Profiling Local Pro Body Builder Vernard Mackey Jr. and the Mackey Attack Fitness Program

Vernard Mackey Jr. has been a professional body builder for 20 years and his workout program, Mackey Attack Fitness, is right here in the Corridor. Photo by Joel Pares.
Vernard Mackey Jr. has been a professional body builder for 20 years and his workout program, Mackey Attack Fitness, is right here in the Corridor. Photo by Joel Pares.

For so many of us, creating a healthy lifestyle is part of a New Year’s resolution. Whether or not we follow through with that resolution for a week, a month, or – for the very determined and strong willed – a year, does not change the fact that it is a challenge both physically and mentally. Rewarding, indeed, but challenging.

So, when I tell you that Vernard Mackey Jr. has spent the last 20 years devoted to his passion “to inspire, motivate and educate many people to achieve their health and wellness goals,” you begin to grasp the strength of this man, across all arenas.

Vernard Mackey Jr. is a “nationally recognized Champion Bodybuilder, a Certified Master Trainer, Nutrition Specialist and Motivational Speaker.” As a result he has numerous titles and awards such as the 2009 Ronnie Coleman Classic heavyweight class and third place winner of the Europa Super Show. But Mackey strives to give back and spread the joy he experiences when he creates a difference in someones lifestyle.

Recently, in 2012, Mackey opened a fitness center by the name of Mackey Attack Fitness where he hopes to help the community fight childhood obesity and build a healthy environment for individuals and their family. Sure, plenty of people aim to change the way Americans look at their health, but Mackey’s gym is different than most; it reflects his personality quite well. Like Vernard, who is constantly thinking of new ways to bring a newfound enthusiasm into workouts, the gym has unique opportunities such as couples & kids workouts which is meant to “bring the whole family together,” according to fitness employees.

Beyond his time in the gym, Vernard Mackey Jr. gives back through his weekly appearance on a syndicated internet radio show, where he provides expert advice to listeners. His knowledge on topics of health and fitness has garnered superior recognition, and earned him the spot of health and fitness advisor for KraveFit Magazine on a periodic basis. In addition to giving back across the aforementioned areas, he also delivers motivational speeches to faith based groups, community enrichment seminars and non profit organizations.

The passion is obvious, as Vernard strives for all to set goals that will challenge them mentally, physically and emotionally. And there is no better time to seek out this type of motivation than the beginning of a brand new year!

For more information about Vernard Mackey Jr. and Mackey Attack Fitness, visit their website.

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