Without getting in too much detail, back home in Newport News Virginia, I see up to 150 clients daily. Most in group settings. Most doing the same thing unless it involves therapeutic, prenatal, or sport related workouts. For the most part though, I can have my fittest girl right next to my most overweight guy doing the same thing and they both walk out of the building better than when they stepped foot inside. The program is called Jungle Gym. It’s my baby.
I care about fitness. I always say, “The most annoying thing in the world is when people get annoyed that you actually give a shit.”
It’s a passion that is concrete in my veins. I don’t feel like it will ever go away until I retire, sell my company, and open up a business involving my favorite food(s). It’s going to happen. I’m confident.
My main goal in life is to be successful. However, I don’t want to be successful any other way than helping others. I’m sure I could have graduated college and had a desk job making 20K more than I make now. That’s not happiness for me though.
Happiness is home. I’m preparing to be a big deal in the fitness industry. I’ll never stop.
A year ago I wrote a letter to all of my clients, printed it out, and handed it to them reassuring my passion and my love for them and the industry. Sometimes you need a little relief. I just re-read this letter today and thought I would re-share it.
I hope this helps you realize how much fitness can help you in becoming a leader, life-lover, and not an indian giver.
“Dear Jungle Gym,
You have no idea how much I think about new ways to improve Jungle Gym. I guess the only real logical way to do that is to have you read my mind.
It’s probably not likely. . .
However, just like with everything in life, trying is the most important part of doing. Without it, nothing would happen.
Here is my deal: I plan on becoming the best thing to ever happen to fitness. I plan on starting an empire. I plan on changing the way people go about themselves daily in a healthy standpoint.
There is an enormous high that I get with changing people’s lives. The feeling of taking someone from near death to reversing his or her age is something I can’t explain. You may find me rude, harsh, annoying, over-bearing, inappropriate, smothering, and over-the-top . . . but it’s called passion. I’m passionate about what I do. That will never change. It’s not for the money or glory. It’s for the “high”.
The great thing for you is that I have adapted this huge friendship and relationship with anyone that puts their trust in me to help them. No matter the person. So part of this letter is to tell you that no matter how big I get, how many blogs I write, or how many books I sell . . . I will never leave you.
My LLC for Jungle Gym is titled, “Jungle Gym Newport News”. You bet your ass that the Newport News part is the most important piece of that. 99% of the reason why I do so much Internet writing and selling is for clients that move away from me. I never expect people to revolve their lives around me, but I will around them. You all have changed me. I am trying to change you too.
Another reason for my time in writing this is to ask you of some favors.
I need you to stay healthy for me. Here is my theory.
You have two types of training programs in this world. One where you work your ass off in the gym. You sweat. You move. You jump around. You lift heavy weight until exhaustion. You put impact on your body. And sometimes it hurts.
Then there are training programs that take twice as long to achieve results, with more time spent in the gym, and less hard work.
The great thing about America and life is that you get to choose which one you want to do, and if you are reading this, you chose to first option. That’s what we do. We inflict pain on our bodies through weights and joint movements and lots of power.
Here’s what I ask: I ask you to take care of that. It’s not done inside the gym walls either. I ask you to take care of yourself outside of the gym.
I wrote a Facebook status tonight. It said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
If you expect you just show up, get shit done, then leave . . . it’s a huge training mistake. Stretch, foam roll, eat healthy, long walks, and be mobile. That’s all I ask of you to do. It takes time out of your day, yes. But in my decade of training, it is single handedly the cure for aches, pains, bumps, and bruises we put our body through inside the gym.
I also need you to ask me if you have additional issues. Scar tissue build up in the wrist? I can help. Weak hips? I can help. Sore shoulders? LET ME HELP.
I ask you to take care of yourself. I care. I want you to be pain free, healthy, and happy. It’s not coincidence either. The people who take the best care of their bodies, kick-ass in the gym, and show up consistently . . .
A.) Have the body they desire.
B.) Have the less injures or aches.
So here’s my plea. Take care of your muscles. I hold Saturday Open Gym. I write blogs. I start dieting transformation programs. Not for the globe. But for you, here in Newport News.
Don’t just walk in. Work out. Then leave. “You are preparing to fail.”
The second thing I ask of you is to trust me.
I run off of your trust. I admit my mistakes when they happen. When a class is structured improperly, it’s my fault. When you rotate wrong, it’s your fault.
However, everything is done for a reason. Trust my promises. I promise to you that the facility will be bigger. We will eventually run the whole court. We will eventually be the best training program in the area (if we already aren’t). We will eventually have a program so consistent in results that people will be asking YOU to train them.
I’m not here to impress. I’m here for you. I’m here to have you impress people. I work a lot. I don’t even notice it though. At the end of the day, the only time I am exhausted is when I am laying in bed.
I just spent my afternoon teaching a Kettlebell class to most of you, and now while I have a meatloaf in the oven, I am writing you. I can’t stop thinking about you, and I won’t until I rest my head on the pillow tonight.
Things are going to be great here, guys and gals. You are going to get in the best shape of your life. Not only are you going to do it faster and healthier, but you will hopefully maintain and be addicted to the lifestyle I have been addicted to for 5 or 6 years now.
That’s the great thing you may not know. I wasted 4 years of my training life in a program where results happened slow. I researched. I studied. I practiced on myself how to get to the most energizing state of mind possible.
I have mastered it. Now I am teaching it to you.
Or trying to . . .
I hope you enjoy every experience possible when you walk into the “jungle”. I never intend to call you out or embarrass you. It’s just me getting into the job.
I was playing kickball the other day and I am our team’s pitcher. I know it sounds stupid to most of you, but it is a very competitive sport. I used to pitch baseball in college and I was more in the zone and at peace on the mound of a kickball game at 28 years old then I ever was in any ball park in high school or college. I thought to myself, why?
I know exactly why. Coaching.
I had a coach I was afraid to upset.
I do not want that to happen. I need you to know that if you show up and give me your all, I will never be upset. If I ever try to help or fix things, it’s because I truly care about everything you do. I want you to win. I want you to have no pressure and preform up to your abilities. I don’t want you to hold anything back because you think I may get upset. Leave it all out in the gym with me. I’ll be glad to clean it all up when you’re done.
I know this all seems silly because we are all adults. In school you had to respect your teacher. You were a child. Now, you have someone your age or younger telling you what to do.
In all honestly, that’s life. You just have to accept the fact you are willing to learn something, and in this case it is how to make yourself healthier. I’d say that’s a pretty big damn deal. In my life anyways. . .
I am your coach. I am proud to be your coach. I want to stay your coach. Trust me in what I have planned for you and in store for you.
I look forward to every day where I can train in Jungle Gym. I am in my happiest state there. I will never jump ship.
We are going to be great together. I’m in it for the long haul.
Now let’s kick some ass,
Geoff Morehart – AKA Coach”
This is where your body changes,