Time for Some Changes: JGF is Evolving
Let me take you on a little journey, the journey of Just Go Fitness.
It’s the summer of 2011, I’m working for a landscaping company and hating it – long days and monotonous work – not exactly the greatest use of my talents. After the first week I decide I’ll never do landscaping again. However, because I had already committed to it, I finish out the summer.
Spring of 2012 comes along, I need another summer job and decided to start my own personal training business. The name, Just G0 Fitness (Stemming from my name obviously), makes perfect sense – my training business begins.
With a name, I create a website for potential clients to learn more about me. The website is the most basic of basic – simple layout, about me page, and some contact information. I get my first client, train him all summer and life is great.
Summer 2013 arrives, I have a sweet fitness internship, end up seeing professional athletes train daily and want to write about my bomb diggity experience – I write my first blog post.
From the summer of 2013 till today (February 24, 2015) I write over 200 more blog posts – about losing body fat, gaining muscle, improving your nutrition – you know, things to get you sexy and make all this fitness stuff simpler.
Now, it’s time for a change – It’s time for the evolution of Just Go Fitness.
Sure, there is the standard definition of fitness:
The condition of being physically fit and healthy.
Or this definition as well:
The quality of being suitable to fulfill a particular role or task.
For me, fitness encompasses more.
It’s about moving better – whether you want to run marathons, compete in powerlifting meets or just go up and down stairs without pain.
It’s about eating better – enjoying foods that energize you, but also foods that make you happy.
Ultimately, it’s about living a better life – doing work you love, helping others and enjoying each and every day.
So uhhh…what will you be writing about?
Great question. I’ll still write more diet and exercise posts like these:
- Gaining Muscle: How to Look Like Bradley Cooper in American Sniper
- How to Get in Shape for Vacation: My 10 Week Plan to Get Ripped
- 11 Ways to Get Faster Results in the Gym
- 100 Days Without Sweets: 8 Things I Learned
- Making Sense of Supplements: How to Not Waste Your Time and Money
However, I’ll touch on some other subjects like:
- Doing Work You Love
- Changing the World
- Living a Good Life
These topics excite me. I love helping people get their fitness on and I think improving your body leads to so many other great things, but Derek Zoolander said it best:
Yes, there is more to life than being really really really ridiculously good looking. And I’m going to talk about that.
Why the change?
What calls for the evolution of Just Go Fitness?
Over the past two years, a strong desire to create a huge positive impact on the world has grown within me. Do I still enjoy helping people get sexy? Definitely, but I want to do more than just talk about push ups – there is much, much more to life.
While you and I may not have these problems, there are millions of people around the world who don’t have their basic needs met – You know, things like having enough food to eat, clean water to drink, clothes to wear, basic levels of sanitation and a minimal amount of education.
One person whose work has fueled my desire to create a positive impact is Adam Braun. His organization, Pencils of Promise, has built over 250 schools that have served more than 30,000 students in the past few years. I first heard about this great organization a few months ago, recently joined their monthly donation program and set up my own donation page – anyone who has a passion for learning or just wants to influence a positive change should check out the page and donate.
Two books I’ve read in the past few weeks have also pushed me towards this change:
- Man’s Search for Meaning. This classic by Victor Frankl, a psychiatrist, neurologist and holocaust survivor details how he found meaning in life – even while enduring the pain and suffering of a concentration camp inmate. It’s powerful to say the least and has impacted my life in a profound way.
- The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future. Author Chris Guillebeau has become a person who I’ve followed more intently of late due to his tremendous work helping people live a life true to themselves – not living how others expect them to. His blog, The Art of Non-Conformity, is top-notch and this book was a New York Times’ bestseller.
Lastly, I’m just more excited to talk about things other than just fitness. A mix of fitness as well as other topics will ultimately help me continue writing in the long term.
The “Just Go” Vision
I want the “Just Go” brand to be a catalyst for massive positive change – helping people improve their physical fitness (Which it has done already), but also influencing people to pursue their passions in life, do work they love and make a major difference in this world.
This grand vision for Just Go has always been on my mind, but I was hesitant to write about anything besides diet and exercise because of this whole fitness component of the name. To be honest, I actually purchased a couple of other domain names to start websites at instead of using justgofitness.com, but for now I’ll continue writing everything here – this is my baby, my home and the center for all my ideas.
Moving forward, a few things will be happening. Yes, there will be posts on nutrition and exercise. Yes, there will be posts on some new topics. Yes, all posts will be awesome (Some more than others). However, you know what else is coming in the near future?
- More videos. After my best friend and cameraman moved away for an internship in Nashville, The JustGo Show has been put on hold. Well, guess what? Somebody just bought a new camera…that somebody is me! I’m very excited about the possibilities and this means you’ll be seeing more of this face and hopefully some other influential people as well.
- Guest posts. Not only am I looking for talented authors to write on my blog, but I also want to write posts for other sites as well – spreading the “Just Go” message to more people. If you are interested in writing for Just Go Fitness or have a site you’d like me to guest post on, contact me. I’d love to team up 🙂
- People profiles. This is something I’m very excited about. As part of the new direction for this site I’m going to start to profile other people, people like Adam Braun, who are doing great things in this world and making a difference – trainers, entrepreneurs, authors, activists and more. Also, I want to showcase people who have had success with their own fitness – losing weight, gaining muscle, developing better habits, becoming healthier and changing their lives. My hope is that by showcasing these people it will influence you to make the necessary changes in your life and ultimately make a difference in the lives of others – no matter how small. If you know someone who is doing great things in the world or someone who has made an incredible change to their personal fitness, I’d encourage you to contact me so I can share their story. Seriously, even if you aren’t sure if they fit the mold I’d love to hear about them.
- Weekly Link Roundups. I did one last week, did you see it? (Read it here) My weekly link roundup, Read, Watch and Listen, is a great way for me to show you some of the top stuff on the web – articles, videos or podcasts. I’ll also be posting some of these on the Just Go Fitness Facebook Page and on my Twitter (@justgofitness) account as well.
- Collaborations. While I haven’t done much in this realm yet, I’m pushing hard to team up with other passionate people to work on projects that matter – whether that’s volunteering time, setting up new companies or something completely different. I’m not exactly sure what this will mean in the near future, but that’s the direction I’m headed. If you want to team up on a project you’re passionate about or are looking for a volunteer, I may be your guy. Contact me and we’ll see if we can work something out.
These are some major changes that will take lots of time put in motion, but they are completely necessary. While I won’t be implementing everything right away, you can expect these changes in the near future.
If you’ve read this far, I commend you. This post was as much for you as it was for me – giving myself permission to venture out from the typical realm of fitness. I mentioned it in the last section, but if you know anybody making a major difference in the world or who has had success with their own fitness I’d love to share their story. Please contact me so we can inspire others to make changes as well!
Thanks for taking a look at this post, I appreciate you greatly and I’m excited for what the future brings – you should be too 🙂