July 15, 2018


Tony Surphman 

Quick Stats:
Weight: 188lbs 
Height: 5’11
Age: 31

Q. Why fitness?

A. I started training because I had access to a gym and I am an individual who wants to make the best out of every part of himself possible. The first time I began training I knew that my goal was to exceed my own expectations more than anything, So far I have done it and now do it every day which keeps me strongly engaged in continuing to do it. I didn’t think It would have been such an impact in my career choice but I’m glad because its something I am passionate about.

Q. What sets you apart from other athletes?

A. What separates me from other athletes, are my unique skills (martial arts, acrobatics etc) and the ability to learn fast, the vision of imagery for my personal brand is very clear and creative and I do things in my own unique and resilient way.

Q. What are your personal long term and short term goals?

A. My personal long-term goals are to be in feature films and do action choreography and portray incredible characters using my skill-set. From then I want to develop capital to create a brand and innovative training center unlike any other. My short-term goals are to build strong relationships with brands and managers to help propel my long-term goal and create more freedom/time to conquer the bigger things in life like auditions etc for roles. I developed my skills and goals by being consistent and chipping away at the distractions and refining myself into the individual who is ready to win. Over the years I found through all of the failures and successes that I have been through that I can handle both and I progress in growing through the pain by staying strong-minded and through the joy as well by staying humble and keeping my eyes on the prize.

Q. Who inspires you and why?

A. I am inspired by the supernatural, I want to be considered an anomaly, sci-fi, I believe that to be one of a kind you have to set unrealistic goals and find ways to keep succeeding at them and developing oneself into someone impeccable. When I was a kid I saw music videos of Michael Jackson & Movies of Bruce Lee, I didn’t necessarily want to be like them but instantly believed that I could do what they can, and I wanted to do something of that caliber. I have had bigger inspirations since then but at the core of my youth, these were the first people I saw as amazing.

Q. What is your favorite Type of workout?

A. My favorite type of workout is a mixture of weightlifting, range of motion stretching, calisthenics, and acrobatics. High-Intensity quality over quantity.

Q. What keeps you going on the hard days?

A. On the days when I don’t want to just go to the gym, I usually rely on music for inspiration and also the craving to do something in the gym a new way. Also remembering that it is all worth it because what we do in the gym, we become in the world and it shows, physically and even mentally!


Q. What has been your favorite moment throughout your fitness journey?

A. My favorite moments thus far throughout my fitness journey were when I trained in a tiny gym in a building that was one small room for an entire month for a completion when I first moved to LA and ended up winning first place for Mr. Best Body USA. Another favorite moment is when I got recognized by one of the biggest fitness clothing brands in the industry (BodyEngineers) Also my trips and being sponsored by Bang Energy!

Q. What’s a random fact that many people wouldn’t know about you?

A. I am almost “LIT” at all times, I don’t drive or smoke (anything) but I act as if I’m already there ; )

Q. What has been your biggest challenge through your fitness journey, and how did you overcome it? 

A. The biggest challenge I’ve had so far regarding fitness, are of course injury related, they were setbacks which I chose to accept and look at as blessings and God giving me a sign to re-direct my focus. Never saw them coming they definitely caught me by surprise.

Q. What workout routine has worked best for you?

A. My current routine is about 1 hour long. I used to train a lot more and sometimes twice a day, however this month I decided to up my intensity and innovation in the gym and go harder and leave sooner. instead of working through vertical and horizontal motions throughout the 3 axis I train mostly through the 45-degree planes. And train isometric holds and calisthenics in between. Positive slow motions and negative slow motions to differentiate each set and get the muscles working from multiple angles.

Q. What does a typical day of eating look like for you?

A. meal preps, and a donut for sugar peaking purposes, also most likely a protein shake and peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Supps, such as BCAAs many different vitamins!

Q. What are your favorite times to use your Gripped Headphones? 

A. I love using Gripped Headphones when I workout in the gym or go running outdoors but also when I'm at the computer doing emails and emailing. As well as long trips and travels.

Q. What is your Favourite Quote?

A. ~”The Body is the Vehicle of the Soul"~

Q. What are your hobbies and interests outside of fitness?

A. Photography, Creative Direction, Acting, Action Choreography

Q. What is your favorite trick to perform and why?

A. single legged backslide into a gainer backflip. Because of its a mixture of smooth style, body control, and power.

Q. How do you maintain, strength, agility, and mobility?

A. Stretching, rollers, massages, hot showers, tiger-balm and muscle rubs, keeping stress levels as low as possible and getting adequate rest.

Q. What advice would you pass on to someone in their own fitness journey?

A. Never give up, prevail, push through and re-imagine your direction and approach over and over again, physical activities only serve us for a short period of time and we must switch them up to challenge ourselves from different directions. Have faith and don’t be afraid to go for it, when one door closes, 2 more may open, and when all doors are shoot in your face, stay optimistic, climb up the wall and building a window. Don’t blame others for your failures, be strong and accept them and just evolve and become greater to the point that they become nothing and you become an individual who fails less and less, I call it increasing your success rate/evolving.

Find out more about Tony on Instagram

IG: @TonySurphman


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