Genesis Baum, a senior at Corcoran High School in New York City, says he’s used to being underestimated.
Although he is 5’7″ and weighs 175 pounds, Genesis says that some people “keep saying that I’m too small.”
He says that he is much stronger than people realize, and that people should not underestimate him.
Although some people have told him to lose weight, he says he’s not going to change his figure because “people think of how pretty I am and think I should look like a supermodel.”
“People look at me and think, ‘That boy’s sick.’ But they shouldn’t look at me that way. My health is just as important as how I look.”
For Genesis, fitness isn’t about appearance. It’s about maintenance and consistency.
“I exercise to not only look good, but to be fit and healthy.”
Genesis tries to spend at least 40 minutes of each day working out.
His ideal exercise regiment is to do 30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of strength training.
“I also like to go to the community center and go swimming or swim around the pool,” he says.
Genesis is not the only one who is excited to start his senior year. The New York City high school is opening with 788 new students, making it the largest in the country.
“No matter how big you are, or how small you are, it doesn’t matter. You just have to do your own thing and just be yourself,” Genesis says.
“This experience can transform you. And you just got to keep living.”