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Check Out Kyle Boggeman’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kyle Boggeman.  

Hi Kyle, so excited to have you on the platform. So, before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
My interest in fitness stemmed from Martial Arts. My first martial arts coach got me into bodyweight training and calisthenics. He stressed the importance of physical culture and personal development, which I carried through to high school. In high school, I had a weight room coach who taught me the basics of bodybuilding. He had a master’s in kinesiology and nutrition, which sparked my interest in exercise science and a healthy lifestyle. I continued to train throughout high school, college, and after. During college, I started training martial arts more seriously. My coach at that time introduced me to Ross Enamait, Pavel Tsatsouline, and Matt Furey, among other popular and influential calisthenics and bodyweight training experts. A few years out of college, I decided to start a personal training gym, which had been a lifelong goal of mine. I owned and operated my gym, San Diego Strength and Conditioning, for 7 years from 2011-to 2017. During that time, I learned many important life lessons and gained invaluable experience training hundreds of clients and operating a successful business. It was hard work, I spent 12 hours a day there and never took time off, except for the 12 days I was away on a honeymoon trip with my wife. My experience in the gym shaped how I view the training process, and after selling the gym I started exploring other training modalities, rediscovering my routes in calisthenics and bodyweight training, and diving further into exercise science research. This ultimately inspired me to continue my education and pursue my master’s in kinesiology. After getting my degree, I continued personal training. A conversation I had with Ben Greenfield led me to create a YouTube channel where I could share my ideas and concepts about training with a larger audience. I never intended for the channel to reach such a popular level, but the response has been very positive and I am very grateful for that. I intend to continue on this path, sharing my knowledge to help educate people and give them the tools they need to implement a successful, sustainable, and effective physical practice. 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
No, it hasn’t been a smooth road, but it has been one that I’ve enjoyed. It’s a very competitive industry and being successful involves having a high level of competence in several different domains. Things like learning how to build out a website, market to my audience, and learn how to communicate effectively with my audience are all skills I had to learn. Building my channel and audience also involved hundreds of hours of responding to every comment, email, and Reddit post that I could. I’ve made an effort and commitment to make myself as available as possible to as many people as possible. Doing this on my own was extremely time intensive. In the middle of this process, my wife and I had our first kid. Being a new dad introduced a whole new set of responsibilities and obstacles. So, it has not been a smooth road, but it has been a worthwhile and very rewarding one. 

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I would say my specialty is my ability to communicate complex exercise science and training ideas into simple and accessible concepts and phrase things in ways that are unique and that resonate with my audience. I have a passion for navigating and sifting through research, which can be convoluted at times, and digesting, tidying, and combining that information into ideas that can actually be applied in a real-life setting. I’m bringing basic calisthenics to all levels of individuals, an area of fitness that has largely been ignored by exercise science. I blend science, philosophy, and psychology in a way that helps reframe how someone can view training, which in the end, that understanding and knowledge can give someone the tools to take ownership of their fitness and that is the ultimate goal. 

What was your favorite childhood memory?
I have a lot of really fond childhood memories. If I had to only pick one, I would say getting home from school to watch Dragon Ball Z in Spanish because the Buu Saga was not available in English at the time with my best friend, Brian. Side note, Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z were super influential to my interest in physical culture, personal development, and martial arts. 

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