Recently, I reached out to Atlanta based trainer Josh Jackson for an outdoor training session. Being a new mom, it’s hard to find childcare or time to get a full workout in at the gym. Josh had the answer to finding an alternative for those who cannot do indoor gyms. Though I love to post videos of my solo workouts, I want to add something new to the mix.
After my session with Josh, I learned a lot about him and wanted to share in this post-workout interview!
Where are you originally from and where do you currently reside: “I was born and raised in Gastonia, NC and a resident of Atlanta since 2010".
What College did you attend: “I attended Appalachian State University and obtained my BS in Health Promotion”
How many years have you been a personal trainer: “I have been training since 2011”
What were you doing before fitness training: “I worked as an Operations Manager with Grady Health System”
What motivated you to get into the fitness industry: “Growing up, I naturally gravitated toward health and fitness. Not only did I grow up playing sports, but my father had a rare disease (sarcoidosis) that enabled him from exercising the way that he wanted and that pushed me to want to help people better their health. In addition to my upbringing, being a college athlete helped develop my passion for training as well as inspiring others to be the best versions of themselves”.
What are some of your programs in detail?:
“I have three types of clients.
The Rookie: the one who has never been fit and wants to obtain better health and fitness principles.
The Vet: the one who used to be in shape or has lost something that they once had and wants to take things to the next level.
The Legend: the one who is currently in shape and wants to push the limits past what the mind, body & soul can imagine.
I offer online, one-on-one and group training. Each program is tailored to the client’s needs and involves strategic goal setting and program formatting to help each client reach their goals”.
Why is it important to have at least a few sessions with a personal trainer: “Being with a trainer provides the accountability and instruction most people need to succeed and reach their goals. As a trainer who cares about my client’s success and well being, I focus not only on providing a great training experience but also providing educational value to all of my clients that helps them build a lifestyle they can maintain for the future. I teach them how to create balance with fitness and their personal lifestyle. From eating habits and workouts, to being social while staying healthy and fit, my clients are equipped with a realistic beneficial approach to healthier living”.
What are some of the noticeable mistakes that you see people make at the gym: “The biggest mistake I see people make, is not asking for help. It is ok to not know what you’re doing, but it’s not ok to try to do it on your own and you end up injured of wasting time. Often when people start out on their fitness journey, they turn to social media or Internet to figure out what to do. Although you can learn a lot from technology, it may not provide the tools needed to be able to properly execute how to workout for your personal goals. There are certain strategies involved that help you burn fat, gain muscle, maintain muscle, increase endurance or strength etc. If not done with the correct workout routine (reps, sets, time under tension), most people may get a decent workout in, but essentially may also waste their time”
Where do you want to see yourself/What makes you different: “I see myself impacting the world one person at a time. Each person who comes through my door or participates in one of my programs is making a change in their lives for the better. The healthier and more active my clients are, the more they’re able to not only make a change for a healthier society, but they will also impact the people around them. I will be opening a 4th Quarter Performance facility to set a standard for new standard for fitness based on principles of health and longevity”.
Where can we locate you: “I currently train at Universal Fitness or you can learn more at 4thquarterperformance.com. Follow Instagram or Facebook, @JderayJ (twitter & IG)”
Here is an overview of our personal outdoor training session!
What makes working outside different from the gym: “Working out outside is a great way to enjoy the sun while pushing the body outside of indoor limits. Outdoor workouts helps create proper blood flow and can increase your bodies body temperature quicker which can help you get a better sweat and a better fat burn if that’s what you’re looking to get out of your workout. Studies have also shown that working out outside can enhance your mood and help with preventing depression”.
For moms who cannot make it to the gym, is it possible to get the same results doing workouts in the park: “For moms who can’t make it to the gym, keep in mind that progress can be made anywhere, all you need is an goal. Being outdoors doesn’t limit you. You can use the earth as your equipment, and as long as you have something planned or someone to help guide you, you can get a great workout in. Depending on your goals you can get similar results outdoors as you would in the gym. When it comes to weight training, you may be limited so this is where you’d want to mix things up and give yourself a chance to access more equipment”.
What are the outdoor workout essentials/necessities: “All you really need to workout outdoors is yourself. However, you can purchase things in-store or online to enhance your workout experience such as a mat, dumbbells, resistance bands etc. My advice is to make sure you stay hydrated (so bring a water bottle), dress for the temperature you’re working out in, bring a bag so your belongings don’t have to sit on the ground, grab your headphones, and bring a towel in case you get sweaty”.
**Josh Jackson currently trains at Universal Fitness or you can learn more at 4thquarterperformance.com. Follow him on Instagram or Facebook, @JderayJ (twitter & IG)**
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