Manning Sumner, Founder and CEO of Legacy and No Days Off, has been transforming lives for over 20 years. Throughout his career, Manning has defied odds, overcome adversity and innovated where no one else could see opportunity. His acute sense of purpose, encapsulated in the No Days Off philosophy, has been the foundation of his success.
He has inspired everyone from professional athletes to kids and grandparents to never take a day off on themselves and their communities. Manning learned the power of purpose at an early age. In high school, after a back injury, doctors told Manning he would never play football at the collegiate level. After hard work and physical training, he walked on to Auburn University’s football team, earning a full scholarship in his Redshirt freshman year as a linebacker/fullback. Later in his college career he sustained a second back injury, forcing Manning to pivot from playing to coaching.
During the early years of coaching and training, Manning started making a name for himself in the highly competitive fitness industry. Attracting the attention of professional athletes and celebrities, he traveled the country while training them and noticed that most training facilities he visited were uninspiring and predictable. He saw an opportunity to build a better gym, one focused on true community, and in 2008, on a dead end street next to the train tracks, Manning opened Legacy Fit in Wynwood, Miami.
Clients poured in, from professional athletes to first-time gym-goers, drawn by an incredible sense of community and unparalleled physical results. In 2010, an accidental double-booking prompted one of group fitness’ greatest innovations as Manning found himself needing to simultaneously train two clients with very different athletic profiles. One client was a professional athlete while the other was a new gym-goer focused on her weight-loss journey. Manning paired them together to tackle a circuit of workouts as a team, thus kicking off Legacy’s proprietary Partner Interval Training ® (P.I.T.) system, which acts as a personal training session in a group format making professional-level fitness accessible to everyone.
Powered by the No Days Off philosophy, P.I.T. has taken South Florida by storm, fueling Legacy’s expansion. Under Manning’s leadership, Legacy has grown to six locations across two counties in South Florida including the brand new, 7,000 square-foot headquarters in the heart of Wynwood. The new facility offers the training services that Legacy is known and loved for and takes it to the next level by also offering professional-level fitness recovery services that are accessible to everyone. By putting the community at the core of everything he does, Manning has outperformed other fitness players and has earned the highest member retention rates in the industry.
Currently working on the expansion of Legacy’s presence across the country, Manning is accelerating the success of the brand and the P.I.T. system beyond Miami and beyond the gym walls. He is also the founder of the No Days Off portfolio of lifestyle brands, which includes No Days Off Apparel and NDO H2O, an ultra premium canned water line offering still and sparkling options.
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