In celebration of Black History month, Get on the Box is pleased to present Black Excellence: Sharing the stories of High Achievers.” In this month long series, GOTB will publish two episodes per week (Wednesday and Sunday) highlighting the accomplishments and contributions of nine African American High Achievers.
“We gotta stir the pot or there’s going to be some stuff that burns at the bottom.”– Alex Askew
At 14 he received his first job offer as a personal chef through a high school vocational work program and after 6 years of working in a variety of restaurants in and out of New York City decided to attend the Culinary Institute of America and graduated in 1989.
With a focus on eating lifestyles and trends in new menu alternatives, he began food research, development, and consulting for companies; General Mills, Hilton Hotels, Aramark Corporation, Specialty Restaurants and a host of private clients. Alex has also created one of the most unique consortium of chefs under one group (ALS Culinary Concepts) for consulting in areas of menu development, R&D, start up operations, systems and controls, food manufacturing, business planning and concept reviews.
“If you don’t have passion don’t even think about getting on the box”
– Matt Phelps
Welcome back Story Tellers! Today’s main character is Matt Phelps, (@metabolicmatt)
As the founder of Metabolic Meltdown in 2008, Matt has assisted thousands of clients in their quest to lose weight, gain energy, and build strength. With fitness as his lifelong passion, Matt has a relentless drive to improve, an intense training style, and an authentic concern for his clients (particularly those who went to his alma mater, Siena College), all of which make him one of the top trainers in the Capital Region. Clients at the gym have a “love-hate” relationship with Matt, as many of them hate him during the workout, and love the way he makes them feel when they are done!
You’ve probably seen some of my Instagram posts with the hashtag #getonthebox. I’ve been asked what this means by lots of people and so, I thought it would be good to spend the first blog post of “Tell Your Story” talking to you guys about what it means to #getonthebox.
After years playing football for Northeastern and Boston Universities, I let my health get away from me. Over the course of about ten years I went from a fit 225 pounds to a heavy 290. During that time, I found it difficult to motivate myself to improve.
Once I got married to Rachel, I tried to be the best version of myself. That resolve redoubled when my daughter Melina was born in 2013. I wanted to be the best husband and father I could be for them so I focused much of my attention on them while neglecting my health. Finally, in March of 2015 I decided to invest in my health and joined a gym called Metabolic Meltdown. As a result, I lost 50 pounds over the course of a year. Not only was I able to shave weight, I was also able to start living a healthier lifestyle and got an entirely new perspective on what it means to be me. I decided to #getonthebox.