Say hello to one of L.A.’s most determined dreamboats, Milan Costich, Founder and Owner of Prevail, a fitness and boxing studio located in the heart of Beverly Hills. With a studio that attracts a slew of celebs, Prevail is absolutely overflowing with inspiration and motivation, which has created an incredibly tight knit community of sporty souls who genuinely look out for each other. We took five with this Sporty Bro and discovered that he is also equally as smart and sweet as he is strong… talk about a killer combination!
What was it that first sparked your interest in health and fitness?
I started Martial Arts at 4 and never stopped. In terms of teaching and coaching, I discovered that I had a natural passion to help others thru boxing when I started coaching an old colleague 4 years ago. Having such a direct positive impact on someone else’s life was and continues to be extremely rewarding.
Were you brought up in a healthy household or was it something you acquired?
Yes, my father was an amateur boxer, so I was always encouraged to be active and pushed to excel in my sport. My parents prepared most of the meals we ate and made sure there was salad/veggies with every meal.
Do you have any health and fitness role models you look up to?
Anyone that is authentically pursuing self excellence. Doesn’t matter your ability, age or sport, I get motivated/inspired by someone giving their true best effort. I love seeing potential realized.
What’s your philosophy when it comes to health?
Consistency and purposeful practice.
What does your day on a plate look like?
A balance of organic proteins, veggies and healthy fats. I typically eat 4 meals a day, drink a kale smoothie and about a gallon of water a day.
What’s your approach when it comes to training?
Consistency comes first. It’s easy to workout when the mood hits us, but it’s the discipline of training even when we don’t feel like it that really makes a difference and helps to build the habit. I plan out all my workouts, so that each one serves a purpose, ie: developing a skillset such as boxing, mobility/flexibility, intense cardio, etc… And the last element is being present in what I’m doing, which sounds easier than it actually is.
What are some non-negotiables of your daily routine?
Doing what’s best fort the Prevail community comes first right now, so I like to be flexible and not get too focused on non-negotiables. I enjoy being able to do yoga, drink a green smoothie and get in a workout every day.
Your job obviously keeps you very busy, how do you manage to incorporate a health and fitness routine into such a hectic schedule?
I like to create healthy habits/routines. I constantly evaluate the priorities in my life and adjust accordingly. One of the perks of owning and being at a gym so many hours a day is I can always find 30 minutes to squeeze a workout in.
At Lorna Jane, we believe in the power of positive mantras. Do you have a personal mantra that you live by? If so, what?
I am obsessed with the pursuit of self excellence. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” –Aristotle
What are your favourite ways to…
Believe: Be present
What does Active Living mean to you?
Active living means being present and purposeful in everything I do in life – with an emphasis on physical and mental health.
Do you have any health or fitness secrets you swear by?
Find something you enjoy, set goals and join a community. I think these elements balance fun and accountability. Living a healthy and active lifestyle can be a lot of fun and this encourages us to continue.
What advice would you give to people wanting to convert to this lifestyle?
Start small; commit to a short period of time (3 weeks minimum), set simple goals (do something active 3 times a week for 30-45 min, drink lots of water and eat more veggies) and no matter how you feel during those 3 weeks you adhere to the plan. I think people will be surprised at their progress and how good they feel, which will encourage them to continue.