Marc Fitt is a fitness model and a personal trainer. He is also the founder of popular fitness clothing company Rise.

Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like?

I was born in Montreal, Canada and we moved out at an early age to the north shore of Montreal. I could say I had a nice childhood in general. Sport wise, it’s been quite intense as I was playing at least 6 times a week hockey and eventually it even got to more between the age of 16 to 20 (9 times/week).

Sport taught me a lot about life and I could say my life has been around physical activity since I was 2-year-old.

It would be really hard to sum up my childhood and to really go across in an article/interview but let’s just say I grew up with a lot of pressure to perform and it shaped who I’m today.

What is something you wish you would’ve realized earlier in your life?

Appreciate time more, don’t waste it as we are dying every second Death is motivation for me to develop myself and cherish every second.

What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?

THE IIFYM bro science of people switching any type of carbs for another type of carbs.

Processed food will never be like organic food. You cannot cheat the system of being healthy just because you hit your macronutrients in a day.

It has to be good source of food, it may sound boring, but it’s no game here as your life and longevity depends on it.

Tell me about one of the darker periods you’ve experienced in life. How you came out of it  and what you learned from it?

When I was young I was lacking self-confidence as it was based upon my worth on what others were telling me to be and the way to do things.

I stopped listening to my personal instinct and when you do so you do not feel empowered.

Because of this, I didn’t feel the need to be here or even be myself. I wasn’t good enough.

How I came out of this is because of my mom who really gave me a good speech at some point when I was punching myself on the head because I wasn’t able to do something.

I just remember she told me that I could be anyone I wanted and do anything I wanted and that I had to listen to the little voice inside my head that told me what I should be doing and how I should be doing it.

It’s not a really clear story in my head as I only remember some moments but I would say that having someone who supported me right way was the tipping point to change my behaviors and feel more empowered.

This can be translated today as having friends  who support you in your journey and goals.

What is one thing that you do that you feel has been the biggest contributor to your success so far?

I work hard and I’m consistent on developing myself every day.

The sentence above is over simplified but there’s no other way to put it, I’m the hardest worker you would know, and I’m just a savage at finding ways to do things better and to be better. I’m simply obsessed and overly passionate about what I do. I’m really fortunate and grateful I found what I was born to do at an early age and I wish everyone could live that way as there’s no day I feel like what I do is working. I just create and do what I want.

I really strive to create the best businesses I can while inspiring the world, no shortcuts here, just creating good things and be good with people.

What is your morning routine?

I usually wake up between 5:30 and 6 am.

I hop right away in the shower, wash myself and set my intention for the day (how I want to feel today).

Then I go downstairs and make breakfast or just a coffee (depending if I fast for the beginning of the day or not).

I take my daily planner and set three things I want to accomplish today, why not more?

I’m talking about 3 major things I can do today that will bring my business to the next level or myself.

For sure I’ll do more than 3 things in a day, but it’s not on the meaningful things I set for myself to accomplish today.

Then I just get on with my day.

Depending on the day I might go to the gym as soon as I set my plan for the day or I might go right to work and go workout after around 10-12 hours of work. It helps me start back my energy and go for another stretch of work.

What habit or behavior that you have pursued for a few years has most improved your life?

As mentioned before I’ve always done sports and physical activities in general. But I always performed sports with a team, I had never trained alone before and I think it’s been huge for me.

For sure I’ve learn how working with a team can bring phenomenal results, how to work with others, communication, leadership, etc

But training alone was something new, if you are not putting in the work, you won’t get results you expected. There’s no one that will catch up your mistakes, you will have to face your fears and you will have to adapt to be where you want to be. You are the only link in the chain of results.

What are your strategies for being productive and using your time most efficiently?

You cannot be a soldier on the battlefield all the time to be effective, sometimes you have to become the general to see the overall view of the war.

That means, you have to get off the grind and plan the smartest moves and go back to work only when you targeted and plan the next wave of attacks to win the war (Achieve your goals).

When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, or have lost your focus temporarily, what do you do?

I take time for myself, one of the most effective way to get back a clear vision and be driven again is to have an insane workout or to have a good 20-30 minutes sauna session.

I love doing this to be back in the game quick. It gives me focus and energy.

What book(s) have influenced your life the most? Why?

The Daily Stoic from Ryan Holiday. The main reason it influences me is because this book helps you think in all type of directions, to stretch your beliefs and how you approach life. It’s not a book about just one topic, but about many as each page is a piece of wisdom you can read daily.

Do you have any quotes you live by or think of often?

Never Retreat, Never Surrender!

I think there’s something powerful happening when you set your mind to do something no matter what happens. Being prepared mentally to accomplish a task and to know already in advance you won’t stop no matter what helps achieving whatever you set to do.