038 FROM HOMELESS TO SELF MADE MILLIONAIRE; MIGUEL AGUILAR | Nick Koumalatsos description
Making things happen despite the odds is a skill few possess – Miguel Aguilar has what it takes. He had all odds stacked against him. At just ten years old, he had a mother who is a drug addict. And then, his father was sentenced to prison for 22 years when he was 16. Consequently, he wound up homeless and living out of his car. He had to battle it out on the streets to survive – he raised himself on the mean streets. Miguel Aguilar was trying to figure out how to make somebody out of himself. There was no smooth sailing – he was roughed up by drug addiction, bankruptcy, and other bog downs before building his business from the ground up.
With all their heuristic skills and self-motivation, falling and getting back up again, Miguel Aguilar worked to build one of the most exciting personal training franchises in the country. His ingenuity created a phenomenon in the fitness industry with Miguel’s revolutionary concept. The deal was not to charge members a monthly membership fee as traditional gyms do. Instead, he managed to understand that perhaps there was an opportunity to cater exclusively to personal trainers. And, he realized that it’s something feasible and now he operates by merely charging those personal trainers a flat monthly fee. This way, they are facilitated to manage their training business out of, build their own business, earn over 6-figures doing so, and keep every dollar they earned in profit margin.Miguel Aguilar was an overweight kid who had life hammering him hard. But, he stuck it out passionately and turned out phenomenal as a self-made, multi-million dollar fitness entrepreneur. Self Made Training Facility is the fruit of Miguel Aguilar’s resilience, hard work, passion, learning, dedication, and mostly his high-degree of self-respect.
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Self Made ’59 Impala – SEMA 2019 Spotlight #MTSEMA19
Every year, the PPG booth features some of the industry’s top builds and this year’s SEMA convention was no different. One of the crowd favorites was this 1959 Impala convertible owned by Miguel Aguilar. Miguel, who is the owner and CEO of Self Made Training Facilities and Self Made Real Estate, is by no means a stranger to lowriding. His latest project would include a collaboration with Junior’s Custom Upholstery, Pacific Stereo and Herman of Engrave It, just to name a few. It was Pete’s work of Hot Dog Kustoms that kept the SEMA attendees gazing for hours. The vibrant pearl white paint along with the dazzling patterns and flake, found on the dash and trunk, is the visible reason why this car was chosen to represent the PPG brand.
What does the phrase ‘Self Made mean to you?
For some, they’re just pretty words… but for Miguel Aguilar, It’s a lifestyle.
Miguel grew up in the rough neighborhoods of Riverside California surrounded by gangs, drugs and violence around every corner you turned and life at home was anything but perfect. From the earliest age he could remember life was hard, and he didn’t have a parental structure in place. Dad wasn’t around much and mom was a pathological liar who eventually abandoned Miguel with his father by age 12. Fast forward to 16 years old in High School his father went to prison and he was kicked out of the house by his step mom.
Miguel was living in his car and bouncing from couch to couch just to survive and avoid being thrown back in the system. He hustled every single day to earn his keep and was just barley able to graduate High School. Moving forward he took on all kinds of jobs and thanks to his hustle mentality he was able to begin living a normal life while working real estate and things were starting to look up for him.
But after the crash in ’08 Miguel like many others, had to file for bankruptcy and find a new way to support himself. By 2012 he came to the wild idea of solving a problem that many trainers in the fitness industry are faced with – lack of facilities to use with their clients. He began training people out of his garage and once he started to really envision what it could become, he decided to use every penny he’s ever saved in order to open a training facility…Self Made. He ended up selling his cars and anything he could get his hands on just to scrape up the additional money he needed to purchase the workout machines and décor. After grinding in the facility for months, he was able to make back all the money he spent, but rather than wasting it he reinvested into opening other locations. The moment he realized he had something great on his hands he began franchising Self Made to others, and the rest was history.
By the end of 2019 there will be 3 more Self Made Facilities opening across the U.S bringing him to 20 locations and it doesn’t stop there. Miguel plans to open hundreds of facilities in every state and is constantly on the hunt for new opportunities. From being abandoned, homeless and left to rely on himself, Miguel is now the CEO of a wildly successful training facility racking in well over 7 figures and is the true definition of a Self Made Man.
Company Name: Self Made Training Facility
Contact Person: Miguel Aguilar, CEO
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Address: 42265 Winchester Rd
State: CA 92590
Country: United States
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Timestamped Show Notes:
[2:20] Childhood Struggles
[5:22] Constantly Trying To Overcome The Fear Of Rejection
[9:27] Using Health And Fitness As A Form Of Self Love
[11:49] Homeless, Abandoned And Alone At The Age Of 16
[18:15] Faking Death At Age 10
[21:15] Reconnecting With Father
[25:41] The Power Of Facing Your Own Demons
[29:35] Process Of Evolution With Positive Influence
[34:02] Coming Into The World Of Real Estate
[39:05] Becoming His Own Man Without The Negative Influence Of Family
[44:02] Structure Of Self-Made Training Facility
[48:33] Getting Involved With Self-Made
- You can use health and fitness as a way to love yourself.
- Life is a lot more fruitful knowing who you are.
- It’s so easy for people to become a product of their environment.
- You can’t blame anyone but yourself.
- With every blessing also comes different level problems that you need to level up from.
America, land of the free, home of the brave. Our great country is known around the world as the land of opportunity, where a person with grit, determination, and gusto can make a comfortable life for themselves through hard work and determination. Nothing quite says “I’ve arrived” as a classy custom car, and that is part of the reason why many Americans still pour their hard-earned dollars into tricking out vehicles near and dear to their heart.
Miguel Aguilar, a native son of SoCal, has worked hard his whole life. His many achievements include taking 1st place in the NPC Excalibur bodybuilding contest, starting his own real estate firm, and being a husband and father to two young daughters. The man is the epitome of self made, and to celebrate his success he commissioned a 1959 Chevy Impala convertible that definitely lets people know that Miguel has indeed arrived in style.
Introduced in 1957 as a 1958 model, the Chevy Impala immediately found sales success as Chevy’s top-end automobile. It came with all the fins, chrome, bells, and whistles you’d expect from a late 50s Chevrolet. Yet just one year after its introduction, the Impala was dramatically restyled as part of GM’s economizing its lineup.
Miguel saw fit not to mess too much with perfect, leaving the body and styling of this 1959 Impala intact, except he opted for a set of custom Intro wheels to round out the stance. The Impala was restored by Ultimate Hydraulics, who also added airbags to all four corners to allow the Impala to skate along the streets just inches off the ground.
That isn’t the only suspension upgrade the self-made Impala got; a 9-inch Ford rear end replaces the stock setup, as well as four-wheel disc brakes. But the real heart of this beast is under the hood, where a LS2 V8 engine replaces one of seven different V8 engine setups the ‘59 Impala came with. With 385 horsepower on tap, the LS2 V8 is worlds away a superior engine, offering this big old Chevy plenty of power to motivate it down the road.
There is no supercharger, nitrous, or hidden turbo system here; while powerful, this LS2 engine seems perfectly content with cruising duties. Perhaps that is why Miguel opted to keep the interior looking stock, though it has been updated with newer seats and of course a classy audio system. Our favorite feature though is the custom Dakota Digital dashboard that keeps the outline of the original gauges, but replaces them with something thoroughly 21st century.
All too often, we come across cars that are either half-baked, as though the builders gave up at some point or overdone to the point where less becomes more. Miguel’s 1959 Impala however, is a refreshing look at the right details that make for a great cruiser and adding a few modern amenities that do nothing to detract from the classic look and feel of a chromed-out masterpiece of automotive design. Job well done Miguel, we can’t wait to see what’s next!