When he was in high school, Adam Goldberg felt like he had every challenge a person could have as someone just trying to fit in.
“I was psychologically diagnosed, physically small, socially awkward and struggled academically,” he says. But when his school brought in a personal trainer, it put Goldberg on a path to gaining 50 pounds of muscle, making friends, getting accepted to Penn State (where he earned a B.S. in psychology) and having his diagnosis changed. “By fusing exercise with mental health strategies, I was able to mature and prosper in all aspects of life,” he says.
Now Goldberg is the owner of MBI Fitness, which operates out of East Coast Health & Fitness in Hamilton Plaza. (MBI stands for mind and body integration.) He’s certified as a personal trainer and corrective exercise specialist by the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
“My professional goal is to take mental health practices to the next level within the fitness industry and provide people the most wholesome approach to wellness,” Goldberg says.
 What’s your favorite way to relieve stress?
Exercise has always been my quickest way to relieve stress in the short-term; however, I’ve been using meditation practices every day to lessen daily stress in the long-term.
 What’s your go-to healthy snack?
I’m actually not a big snacker, but I do always keep protein bars on hand if I’m in a bind.
 What’s your favorite unhealthy indulgence?
Pizza — no doubt about it. Being from New Jersey, we had Italian restaurants all around us and I like to consider myself a connoisseur.
 How are you feeling right now?
I’m feeling great right now. It’s a blessing to own a fitness company that has made it to its fourth year in business. There’s nothing better than being able to wake up every day and have an opportunity to positively impact someone else’s life.
 Name one health-related goal you’re working toward.
Finding balance between work and personal life is always challenging. I think it’s crucial to find ways to separate the stresses of each aspect so that they do not begin to impact each other. Some ways I have done this are by scheduling self-care time, workouts, therapy sessions, meditation, etc.
 Is there a fitness- or health-related accessory/piece of equipment you couldn’t live without?
A comfortable mattress. Sleep is such an underrated aspect of health and wellness because our lives have become so work-focused. Recovery is essential to surviving the daily stresses of life.
 Favorite athlete or sports team?
I was instantly in Penn State diapers once I was born, so I was brainwashed immediately. My family has had season tickets to football, wrestling and hockey for years. In terms of professional sports, I am a huge Philadelphia Eagles fan.
 Run or walk? Why?
Walk because I don’t want to be too tired when I start lifting weights. However, both are excellent forms of cardio that have numerous health benefits.
 Are you a morning person or a night owl?
In all honesty, I don’t have a major preference. However, my schedule generally keeps me busy early in the morning starting at 6.
 If you could be the best in the world at any sport, which would you choose?
Golf because it is a sport that you can play your whole life and have the most travel opportunities.
 Do you have a mantra that helps you through the tough times?
“What is to give light must endure burning.” —Viktor Frankl. Frankl was a Holocaust survivor, and this quote inspires me because the challenges he had to endure in the pursuit of happiness required great mental fortitude. If someone could withstand that and still make an impact on society the way he has, my obstacles seem trivial in comparison. We can all achieve amazing things if we are willing to withstand resistance.
 What or who is your biggest motivator?
Both of my parents are incredible inspirations for battling illness and still making positive impacts. That being said, my dad, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at 13 and is now 72, has been my lifelong role model. He’s been blind, had to relearn how to walk and was told numerous times that he would never work a full-time job. He regained his vision, works full time, trains with me twice per week and is always asking how he can help everyone in our family. The reason I look up to him is because despite all of the obstacles presented to him, he still remains positive and selfless.
[+] What is the best advice you’ve ever received? From whom?
The best advice I’ve received is that many people do not reach their goals because of the fear of failure. We must take our lives into our own hands, be confident and willing to take some risks. The biggest failure is living with the regret of never applying yourself fully to something through the trials and tribulations. This advice was given to me by Dr. August Leming when I was in high school.