Dave Soucy is Passionate About Fitness!
If you ask Dave Soucy what gets him going in the morning his answer won’t be “a cup of coffee!” A big smile will come to his face as he begins to tell you how great it makes him feel to help others live a healthy lifestyle. But it wasn’t always that way.
Dave describes his journey to a fulfilling passionate life this way:
“In January of 2002, I was laid off from my job as a Vice President in the internet industry. At that point I was 35, fat, out of shape, unhealthy, and burned out from living in planes and hotels for too many years. I decided that I needed to make some changes if I didn't want to drop from a heart attack before I hit 50. I had been struggling with my weight for most of my life, so I had tried all of the diets, fads, and gimmicks out there. Since I was still fat and unhealthy, I thought I might want to try a different avenue this time. I decided to start studying fitness from textbooks instead of through the consumer books. I used the materials of a couple of personal trainer certification organizations as the basis of my learning, and started applying what I learned on myself. Fast forward and I was suddenly carrying around 45 fewer lbs of fat, while putting on about 15 lbs of muscle, and becoming much healthier. To this day I continue to be a fitness and nutrition junkie, and am constantly learning new things every day.”
Dave is a great example of someone who found his passion in life based on the challenges life presented him. For Dave, it was the loss of a job which ultimately led to his re-examination of his priorities, his values and what options were available to him. As he worked hard to take better care of his own health, he discovered how many others were struggling with similar challenges and how his passion might actually lead to a full time business venture.
To quote Dave “After applying all that I learned about health and fitness to my own life, I started helping friends and family with their fitness. At that point I had not worked for a couple of years so I made the decision that it was time to start charging for the training I was doing. That grew from training individuals in their homes, to opening a small studio for 1-on-1 training, to moving to bigger studios, to transitioning from 1-on-1 training to group training, to marketing fitness information products on the internet, to blogging about fitness, and coaching individuals/groups on weight loss.”
When asked about the benefits Dave has realized from pursuing his passion he is quick to answer this way “All the money in the world isn't going to matter if you're dead at 50. There is no prize for being the richest guy in the graveyard. I just want to be healthy, positive, and help others do the same. I've got two little girls now and those are the values I want to pass on to them. Titles and money don't mean anything if you're miserable, fat, and unhealthy. Negativity is a trait that I no longer allow into my life.”
For Dave, his passion for good health and fitness grew into something he never expected when he heard the news that he no longer had a job. Dave could have easily taken the safe route back into the corporate world. But he chose to take a risk, follow a passion and make a difference in the lives of countless others.
Additional information about Dave can be found at www.davesoucy.com.