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Dissident Spotlight: David Sugerik

October 11, 2017

Dissident Spotlight: David Sugerik


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?


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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