Oakwood resident competing for a spot in ‘Health & Fitness’ and he needs your vote now! Here’s how.

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — With so many health conscious these days, Staten Islanders might be interested to learn about Brandon Auerbach, a 21-year-old Oakwood resident who’s competing in the Mr. Health and Fitness 2023 Competition.

He has moved to the Top 5 in his category after being hand-selected by the Muscle & Fitness staff for a chance to be featured in a fitness photo shoot article in their magazine — and also be named Mr. Health and Fitness 2023.

In addition to the photoshoot, the winner also receives $20,000.

The winner of the competition is determined by public votes in Brandon’s profile, which is accessible at the competition Voting Link (My Profile):

Voting began on May 1 and Brandon beat out more than 50 competitors in his group to make it into the Top 20, Top 15, Top 10, and Top 5.

“The finalists are chosen this week, and Thursday 6/8 is the last day for voting, to which it closes at 10 p.m., so I need help to make it there!” says the enthusiastic competitor.

The finalists of each group then compete against one another in the quarter-finals, followed by the winners of that round competing in the semi-finals, and then finals.

Folks can provide one free vote a day by verifying their identity through Facebook or a credit card (it does not charge the card), or you may donate as much as you want to Wounded Warriors, a partner of the magazine which will provide Brandon with additional votes corresponding to the amount donated as long as it’s done through his link.


Aside from being a dedicated musician, he’s also a big fitness enthusiast.

His dad, Jason Auerbach, is a retired NYPD sergeant. But before that, he was a personal trainer. Brandon says throughout his life, his dad instilled a love of fitness and health that has helped him deal with all of life’s hurdles.

Studying mechanical engineering at the College of Staten Island (he graduated with a bachelors of science May 25) wasn’t always easy. But Brandon says the discipline required by the rigorous training he puts in at the gym — at Intoxx Fitness in Oakwood — has helped him push through those long nights and difficult projects.

“Like fitness, the harder you work the better the results, and I was honored to be nominated for class valedictorian (ultimately, they chose another very deserving student) and was lucky enough to land a job working at CME Associates in Parlin, N.J. as a design engineer on their Water/Wastewater team where I will begin my exciting career this summer (my first day is June 19).”

When he’s not doing rigorous engineering work, he is performing lead guitar with his bands Grounded4Life, which the Advance featured recently, and Impulse.

Whether it’s pushing heavy weights at Intoxx Fitness or working on his jab with Nicky Demarco at Demarco’s Boxing Club in Tottenville, he says being selected by Muscle & Fitness for this great opportunity is an honor that validates all the hard work his parents have always encouraged him to put in to achieve his goals. “I am truly grateful and humbled to have been given this opportunity!,” he said.

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