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Episode 10: Sarah Apgar - FitFighter


Sarah Apgar

Sarah is an Iraq War Veteran, All-American Collegiate Athlete, Fitness Professional, former Volunteer Firefighter, and mom of 2 little girls.


Most relevant to the fitness enthusiast, she is the inventor of those FitFighter hoses that you can now find in 103 and Dicks Sporting good locations. Sarah has been on Shark Tank twice for this invention . She originally invented this product as a way to help train Firefighters and then she began her FitFighter company as a way to honor those who have lost their lives in service to others.


Sarah regularly donates proceeds from her company to Tunnels to Towers.


 

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It's almost Memorial Day which is a time to honor our Veterans and just in time for Memorial Day we wanted to honor Sarah Apgar and a soldier named Nathan who she lost in Iraq while under her command. Sarah is an Iraq War Veteran, All-American Collegiate Athlete, Fitness Professional, former Volunteer Firefighter, and mom of 2 little girls.


Most relevant to our fitness enthusiast is that she is the inventor of those FitFighter hoses that you use at Journey. Sarah has been on Shark Tank twice for that invention . She originally invented this product as a way to help train Firefighters and then she began her FitFighter company as a way to honor those who have lost their lives in service to others.


Sarah regularly donates proceeds from her company to Tunnels to Towers.


You are going to love this episode with Sarah Apgar. She shares about her challenges as a soldier, a mother, an inventor and a business owner.


My favorite part of the episode is where Sarah shares how her invention came to be. Ultimately what I learned is that her invention was born from curiosity, a passion for helping others and


being ambitious enough to do something with her curiosity and passion.


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MORE ON THE EPISODE

5:46 - 7:22 - Sarah shares about her deployment in Iraq and losing a soldier named Nathan who was under her command. She says that the FitFighter company that she started is a tribute to him.


8:18 - 10:12 - Sarah shares how when she was launching FitFighter she decided that she wanted to have a tie back to supporting service members and their families. She chose very early on to support Tunnel to Towers which was formed in honor of Stephen Siller who laid down his life to save others on September 11, 2001.


19:58 - 20:54 - Sarah shares that one of the challenges in life is that everything happens through Social Media which gives people false perceptions and her response to that is that she encourages her company to be Extra Human.


25:38 - 27:40 - Such an amazing story! In this clip Sarah shares the process of how the FitFighter hose came to be. It was born from her creativity as a coach just trying to have the firefighters train by mimicking tools and movements. If you've ever wondered how inventions happen, you have to listen to this.


39:14 - 39:54 - Great encouragement here from Sarah Apgar to be curious. It breeds connection and your own creativity. Curiosity gets your heart engaged.

 

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ABOUT TRAVIS BARNES

Before Travis Barnes became a best-selling author, international presenter, founder and franchisor of Journey Fitness 333 he spent a decade of his life in prison for a nonviolent drug offense. Upon returning home to his wife and daughter he worked hard to grow himself in the fitness industry so he could buy his family a home of their own. 2 months after buying their home Tropical Storm Lee caused it to be flooded to the second floor. Approximately 1 year after the flood while still rebuilding their home and during the Christmas holiday season Travis was let go from his employment as COO for a local fitness company. After he and his wife spent 6 months as traveling trainers and while still living on an unemployment check and in a FEMA trailer, they began what is now a fitness franchise . Most recently and with the rest of the industry Travis has overcome the obstacles of the pandemic by redesigning his business. Travis has used the pandemic as an opportunity to instead of returning to business as normal, he has returned to business as better than normal. Travis is an Overcomer.


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