Growing up in Maine, Kiel McDougall enjoyed running in the woods, reading comic books, and wrestling with friends. Never one to be complacent, he used to run to elementary school to get a workout instead of taking the bus. When he was eight years old, he began chronicling his workouts in a journal. He has traveled around the world, scuba dived in the Caribbean islands, fought forest fires in California, and professionally battled in the MMA cage.

Kiel's passion for health and fitness led to becoming a certified NASM personal trainer and a certified yoga instructor. He is a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. A proponent of whole foods and the benefits of eastern medicine, his approach to health is a holistic one: he believes that the mind, body, and soul must all be balanced in order to reach optimum health and longevity. A voracious reader, he majored in English and minored in Psychology in college, graduating summa cum laude from the University of Maine. You can learn more about Kiel and his approach to health and wellness at www.irontreelife.com.