Journey to Success
By Erin Eagan
Finding her inner steel has released her outer shine
arah Apgar has worn many hats throughout her life as an All-American collegiate athlete, US Army veteran, volunteer firefighter, EMT, fitness professional, business executive, wife to Ben Smith, and mom to two daughters, Emory (5) and Arlyn (3). Woven in and out of whatever role she takes on, she has been able to play to her strengths as a natural-born leader, athlete and problem-solver who thrives in a team environment. She is founder of FitFighter and the brains behind the FitFighter Steelhose, a product she originally designed to train firefighters better for the rigors of the job. In 2020, Apgar presented her product on ABC’s Shark Tank and landed a $250,000 investment with KIND founder and Executive Chairman Daniel Lubetzky. It was the financial support she needed to extend the reach of her unique product. Now, the FitFighter Steelhose, an all-in-one workout tool, is available to everyone, everywhere — and the FitFighter brand has exploded. We recently chatted with Sarah to learn more about her experiences, what motivates her and what the future holds for her and the FitFighter team.
How did you get started in the fitness industry? I originally was an athlete, growing up all through my childhood as an elite gymnast. I moved on to field sports in high school and became a two-time All-American rugby fullback at Princeton University. I also was in the Reserve Officer Training Corps program for the Army. I got my first certification as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor just shy of a decade ago because I started to take an interest in training and performance when I later joined the volunteer fire service. I wanted more of a science-based background versus just being an athlete with an interest in being fit and feeling great. I originally did the American Council on Exercise (ACE) personal trainer and group fitness instructor certifications. Then I started to actually take on a couple of clients who were high school athletes and also prepared and facilitated fitness programming in our volunteer firehouse. I never intended for this to be my profession where I would be training clients or groups or teams. I really intended to just broaden my science-based understanding and my level of experience with something that had always woven itself in and out of my
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