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Published on June 22nd, 2020 | by Darren Paltrowitz

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NFL Great Brendon Ayanbadejo On Working With Orangetheory Fitness, Getting An MBA & More

As a three-time NFL Pro-Bowler and Super Bowl Champion with a 10-year NFL career — beyond time spent in other football organizations — few football players have achieved success like Brendon Ayanbadejo. Yet Ayanbadejo has also found tremendous success off of the football field. A co-owner of more than 50 Orangetheory Fitness (West Coast Fitness) locations, Ayanbadejo has also been a recipient of the Sports Illustrated Sports Activist Of The Year Award, thanks to his activism work.

Orangetheory Fitness is a one-of-a kind fitness experience that combines two concepts: heart rate-monitored interval training and group personal training. Simply put, it is a high-intensity workout that provides consistent results, along with a community that trains together and provides continuous support and encouragement to its members. Naturally, Brendon Ayanbadejo and his team at West Coast Fitness have been closely following state and local guidelines and taking all necessary steps to bring the Orangefitness community back together in-studio across the great state of California.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Brendon Ayanbadejo via Zoom on June 22, 2020 about his post-NFL life, working with Orangetheory Fitness, investing, work ethic, family and more. The full chat is embedded below, while more on Ayanbadejo can be found online via clicking over to www.brendonayanbadejo.net, www.twitter.com/brendon310 and/or www.orangetheory.com.


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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World, TheStreet.com, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of the bi-weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly PureGrainAudio.com). He has also co-authored two published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.


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