Just because we can’t be in the Rhode Island studio right now, doesn’t mean the Cut fam stops growing. You may already know our new coach or if you’ve done any of the Rebuild videos on Cut Seven Play (your hips, shoulders, and lower back probably thank you), but let’s officially welcome Coach Amadeus to the team!
Like many of our Cut coaches, Amadeus has been an athlete his whole life so being part of a team, where you truly can’t do it alone, is natural for him. Amadeus is ready to drop some knowledge while also pushing the shit out of you. So let’s put our hands together for Coach Amadeus!
HAVE YOU ALWAYS BEEN INTO FITNESS? DID YOU ALWAYS THINK IT WOULD BE YOUR CAREER?
I always loved fitness. I’ve been an athlete my entire life. I played a whole bunch of sports in high school and when I went to college, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. I was in a history class that I really liked so I declared a history major and figured, “teaching sounds fun.” But as I learned about the public education system and learned about how truly broken it was, I didn’t see a way that I could be happy being involved in that system. So I dropped the Ed minor. I was in choir and halfway to a music minor so I did that instead and thought, “I’ll figure it out later.” I worked at Starbucks for three years after college before I finally figured out that I could blend my passions for fitness and teaching in personal training.
YOU DID MOSTLY TEAM SPORTS. WAS THERE SOMETHING ABOUT BEING A PART OF A TEAM THAT REALLY SPOKE TO YOU?
Yeah. I did basketball, baseball, and crew in high school. I loved the camaraderie of sports working together for a common goal. Especially for crew, you really need to be perfectly in sync or everything falls apart. Everyone needs to hit the water at the same time. Everyone needs to pull through at the same time and if that doesn’t happen, the boat rocks, and everything gets messed up. Looking back, rowing crew was the best thing 17-year-old me could have done. I learned self-discipline, dedication, and work ethic — if you really want it, you gotta work hard for it. Sometimes it’s not enough to be good alone, you need to pick up the people around you.
And that’s what drew me to Cut Seven. I took my first class and everything was team-based. The people were an actual team. They were cheering each other on from across the room. They were carrying each other and supporting each other and it reminded me of when I rowed.
IT FEELS LIKE MOBILITY IS REALLY UNDERVALUED. WHY DO YOU THINK THAT IS? AND WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT?
I think people are obsessed with visuals — “what progress can I see?” We usually think about a six-pack or shoulder definition or something like that. I think if people have a mindset of “what can I do?” they will be more likely to invest their time in mobility.
With mobility, you just move better. You feel better when you do it because the blood is flowing around better and you’re not stiff all day long. In general, mobility can improve quality of life as well as improve performance.
SO YOU ARE CLEARLY PASSIONATE ABOUT FITNESS. WHAT ELSE DO YOU CARE ABOUT AND LIKE TO DO OUTSIDE OF FITNESS?
I am incredibly passionate about everything going on politically right now. I was a history major and I specifically studied historical politics. We are watching events unfold that our grandkids will learn about in their textbooks. So what do I want to be able to tell my grandkids? That I sat around or that I got off my ass and got involved and did something about it?
I also love seeing live music. Pre-COVID, if I had nothing else to do on a Friday night, I used to grab a friend and go to Gypsy Sally’s in Georgetown to see whatever artist was playing that night. I also love being in nature. Someone told me that what I do is called nature bathing, which I only heard that phrase recently. But hiking, backpacking, a waterhole, an outdoor beer garden or back porch bonfire hangout…if it gets me outside in nature, I’m there.
LAST QUESTION: WHAT DO YOU WANT TO INSTILL IN THE ATHLETES THAT ARE IN YOUR CLASS?
I want to provide athletes with an understanding of why they are doing what they’re doing. There is gonna be a day where I am not there for every single one of their workouts. I want them to have the tools to utilize on their own. To me, that’s what makes a good trainer — a good trainer trains themselves out of a job.
I also want to perpetuate the really incredible atmosphere and community that Alex and Chris have created inside and outside of the studio. That community aspect is what drew me into Cut Seven. You walk into the studio and everyone is chatting and shooting the shit and then you get into the room and we’re all grinding, working hard, cheering each other on. People get more and more hype and more and more intense and you inspire each other and that feeling is addictive.
5 THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT AMADEUS:
- He loves to scuba dive.
- The man can siiiiiing. He is classically trained and used to sing in a choir (and oh yeah, remember the music minor).
- His favorite team mascot is Screech — no, not from Saved by the Bell but of Nats’ fame.
- His favorite movie is Gladiator but Lord of the Rings is a close second.
- He has a love/hate relationship with the Exorcist stairs — he used to run up and down them all the time for team workouts.