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It all started when...
I was a teenager running on the beach with my Dad. I was never the fastest nor the tallest kid. And to top it off, I was insecure and afraid to fail in front of others. Nevertheless, my Dad never gave up hope and turned me into an athlete through his training methods. After an eight to ten hour workday, he would drive me over the bridge to train at the Seaside Heights beach in New Jersey. We would train during the winter months to get me ready for the upcoming football season. I can still remember the feeling of cold air traveling down my lungs and the struggle of running in the sand. My father, Doug Rokisky, was ahead of his time when it came to training the body. I consider him to be a creative genius and owe most of my success in the health and fitness field to his teachings. I never became a collegiate athlete, but at age 18, I could bench 360 lbs and run a 4.8 forty yard dash at my stocky frame of 5"7 weighing 195 lbs. However, these numbers could have been even better, but my ego got in the way. I truly believe that if I did exactly as my Dad said that I would have been a collegiate athlete. Looking back with my current knowledge, if I would have listened and trained as hard as he wanted me to, my abilities were limitless.
My father was a genius, too smart for his own good and it affected his ability to teach. You see, being a teacher is one of the hardest jobs in the world. In order to be a great teacher, you must be able to see it from the student's perspective. You must have patience and be able to motivate. Unfortunately, due to my genetic makeup (worrier gene), I don't do well with multiple steps. I do best with small steps and constantly need positive reinforcement. At the time of my training, my Dad didn't know this and his teaching style drove me away. But luckily, the work ethic he taught me never left. And that is why I named my company Rokiskyfitness, it is to pay tribute to my family.
It would be unfair to give my Dad all the credit though. Both my brothers played a crucial role in my upbringing. My oldest brother (Sean) brought me under his wing while I was in the 8th grade and taught me everything he knew about weight lifting. My other brother (Justin) has constantly been of service to my growth as an individual. He has always been there to lend advice and to keep my ego in check. And I can't thank him enough for buying my ticket to fly me to Thailand where I learned Muay Thai. I believe everyone should go on their own quest at some point in their life.