How To Create Significance in Your Community

Today we are going coast to coast where I am interviewing two standout trainers & business partners, Joe Ardagna and Austin Brock of Slash Fitness (Del Ray Beach, FL). I met Joe and Austin 8 years ago at one of my 3.5 Day Mentorship programs here in San Diego, where they left a lasting impression on me. They have been part of my Platinum Mastermind ever since and they have been creating massive IMPACT in their community throughout the pandemic.

Today we are talking:

  • Business and what has gotten Slash Fitness through this pandemic
  • Thriving in a partnership as friends
  • Austin and Joe give out some great advice for trainers today
  • Why the Todd Durkin Mastermind
  • How to create “female voices” in the business

This is a fun one today and you will hear how Joe and Austin are creating the “fun factor” during the pandemic at Slash Fitness. If you enjoy today’s episode, please share it with your community and on your social media. Please be sure to tag Slash Fitness and me so we can reciprocate some love! 

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More on the episode:

:33 – Lasting impressions
How I met Joe Ardagna and Austin Brock.

2:20 – Thriving in a Partnership.
Communication, structure and walk and talk meetings!

5:54 – Slash Fitness Today #1 gym in Palm Beach.
Fun, Ambiance, and disco lights. Consistent fun experience.

13:40 – Wisdom and Advice to fit pros today.
Study and get certifications, education. Listen to your clients, staff, and community. Tough times don’t last; people do.

19:43 – The Inner Circle..8 years in the Todd Durkin Mastermind.
If you think you are the smartest person in the room, find another room.” – Advice from Austin’s dad.

26:05 – Having a female voice in the business.

About Slash Fitness:

On July 2, 2012, Joe Ardagna and Austin Brock turned their dreams and passions into reality when they opened Slash Fitness, a boutique-style semi-private and personal training studio. 

Originally from Boston, Joe Ardagna, 40, came to Fla. 16 years ago and joined the National Personal Training Institute, where he received honors and best motivator. Austin Brock, 36, from Hilton Head, SC, originally went to Florida State University for exercise science and physical therapy.

Ardagna and Brock met about ten years ago at a local gym and shortly after that began to share their thoughts as they both had different backgrounds in education but had one goal in mind. They saw where the fitness industry was headed, and that group fitness was on rise. Both of them share the common goal of helping people become the best versions of themselves safely and effectively. They felt the group fitness industry needed a strong emphasis on individual programming, but the participants needed to have the time of their life doing it!

With that, the two built what we now know as Slash Fitness. Their goal is to provide a safe and effective workout, regardless of age, weight, or body restrictions. Their workouts provide HIIT-style conditioning along with traditional dumbbell training, core, and flexibility training. Slash provides an incredibly motivating, fun, and positive environment with each workout. An experience you must truly see to believe.  

Slash Fitness has garnered clients, fans, and supporters to follow the Slash way of life. Their culture is one that uplifts, beefs-up, and creates a healthier and more confident individual. Slash’s dedication to clients – and helping them reach inner and outer perfection, has voted Slash Fitness the #1 Fitness facility in Palm Beach and one of the most sought-after places to workout or train.  

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Todd Durkin, MA, is a world-renown trainer, coach, author and motivational keynote speaker who trains dozens of elite, high-profile NFL, MLB, and MMA athletes, including two Super Bowl MVPs, one NFL League MVP, Olympic gold medalists, Heisman Trophy winners, and MMA champions. Todd is a 2-Time Trainer of the Year, the 2017 Jack LaLanne Award recipient, the 2018 Canfitpro International Presenter of the Year, a member of the Under Armour Training Team, and a Top-100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness.

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