Boo-tiful trainer Robert Elorduy dresses up for fun — and undresses for bodybuilding events

SketchesMARK STOKES  | Illustrator

Name and age: Robert Elorduy, 40

Occupation: Personal trainer, massage therapist

Spotted: Lakewood

Social responsibility: Born and raised in El Paso, this handsome, sculpted Libra was the first in his family to graduate from college, where he earned a degree in sociology. After high school, he joined the Army and served eight years in the Reserves. Robert spent 15 years as a social worker in El Paso before relocating to Dallas about 10 years ago.

He changed his career in order to help people on a more personal level. What started off in a small chiropractic office is now a full facility, Vigor Massage and Personal Training, dedicated to personal training and massage therapy. He was actually named best personal trainer earlier this year in the annual Readers Voice Awards poll.

Favorite thing about Halloween: “I like that it is the one time of year you get to be something or somebody else and have fun doing it. My favorite costume in the past was Austin Powers. This year I’m going to be … well, it’s a surprise.”

40 and fabulous: He just got back from a cruise to Cozumel to celebrate his 40th birthday. “Don’t let 40 define you, let it redefine you.”

Robert’s personal goals include continuing to develop his body to competitive levels, to inspire people to become a better version of themselves and challenge them to develop a new sense of health and awareness.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition October 25, 2013.