Kurt Hucal – NOCO’s 30 Under 30

Kurt Hucal

General Manager, StretchLab

Tell us about yourself, your history and how you came to be where you are now.
I am a Colorado native who grew up in Berthoud. I dropped out of college in Hawaii and moved back to Loveland to open an infrared sauna studio with my mom while working at Gateway Chiropractic. I knew fitness and sales was my passion after getting my personal training license and bouncing around the gym industry. 

What are you passionate about professionally and personally, and why?
A huge passion of mine is helping people discover their true potential. Whether that be in the gym working with a client to achieve their new weight goal to helping business professionals achieve their dreams. I am a strong believer that we have all the pieces to achieve greatness, in whatever form that may be, and sometimes we need help to put it all together. 

What is your superpower?
My superpower is creating positivity and inspiration in those around me. If you ask anyone who knows me, they’ll tell you I’m always smiling and creating the next ambitious goal. So many people are getting stressed and overwhelmed by the small things in life that don’t matter in the bigger picture. By helping people recognize the beauty of life around them and inspiring them, they will inevitability be happier.  

What do you consider your biggest accomplishment, either professionally or personally?
My biggest accomplishment is the circle of friends and family I have around me. You are the sum of those who surround you and nothing I have achieved at this point would be possible without that love and support. That is so special, and I consider myself lucky to have that support.  

Who has been the biggest influence in your life?
The biggest influence of my life is my Opi (grandfather). He came over to America from Germany during WWII. Not only was he a hard worker but an incredible salesman with a passion to solve problems. From not even speaking the language to building both a photography and mailing business, I grew up learning so much from him. Even today at 86, he is still competing in the Senior Olympics.  

Where do you see yourself in five years? In 10 years?
I have a deep passion for traveling and learning about different cultures. I am in the process of creating an online business to allow me to travel without constraint. I am definitely a warm weather creature, so any business I create, you’ll find me in the sun. 

What piece(s) of advice would you give to your
18-year-old self?

You have 86,400 seconds in any given day. If things go downhill, don’t obsess over it. You need to learn and move on because time won’t stop. That being said,
don’t lose yourself in the process and forget to experience the beauty of life around us. Work hard but go out for that drink.

What do you enjoy doing in your downtime?
I appreciate spending time with my friends and those I love. I am also a huge gym fanatic who loves to work out and explore new ways to push my body. Lifting, swimming, bouldering and hiking all provide me a much-needed escape from the craziness of life.   

What would you like to give back to your community?
I personally don’t believe in college, and you can become very successful by trying and failing in the real world. Giving people the opportunity to learn this and other simple, yet undertaught, business applications is the best way to inspire more community-oriented businesses.