Business and sports have a lot in common, they are both demanding, competitive and require a strong mindset. World class athlete Alex Folacci brought his competitive drive and get-it-done mindset to the world of business. Alex has two national championships victories in France in Decathlon. After moving to New York Alex Folacci continues to dominate the field. He launched three successful companies, investing in fitness, real estate and 3D photography.
Tell us about you and your entrepreneurial endeavors.
Alex Folacci: I come from France and I have been living in NYC since 2014. I am passionate about Entrepreneurship.
Before coming to the USA, I was a world class athlete and 2-time National Champion of France in the Decathlon (Track & Field). I became a private trainer for high-end clients in 2015, and I have coached over 300 clients so far. I received the New York Award for Personal Training in 2019 and 2020, which is a very nice recognition for my work and passion of coaching.
I have 3 other companies. A brand of fitness equipment and apparel called RAPIDE (designed in 2017). A Real Estate Investment company where I buy and fix properties and find tenants. The latest business I launched in 2020 is 3D Scan Manhattan. I am a 3D photographer and have worked right away with the biggest companies in NYC and shot over $1Billion worth of real estate in 2020. I create 3D virtual tours of luxury apartments and oﬃce spaces, so potential buyers and tenants can visit the spaces virtually from their computer.
I have 2 new great business ideas for 2021, but I keep them secret for now! Only in America you can launch a new business each year and be successful, that is why I am so happy to be living in this country!
What is your philosophy in life?
Alex Folacci: My philosophy is to always do something that scares you, and to go after opportunities all the time. I learn new skills all the time, to become more marketable, and to be ready when big opportunities come my way.
I have my vision, and map out my next 5 moves, and work relentlessly until I achieve my goals.
I also love mentoring and helping other small business owners and Entrepreneurs. So far, I have mentored about 10 friends, helping them with their website, marketing, brand building, advertising, cash-flow management, investment opportunities, etc.
As a personal trainer, do you have experience with a particular demographic?
Alex Folacci: I can coach anybody, but I specialized in gentlemen over 35, highly successful and busy with their career, and need help to lose 20-40lbs, build lean muscles, improve posture, energy level, and self-confidence.
As a personal trainer, how do you motivate your clients?
Alex Folacci: By yelling really loud and threatening them to do 50 burpees if they are lazy. Just kidding! I adjust my coaching style to every client’s personality in order to have the best results.
Can you teach any fitness classes?
Alex Folacci: As a trainer, I don’t teach group classes. I only take 1-on-1 clients (sometimes couples), and I have a very detailed and individual approach. I am almost like a doctor, finding every problem and offering individualized solutions for each client.
What projects have been your favorites that you have been a part of and why?
Alex Folacci: I love bringing a client from 200 to 170lbs. It seems like 30lbs of fat disappeared, but in reality he lost 45lbs of fat and built 15lbs of muscles. I do very deep transformation focusing on reducing the fat percentage, increasing muscle density, improving posture and range of motion, and fixing the diet and lifestyle.
The coaching part includes Powerlifting, bodybuilding, mobility/flexibility, running, mixed martial arts (boxing, wrestling, jujitsu, kickboxing), gymnastics, abs/core, calisthenics, CrossFit. I coach my clients like high level athletes, with a linear progression. I also try to teach them everything that can make them live longer, such as cold showers, oxygen chambers, intermittent fasting, getting the heart rate at 170bpm at least once a week, and to live a stress-free life. I want to keep them happy with the variety of training exercises and keep them injury free.
What is the biggest lesson you have learned in your career?
Alex Folacci: I have learned that if I offer an amazing service quality to my customers, they will always come back and refer me to their friends. That is how you create a successful business. I am very proud to have 5 stars rating on every platforms!
What are your personal fitness and goals?
Alex Folacci: I want to be strong, fast, and flexible until I’m 120 years old.
**Article Cover Photo Credit: Alex Folacci, Photo by Ylva Erevall