Hey! My name is Srdjan, but everyone calls me Serge (more vowels makes it easier). That's me up there with my girlfriend chilling in Porto, Portugal (good times).
I'm your host here at Bloom to Fit. I'm quite sarcastic and I've got a passion for fitness, adventure, espressos, and helping people become better best versions of themselves.
Now before we get started, I want to give you a brief timeline of my life...
When I was in sixth grade, I was convinced I would make it to the NBA. That dream got crushed at some point in high school when I stood head and shoulders below everyone else. Fortunately, I’ve grown up since.
I excelled in school, but mostly because I had no other choice. Two words: European parenting.
In 2005, I got accepted to an engineering program at a top Canadian University. I accepted, but (to be honest) I had no clue what engineering meant.
In 2010, after countless hours buried in confusing textbooks, I graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering. I still didn’t know what engineering meant.
A week after my last day of exams, I jumped on a plane to Thailand and spent 6 weeks training Muay Thai in a remote jungle and floating from island to island sipping concoctions from big red buckets.
When I got back, I did the first thing any newly-graduated engineer would do. I got my personal training certification. Parents were proud.
At about the same time, I discovered blogging and started Bloom to Fit.
To satisfy the engineering Gods, I landed a job as a process engineer at a large automotive manufacturing company where I got my first real taste of the 9-5. I loved the people, but hated the work.
In 2012, I jumped ship to an architectural company that designed and manufactured beautiful wall panels. They made buildings look pretty.
This was better. It was challenging. The people were wonderful. And I finally started to understand what this engineering thing was all about.
Over the next three years, I spent my days designing and building things out of sheet metal and my nights training, writing articles, digging through fitness and nutrition books & articles, and publishing videos for Bloom to Fit.
Then came 2015. The year everything changed...
A rare opportunity came about and I freakin' ran with it! I quit my full-time engineering job to become a full-time fitness blogger and digital marketer. Now I'm here.
I decided to follow my dream and it's been a roller-coaster ride ever since!
What is Bloom to Fit all about?
Bloom to Fit once started off as an ugly little duckling - it had no direction.
Over the years it has changed shape and form many times and today I'm happy to say it has grown into a unique community of amazing people looking to better themselves through simple methods.
But even with all the changes, and as the site turned into the beautiful swan that it is today (just kidding) the core purpose of Bloom to Fit has always remained the same: to inspire individuals to make better choices, build better bodies, and do incredible things with their lives.
My philosophy here can be summarized in three words: keep things simple.
What I've found is that simplicity breeds action. If you can keep things simple, you're more likely to see things through. You're more likely to be consistent. And that's half the battle.
That's why every challenge, every workout, every nutrition plan, and every training strategy I ever put together is built with simplicity in mind.
With that being said, here's what you can find at Bloom to Fit...
Weekly workouts and challenges
Every Monday morning, I publish a new challenge to my newsletter. The challenge is comprised of a unique workout, a simple nutrition challenge, and quote to get you thinking.
My workouts are generally built around simple training tools like jump ropes, kettlebells, and your body. They can be done anywhere. No gyms or fancy equipment necessary.
Again - simplicity breeds action.
These little weekly challenges are designed to teach you new training methods, get your heart rate up, maximize fat loss, get you to experiment with new (healthy) foods and recipes, and do things that are a little bit out of your comfort zone.
If you would like to receive my weekly challenges, click the button below and sign up to get them delivered to your inbox.
Extended (global) fitness challenges
Every few months or so, I host an EPIC 3 week fitness challenge on the blog to inspire the members of the community to take action.
I've hosted kettlebell challenges, jump rope challenges, bodyweight challenges, and all sorts of combo challenges in between to give you a fresh approach to getting in the best shape ever.
Collectively, these challenges have brought in over 3,000 participants from all across the globe. All of my challenges come with nutrition guides, fitness trackers, accountability tools, access to private FB groups, and much more.
And they're all free to partake! If you would like to get notified when our next free fitness challenge is launching, click the green button below and sign up.
Unique blog posts to expand your thinking
The content you will read on Bloom to Fit is as unique as you'll find anywhere. I don't post your typical regurgitated 'weight loss and six pack' stuff.
I write about unique training strategies, better ways to fat loss, food psychology, the power and effects of habits, reading lists, goal and commitment settings, the effects of exercise on your health and waistline, and much more.
Here are three posts you won't find on many other blogs:
- Taste Buds, Mad Scientists, and the Truth Behind Your Food Cravings
- 4 Problems with Calorie Restriction and a Better Way to Fat Loss
- Surviving the Dip: How to Reach your Goals by Being a Quitter
If you would like to get notified when new content gets published to the blog, click the green button below and sign up to get notified.
That's about all I've got for you, my friend.
I hope you've enjoyed reading my brief timeline and I hope you've been inspired to join our amazing (and growing) community.
Your friend (and ninja),
Srdjan "Serge" Popovic