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Today we’d like to introduce you to Riley Gruppo.

Hi Riley, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers.
I grew up an Army Brat, mostly in Texas. I wanted to carry on the family tradition of serving our country.

I went to a two-year military college right after graduating high school, on an ROTC scholarship. Shortly after graduating from there and commissioning into the US Army National Guard, as a 2nd LT, I finished my undergraduate degree at Pepperdine University.

I transitioned from the guard to active duty in the Fall of 2020 to attend Infantry Basic Officer Leadership Course.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I’ve always worked in a male-dominated environment due to my job specialty.

I was a very timid person, having been raised in a divided household, and I didn’t have a voice. I was met with a lot of friction, naysayers, and prejudice throughout my career.

It was difficult to find my voice and confidence, being the outlier. I was surrounded by a lot of negativity and individuals who didn’t believe in me or my future goals.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I utilized my creativity and accomplishments to fuel my desire to better myself and continue working toward my future goals. I’ve taken some big risks, but I wouldn’t change a thing.

I grew the confidence to become a model, landlord, student, and much more, because I believed I could, and pushed my doubts aside. I love to serve others and found an outlet through health and fitness.

Over my years of coaching and personal fitness journey, I can now share my knowledge and teach others to become the healthiest versions of themselves. From the inside out!

We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
The biggest lessons I’ve learned include, that we as individuals are responsible for the outcome of our lives.

Our feelings, thoughts, emotions, etc., directly correlate with our actions. If we truly believe that we are capable of something, and put in our best efforts to be that way, we will be successful.

If we truly believe the opposite, then that is what will come to fruition. We are our biggest limiters, by fear, uncertainty, and doubt. The sky is the limit!

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