Interview with Justin Cheadle Ex-NFL Player Turned L.A. Based Fitness Guru

Justin Cheadle (retired NFL/personal trainer) based in Los Angeles, California. Justin has defied the odds as an all-star college athlete who made it to the pro’s and after three years and three teams. Took it upon himself to make a clean break before what most of his peers endure, career-ending injuries. His entrepreneurial journey began after retirement and becoming a dedicated husband to his wife, Katie Cheadle. To maintain a healthy lifestyle, Justin shredded his offensive lineman physique and shredded over 100 lbs. in one year. The weight was critical during his time in the NFL, but detrimental off the field. From there Justin birthed, Loyal To The Lifestyle Fitness, which embodies his motto to remain loyal in order to yield results. Since then Justin has been named the official brand ambassador for a new fitness-related protein product that has rolled out this year called PODZ, and been called upon to work with the likes of NIKE and EA Sports.

What was your biggest fear retiring from the NFL and becoming an entrepreneur?

I think I was fearful of the unknown. Being an athlete was always a huge part of my life and when that chapter ended, I was unsure of what I would do next. The next best move was to use my passion for fitness and make it a business.

IMG_1779IMG_1847IMG_2165What was your biggest accomplishment in the NFL?

Just making it to the league was a big deal for me. I never knew if it was going to be my path after college, but I feel so grateful that I had the opportunity to play at the highest level of the sport.

What inspired you to start Loyal To The Lifestyle Fitness?

After I began changing my lifestyle post football. I started to receive a lot of good feedback and inquiries from family and friends who were inspired by my weight loss transformation. I realized how passionate I had become about my fitness journey and newly found healthy lifestyle. This positive response from others and my new-found sense of self, led me to birth my brand – LTL (Loyal to the Lifestyle).

What do you feel separates Loyal To The Lifestyle Fitness from others?

In my opinion, the number one differentiator between LTL and other fitness brands is that we encourage acceptance and fun! LTL is not just a work out, it is a lifestyle. We accept that things will come up, you will be in a slump, and there are times that you may not eat as healthy or work out as hard as usual. This is life! Instead of striving for perfection, we embrace the ups and downs of a healthy lifestyle. LTL Is also about following your passion and finding work outs that are FUN for you! I don’t believe there is a one size fits all method for my clients. At the end of the day working out needs to be fun and meaningful, otherwise it will not be a priority!

For a first time buyer, what items would you recommend to purchase from the PODZ Nutrition website?

PODZ Protein..period! The concept behind a no-mess packaging and sense of ease is a no-brainer. Make sure to use my code at checkout: LTL15.

What are the best exercises for getting rid of muffin tops/bat wings/inner thigh bulge?

I think some good fasted cardio coupled with proper nutrition will help these areas the most. Fasted cardio is great for stubborn fat and with proper nutrition you can achieve these goals. If you need a quick workout plan for this in particular, just hit me up online and let’s talk goals and gains!

How hard was it to lose 100 lbs. in one year?

It was the hardest thing I have ever done. I had so many moments when I wanted to quit, but I stayed motivated to my health and wellness. Also, when I hit those walls and wanted to give up my supporters kept me going. The most meaningful part of my journey has been inspiring others to change their lifestyle as well! This motivates me EVERY SINGLE DAY.

What is your diet like?

I personally keep my diet pretty basic. Lean meats, vegetables, healthy fats, with minimal carbs. My go to probably consist of ground turkey, brown rice, veggies, with avocado, siracha, and a fried egg on top. Its sooo good.

What’s your favorite cheat food?

I love a great California burrito.

What team do you pick in Madden?

Steelers #BlackandYellow

What must be seen or experienced in person to really appreciate it?

Vegas!!!

Name three things on your bucket list?

Pet a Siberian Tiger, see a volcano and go to Brazil.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

I used to be 330 pounds

How can readers keep in contact with you on social media?

DM me on IG@Justin.Cheadle. Twitter@SirJCheadle

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