Courtney Samuel – Lead Fitness Coach


Courtney Samuel, the project’s Lead Fitness Coach, has achieved one of the greatest goals of little boys across America – playing professional football in the NFL. When his professional football career came to an end, he understood that the end of one career could mean the beginning of another. As Courtney says, “I finally realized my dreams of playing professional football were over, but it didn’t mean I couldn’t hand down my knowledge, my love of the game, and passion for training to help others.”

So, he started Bodies By Perseverance, a personal training company designed to train athletes and people with general health and fitness needs. With over 20 years of experience in health and fitness, he can help anyone accomplish their fitness goals.

In BBP’s early years, Courtney was a systems engineer and IT consultant. After eight years, he quit his day job as his client list grew , and he became more dedicated to helping them see and feel results than working with computers. BBP went full-time in 2009 and Courtney’s dream has been growing every year since. Being a former athlete, current body-building champion, and mentor in athleticism, he’s built his business on experience, kindness, and trust. Along with Jennifer, his partner in both life and business, Courtney has built BBP into the number one personal training gym in Colorado.


  • ACE PT and Fitness Certified. Pursuing CSCS Certification
  • National Physique Committee (NPC) Bodybuilding Competitor
  • Strength & Condition Coach for Metro State 2011-2012
  • NDSU football, Cornerback 1996-2000
  • CPR/First Aid Certified


  • Top 25 NFL Draft Member, New Orleans Saints
  • 2012 NPC Max Muscle Natural BB 1st Master 35-40, 1st Open Heavyweight
  • 2011 NPC Max Muscle Natural Bodybuilding 1st Place Overall Heavyweight
  • 2009 NPC Max Muscle Natural Bodybuilding, 1st Place Overall Heavyweight, 1st Place Drug-Free For Life
  • 2009 NPC Mountain States Peak 1st Place Open Heavyweight
  • 2009 NPC Axis Lab Natural Bodybuilding, 2nd Place Overall Heavyweight
  • Has been featured in The New York Times, The Denver Post, Fox 31, and Channel 7 and 9 News


  • Former Systems Engineer, Sun Microsystems and IT Consultant, IQ Business Group
  • North Dakota State University – BS in Computer Information Systems