Welcome to another interview from the Fitness Spotlight series. Today, we have interviewed one of most popular fitness trainer Jordan Downs from Fort Meade, Maryland. So without wasting much of your time, let’s take a look at things Jordan has to say about FITNESS.
1. In your own words, define Fitness?
To me, Fitness is about being the best you can be, its the opportunity to make you the hero of your story. Making stronger, bigger, faster and of course on the way to living a long fun healthy life.
2. Why and when did you decide to become a fitness trainer?
Back in high school I became OBSESSED with fitness and working out and other kids would actually ask me to make them workout programs so I decided. I felt like this is what I was meant to do and went to college to get my certifications.
3. Are you CPR-certified? What other certifications do you hold?
Yes, I am CPR Certified. I am a certified strength and conditioning coach, I hold a degree in Health, Fitness, and Exercise Studies, and of course my Personal Trainer certification.
4. How do you keep your fitness training knowledge up to date?
I’m constantly reading current news, studying for myself, I believe mental health is such a key thing so I enjoy reading.
5. Describe your typical day. What it looks like? How do you know when it’s productive?
The typical day I’m up at 8 am since I do Intermittent Fasting I don’t eat until 12 or 1 pm, I just drink water, tea and then go do my morning workout. After that, I meditate for about 10-20 minutes, read for 30 minutes, then focus on my jobs as I’m a Youtuber and Online Coach. So for youtube, I’m either writing a script or brainstorming and then I’m talking to my clients about online coaching. Then around 12-8pm I can eat and the bulk of my work is done and I have the day to myself. It’s nice being self-employed in that way, I can help people and not be overly stressed out like past jobs.
6. What experience do you have with customer service? Describe how you handle customer service situations involving difficult fitness center members or prospective members.
I worked at a Burger King for 6 years while I was in college getting my degree so I’m very familiar with customer service. Since I primarily do Online Coaching now instead of in-person training I haven’t had any serious issues with customers, though last year I will admit some clients were extra quiet so I had to keep giving friendly taps to talk to me.
7. How important is nutrition to you in creating a client’s regimen?
To me NUTRITION is definitely important but a lot of people stress over having 1 piece of cake or brownie and I feel excess stress is no good so sometimes I ask if they want to try an 85% Clean 15% fun diet where the bulk of food is nutritious and healthy but 1 snack can be like a single donut or snickers bar. Unless they are competing being overly strict on a diet is no good and you won’t want to stick eating clean for the rest of your life if all you eat is bland tasteless stuff.
8. What is the one habit you would recommend others develop? (Think lifestyle habits, productivity habits, or drinking some secret ninja tea made from a flower found only at the top of the mountain.)
Daily meditation is great but the main thing is everyone stresses out about fitness and its meant to improve your life, not hinder it. Try to get 1% better each day and 100 days from now you will thank yourself.
9. Describe how you handle a client who is unhappy with your work, or a client who doesn’t achieve her goals when you know the problem is with her level of motivation.
I politely but firmly tell them the issues and say we can work on it. But if they have no desire I wish them the best in their life and get on. Some clients respond well and some don’t but that’s life and I will be the best tool you ever have if you let me, but I can only do so much. It’s a team effort.
10. What are your thoughts about organic food? What are your thoughts on a vegan diet? When you encounter a client or prospective fitness club member who is committed to a diet that differs from your own, how do you remain objective?
Honestly, I don’t believe there is ONE DIET for ALL OF MANKIND and so I always say you have to find your own path. I personally prefer balanced meals but if a client is a certain way with their meal plan its no issue I just tell them the foods that would work best with their current eating plan.
11. Give me an overview of a training program you would set up for a client strictly looking for weight loss and toning? What do you tell clients who are looking for instant results?
Strength Training with LISS Cardio and I tell clients 4 weeks you notice your body changing, 8 weeks your friends notice, 12 and the whole world recognizes. STAY CONSISTENT!
12. Do you have fitness goals for yourself? If so, what are they?
I want to build a broader more chiseled physique this year, for the longest time I’ve held a Bruce Lee type build which is great but I’d like to add more mass to my frame.
13. If you could only recommend one book for our community to read, what would it be and why?
Arnold Schwarzenegger encyclopedia of bodybuilding. You learn so many helpful fitness tips.
14. Where does your personal motivation and inspiration to be successful come from?
My parents were always very supportive of me and my work and I want to be able to pay them back and spoil them , to be honest. Also to have the financial freedom to travel more places as I want a lot of experiences in this life before the curtains come to a close.
15. Give me three essential exercises you suggest for all clients? Why are these in your top three?
Cardio, Yoga, and Strength Training 100%, keeping Your heart and lungs fit are incredibly important to your health and wellness, Yoga helps prevent injuries and keeps your joints nice and strong and Strength Training just gives you a nice strong body in general.
16. How should people connect with you? E.g.: Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, email, website, etc.
17. Where are you located? Please include city + state + country (if outside the US).
Fort Meade, Maryland