05: Get Out of your Comfort Zone with Poul Collins

Owner of Rise Up Fitness, certified personal trainer, and sports performance coach, Poul Collins has been training people with various background from elite collegiate athletes to people with special needs since 2007. 


Poul played sports all throughout middle school, high school, and college.


When Poul went to play football in college, he suddenly realized that top athletes surrounded him, and it was going to come down to who was going to work harder.

Passion for helping you:

One of Poul’s biggest success stories is a long time client of his, Shawn Mynar of Well Belly and the Nourished podcast. In the beginning, Shawn wouldn’t lift heavy because she didn’t want to get bulky.  Now she’s a big advocate for lifting heavy, pushing yourself, and getting out of your comfort zone.


Poul uses a basic principle of move more, eat less.  Cut out the junk food and the things that pose as health food.

Final Round!

What’s a favorite quote or mantra of yours and how does it help you with your fitness?

“If what you did yesterday still looks impressive you haven’t done much today.”

Who inspires you?

My Dad and Joe Rogan

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

“No one cares. Keep working.”

Do you ever take a day off?  If so, what does that look like?

Relaxing and doing “adult things”.

Do you have a fitness resource or tool that you recommend?


What book would you recommend?

Advances in Functional Training

If you could give your younger self advice, what would it be?

“Just be yourself and do you. Trust your gut.”

Takeaways from this episode:

“Get out of your comfort zone and try something new.” Poul’s doing a lot of online training and has an ebook coming out soon!  Connect with Poul on Instagram, Twitter, and at Rise Up Fitness.




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