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Soul on Fire


Soul on Fire

How different would our life be if we did what made us feel truly alive?  How different would our world be if we were all living out our true purpose?

I would venture to guess most of us aren’t functioning in life with our soul on fire.  We are bored, complacent and I would guess maybe even a little angry.  When we aren’t fulfilled it is easy for anger to set in.  Believe me, I get it, as I have experienced all of those emotions. 

When I share my faith journey I often get the comment of how inspiring it is.  I quit a lucrative industry of pharmaceutical sales to pursue my purpose of starting a fitness ministry in a new city.  My hope is that it inspires you to do what makes you feel fully alive.  To pursue your purpose in life so you can have that feeling of your soul on fire. 



When I work with men in my fitness ministry one of the ways I help them get their passion back is I challenge them to set a BHAG or big hairy audacious goal as coined by Jim Collins.    This BHAG is centered on a physical fitness or physical adventure goal.  I ask them to choose a goal that scares them and excites them at the same time.

It isn’t about accomplishing the physical adventure or goal.  It’s what comes with the accomplishment.  It’s mainly about regaining our self-esteem and confidence. 

As men, we often times get beat up in this world.  We let the world take our power away or more than likely we give our power away.  Along with giving our power away our self-esteem goes out the window.   


We end up lost,  in isolation and living in quiet desperation.  Our world needs men to step up in a big way.  As a Spiritual Warrior Coach I am asking men to step out of their comfort zone physically so they can be at their best mentally, emotionally and spiritually so we can be the leaders we are called to be. 

My mission is to build a social movement of men, who are reclaiming their inner warrior, through fitness challenges and physical adventure, for the betterment of humanity. 



We are wired for physical adventure, not sitting on the couch living our lives out vicariously through other men playing sports.  Not that there is anything wrong with watching sports, but when we deny ourselves our own adventure and feeling of being fully alive is when we run into trouble. 

I want to challenge you to come up with your own BHAG pertaining to physical fitness and adventure.  What would that be for you?  What would challenge you and make you lean into your edge?  My BHAG for the summer was a series of bicycle adventures which culminated in a 120 mile bike ride over three daunting mountain passes.  I was out of my comfort zone, but also living life to the full. 

You will be amazed how working towards a challenging physical goal will impact every area of your life.  Don’t go on this adventure alone.    I help men get into peak physical condition, develop mental toughness and grow spiritually.   If you are struggling with purpose and don’t feel truly alive please contact me at to explore the possibilities of living a life that makes you feel fully alive by living a life of adventure. 

Troy Ismir, MS

Spiritual Warrior Coach


Reclaim Your Inner Warrior


Reclaim Your Inner Warrior

“I thought the race set before me by God was getting physically fit, but it was so much more than that.”   This is what my client Matt Kuti had to say after we have been working together for the last seven months.  Matt came to me desperately wanting a physical transformation, but he has gotten so much more.  His life has been transformed mentally and spiritually. 


I remember meeting Matt for the first time as if it were yesterday.   Matt was a former athlete in high school starring in cross country, wresting and baseball.  He particularly excelled in cross country and identified himself as a runner. 


Matt went off to college, got married and had kids early.  Somewhere in there Matt got too busy with school, family and other obligations, deciding he didn’t have time to run any more.  Fitness, sports and exercise no longer were a part of his life.  He was simply too busy. 

Fast forward ten years and Matt is tipping the scales at 185 pounds on his 5’7” frame adding sixty pounds of donuts and beer as Matt puts it.  He didn’t add an ounce of muscle, just pure body fat.  Matt’s typical routine was to wake up five minutes before he had to get to work, make a quick side trip to the grocery store for his daily fix of three to a half a dozen donuts.

Matt was physically exhausted all of the time.  He also suffered from bad reflux popping about as many Tums as donuts he was snarfing down during the day. 

From a spiritual perspective Matt felt like he was doing alright.  At this point he wasn’t integrating faith and fitness.  His spiritual life was separate from his physical life. 


Matt suffered from poor self-esteem and lacked confidence in himself.  Matt described his 185 pound frame as a potato with four toothpicks in it.  All of his weight was in his gut.  He fell into the category of former athlete and former everything. 

Matt confessed to me the first time we met that he was terrified to go inside a gym.  In fact he admitted that he would tremble when he would go to the gym to workout.  He was so intimidated he made it a point to go late at night so no one would see him.   Matt stated, “I looked at my body and I didn’t feel like I belonged in a gym.” 

When Matt went into the gym he found himself confused and lost.  He would get on the treadmill and realized he couldn’t run any more relative to his cross country days of his youth.  He was intimidated by the weight room and felt like he didn’t belong there either, so Matt became an expert at making up excuses not to go to the gym.  Matt got so worked up because he wanted to change so badly, but he was paralyzed by fear. 

At that point, Matt sought me out as his coach.  He admitted he didn’t know what he was doing.  He was done trying to figure it out on his own.  He was ready to humble himself and ask for help. 

Our first work together was to understand why he was such a self-saboteur.  Why was he forcing himself to quit?   My mantra to my clients is to just keep showing up regardless if you feel like it or not.  Matt would usually last about two months or less on a workout program and then quit.  Matt is now seven months into our working together and has gone from 180 pounds down to 163 pounds. 


But there is so much more than Matt’s physical transformation.  For Matt at first it was very strange to integrate Christ into his workouts.  But as our discussions progressed he started to understand that being physically fit is a form of worship.  That taking care of our vessel is one of the best ways we can honor God.   Eventually for Matt working out became a form of worship. 

Matt has gotten to the point where his main goal in the gym is to have the physicality that would allow God to use him to the best of his abilities.  Matt shared this with me, “I am in awe of everything God has done in creating my human body. I see Him in my workouts.  I am seeing God outside of the church.  I am seeing Him more and more in all these little things he is doing in my life.  God wants me to get back in better physical health and be the best person he created me to be.  Just the energy I have now is huge.” 


Part of the work I do with my clients is that I challenge them to choose a goal that gets them out of their comfort zone.  The goal they choose has to scare them and they have to have serious doubts that they can accomplish that goal.  Matt’s dream and big hairy audacious goal was to run the Boulder Boulder 10k race.  Something he has wanted to do since moving to Colorado about ten years ago. 

I encouraged him to make the commitment and sign up. Matt took on the challenge, but not without some serious doubts.  But he decided life is too short not to pursue a dream, a big scary out of his comfort zone goal. 


He admitted that he slept about five minutes the night before the race.  He was scared, but was determined to run the whole 10k without stopping.  He did just that with his wife and two children waiting for him at the finish line.  When he saw his family he just lost it.  Matt described it as, “The greatest feeling in the world.  I felt like I could do anything.  In six short months I went from couch potato to finisher.” 

Not only has Matt’s life been transformed on this journey but also his family, his community and his church have all been impacted by Matt’s transformation.  Matt now is more physically active with his kids, he has more energy to pour into his mission work and his main goal now is to inspire others to take better care of their physical health so they can be of better service to God. 

For Matt the gym isn’t a scary place any more.  It’s an altar.  It’s where he comes to worship several times a week.  Through this experience Matt has grown stronger spiritually, mentally and physically. 

Matt’s best words of advice for other guys who were once great athletes and have lost their inner warrior is if I can do it anyone can.  Find a great coach that you trust and spill your guts out to him.  Get in prayer and don’t isolate yourself. 

When we reclaim our inner warrior like Matt did through physical fitness and adventure it transforms every area of our life.   It takes courage to do what Matt did.  He reached out and asked for help.  He humbled himself and said I can’t do this on my own. 

I want to encourage you to get out of isolation.  Ask for help.  That is the biggest sign of strength you will ever show.  The integration of physical fitness, mental strength and spiritual growth will transform your life and you will never look back.  The only regret you will have is that you waited so long, but it is never too late to reclaim your inner warrior. 

Troy Ismir, MS

Spiritual Warrior Coach