Rob Decker is a fitness/health coach, best-selling author, and speaker. He currently works as a personal fitness trainer at Kindom Fit LLC and owner of the website Rob Decker Speaks. Decker is the author of the bestselling book The Missing Piece in Spirituality.
Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like? Did you have any particular experiences/stories that shaped your adult life?
I grew up around violence, drugs/alcohol, emotional and mental anguish, amongst other things. It eventually led to my drug and alcohol abuse, destructive relationships with myself and others, and eventually impacted the suicide attempt that left me so broken, that I was told I may never walk again. I have turned that all around and now I want to give people hope that has similar experiences. We all have more in common than most recognize.
What is something you wish you would’ve realized earlier in your life?
The belief in myself, but my life experiences made me who I am today.
What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?
Fitness: When you are in pain take time off. In most cases, pain is can be tracked down to its inception and improved. Recovery: if someone relapses, this is not part of the recovery process. I have to disagree because we all ‘recover’ differently. I would never encourage relapse, but my perspective is different.
Tell me about one of the darker periods you’ve experienced in life. How you came out of it and what you learned from it?
My suicide attempt along with drug and alcohol abuse. I learned that we can defeat those things and we are capable of being very resilient.
What is one thing that you do that you feel has been the biggest contributor to your success so far?
Being vulnerable and willing to learn more about myself.
What is your morning routine?
5:00 am wake up, water & coffee, then time in prayer. Then I’m ready to go workout.
What habit or behavior that you have pursued for a few years has most improved your life?
What are your strategies for being productive and using your time most efficiently?
Eliminating distractions and focusing on helping others, loving my family, and building my business and ministry. I don’t have time or energy for too many nonlife building activities.
What book(s) have influenced your life the most? Why?
The Bible. I’ve learned so much through my studies. Having great faith has given me a concrete foundation to build upon.
Do you have any quotes you live by or think of often?
I want to inspire people. I want someone to look at me and say, ‘because of you, I didn’t give up’.