I was an overweight, sluggish teenager and it was uncomfortable physically, mentally and socially. How’d I let myself get this way? I wasn’t a born athlete, but I knew I was better than the way I looked and felt. Something had to change.

Two months before the beginning of my Freshman year of high school I decided to take action. I was determined to get in shape.

The first day I stepped into the weight room with my dad, I had no idea that it would completely change my life. My dad taught me all of the weight training basics and we were in the gym five days a week, every single week, without fail. It was hard at first. My unused muscles strained at even the lightest weights. After an evening of doing bicep curls, I would wake up the next day unable to straighten my arms past a ninety-degree angle. The physique of a comic book superhero, the kind I’d always wanted, seemed so far away, but never once did I think I wouldn’t be able to get it.

By the end of the summer, the weight came off. By the end of my Freshman year, I was ripped, and everyone that once knew me as the pudgy, out-of-shape kid couldn’t believe I was the same person.

By Sophomore year, strong and in shape, I decided that it was time to put my muscle to good use. Through a friend, I discovered Kung-Fu and it immediately piqued my curiosity. As when I stepped into the weight room for the first time, I didn’t know what to expect, but after my first Kung-Fu class, I was hooked. Despite my strength, I quickly learned that I had absolutely no coordination, no flexibility, and no true kinesthetic awareness. It took a year before everything my sifu was teaching me began to click.

In the past ten years, I have trained with and learned from elite level athletes, fighters and other trainers. Today, I am in better shape than I ever thought possible when I began my journey as a teenager and I have dedicated myself to sharing my knowledge and experience with others.

Every trainer who is a part of Dowling Fitness Personal Training Services shares that same dedication and we look forward to being a part of your journey and working with you to help you achieve your fitness goals.

Kevin Dowling