I firmly believe in the power of taking ownership over your life. You know, the whole “when life gives you lemons, sell artisanal, organic, first-press lemonade for $15 a glass to rich assholes” mentality.

In all seriousness, though, I mean taking the cards life has dealt you, and making the best of them. It’s easy to blame others and get into a victim mindset, but this line of thinking never improves your situation.

Everyone has the power to change their lives no matter their circumstances, and this is especially true in fitness. As I say in my books, if you can change your body, you can change your life.

This concept is why I was excited to get Doug Bopst on the podcast.

I’ll save the juicy details for the interview, but Doug is a fantastic example of “picking yourself up by your bootstraps” and truly transforming your life. A true rags to riches story that begins with drug addiction and a jail sentence, and twists and turns into Doug becoming an award-winning personal trainer, author, podcast host, and business owner.

In this episode, we chat about . . .

  • How fitness improves your mood and mind (not just your body)
  • Why fitness is actually necessary to be successful
  • How Doug dealt with previous relationships after his life change
  • Why you should surround yourself with good people you want to be like
  • How Doug deals with “resistance” 
  • How to spark belief in yourself and build confidence
  • Tips for meal plans in jail or college
  • Being authentic on social media
  • And much more . . .

So if you want to hear an inspiring story about how Doug completely turned his life around, and the role fitness played in changing his entire outlook on life, listen to this episode!

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5:04 – How did fitness save your life?

25:50 – What are your thoughts on personal responsibility and extreme ownership?

44:51 – Did you have people from your previous life try to reach out to you?

51:46 – How do you deal with resistance?

55:15 – How can people get that initial spark of belief in themselves?

1:05:06 – What does spiritual health mean to you?

1:15:54 – How can someone make nutrition work while in jail?

1:37:08 – Where can people find you and your work? 

Mentioned on The Show:

Doug Bopst’s Podcast (The Adversity Advantage)

Doug Bopst’s Books

Doug Bopst’s Instagram

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