A former professional baseball player for the Boston Red Sox, Pritz is the Swiss Army knife of the gym, equal parts operations and athlete. Pritz is the member liaison as well as one of the best overall performers in the gym, his natural talents conquered only by unwavering commitment to the task at hand: Ensuring our membership stays happy. Pritz is the behind the scenes guy whose contributions to keeping the train moving are invaluable.
How old are you and where are you from? The name is Byron, Brain, or occasionally people get it right with Bryan. I’m 36 years old, from Wilmette, IL.
How long have you lived in San Diego and what brought you here? I’ve lived in San Diego for roughly 10 years now. I came to SD to execute a hit on Dave but before I could fulfill it, he convinced me to be his business partner at this weird new gym idea.
Why did you start coaching? In the beginning as we were starting out, I coached out of need. As a “start-up” with no revenue, you find ways to make things work. Coaching was a way for us to save on payroll until we grew to a comfortable level. I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with coaching like I did. Having a direct impact on member progress became addicting and self-fulfilling, and I was good at it. A win-win for both member and myself. So I continued to coach until the gyms best use for me was purely on the back end.
What did you and Dave hope to accomplish with opening the gym? I was extremely dissatisfied with what was out there in the fitness world, so I wanted to help grow a gym that was different from everything else out there in terms of personality, while providing the best training around. A place that provided an outlet, an escape, or just a place to sweat with other like minded people. A place that welcomed all goals and didn’t push their own agenda on you. A place that could be whatever you needed it to be.
Describe your own personal philosophies with fitness and nutrition? The tried and true methods will always outlast the gimmicks. Enjoy yourself within a structured nutrition environment. If someone says, “This is the only way to do something” then they are full of shit. There are multiple paths to any goal. Pick something, follow it. Track to see if it gave you what you were looking for. Dosed competition within the gym is amazing. Competition as the focus is not amazing. In fact, it’s terrible.
For food, if you want results, don’t go all in on counting calories. Use it as one tool, but there is much more than in vs. out. There is a big difference between “working out” and training.
Are there any personal results or transformations you’ve achieved through fitness that you’d like to share? Life changing results happen here frequently. They are not always physical. For me there has been both physical and mental, but too many to share.
Where are you going locally to destroy food, and what are you ordering? Phil’s BBQ. Beef ribs.