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Doug Bopst is an award-winning personal trainer, author, speaker and business owner. Those credentials and accolades are a result of his own transformation. He is a former felon and drug addict, sentenced to years in jail due to his poor decisions. He chose to use that time locked in a small cell to beat his demons and reinvent himself thanks to a combination of faith, family and fitness.

His experiences and acquired knowledge have allowed him to help others make changes in their lives as well...

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The Heart of Recovery

By Doug Bopst

The Heart of Recovery, shares heartfelt interviews of people who entered recovery to start living well again. The people interviewed for this book are experiencing life with a full heart to the best of their ability. Ultimately, “The Heart of Recovery” is about people committing to live and not to die; to love and not to hate; to shine light and not live in darkness. The interviewees range from celebrities to fitness experts to recovery experts and advocates as well as all other walks of life. Their answers offer tips and tricks that have helped them stay in long term recovery. Interspersed are my “two cents” about fitness, relationships, spirituality, etc. that have helped me stay on track.

I think Doug is the best trainer because he has motivated me to become not only a better athlete but also a better person. His story has inspired many and is a great positive influence in his clients' lives.
Evan Paterakis
Not only is this man my favorite trainer, he is also a life saver to me. Doug Bopst from the Mac Express in Hunt Valley knows me well. He understands the importance of me keeping fitness in my life not only from the physical, weight losing "in good-shape" aspect, but also from a mental health standpoint. Doug understands that for me getting to the gym can be the difference in my mood for not only the few hours after, but the whole entirety of the day. He understands the mental health struggles I have had and puts himself as a friend first. If I show up to the gym for a PT appointment and I'm upset about something, we talk it through as I work out. I have found that the best personal trainers are not the ones who can push you the hardest or make you look the best. Instead, they are like Doug Bopst: The ones who know your limits, know your personality and can change your attitude towards the gym in a friendly manner while granting motivation at a deep level.
I got started with Doug as a Christmas present a couple of years ago. My wife, who was already working out with him, thought it would be good for me. Boy was she right! Doug has been fantastic— tough but positive— making getting back in shape a great experience. Don't wait; get started today!
Rob Jensen
Doug has really made the most of his second chance. It's almost like fitness saved his life and now he's saving others through fitness. I think he's come full circle. He's always there to pick you up if you're feeling frustrated and remind you how far you've come, not how far you have to go.
Penny Comeau
He is a great motivator and keeps my workouts always fresh and challenging. He knows what my limitations are as well as what I need. Also he has faced challenges in his own personal life and did a great turn around. He authored a book from felony to fitness (that is his story).
Charlene Diamond
I've literally been to almost every training facility in Baltimore county in the hopes that I would find the one place to keep me coming back for more. In the past, I would give it three months and quit, because I was bored or not entertained. With Doug, he helps keep me motivated to stay committed for the long run. I'm going on a year now and in the best shape of my life. I love the people, the music and now I look forward to working out!
Tracey Rosa
I met Doug through my husband who had been working out with him and getting great results! Steve couldn't stop talking about his trainer and what a great guy Doug was: he was motivational, inspirational and a good trainer. He is a trainer who is concerned about all aspects of your well being. After discussing my fitness goals with Doug, including my diet and other exercise workouts that I was doing, he and I decided that a Boot Camp style workout would be better suited to help me reach my overall fitness goals. So, along with the training, Doug and I also discussed my diet and overall nutrition. He will even let you know what the best menu item would be to eat at a restaurant if you text him where you are eating. He is like another member of our family, he has trained my kids, my mom, my husband, he dogs sits our dogs and even runs them at the dog park. I couldn't be happier that I train with Doug and that he is an integral part of our family.
Debbie Thacker
I have been working out with Doug for several years. I now have a whole new level of energy that helps me out in my daily life. I used to dread exercising but Doug has showed me a new passion for a healthier lifestyle.
Tricia Thomas
I have been working out with Doug as my personal trainer since January of 2013, 3 one hour sessions per week. When I first came to Doug, I was 63 years old and recovering from an almost fatal blood disease called TTP. I was very weak and felt like I had lost a lot of ground in stamina and strength. To make a long story short, I traveled to Bhutan last Sept. and climbed in the Himalayas, one day from 7000 to 11000 ft. in 2 hours. Enough said about my trainer Doug. My progress has been continuous and subtle. Doug has a variety of equipment and exercises so I never feel bored. He is a very comfortable person to be with and genuinely cares about the wellbeing of his clients. His self discipline with his own exercise and healthy lifestyle are inspiring.In summary, I give Doug high marks. He is an important person in my life.
Joyce McCormick