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Dissident Spotlight: Terrence Pursley

September 09, 2017

Dissident Spotlight: Terrence Pursley

What made you first get into fitness?

As a child, I was really into Arnold Schwarzenegger. I would dress like the Terminator and walk around the house. As I became a teenager, I started to hit the gym and do PT with my stepdad, who was military. All that came to an end when I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Following that — depression hit pretty hard. It got to the point of needing alcohol just to start my day. Then I found out I was going to be a dad. I told myself that I can get my act together and be a positive influence — or be a bummed out dad. So I started hitting the gym again.

What motivates you to show up every day?

My son. He is the biggest motivation for me. Also, shutting people up. I’ve been told my whole life by family, friends and doctors that I would always be around the 135-pound mark — that I’d be lucky to even hit the 150-pound mark — that I will always be skinny — that I don’t have good genetics. Well, I’m at the 175-pound mark now.

What are your health and fitness goals for the future?

Being able to hit the stage one day — win or lose, I think it will be a great experience.

What is your favorite exercise?

That’s a hard question. It all depends on the day and mood I’m in. If I had to pick a favorite one on the spot it would have to be barbell curls — or some say, straight bar curls.

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

The "No Excuses" mentality. I live by that. If something needs to get done, I’ll do it. If I failed, I’m not going to develop a storybook full of excuses — I’m going to find a way to get it done.

What is your favorite Dissident piece?

Dissident is a very motivating brand — I would have to say my “Dissident Worldwide” hoodie. I enjoy training in hoodies and sweatpants.

What is your proudest fitness achievement?

I have surpassed the plateau I’ve been told my whole life, even by doctors, that I could never do.

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

There are no shortcuts. Temporary effort will only yield you temporary results. It truly is a lifestyle.

What is your favorite quote?

“What’s normal for the spider is chaos for the fly.”

— Morticia Addams, Addams Family

This quote states that "normal" is only a matter of opinion. It’s what the individual has experienced and became comfortable with. It’s normal for the spider to feed itself, but how is becoming prey normal for that fly?


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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