Dustin Bogle was born in El Monte, but spent the majority of his childhood in Rialto. Around the time he started high school, his family moved to Rancho Cucamonga. He wasn't an athletic child, preferring to play video games and eat junk food with his brother instead. In Rancho, however, is where he discovered himself and what he was meant to do.


He's been married to MaryBeth for more than a year and works in the High Desert as a personal trainer and fitness coordinator.



Q: What do people not know about your job?


A: I have a career in the fitness industry as a personal trainer. One thing most people don't know about me is I was an overweight child about 260 pounds. Many people don't realize that I can empathize with being overweight and it helps me to coach people through the obstacles they will encounter.



Q: What is the best thing about your job?


A: The best part of my job is literally saving people's lives on a daily basis. A doctor or paramedic may save your life once you have a heart attack. My job is prevention by getting people healthy before they experience extreme health problems and reduce the chances of further issues.



Q: What is your greatest accomplishment, professional or personal, to date?


A: My greatest accomplishment professionally is helping someone lose more than 60 pounds and helping them to change their lifestyle. This particular client became a marathon runner and began to influence those around her to change their lifestyles as well. To me, that's my ultimate goal with every client. I know most people have no desire to run a marathon but if they can take what I teach them and pass it on then I will feel like what I'm doing is totally worth it.



Q: What makes you tick?


A: I'm driven by many things. A deep love for my family, faith in the big man upstairs and a passion to help others in my community. They say when you are meant to do something then many opportunities will be placed in your path. On the other hand, when you're not meant for something then you will run into many barriers and obstacles to keep from progressing. My work day starts at 5 a.m. and ends around 7 p.m. so it's important that I constantly remind myself why I do it.



Q: What is the source of your values?


A: I have to give credit to my mom for instilling in me many great qualities that has helped me to become the man I am today. Her strength, perseverance and resilience shined every day and I'd like to think that many of my personality traits have been shaped because of her. Also, it helps to maintain a humble personality by surrounding yourself with a good group of people. My close friends, wife and other people in my life share similar beliefs so it's easy to stay on the right track.



Q: Who is someone who had a big influence on your life?


A: I had many childhood heroes such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hulk Hogan and Michael Jordan. Anyone who was larger than life caught my attention. Now that I'm older, I've realized that it's never a good idea to put anyone on a pedestal because they are human and will let you down. Instead, I look to normal people who go through so many problems and keep a smile on their face. I know truck drivers who leave their families for 85 percent of the year to be on the road. I have friends in the entertainment industry who miss holidays and birthdays with their loved ones because they have to work. Those are the people I respect now because they make the ultimate sacrifice to provide for their families.



Q: What is your favorite quotation?


A: "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." Ralph Waldo Emerson



Q: What is your secret to living a happy, satisfying life?


A: It's all in your attitude. You can make a stink about the bad going on in your life or you can choose to concentrate on all the good. I'm really big on having a positive attitude.



Q: What is something you are particularly proud of?


A: Purchasing a home in my mid-20s. Not many people can afford to buy a house in these rough economical times so that was something I was particularly proud of.



Q: What words of advice do you have for younger generations?


A: Don't ever settle. There are no limitations on what you can achieve so always strive for more. Idle hands.



Q: Which three people, living or from history, would you like to have at a dinner party, and why?


A: Dinner with my wife is all I need.



Q: Tell us about a special vacation.


A: I went on my first cruise with my wife back in October 2009. It was really special because I proposed on an empty deck at midnight. A very precious memory to me.



Q: What's your favorite guilty pleasure?


A: Ice Cream. I love ice cream. I try to make healthy choices and get frozen yogurt or low calorie ice cream when I can but nothing beats a scoop of Thrifty ice cream from Rite Aid.



Q: Describe a special memory you have of Hesperia.


A: Hesperia will always be special to me because it's where I met my wife. This gorgeous waitress was serving my friends and I. We were out to eat talking about how great it was that I got out of my previous relationship. They dared me to leave my number next to the tip, which wasn't very good now that I think about it, since she was flirting with me. Funny thing is that I never got a call. About a week later we went in there to eat again and she confronted our group and said that she got the name and number but didn't know which one of us left it. I admitted it was me and she smiled instantly. We swapped numbers and the rest, as they say, is history.


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