Dustin: My name is Dustin and I’m from Mesquite, Texas.
Ian: Before you worked with us, what had you done before to keep in shape? Were you involved in sports or anything like that throughout high school?
Dustin: Yeah, in high school I was in football.
Ian: Yeah? What position did you play?
Ian: Linebacker, so you’re all over the field. What got you started into training?
Dustin: Well, I got in a car wreck and then I was just sitting around at the house so I decided I needed to do something better for myself, so I wanted to start training.
Ian: Absolutely. And tell me a little bit about the car accident—kind of what happened?
Dustin: Well, it was really bad. It was almost 4 years ago.
Dustin: My brother and my girlfriend were with me and I was riding with my brother in his car. They both died.
Ian: I’m sorry to hear that. I’m sorry to hear that.
Besides physical injuries, Dustin also sustained a brain injury.
He was in a coma for 3 weeks.
He still has trouble with his left hand and he says his brain “moves slower…but it’s all getting better now.”
Ian: So what about from your perspective? How did that impact your life from a physical standpoint?
Dustin: It affected me really bad. I had to relearn to do everything.
Ian: So lots of physical therapy?
Ian: So really, weight training and personal training was more almost like post-therapy recovery still for you, to a big degree.
Dustin: It still is.
Ian: Absolutely, and it’s always going to be like that. I mean that’s the thing with fitness, it’s…
Dustin: My life now.
Ian: Exactly, but it’s great that you got on the right track after such a traumatic accident.
Dustin: Exactly. I did.
Ian: Absolutely. So tell me a little bit about your specific goals that you’ve accomplished since relearning basically how to walk. Outside of the basic, fundamental stuff, where have you gotten since then?
Dustin: Lots of places.
Dustin: Since I started training with Jared, I learned to ride a bike and drive a car.
Dustin: That’s pretty awesome.
Ian: That’s incredible.
Dustin: I put on like 10 pounds of muscle and lost almost 10 pounds of fat.
Ian: That’s incredible; it’s a huge body composition change for you.
Dustin: Pretty much.
Ian: What would you say your life is like now because of the achievements you’ve gotten with Jared and with New Wave?
Dustin: I like the schedule.
Dustin: It’s pretty [much the] same all the time. I like it though.
Ian: You like the consistency?
Ian: The accountability of having someone here all the time to keep you in shape?
Ian: And Jared’s really good at that.
Dustin (left) lost all of his independence after the accident.
But now, besides learning how to ride a bike and drive again, he is living on his own in a nice apartment!
He says that makes him feel more confident and that it’s “Pretty important. I want to be normal.”
Dustin: Diet is a big part of getting better.
Dustin: How you eat.
Ian: Yeah? So have you made some pretty good nutritional changes since you’ve been working out with us?
Dustin: Yeah, pretty crazy.
Ian: Yeah? So tell me a little bit about like what your eating habits are like now.
Dustin: Well, just like protein.
Ian: Yeah? Lots of protein.
Dustin: Yeah, lots of protein.
Ian: And good produce and good vegetables and fruit to go along with it?
Dustin: Yeah, lots of veggies and fruit.
Ian: Great, great. All right, so tell me what you might say to someone that is on the fence about making a decision to seek professional help for their health and fitness?
Dustin: It’s good that you want to get better but you need someone that’s professional to help you.
Ian: Right, it’s just much easier…
Dustin: It’s easier, yeah.
Ian: Much easier to get them to kind of come over here and guide you through the moves, make sure we’re doing it all right?
“My definition of crazy is doing the same thing over and over,
expecting different results, so I’ve done this, trying to change
what I do. It’s helped a lot.”
Q: What is your biggest dream?
“Being my old self. Running, jumping and stuff.”