You know Megan Davies — she’s the Super Trainer who created Clean Week and the upcoming programs, #mbf Muscle burns Fat and #mbfa Muscle Burns Fat Advanced, for Beachbody On Demand.
She’s also a former dancer, gymnast, and athlete who owns a gym with her family in Florida.
But do you really know Megan Davies? Find out what her guilty pleasure is, what puts her in a good mood, and the best advice she’s ever gotten!
What You Don’t Know About Me… By Megan Davies:
1. My favorite food is: Chicken wings with BBQ sauce and hot sauce mixed together.
2. My least favorite food is: Mushrooms! The texture totally grosses me out.
3. My idea of a perfect meal is: One that aligns with my goals and lifestyle. Something that makes me feel energetic, rather than overly full and sluggish. A typical meal for me is a small piece of protein, a complex carb, and a little healthy fat. I’ll eat a simple variation of that consistently to keep me on track and my “hangry” side at bay.
4. What motivates me when I’m not in the mood to eat healthy: As a fitness professional, it’s so important for me to practice what I preach. The people whom I motivate motivate me right back to make the right choices.
I am also a competitive person, so something that motivates me every day to eat right and get my workouts in is the idea that there is always someone out there doing a better job than me. “That person” is working harder, training harder, and eating better than me. For some people, that concept makes them feel defeated, but for me, it inspires me to chase “that person” and be the best version of myself every day.
It lets me know I can always improve, and while I don’t have to be perfect, I can strive to be better and make better decisions. Motivation is a feeling that comes and goes, so I use my determination and think about that “person” when I’m not feeling motivated.
5. My guilty pleasure: I don’t watch much TV, but I watch cartoons when I just want to turn off my brain and chill for a minute. No, I don’t have kids; I’m just a big kid!
6. One thing I’m exceptionally good at: Learning, specifically about all things health- and fitness-related. I love teaching people, but I realize I don’t know everything. I am constantly on the hunt for new information to improve my students’ experiences and ways to communicate new concepts with them so they can utilize the information in their day-to-day lives.
7. One thing I’m exceptionally bad at: Public speaking! That probably shocks some people, considering what my job is, but before being on Beachbody’s reality show, “THE 20s,” I would avoid public speaking like the plague. I found my heart pounding so hard I felt like I could hear it! I would talk fast, stutter through words, and forget what I was saying.
I’ve been getting a lot of practice lately, though, and each time it gets a little easier. Tony and Sagi were giving me tips before going on stage to talk about Clean Week at Summit, and it really helped! I remember being onstage and thinking, “OK, this isn’t so scary!” When I got offstage, I was so happy it went well, but my hands were shaking! It’s something I’m working on.
8. How I clear my head after a crappy day: There was a time I would say a glass of wine. It’s not that I won’t have a glass of wine these days, but I’ve realized the importance of separating emotions from food and alcohol.
Overconsumption is often linked to our emotions, whether it’s happy, sad, stressed, etc. For many of us, it’s in our culture to make situations, events, and feelings “better” with food.
I’ve been on the hunt for silly things that make me happy, but don’t involve food. One thing I came up with is following animals on Instagram. When you have a bad day, there is no way you can flip through a dozen pictures of puppies and not feel a little better!
9. The song (or type of music) that always puts me in a good mood: You can usually find me listening to ’90s pop music, singing (poorly) as loud as I can in my car, to put myself in a good mood.
10. The talent I would most like to have: Being able to sing!
11. Who I admire and why: The people I admire most are people I meet who go after their goals, no matter how big or small, with everything they have. They work hard and figure out how to overcome obstacles, and while I’m sure what they do isn’t easy, they are so passionate that they make it look easy.
I like to surround myself with the people I admire the most: My family, boyfriend, and friends are perfect examples. It might sound cheesy, but the more time I spend at Beachbody, the more admiration I have for everyone involved, from corporate to Coaches.
I feel like through my struggles of owning a gym and overcoming obstacles, I can really relate to Coaches; when I see them helping people, problem solving and killing it, I am definitely in awe.
12. The quality/qualities I most admire in someone: Tenacity, honesty, and compassion.
13. The things I most value in my friends: My friends are always supportive and honest with me. Between my schedule and theirs, it’s hard to always stay in touch as much as I would like, but we always pick up where we left off like no time has passed, and I know I can always count on them.
14. Qualities that have gotten me to where I am today: I’ve always been determined to work hard and move forward, with compassion to help and care for others and the humility to know that I don’t know everything and that there’s always room for learning and growth.
15. The change I’d like to see in my industry: The change I would like to see is for more people to advocate for healthy, well-balanced diet and training programs that don’t beat people down but build them up. No more quick fixes that can’t be sustained in the long term.
16. The best advice I’ve ever gotten: The best advice I have ever received is to just be myself. I struggle with thinking I need to be this larger-than-life personality, but really I’m a softer, more compassionate type of person.
I want to hug everyone, listen to their stories, hear about their goals or struggles, and help them achieve what they didn’t think they could. I don’t need to act bigger and louder in order to do that. I can just be me.
18. The best advice I could give someone: Always go toward the challenges that scare you. Take them head on and get out of your comfort zone. When I got the call asking me to apply for “THE 20s,” I said “no” twice before deciding to apply.
It was fear holding me back. Fear of being on a reality show, fear of applying but not getting picked, or doing/saying something stupid on camera, or not being good enough to hang with the other amazing trainers who were competing.
The reality was that even if one of those things did happen, it wouldn’t have been the end of the world, and it would have still challenged me to grow. It scares me to think about if I had never applied!
18. My greatest achievement is: My greatest achievement lies in every person whom I helped reach their goals. Whether it was to get to healthy body-fat levels, have more energy, gain muscle, or feel more confident, if they take the bull by the horns because of something I taught them, that’s my measure of success.
19. My idea of perfect happiness: Having friends and family who love and support me as much as I love and support them, and a professional career that is fulfilling and exciting. I think these are things that constantly need love, attention, and innovation, which I am always happy to give.