Rob Arnold – Louisville, KY
As soon as he got out of the Navy in 2002, Rob Arnold dove right into fitness. With a Bachelors in fitness and human performance and a Masters in sociology, he couldn’t be more qualified for the job.
Always wanting a gym of his own, Arnold opened his very own gym, Voltage Strength and Performance, in April 2015.
“I kept my full-time job, and for fun, I do the gym,” said Arnold; “I thought it would be a great platform for charity events and outreach, not just for myself, but for other people too.”
Arnold shares that Active Heroes provides a way for him to help others. Having his gym members participate with him gives him with a louder voice for the cause than if it was just him alone.
Arnold found Active Heroes through Facebook and immediately was sold on the cause. First thing he did was sign him and his gym up for the WOD to End Veteran Suicide.
Rob himself knew the struggles of coming back to the states after being deployed during war.
“As a veteran, I know that I struggled making the transition from military life back into civilian life, 13 years later and I still sometimes feel that struggle,” said Arnold. “I know Active Heroes is doing what they can to help veterans with the transition, with the after effects of being in the military.”
He didn’t stop at the WOD to End Veteran Suicide. Just months later Rob rucked 56 miles in 22 hours with the Carry the Fallen, raising over $1500.
Not only does Arnold share that he enjoys being a part of Active Heroes, but he wants to do what he can to help veterans affected by depression, PTSD, and suicide.
“It’s something I tell people myself,” says Arnold, “’There’s no way for me to describe what goes on emotionally after you leave the military, it’s something that you can’t describe without saying that there is a piece of you now missing.’”
Arnold adds that Active Heroes gives him a way to give back, to help veterans who feel that piece of them missing.
Arnold now awaits his next challenge, rucking over 100 miles from Fort Campbell to Fort Knox in March of 2016.