Billy and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
Billy Davis has been into fitness his entire life. This native Kansan grew up spending all of his free time outside playing in parks and riding BMX. At Topeka High School he played football, wrestled, and ran track. By the end of high school Billy would rack up countless accolades for each sport, including a track and field state title in the 400 meters that took him to the University of Kansas on a track and field scholarship.
Looking for new ways to stay active Billy found Jiu Jitsu, cycling, and Tough Mudders in his 30s. He won a North American Grappling Association title and then participated in the TD Five Boro Bike Tour as well as the Montauk Century multiple times. It was around this time he took on personal training as a career.
In May 2012, Billy survived a horrific motorcycle accident that took his left leg above the knee. Davis returned to personal training only six months later having endured nine surgeries and spending over four months in rehab. Doctors, friends and family credit Billy’s exceptional physical conditioning along with his incredible work ethic and determination as primary factors in his amazing recovery. Always up for a challenge Billy would return to cycling less than a year after his accident.
Billy’s love for cycling would lead him to his first triathlon in Summer 2015, and the fire was ignited. He immediately went to work with the goal of completing an IronMan competition. He started swimming, signed up for a 5K and joined the Wiggle Your Toes and Achilles Triathlon teams. Billy has documented much of his training through social media and as a result has been a daily source of inspiration for thousands of people around the world. His infectious spirit is contagious and the only thing bigger than his smile is his heart.
Immediately after my accident I slipped into a coma that lasted five days. While I was out I kept having the craziest dreams about running, biking, and swimming. I couldn’t tell you why. Even though I ran track in college, I wasn’t fan of distance running. And I never learned to swim growing up in Kansas. Maybe this is why days after waking up I was settling into my new reality and I had the epiphany. I knew that I had to find a physical challenge that would make being an amputee “easier”. The path was clear. I would start doing triathlons. The mere thought of it made me a bit nauseous.
It would take me three more years before I competed in my first full triathlon. I did everything wrong and finished dead last. It was one of the best days of my life and I couldn’t wait to do it again. I train primarily with the New York City chapter of Achilles International and with members of of Challenge Athletes Foundation. I’ve also worked with groups such as ASPIRE NYC, Wiggle Your Toes, and Catapult.
Billy and Dr. Oz
"I’ve always been a workhorse. And I realized early that I enjoy being my own boss. Being paid based on my ability to produce results feels very authentic to me. Not to say that it’s for everyone. But if you’re up for the ride of a lifetime and an opportunity to see how good you can truly be I say you might want to take a look."
What motivates people? What touches, moves and inspires people to greatness? Let me share what’s worked for me with real life examples from my life.
I’ve been in the fitness industry for more than 15 years. I’ve spent more than have of that time teaching courses in how to become a personal trainer. I got my first personal training certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) in 2006. Since then I’ve received continuing education certifications in Corrective Exercise and most special populations, TRX, the Road Road Runners of America, and PTA Global. I’ve facilitated educations for the Borough of Manhattan Community College, NASM, Hunter College, and Crunch Fitness. I’ve been a private trainer and worked on the corporate side as a group exercise instructor and assistant general manager. I’ve worked with everyone from soccer moms to celebrities. And I’ve had a hand in the training and development of thousands of personal trainers at various stages of their careers. My success has always come from my ability to listen first and meet the client or student where they are.