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S2: Episode 9: David Pohorence | Why not me?

David Pohorence

David Pohorence is many things: a former athlete, a fitness management consultant, a certified personal trainer, a franchise owner, a husband, a father, a son, he has a Master's Degree in Sport administration, and he is now an author as well. He is just finishing writing his book, "Why not me?" A book on how to overcome obstacles and live your best life.

David grew up in a blue-collar home. David's father worked many jobs his whole life to try and provide for his family. That family was large, with a total of seven children. This is what showed David that if he worked hard and devoted himself to his passion, if he had the drive to work through the hard times, that he would succeed. This mindset worked its way into every aspect of his life.

Along with all of his business success, David has plenty of personal success, too. He spends as much time with his wife and children. Family is everything to him, and he hopes to spend every moment he can with them. He encourages everyone to keep pushing themselves, try things outside of their comfort zones, and to focus on their passions.



David Pohorence is a man of success. He's a former athlete, experienced personal trainer, business coach, franchise owner, he has a master's degree in sports management and a bachelor's degree in health administration, and now he's a first-time author.

In his book, "Why not me?", David shares stories about how he had been told, in so many different ways, that he wasn't capable. He's not strong enough, not smart enough, not big enough. David defied all of the predictions and went on to achieve, over and over again. He hopes that by sharing these stories with you that he'll inspire you to do the same. David believes that everyone is more capable than they think, you set your own limits, and that the only person that can get in your way is you.

David takes time to go through some of his stories with us. He's had an incredible journey, and we hope that you enjoy it as much as we did. In the episode, you'll learn about:

  • How to succeed and make a difference.

  • That we need to utilize the positive people in our lives, the ones that push us to be better.

  • David's biggest challenge and how he overcame it.

  • How to get out of your own way and achieve your dreams.

Thank you so much for being with us, David. We loved the conversation.



2:50 - 3:50

David tells us what his book is about. How you can succeed and make a difference no matter where you are in life. There's always a chance for things to be different.

5:01 - 6:03

We all have people who are there for us, who push us to do better and to be better. David tells us about the people that have driven him and inspired him to be the person he is today.

13:16 - 14:13

What do you need to overcome to be successful? David tells us about what he thinks his biggest challenge was and how he overcame it.

15:55 - 16:38

Are you in your own way? David tells us about how he hopes to inspire people to realize that they can achieve their dreams, and that they can become the person they want to be.





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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