Welcome to STORIES-2-INSPIRE #16 where I share inspiring stories of REAL people from many different backgrounds and situations who've overcome struggle, made amazing positive changes or achieved great things against the odds and refuse to give up!
NAME: Jonathan Sager
FROM: South Carolina, USA
TOP 3 METAL BANDS:
1. Cattle Decapitation
2. Dying Fetus
My Name is Jonathan Sager.
I’m from South Carolina, USA.
I am a certified Personal Trainer & Strength Coach, Fitness Specialist and am behind the small brand Skullcrush Fitness (fitness & heavy metal!)
Metal came to me long before my fitness journey began. I began listening to Metal as a Junior in high school when I started playing guitar (That was 17 years ago, holy shit!).
Bands like Ozzy Osbourne, Trivium, Lacuna Coil were my gateway bands.
As I got into college I (like many I’m sure) had self esteem issue with how I looked. I was tall and super skinny. For a few years I only did body weight type exercises and I would go jogging on campus or if it was during the summer I’d ride bicycle.
I really didn’t start with a gym until I began my graduate degree. I really didn’t have much direction other than what I’d read on blogs or in magazines about what exercises to do and how to learn form and technique.
It wasn’t until near the end of my Master’s degree work that I finally decided that I wanted to be involved in the fitness industry.
So, I studied more into personal training, applying it both to individuals I coached and myself.
I started out personal training a bit. However, as the months kept going, bills were coming due and it wasn’t paying bills. So to sum up the next 6 years, I spent those at an Amazon warehouse as an associate and eventually a supervisor.
Things were ok there at first, I thought I could just keep moving up the ladder there but realized that it is not what I wanted to be doing forever. I participated in the local metal scene for a little while but carryover stress from my job and then stress in the scene led to quick burnout with both.
I finally decided (after a few more stressful events that led to bad depression) that I would get my training certification back and re-enter the fitness industry.
Thus behold! Here I am working with a corporate fitness program, my own small fitness brand and happier than I’ve been in a long time!
The moral of my story is never give up on yourself.
Never settle for something just because it’s comfortable. Create the belief in your purpose and that you will be successful!
Your mindset will take you where you want to go!
As the motto for Skullcrush Fitness goes:
“A credence of everlasting might and victory!”
💪 I want to build a community or tribe of like-minded people through BORN 2 BLEED so if you'd like to share your story email me at firstname.lastname@example.org , send your story, your top 3 rock/metal/hardcore bands, where you're from and a pic of you rockin' your BORN 2 BLEED gear and lets fuckin' lift each other up, motivate and push each other forward!
NEVER GIVE UP!
(Owner BORN 2 BLEED)