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Mr. Fitness Biz

About Me:

I started a fitness business in 2012, which now has three locations plus an online business. The business grew 12% during 2020 including COVID and 10x the revenues since its first year. I was a professional baseball player before opening the fitness company.

Heroin addict in recovery (5+ years) and wrote about my struggles with addiction and how it shaped who I am regarding my successes/failures in all my application essays.

EDITOR’S NOTE: BIG Congratulations for your recovery. And, wonderful that you are able to share about this experience.


Undergrad School: Brandeis University

Undergrad Major: Sociology

GPA: 3.55

GRE: 330

Age: 37,  Ethnicity: White

Other Degree/Certification: Master's in Education and Sport Psychology

School Name: Boston University

Extracurriculars: The Phoenix: Host free fitness classes at my fitness locations for addicts in recovery. Serve in mentorship program as well.

Work History:

Title: Owner/President

Industry: Fitness: brick and mortar + online

Company: Start-Up

Length of Employment: 8 yrs

Big Life Wins:

1. Raised $250k seed capital for initial startup, then $400k for second round for expansion. Continued growth despite COVID without any layoffs.

2. Completed Master’s Degree from top US School and built above mentioned business while battling heroin addiction; beat addiction and help mentor fellow addicts.

Post MBA Goal:

Consulting for health care and/or addiction recovery services. Or private equity. Unsure at this point.


Target School: Ross

Status: Open


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 32%

  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 30%

    Hi, it’s Nisha from mbaMission. Your story is such an inspiration – being a professional athlete, starting your own successful business, overcoming addiction and helping others do the same. On top of that, your academics are quite impressive.

    What I’d love to understand better (and schools will as well) is: why do you need an MBA at this point in your career? To make a strong case in your applications (AND to ensure that this is in fact the right next step for you, given the heavy investment in money and time required) you’ll want to do some reflection on your goals. Do you want to keep growing your business, or are you thinking of moving on? What draws you to healthcare consulting – …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 35%

    Hi Mr. Fitness Biz, this is Donna Bauman with Stratus Admissions and as the famous movie line goes… You had me at hello! Your story sounds so interesting already—professional baseball player, fitness company entrepreneur and addict survivor. I think in showing your vulnerability you can also show your strength and it sounds like you have lived a few lifetimes already. While you are going to be outside of the normal bell curve in terms of your experience, you have the potential to bring quite a bit to the classroom and to your fellow students. If I were working with you, I’d encourage you to do more research so that you can confidently state a path forward—whether it is PE or healthcare or addiction recovery. While …

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