We had the good fortune of connecting with Brian del Castillo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brian, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I wanted to have flexibility for my self and my clients when I created Baby Bull Fitness and opened the private gym. I didn’t want to have to deal with finding locations to workout, privacy, weather, etc.Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My business is like a baby to me. I protect the brand, the image, and the gym because it is all a reflection of the services I aim to provide. Starting a new career from scratch in my late 30s was a frightening concept. I had (and will always have) much to learn in order to be the best trainer I can be. It’s humbling but enjoyable. I love working with people and trying to help them. It sincerely is the most gratifying part of my job and it doesn’t feel like work to me. That said, it has not been easy. To get to a point where you are making money instead of paying off debts from getting started is a stressful process for all small businesses and mine has been no different. Ultimately, my continued education and experience is the most valuable and impactful investment I make and that never stops. I’ve learned that there is so much more information to acquire in order to be the best trainer I can be, but as long as I am providing quality programs to my clients in a safe way, I know I’m on the right track.Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love Houston and feel that we have so many great resources at our fingertips here. Museums, sporting events, restaurants, night life… it’s the benefit of living in a large metropolitan area and I like to show visitors Houston’s take on it all.Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I worked in oil & gas for 15 years. It was a successful career, but at some point it became clear I needed a change. I had been practicing Krav Maga with Level 6 Krav Maga in Houston. I was encouraged by the lead instructors to consider fitness as a career. Their support and guidance was integral in making the career change and experiencing the early success I had in this new field. Their owner, Dan Sartain supported my transition and allowed me to train as an instructor for the school. I wouldn’t be here without him and the other fine instructors at Level 6. I was also fortunate enough to become a trainer at the JCC fitness center under Robin Fortenberry who believed in me and gave me the opportunity to learn and grow in that great environment. I have great appreciation for those organizations and leaders and continue to happily work with them in conjunction with my own separate business. In terms of literature that has impacted me in both my old profession and new, I love the books put out by Jocko Willink. “Extreme Ownership” and “Discipline Equals Freedom” have been very influential to me and I continue to reference those books as I continue to learn and grow in my work/training.
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