Meet Doug Bopst, an award-winning CPT, author, speaker and business owner. Those credentials and accolades are a result of his own transformation. He is a former felon and addict, where he chose to use that time locked in a small cell to reinvent himself. We (virtually) sat down with Doug to learn more about his personal journey and what drives him.
My health and fitness journey began when I was incarcerated on felony drug charges back in 2008. My cellmate encouraged me to start working out and it saved my life. When I first started, I couldn’t even do a pushup from my knees. By the end of my 90 day sentence, I was able to do a set of 10 pushups and run a mile.
Fitness became my saving grace for a variety of reasons, but here’s my top 5:
It helped me establish self discipline/accountability
It forced me to get comfortable being “uncomfortable”
It became a wonderful coping strategy to help me deal with a lot of the underlying issues that led to my addiction
It helped me focus on my future and not my past
It helped me gain self confidence and rebuild my self esteem
It has taught me the importance of embracing the process, controlling what I can and showing up even when I don’t feel like it. Fitness is a lifelong journey and the lessons it’s taught me have helped me tremendously in other areas of my life.
I became a trainer in April of 2011 to help other people use fitness to change their lives and pay forward the gift my cellmate gave to me.
It’s so important. You can’t out-train a bad diet (in my opinion). With that said, there is no one size fits all approach and you have to find what works best for you.
Like I mentioned above, I always have said that you have to find what works best for YOU. We are all different in what we like to eat, what we can stick to etc…so an individualized approach to nutrition is incredibly important.
I love the Personalized Protein, mine is whey-based. It’s super clean with limited ingredients and helps me refuel after a workout or it makes for a great snack on the run.
Eminem - Lose Yourself
Develop a DEEP emotional WHY as to why you are starting your journey (this will be important when you feel like quitting), focus on small wins and don’t give up on yourself when things get tough.
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