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About Me

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My name is Sam Suska. I have many roles. I am a personal trainer, a published author, a stand-up comedian, a career firefighter for the Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire, and I was also a professional boxer. Keep reading to learn more about me.

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Here is a quick overview of what I’ve done, and what I offer:

  • I have more than 10,000 hours of experience as a personal trainer working closely with people. In 2009 I started putting clients through challenging, appropriate, typically motivating workouts. For many of my clients I also designed the entire training regimens for clients.
  • I have a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. I graduated with honors (cum laude)- overall GPA of 3.5 and my major-GPA was 3.88.
  • I hold a highly respected certification in the fitness industry- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
  • I am in my 3rd year as a firefighter for the City of Pittsburgh. This is my full-time job, and my main career. I am enthusiastic about it because I get to help the public, and work alongside many outstanding people.
  • I have 2 years of professional experience as a counselor for juvenile delinquents. I started this job as a young man at just 22 years of age. It was here that I learned about responsibility and how to conduct myself; I also discovered that I want to help people for my career.  Thankfully, I found leadership from the supervisors and fellow counselors at the time. I chose to leave the job just before I turned 25 because I wanted to finish my degree in health and wellness.
  • In 2010-11 I successfully completed 2 full-time semesters of graduate school for Oriental Medicine at the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College of Berkeley or AIMC-Berkeley. I chose not to continue despite receiving a 3.65 GPA because I thought I could help people just as much in the role of personal trainer.
  • I am a CHEK Institute certified Holistic Lifestyle Coach- since September 2009.
  • I have personal experience making significant, positive changes to my habits, myself and my life.  It all started for me back in early 2005 when I was just 22- in the next year I lost 50 pounds then won my local Golden Gloves championship. I had a great coach, a lot of support from my family, and encouragement from my friends.  Thankfully, I was able to use that momentum to go on to compete as a boxer for more than a decade, to return to college to finish my degree, to take control of my health, to enter the fitness field, and to generally strive for a happy, successful life.
  • I am a 2-time Western Pennsylvania Golden Glove Champion- light heavyweight in 2006 and middleweight in 2009. From early 2006 til 2009 I competed in 36 boxing matches as an amateur in which I put together a 24-12 record.
  • As a professional boxer I am 5-3. I competed from April 2009 to November 2016. After losing my first 2 bouts I took three years off, went back to the drawing board, got help and support from some great people, and closed my career with a 5-1 record.
  • In 2014 I authored my first book, it’s about health, fitness and living life with vitality and purpose. It is available, as a Kindle, on Amazon.  CLICK HERE to check it out on Amazon.
  • I owe everything to my support system, my network as a whole, and various people I’ve met over the years who helped, assisted and pushed me to do nearly everything I ever wanted to. Without my coaches, and my parents I would have never followed through with any of this. Without my great clients, my associates, and my friends I would never be in the position I am.  I’ve had a lot of support, non-stop encouragement, and love from so many people.  To me, assembling a support system, and then using it is one of the most influential things anyone can do. It takes time, and persistent effort- but so do most worthwhile things.
  • I am a certified EMT by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.  I had to demonstrate proficiency in basic life support both in a practical assessment and a written test.
  • January 2007 was the last time I missed a day of work, school or life in general because of sickness.

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Personally, I like to get shit done,  I need to be active, and live with purpose. I keep my training schedule packed- on days when I am not at the firehouse I am probably personal training.  I also have projects that I am working on: one is a talk about overcoming disappointment, and the other is my second book entitled “Design Your Own Training Regimen”. I also spend a lot of time with my canine companion- an 80-lb. smiling pit bull named Romeo.

My ultimate purpose, my mission for life is to be a positive influence. That said, I march to beat of my own drummer and I have many quirks- so you could say that I can be difficult at times, and I am definitely going about being a positive influence in my own way. Even though I have two serious careers- as a firefighter and a personal trainer- I am not a very serious guy.

Thank you for reading, if you are interested in personal training with me in the East End of Pittsburgh feel free to e-mail me at Please check out the blog here, please consider reading my book (click HERE), become friends with me on Facebook (click HERE).

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5 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Your honesty is inspiring. Not bullshit. Empty rhetoric. As I tell my writing students — keep it real so people will care.

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