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Dissident Spotlight: Zack Farias October 18, 2017 00:00

 

What made you first get into fitness?
Funny story, really — one of my friends joined a gym in hopes of becoming a wrestler. He nagged me for months to join with him. I did it really to just support him.


What motivates you to show up every day?

Gym time is "me time.” It's my therapy. Every day counts! The saying, "The only bad workout is the one you missed" is so true!


What are your health and fitness goals for the future?

I want to break into the 1K Pound Club in my current weight class (148) and I'm so, so close — abs by Summer 2018!

What is your favorite exercise?

Definitely would be deadlifts for two reasons. First: It's my strongest lift. Second: With deadlifts, you either get it or you don't — unlike the squat, which people can argue depth and the bench press where using momentum can be argued.

What made you choose Dissident Gym Wear and how do you relate to the DISSIDENT brand's message?

I love what this brand stands for, and the community around it — motivate and inspire! I visit the Facebook page daily. I love the support it provides to all the team members.

What is your favorite Dissident piece?

My “EARNED NOT GIVEN” tank, for sure! It's extremely comfortable and the message is spot-on. It's a reminder to myself of where I started. When I started working out three years ago, I literally started with the bar on bench press and now I'm pushing over 200!

What is your proudest fitness achievement?

Definitely winning my first powerlifting competition. I did it not to win but to see where I stood. I was so shocked! I couldn't believe it!

What is your advice to anyone seeking to improve their health and fitness lifestyle?

Be hungry for knowledge. Learn as much as you can from everyone. Research, research, research! Be consistent in your workouts and your nutrition — slow and steady wins the race.

What is your favorite quote?

"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us."  J.R.R. Tolkien

 

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Dissident is dedicated to helping more people say, "I CAN!" through our motivational workout clothes and top of the line fitness apparel for both men and women. When those around you are giving in to the pressure, the DISSIDENT team stands strong. 

Dissident Spotlight: David Sugerik October 11, 2017 00:00


 

What made you first get into fitness?


I started my fitness journey in college, but it was substantially different than it is today.  When it began, I was running mostly, with limited interest in weightlifting. I maintained that level of activity for about 10 years. Just over two years ago, I got back into it because my eating and life habits had gone downhill. I had gained weight and wasn’t comfortable with what I was becoming. At that time, I was even running 40+ miles per week — but my body was used to it and it was going nowhere! I’ve since then, created a new lifestyle for myself and it is awesome.

What motivates you to show up every day?

My family. A large reason I do this is to try and fend off the history of heart disease on both sides of my family. My dad had a drinking problem and showed me the vulnerability of his disease. It terrified me. So anything that I can do to make my heart and body stronger for a longer life is my goal. I want to be there for my wife and (future) kids. I want to be healthy and be a great role model.

What are your health and fitness goals for the future?

I’d like to compete in some powerlifting competitions. I’ve found a true love in that and it would be fun to share that moment with like-minded people. On the other hand, I truly just want to feel incredible — and by incredible, I mean sore AF.  

What is your favorite exercise?

By far, traditional deadlifts.


What made you choose Dissident Gym Wear and how do you relate to the DISSIDENT brand's message?

At first, I thought it would be cool to rep the brand, but then I came across TEAM DSDNT. I saw that it is a network of people from all over the world, sharing their love for a fit life — inspiring and motivating each other. It’s a true fit family and I love that. I feel like I have long lost friends everywhere and hope that in my travels, I have the pleasure of meeting!

The brand message resonates in many ways, but in its truest form, never give up hits home.  I hate failure and I hate to watch anyone fail. There’s no room in life for that. I try and stand as a positive influence whenever and wherever I can to show that.

 

What is your favorite Dissident piece?

My “NEVER QUIT. NEVER GIVE UP.” tank top!

What is your proudest fitness achievement?

Entering the 1000 Pound Club.

What is your advice to anyone seeking to improve their health and fitness lifestyle?

Take baby steps and surround yourself with people who support you. Confidence takes time. The “know how” takes time. Have and make time. If you commit, the results feel invigorating.

 What is your favorite quote?

“You are the only person on Earth who can use your ability.” — Zig Ziglar

 

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Dissident is dedicated to helping more people say, "I CAN!" through our motivational workout clothes and top of the line fitness apparel for both men and women. When those around you are giving in to the pressure, the DISSIDENT team stands strong.

DREAM BIG. START SMALL. ACT NOW October 09, 2017 00:00

 

Dream big. Start small. Act now.” is a phrase that captures one of the most phenomenal thoughts of all time. It shows that you see the big picture and are on the fast track to stardom.

Dream Big

Make sure that your dreams are not just realistic and achievable, but that they also challenge you. For example, if your workout goals are ones you can achieve without breaking a sweat, you need to upgrade them.

Dreams are meant to be big. If you have dreams and they are not big, you have not started dreaming. It is only a dream when it is worth the sacrifice of your time, space, relationships, pleasure and freedom. If you are not ready to dream big, do not even bother dreaming at all.

Start Small

After you have committed your heart to a big dream, it is time to get to work. Rome was not built in a day – and you will not get to the peak of your dream right away. Most of the time, you do not have the strength, the skill or the resources to hit the ground running right off the bat. It is OK to start small.

Starting small does not mean you will not get there, or that it will take forever. The plan is to start where you are right now and improve gradually – building the capacity to take on bigger challenges.

You see, a big dream is more like a journey than a task. If you can commit yourself to continuously developing yourself and increasing your strength, you are ready to go.

It is alright to start small, but it is never cool to remain small. Starting small is not an excuse for mediocrity, and it is never a ticket to failure. You start small so that you can naturally grow until you are ready to operate – and make your life phenomenal, as you have always wanted.

Act Now

Now you have a big dream, and you are willing to start small. The next decision you need to make is to start right away. You may have all the right strategies to execute a perfect idea, but if you do not start right away, they will all amount to nothing.

In the realm of weight loss and fitness, a delay is the end of your dream. The more you wait until you “are ready,” the worse it gets for you. You cannot afford to be a follower of your fatigue. If you are waiting to be ready, you will never get anything done.

You must come to realize the value of today, this moment and how much it can affect the rest of your life. “Now” is the only time you will ever have. Use it wisely.

 

Be Dissident, be YOU!

Dissident is dedicated to helping more people say, "I CAN!" through our motivational workout clothes and top of the line fitness apparel for both men and women. When those around you are giving in to the pressure, the DISSIDENT team stands strong. 

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Dissident Spotlight: James Doherty October 06, 2017 00:00

What made you first get into fitness?

My brother has Muscular Dystrophy and I decided that I shouldn't waste my abilities when there are people out there like him who just can't, no matter how bad they want to. 

What motivates you to show up every day?

Knowing that if I want to be successful in this industry, I have to push harder than anyone else. I try my best to go to bed every night knowing that I left it all in the gym, and that I tried my best to out-work my future competition.

What are your health and fitness goals for the future?

My short-term goal would be to stand on stage and own it — be up there and look like I belong. Not to just show up, but to win it all. My long-term goal is to stand on the Olympia stage and compete with the absolute best.

What is your favorite exercise?

My favorite exercise has to be cable flyes. I love the pump that I get from the constant tension.

What made you choose Dissident Gym Wear and how do you relate to the DISSIDENT brand's message?

My brother was a great baseball player, until his Muscular Dystrophy took effect and made it to where he couldn't throw or run like he used to. Now he is in a wheelchair and can't lift his arms above his head. When Dissident Gym Wear reached out to me about being an ambassador, and I read that they give to the Challenged Athletes Foundation, I knew I wanted to be a part of this amazing company.

What is your favorite Dissident piece?

My favorite piece is the gym bag. I love that it's large enough for all of my equipment and also has the separate shoe pocket — so that I don't have to have shoes that I just worked out with in the main pocket with the rest of my stuff.

What is your proudest fitness achievement?

My proudest achievement has to be the progress that I've made since my shoulder surgery.

What is your advice to anyone seeking to improve their health and fitness lifestyle?

There's no day like today to get out there and make a positive change in your life. Don't be the person in the future who looks back and wishes that they had done something.

What is your favorite quote?

“One day or day one. You decide.” — Unknown
 
Be Dissident, be YOU!
Dissident is dedicated to helping more people say, "I CAN!" through our motivational workout clothes and top of the line fitness apparel for both men and women. When those around you are giving in to the pressure, the DISSIDENT team stands strong.

 

 


Dissident Spotlight: Kevin Herbert September 15, 2017 15:36

 


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Dissident Spotlight: Tyler Ludwig August 15, 2017 11:12

What made you first get into fitness?

I have been an athlete my whole life. My dad was a powerlifter and my mom and uncle owned their own gym back in the day. 

What motivates you to show up every day?

It’s my escape from the world — my therapy.

What are your health and fitness goals for the future?

I want to get my pro card in mens physique and open my own gym.

What is your favorite exercise?

Deadlifts — anything back.

What made you choose Dissident Gym Wear and how do you relate to the DISSIDENT brand's message?

What they stand for. They are different and they give back. They are also from San Diego.

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Dissident Spotlight: Alex Fuller August 05, 2017 17:44

 

What made you first get into fitness?

My parents always promoted a healthy, active lifestyle and I played sports my whole life — often two or three at a time, all the way through high school. When I decided not to continue on to collegiate-level track and field as a high jumper, I finally committed to the gym regularly as an 18-year-old high school graduate. 

What motivates you to show up every day?

My friends who invited me to the gym had already been working out for about a year, but were naturally much smaller than me. I came in and lifted more than them on the first day and they couldn't believe it. My body responded immediately to the workouts and I gained 30 lbs of muscle in the first year! The physical transformation I was witnessing right before my eyes in the mirror everyday was the positive reinforcement for the hard work put forth in the gym that motivated me to continue to put in the work for further progress. 

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Dissident Spotlight: Andre Goree August 01, 2017 16:56


What made you first get into fitness?

I was always into sports. I played football, from Pop Warner, up through high school, college and semi-pro. After a knee injury when I was 28, I decided to stop playing football. Since I had always been in the gym for football, bodybuilding was just the next natural progression for this competitive spirit of mine.

What motivates you to show up every day?

Self-motivation! The motivation to get better everyday, no matter how little. I'm also hoping to become an IFBB pro bodybuilder someday, so chasing that goal helps a lot, too.

 


Motivation Monday: Clear Your Mind of Can't July 30, 2017 19:23

 As long as you keep telling yourself that you can't, then you can't. Your life is a consistent expression of what you have decided is your reality. If you are able to get rid of “can't” in your mind, you will be amazed at the possibilities that will stare at  you in the face.

Fill your mind with positivity and expect that to be your experience. Read books, listen to podcasts and connect with positive people who will help you get out of your negative mindset and set you free to go out there and succeed exceedingly.

Make time to meditate every day and clear your mind. This will help you to identify every “can't” and other the limiting voices that are hanging close to your heart and dragging you down. You need to isolate them and consciously get rid of them so you can protect your passion and enthusiasm for life.

 


Dissident Spotlight: Sarah Mcfelin July 23, 2017 12:37

What made you first get into fitness?

In 2014 I had been asked to attend an award ceremony for work. I knew I had gained some weight, but trying to find a dress became stressful very quickly. No tummy-tucker or different style of dress hid the fact that I was so self-conscious and unhappy. I decided I had had enough and joined up to the gym. I stuck at it for a year doing cardio and the little amount of other exercises I knew how to do until a great friend of mine introduced me to weight lifting. Never did I realize I'd find a passion in it — let alone still be going two years later.

 


Dissident Spotlight: Gerry Edwards July 16, 2017 12:01

 
What made you first get into fitness?

I was 300+ lbs, on the verge of diabetes and has high blood pressure — living a very unhealthy biker lifestyle. I ordered Insanity back in 2012 and lost 75 lbs. Then I went to professional wrestling school and started chasing a childhood dream!

What motivates you to show up every day?

Remembering the larger than life wrestlers I watched growing up. I'm never satisfied with my current build. I see the progress and want more!

What are your health and fitness goals for the future?

I just want to look like a monster when I step into the ring. I'm already bigger than most guys I've encountered in the ring, but I want to be bigger and leaner.

 


Motivation Monday: Aim High! July 16, 2017 11:21

Never agree to be satisfied with little. If you bargain with life for a penny or less, that is what you are going to get. If you want to be truly outstanding in your time, ditch the usual and delve into the limitless potentials that you already possess.

Do not have small dreams

You can never achieve anything bigger than your dreams. Dreams form the energy that drives us to accomplish things and how far you are willing to go is determined by the size of your dream. You need to expand your scope and dream bigger. What is your biggest dream right now? How can you make it bigger? No matter how big your present dream is, trust us, it can always be made bigger.

 


Dissident Spotlight: Benjamin Goad July 09, 2017 16:14

 

What made you first get into fitness?

I wasn't always an athlete. At least I wouldn't have considered myself one. However, my family was always health-conscious and athletic. My mother, back in her day, was a nationally-qualified swimmer for Britain and my father was an old-school golden-era bodybuilder who trained with the Mentzer brothers. I was involved in martial arts from the age of 6 until my mid-teen years and I played some sports when I hit middle school. I was involved with soccer, basketball and wrestling. Wrestling became my main focus throughout high school, but to be honest, I didn't really like it. What I did like was the intense conditioning involved. After high school I joined the U.S. Navy — and everything fitness-wise just kind of exploded. I became a command fitness leader, got collateral duties that made fitness important to my survival and became a certified personal trainer. I also got involved in the bodybuilding scene and fell in love with it my last few years in the military. 


Dissident Spotlight: Kristin Walston July 05, 2017 17:00

What made you first get into fitness?

I've always enjoyed fitness but in the past year decided to go hard and heavy and get into the best shape I've ever been in. I'm Currently A NPC figure competitor and going to nationals in November . Going for Pro!  so I'm in the gym every single day with no days off.. and I love it!

What motivates you to show up every day?

I love seeing results and I love seeing myself grow — that's what motivates me.

What are your health and fitness goals for the future?

I'm Currently an NPC figure competitor and going to nationals in November. Going for pro! I'm in the gym every single day with no days off — and I love it!

What is your favorite exercise?

I love working out every body part, but if I had to choose my absolute favorite I would say legs. I love legs!

What made you choose Dissident Gym Wear and how do you relate to the DISSIDENT brand's message?

Let's be real for a second, showing up to the gym in hot gym wear makes everything better!! That's why I love, love, LOVE Dissident Gym Wear! It's a tough/sexy brand all in one. The brand alone represents strength and tenacity. And that's something that I relate with.

What is your favorite Dissident piece?

My favorite piece is the “F*CK AVERAGE” shirt because I'm everything but average!

What is your proudest fitness achievement?

Becoming a figure competitor is one of my highest achievements in the fitness world that I'm very proud of. 

What is your advice to anyone seeking to improve their health and fitness lifestyle?

To all who are wanting to get fit and stay healthy, it's never to late! Don't give up — stay focused. I promise you that you will see results and once you see results you will become addicted! You will love the way you look and feel! Exercise is the fountain of youth and we ALL want to feel and stay young forever.

What is your favorite quote?

My favorite saying is "teamwork makes the dream work" — and it's totally true! When you have a good support system behind you, you can achieve anything and accomplish all your goals — easier and faster! So get a gym buddy, show up to the gym in hot gym gear and kick some A$$. That's one thing you'll never regret! And it always get better! Start believing in yourself and everything else will fall into place.


Are You Dressing for Success? June 15, 2017 19:14

The time has come. The time where a person decides to make a change in their attitude, health and life. Making a change in eating and getting into better shape is a positive choice many do daily. Getting that gym membership is a big step — but an even bigger step is dedicating time and consistency on using the membership. One of the many ways to stay motivated on a fitness journey is by dressing for success.

 


Dissident Spotlight: Perla Gonzalez June 05, 2017 15:50

 

 


Dissident Spotlight: Jeremy Bermel May 28, 2017 14:03

 My fitness journey began back in 2000. I wanted to compete in bodybuilding as a hobby away from my law enforcement career. I needed something to relieve stress. I trained about 2 years and started competing in the NPC in 2002. I placed first in the middleweight class at the Nebraska State NPC RK Solid fitness and figure, and third overall. After, I stopped competing due to my SWAT days but still worked out. In 2008 I decided to get my personal training certification through the IFPA. I continued that on the side until 2011. I left law enforcement and moved my family to Omaha, NE. After a few years of depression after leaving my career and great teammates I gained allot of weight and reached around 275lbs on a 5’7” frame.

 

 


NEW in Woman´s Gym Wear: Cropped Sleeveless Tune-Out Hoodie May 23, 2017 00:00

 

 


Dissident Spotlight: Nick Herbstreith May 19, 2017 00:00


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