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Coach Arlan Carroll's Personal Story


How I went from quitting engineering
to finding my purpose

At 29 years old, I began my life awakening.

I had graduated with a Degree in Aerospace Engineering and had worked in Silicon Valley for a few years. My wife, Katie, and I decided that we were ready to move out of California and I began looking for a new engineering job out of state (easier said than done).

We were on vacation and had a layover in South Florida on our way to scuba dive in Bonaire. I got a call inviting me to an engineering interview in a town called Jupiter. I told them that I was actually in Florida and could come by in person but that I only had flip-flops and board shorts. They didn't mind. Long story short - it was a great fit, they made me an offer and helped us relocate to Jupiter, FL.

In less than 3 weeks, we packed our life up in a moving pod and drove 3000 miles across the country. Everything fell into place so was definitely meant to be. 

For anyone on the outside, I was living the life. I loved engineering. From an intellectual standpoint, I was constantly stimulated and challenged. But there was something inside of me telling me that I was on the wrong path.

Over the course of my years in Silicon Valley and another year of sitting in a cubicle at my engineering job in Jupiter, FL, I had gained over 70 pounds and was at my lowest point.

I was unhealthy (physically and mentally), I was burnt out, and I had become a version of myself that I didn't even recognize.


Despite some judgment and mixed feelings from family and friends, I followed my instinct and left engineering and started pursuing a new career in the fitness industry.

For the past 5 years, I have fully dedicated myself to the process and made some big changes. I learned how to properly fuel my body with food, fell in love with working out again, found a therapist, and got my mental health back to a good spot.

I successfully lost 70 pounds and can honestly say that I'm in the best shape of my life, not just physically but also mentally. I'm married to my best friend, I have two beautiful daughters, I live in a place where I can grow my own food and go to the is good.

With my engineering background, I was drawn to the science behind fitness and nutrition. I am proud to say that I have received certifications from some of the top training programs, and continue to learn and grow with new courses every year. 

Because of this journey, I am passionate about helping you achieve your goals and know what it takes to get there. 

If your goals include getting stronger, avoiding injury, feeling more athletic, and living a fuller life then I may be able to help you.

You might be a good fit to train with me if:


  • You are willing to put in the work.  

  • You don't have unrealistic expectations (ex: lose 20lbs in 3 weeks)

  • You understand that you can't out-train a bad diet. 

My training programs are methodical and very effective. You start with initial movement and strength assessments and then that is followed by structured and focused workouts that will help you achieve your goals. 

My primary focus isn't just improving your physique, I want you to feel as good as you will look. I help my athletes get stronger, perform better, and ultimately enhance their physiques as a result of proper training. 

I want you to learn how to train and eat for life. Yes, I can help you achieve short-term goals but I will teach you sustainable habits so that you can live a more balanced life. 

Learn more about my unique training approach and how we can work together. 


— James Clear

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