me how much my website and myself have helped them lose weight or get fit, and that I inspire them.
HOW CAN A PERSON, WHO MAY HAVE NEVER LIFTED A DUMBBELL OR AWARE OF WHAT HE’S EATING, BEGING THE PROCESS TO BEING HEALTHY?
It’s all about baby steps just like anything else in life. You gotta start at the bottom and work your way up, learning new things along the way, the main thing is to never give up, because if you do you’re guaranteed to fail. When it comes to nutrition here are a few tips:
1) Eliminate fried foods
2) Know that carbs and fats are not necessarily bad for you, we actually need them to survive
3) Drink more water, rarely anybody drinks enough water, and in many cases people confuse dehydration for hunger and overeating
4) The easiest thing to do is over-eat, learn portion control
5) Many people have this conception that they shouldn’t eat after 6pm. This is not true; the mistake most people make is eat chips, ice cream, chocolate while watching TV before going to bed. It is not bad to eat food before going to bed, its bad to eat junk food before going to bed.
The Internet is a great tool that can be used. Many people have websites such as myself dedicated to helping people that are unaware of what they are doing.
WHAT’S YOUR DEFINITION OF A HEALTHY PERSON?
A healthy person to me has nothing to do with what you look like. It’s all about how you feel in your mind. If you feel like a million bucks, and you are positive you are healthy to me. The biggest muscle in your body is your brain, without that you couldn’t be here today. I never drink or smoke, well, at least I haven’t for 5 years. I believe drugs and alcohol can differentiate between being healthy and unhealthy as well.
WHAT DO YOU DAILY TO KEEP YOURSELF FIT AND HEALTHY?
I definitely practice what I preach first and formost. I promote healthy living, while informing people of the benefits of working out, eating right, and living a stress free lifestlye.
1) I DONT EAT CRAP FOOD
2) I MINIMIZE STRESS IN MY LIFE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE
3) I WORKOUT WHICH NOT ONLY BUILDS MY BODY PHYSICALLY, BUT MORE IMPORTANT, MENTALLY. EVERYTIME YOU STEP FOOT IN THE GYM AND ACCOMPLISH A HARD WORKOUT, YOU JUST BUILT CONFIDENCE AND MENTAL STRENGTH FOR YOURSELF.
Its much more than just looking healthy, it’s all about feeling healthy and positive. Many people don’t understand how much diet can change your mental outlook on life.
WHERE WILL AMER THE HAMMER BE A YEAR FROM NOW?
I always aim to achieve more, and accomplish all goals set out! I don’t believe in moving backwards at all. Having said that, I’m hoping to be even more established as a male fitness model, and hopefully snag more covers for big name magazines!
WHAT MAKES YOU DO WHAT YOU DO? WHAT DRIVES YOU TO MAKE THINGS HAPPEN?
My family and where I come from plays a huge role in what I do and how I do it with such determination. It’s an amazing thing to see people come from such little and overcome obstacles and adversity. I get my strength from my mom (I have to give her all the credit). She is such a hard worker! If she is hardworking, how can I be lazy?
Another key component is goal-setting. Many people that are unhappy, are that way because they don’t have goals. Whether you fail 100 times or succeed the first time at something, goals will keep you going and keep you smiling because you have a purpose and things to look forward to. If you live the same routinary lifestyle day-in and day-out…whats the point?
WHERE CAN WE FIND MORE OF YOU?
Thank you MFM for giving me this oppurtunity to be featured on such a wonderful website, and thank you for taking the time to read a little bit about me
Amer the Hammer
Pro Fitness Model