Today we’d like to introduce you to DJ Miller.
DJ Miller, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I was a competitor in Muay Thai Kickboxing since 2008. Over the years, between learning the sport’s culture and meeting great mentors, I developed a passion for spreading awareness for Muay Thai.
As a former victim of bullying, I always had low self-esteem growing up. Muay Thai changed that. After a long career of competing, which stretched across thirty-plus fights, I retired from the ring and started instructing.
My new passion started at a local boxing club in Nashville where I hosted group classes and personal training. Over the course of working as a fitness instructor for seven years, I was pitched the notion to open my own gym. At first, I didn’t think much of the career path.
Entrepreneurship is a risk, and a path most people wouldn’t take. But being in a family of entrepreneurs, being my mother and uncle, I realized my value as an instructor/mentor to the community. And that I wasn’t meant to work the 9-5 blueprint everyone goes through. And then it was me versus risk, one-on-one.
I accepted the challenge and worked up a business plan, saved up enough funds, opened a business account, rallied my supporters, and opened a gym 1.5 years ago right in the middle of the pandemic. Today, I run my very own personal training studio – Fight Force Fitness.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
There’s definitely been some ups and downs, mostly economic things beyond my power, but I’ve kept my roots planted deeply and my will strong.
I’d say the biggest trouble is motivating the average person to step outside their comfort zone of exercise and try something new. Muay Thai can be intimidating.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a personal trainer that specializes in boxing and Muay Thai. I’m known for my accolades as a former fighter, fighting all over America and even as far as Canada and South America.
What I’m most proud of is my personality and style of training that gives people more than just better health, but a better perspective on life and state of mind. What sets me apart from others, is me. And what I mean by that is all trainers are different and unique in their own way.
I sign new clients, and then I make new friends out of them. My gym’s culture and energy are what keep people coming back. I am here to make positive impacts on the lives of people meet.
Any big plans?
I have future plans to expand my work and impact different areas in TN. Fight Force Fitness is just a start-up, a brand builder. I plan to make a central hub in the south for Muay Thai and all corners of health and wellness.
- Website: fightforcefitness.com
- Instagram: instagram.com/fight_force_fitness
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001300170258