By Maria Luna
“Ninjas are stealth. They overcome adversity. They are peacemakers and party like rock stars!” Ary Nuñez, the self-proclaimed modern ninja, celebrity personal trainer, and youth mentor is at all times, “an alpha dog and a lady.”
Brooklyn native and inspirational figure, Ary Nuñez, was hand picked along with Olympic gold medalist, Henry Cejudo, and FC Barcelona (Shaki’s man), Gerard Piqué to mentor three young Latinos as they embark on a life-changing journey to improve their health and wellbeing in TR3s document series, Empuje. Narrated by Daisy Fuentes, the series follows each pro athlete and their mentees on their respective paths to wellness and self-love.
“My girl is Genny Peña,” says Nuñez. Genny Peña—a working, full-time student on the go—lacks a healthy eating regiment and exercise. “I want her to succeed, navigating the jungles of NY. She studies and goes straight home. She works very hard. If someone has amazing talent and they are applying themselves, it’s our responsibility to give them a higher platform,” urges Ary.
A product of a turbulent childhood amid the precarious concrete grids of New York, Nuñez obtained a balanced survival guide of sensitivity and confidence from her mom and dad. It is this history of overcoming challenges and endurance that inspires Ary in her continued youth mentorship. “You live this glamorous life as an extension of your clients, but the truth is that my goal is to travel the world and build one kid at a time. Build one person, a community, and that’s not glamorous,” says Ary.
Lucky for Genny Peña, the two have world-travel on their minds. “Genny’s dreams are parallel to mine and we are looking for ways to work together in the near future,” says Ary.
Ary’s advice to Latin Trends readers? “Look before you eat.” She stresses not only a proper diet and exercise, but also a healthy attitude toward life in general. “Your word is your business card,” she advises. Adding, “dime con quién tú andas y te diré quién eres.” And we’ve definitely heard that one from Mamí, right?
Creator of the Gotham Global Fitness program, a culturally diverse approach to fitness, Ary gives you a north meets south meets east and west mind-body-spirit work out. But don’t get it twisted; this modern ninja is no yoga push over. A three-black belt and seven-martial art expert, this chica can take you down with her littlest dedito!
Check out Ary, Daisy Fuentes, and other caliente athletes in TR3s Empuje series this and every Sunday, November 18 at 11 a.m.
Ary Nuñez: The New Ninja