My Life and My Journey To Today…
Live Leaner…so happy you decided to check in with me and watch today’s episode of Live Lean TV. Actually I’m a little bit nervous because I really open up my past, it brings back a lot of memories, including my self-esteem issues. So hopefully you’ll enjoy this video and will be able to relate to me even more. Enjoy!
Brad Gouthro Interview: My Childhood, Failures, Fears, & Journey To Today
Q1. Before you got into fitness, what was the defining moment that made you change lifestyle?
As a kid, I always was into playing sports and was very active. But I was never comfortable in my own body. It wasn’t that I was fat’¦it was just that I had a really low self-image.
I remember there were summers where I used every excuse I could think of for why I couldn’t go to the beach with my friends.
I was literally to shy to take my shirt off in front of people.
I still remember we had a class trip to a swimming pool and I faked being sick because I didn’t feel comfortable enough taking my shirt off.
Even when I played for the school basketball team I’d always wear a t-shirt under my jersey because I was so embarrassed about my skinny arms.
Those were some tough years for me as a kid that I never told anyone, not even my parents.
That’s when I realized I needed to do something about my self-image, and that’s when I got into the fitness side of athletics.
Q2. So once you got into fitness, did something shift mentally for you?
I’d like to say I instantly fell in love with the gym and lifting weights’¦but it was a very scary and intimidating place to be for someone new who already had low self-esteem issues.
I still remember the feeling I had when I first walked on the weight room floor at my school. I literally felt hundreds of judging eyes on me.
I so wanted to turn around and get out of there as fast as possible.
So to all you new Live Leaners out there. I get it. I understand your resistance to joining a gym. But I stuck with it, since I’m a very determined dude, and eventually after a few months, I started seeing positive changes in my body, which lead to more importantly, changes in my self-confidence.
And that’s when I realized how fitness and health is about so much more than just muscles.
It’s a metaphor for life…
When you’re strong and confident physically, you’re strong and confident in all areas of life.
Q3. Did you start your professional career in fitness?
No I didn’t. I went to school and got my degree in business with a major in marketing. At the time, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, and since my older and cool brother took business, I decided to follow in his foot steps.
I then graduated and went on to work 8 years in corporate marketing and advertising.
In the beginning it was cool to be working in an advertising agency, pitching creative ideas to sell beer, ironically, but after 4-5 years of doing this, I realized at the end of the day I felt empty.
Who was I really helping by selling them alcohol?
I did a lot of reading and soul searching. And eventually my fitness training really started to transform my body after hiring an online fitness coach.
I fell in love with studying everything and anything I could find on fitness and nutrition.
I finally found my passion.
I then eventually studied for my training and nutrition certifications and made the life altering decision to quit my well paying, safe, corporate job, to become a fitness entrepreneur
I love the quote from Oscar Wilde who said…
“When you do what you love, the universe conspires on your behalf.”
It was a lot of work, a lot of failures (including my marriage), and a lot of scrapping pennies together to pay the bills, but this year I’m so grateful to say all the sweat has paid off as this year has been a huge success for my new fitness business.
Plus when you have people all over the world telling you how much weight they lost because of my programs it makes all those failures, long days and stressful nights, worthwhile.
I was meant to do this exact thing in life.
In fact, my experience was a classic example that you have to be willing to move into the scary and unknown to keep yourself open to your best life.
Security doesn’t serve you.
Sometimes you have to force yourself to face your fears and get outside your comfort zone.
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