One of the main things that has always impressed me about the contestants on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette is how much time they devote to supporting charities. This week’s Flashback Friday guest is a stellar example. Viewers will remember him as the kind-hearted, charming Midwestern guy who won a hometown date on Ali’s season. When he’s not helping people improve their lives with his personal training business, he’s busy volunteering at numerous local charitable organizations. Keep reading to catch up with Kirk DeWindt.
1. What was your favorite experience while on The Bachelorette?
The best part about being on The Bachelorette was the friendships I made with the other cast members. Although it is a “dating” show, the guys spend way more time together than they do with “the bachelorette” herself. Naturally, we got to know one another much better than we got to know Ali during our time there. The travel and wild experiences were great, but the friendships are what have lasted since the show ended.
2. What was the most difficult aspect of being on the show?
The hardest part of being on The Bachelorette was being let go after the hometown date. It wasn’t difficult because my relationship with Ali ended, it was more difficult because when it happened it was the first time I reflected back and said “Wow, the entire nation is going to see me get dumped on national TV!” Not an easy pill to swallow. My biggest concern was that my family didn’t think it was any part their fault for me leaving the show when I did—of course they knew it wasn’t their fault and they grinned and were happy to be a part of the experience.
3. What unexpected thing happened as a result of being on the show? Friends? A new way of looking at things?
Two things: 1) I realized there is an ENTIRE world out there I have yet to explore. The travel was unbelievable and opened my eyes to the fact there is so much more out there than the Midwest and the United States. 2) By going through the process of the show it helped me realize I am indeed ready to find the person to spend the rest of my life with.
4. What are you working on now?
Since the show aired I moved from Madison, WI to Minneapolis, MN. I left my corporate sales job and started my own personal training business. I’ve been lucky enough to travel around the US for different social and charity events, as well as do a good bit of television and radio in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Mostly my life has consisted of “normalcy”—work, fitness, family, friends, and being social, of course.
5. What charities have you supported?
Most of the charity work I’ve been involved with has been in the Minnesota and Wisconsin area. Up to this point I’ve donated time and services to:
1) Children’s Cancer Research Fund (www.dateforlifemn.org)
2) Minnesota Special Olympics (http://specialolympicsminnesota.org)
3) Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis (http://no2benefit.org)
4) Minneapolis School District (www.mpls.k12.mn.us)
5) Minnesota Zoo Foundation (www.mnzoo.org)
6) Village of Prior Lake (http://priorlakerotary.org)
I’ve also been meaning to team up with past Bachelorette contestant Kasey Kahl and his “Guard and Protect Hearts” (www.guardandprotecthearts.com) campaign.
1. Take out or dine out? Dine Out
2. Plain or peanut? Peanut
3. Coke or Pepsi? Coke
4. Beach or lake? Lake
5. Breast or thigh? Breast
6. Pajamas or nothing? Nothing
7. Out to the movies or home with the DVR? DVR
8. Popcorn or Twizzlers? Popcorn
9. Fancy restaurant or local diner? Local diner
10. Chocolate or vanilla? Vanilla
11. Power to fly or power to be invisible? Invisibility
12. Boxers or briefs? Sport trunks