We had the good fortune of connecting with Alex Carneiro and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alex, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Honestly from a young age I never really wanted to work for anyone else. I’ve only had two bosses in my life. One in college at the Recreational center where I got my first job and then a second boss right after college. One was an amazing leader while the other just liked to tell us what was wrong and never provided solutions to the problems. So I decided to go in business and start my own personal training company at the age of 22 when I knew what I wanted to provide to solve people’s fitness needs and secondly how to deliver it. It’s not that I have an authority problem with someone telling me what to do, it’s that I saw solution to people’s needs faster and wanted to do it my own way and cut the middle man. It definitely takes more work but it’s also 10x more satisfying to work for oneself.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My philosophy is simple. By exercising or movement I can change people’s state of mind. Life is all about making choices and taking actions with a the best state of mind we can create. If you are angry most of the time you won’t make the best decision, when you are sad, depressed, unmotivated or even hungry your actions often will not reflect your best. With motion; aka exercise I can change the bio-chem of people’s brains to want to become better for themselves. This isn’t an over night change but it’s definitely one that will take place when one chooses to want to become better for themselves. Im most proud of that. Being able to change someones’ life with exercise and prolonging that life to become better. That’s why I created the AC Driven Method. A place where myself and my employees can help others reach their peak health and body if they desire to do so.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m a big culinary arts fan. I don’t have a specific place in mind as several come into place depending on the mood I am at. Matsuhisha in Cherry Creek and Isakaya are without a doubt my favorite to eat sushi. The Fort near Red Rocks for steak and meat and Eddie Merlot in DTC for seafood. Each place has a unique taste and experience that I feel many should experience. For drinks The Welton Room on Welton St is a fabulous location for the most unique looking and tasting drinks.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I honestly want to give the shoutout to myself. I was the one on weekend nights studying, working out and sacrificing late night hours to be where I am today. I didn’t have anyone to mentor me, to guide me through the unknown and provide me with advice. I had to do that on my own with little to none resources at the time. It was I whom was my own boss, mentor, motivator and worst critic. There are a few names I do want to thank as they gave me new opportunities when I needed then. First Juan Carlos G. whom is the producer and anchorman of Univision Colorado. To him I say thank you for providing me with “En Forma” ; my own health segment on national tv on Univision; the largest hispanic television network. Secondly I want to thank my parents whom sent me here from Latin America and provided me with an excellent education for me to strive on my own. Lastly I thank life itself. No better educator and teacher than life itself.
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