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Aaron Hunter performs a chest exercise on a free weights machine at Total Fitness in Columbus. (Joey Leo l for The Republic)
Aaron Hunter performs a chest exercise on a free weights machine at Total Fitness in Columbus. (Joey Leo l for The Republic)

Aaron Hunter

Age: 36

City: Columbus

Occupation: Entrepreneur

Family: Daughter, Brea, 10; sons, Aaron, 12, Dashawn, 14

Where you work out: Total Fitness

How many hours a week: 5 to 7

Briefly describe your daily/weekly workout routine:

It basically consists of two major body parts every workout, and the small muscles that normally don’t get enough concentration work. I just switch back and forth between muscle groups, one major group (back, chest, quad muscles, hamstrings) and one helping group.

For two weeks I will do two opposite groups, such as chest and back. The next two weeks I will mix it up to include chest, triceps and calves. Every once in a while I do stomach work and should do more. My goal is I never lift more than three days in a row because it is so hard on the joints.

What inspired you to begin a regular fitness routine?

I have always lifted for athletics and then began trying to power lift, then body build.

Why is it something you have stuck with?

I treat it like my own personal therapy. It makes me feel great.

How do you make time to work out?

It is not a choice to me, but a high priority. I am self-employed, so I have the ability to create my own schedule.

When and why did you get serious about fitness?

I was never given a choice; it was something in high school and college that was expected as an athlete.

Have you lost or gained muscle mass? How much?

Overall, I have gained muscle mass and have a goal of another 10 pounds at 7 percent body fat.

What’s your favorite exercise?

Incline bench press. It is one of those exercises that is mainly for your upper chest muscle, but it also hits a little bit of shoulder.

Any exercises you dread, but do anyway? Why?

Deep squats, because I hurt my lower back and always have pain when I perform the exercise.

Do you have a special diet? If so, describe it briefly. Do you “cheat” much?

I attempt to take in eight meals a day, which includes three meal-replacement shakes. ... My mother always cooked healthy, so even when I cheat it is still healthy. I rarely eat fast food.

Do you have a favorite fitness moment?

Competing in an all-natural bodybuilding show in Ann Arbor, Mich., in 2007. I had played college football, yet I had been able to push myself in the body-building competition to a point I didn’t think I would be able to reach.

What advice would you give someone who wants to start working out?

Find a program that makes you feel good, and do not jump on a fad unless you get fulfillment from it. I am a firm believer if you eat healthy 70 percent of the time and just stay with an active routine, you will get results.

— Jennifer Willhite,

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