From a childhood of being endlessly mocked for his weight, Zach Herman has been on a mission. Zach says:
“I began my journey to fitness in the worst possible way. I was shamed into it. As an indoor kid growing up, I didn’t have many friends. I turned to video games and food for comfort, leaving me out of shape and socially maladjusted.
Eventually, I found a connection in theatre: all the imagined worlds to live in and parts to play resonated with me. This, of course, didn’t help an overweight kid in his early teens already facing ridicule every day for being the fat kid; now, because people think any guy in theater and dance is gay, I was the fat, gay kid too. I couldn’t change their biases, but I could change myself.
It wasn’t a healthy start. I’ve hit every fad and fitness myth. I’ve starved myself, I’ve done endless cardio, I’ve bought the workout DVDs, I’ve been led down a path that doesn’t work for me time and time again.
Then I got smart. I got educated and certified by the International Sports Sciences Association. I started training in 2016, and most recently took it a step further with Precision Nutrition in 2019.
As for my social issues, going through drama school, performing abroad, showcasing and auditioning in New York City every week, I’ve found a rhythm. The work is never done, and I continue to work on myself and set an example for my clients.”