From Felonies to Fitness with Doug Bopst – Episode 348

Posted by Jason Ferruggia

Doug Bopst is an award winning personal trainer, author, speaker, and business owner.  

A former felon and drug addict, he achieved his credentials through his personal journey of transformation.  He used his time locked up in jail to beat his demons and reinvent himself, with a lot of help from an unlikely mentor.  

Keeping a promise he made to his mentor and former cellmate, Doug has helped hundreds of people improve their lives through the power of fitness.  

The insights and tips he shares in this episode will help you too! Listen now.

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Show Notes:

  • Doug’s past struggles with childhood obesity, anxiety, and drug addiction.  [3:09]
  • Why the darkest day of his life turned into his biggest blessing.  [9:28]
  • How an incarcerated Tyler Durden helped change Doug’s life. [12:15]
  • How exercise helped him overcome his anger and pain.  [21:41]
  • The importance of having mentors and people who believe in you.  [22:34]
  • How did he transition from spending time in jail to becoming a successful trainer?  [26:13]
  • Mastermind groups – the power of paying to get in the room.  [29:12]
  • How to meet people of influence and build relationships with them.  [32:10]
  • How to establish and keep habits that will make you successful.  [35:18]
  • His tips for practicing gratitude and surrounding yourself with the right people.  [38:27]
  • What can you do to improve your confidence and build your self-esteem?  [41:57]
  • His biggest key to success summed up in two words.  [44:33]
  • Beware; these things are making you worse, not better…  [48:11]
  • How to know when you’ve outgrown your circle.  [50:41]
  • More effective tips for getting around successful people.  [54:17]
  • His daily non-negotiables.  [1:00:02]


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Want to hear another inspirational story about a person who overcame the demons of her past to become one of the most popular and badass women in the fitness industry? Click HERE to listen to my discussion with Christmas Abbott.

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