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Exclusive Interview #7. Spotlighting Don Jones, founder of Phoenix Fitness Group.

1 Sep

The seventh interview in a series highlighting up and coming entrepreneurs and leaders.
Today we interview Don Jones, founder of Phoenix Fitness Group

And without further ado:

-Where you from? 
I am New Jersey born and raised. I grew up in Somerdale in Camden County. Currently I reside in Hackensack, Bergen County

-Age?
38.

-What is your title(s)?
I am the founder of Phoenix Fitness Group as well as a Program Supervisor at the International Youth Organization in Newark, NJ where I supervise healthy living and environmental programming.

-What certification(s) do you hold? 
I have a bachelor’s degree in Sociology with an abundance of experience in behavioral management. The personal training certifications I hold are from AAAI/ISMA and NCSF (national council on strength and fitness). I am also a Level 1 coach certified by USA track & field.

-How did you get into training people professionally? 
I have been into sports and fitness since a youth, and competed in track & field as a high schooler, at Sterling HS in Somerdale, and as a collegian, first at FDU and finally at Montclair State, where I accumulated many championships and was an NCAA qualifier. Later, I became an assistant track coach at New Jersey Institute of Technology when I decided to purse a certification in personal training to increase my profile as a coach. 

-How long have you been a trainer?
I have been a personal trainer and coach for about 5 years now .

-What made you embrace your position? 
When I first got the opportunity to share my knowledge of fitness and track & field with novice athletes, I knew that coaching and fitness training was my path. I embrace to opportunity to teach and guide a person to achieving their personal and fitness goals. To see someone have a breakthrough or achieve a feat they have never accomplished, it is nice to know that I had a part in it. It makes me work harder to achieve my goals and continue to share knowledge and insight.

-What keeps you in your position?
Love of sports, athletics, and fitness is what keeps me doing this. There is always an opportunity to learn a new technique or exercise, and always a new experience to be had. There are still millions of people out there that need to hear my message of positive energy and spirit in order to live healthy and abundant.

-What are your secrets to success? 
If I told you, it wouldn’t be a secret. But honestly, success is not a secret. Success can be achieved by anyone that sets clear, concise, and attainable goals. I always look forward; I can’t dwell on something for too long, even if it is a victory, because the next opportunity for success may pass me by.

-What sets you apart from the game?
I don’t feel that I am a typical trainer. I encourage my clients to set goals based on the life they lead in order to achieve the life they envision. There have been times when I’ve conducted a training session that didn’t involve physical exercises. Occasionally, clients come to training sessions with a lot on their mind and we take the time to sort out life, so they can get back to living and being able to maintain a healthy balance between their physical and mental.

-What do you love about training?
Everything; the accomplishment, the failure, the sacrifice. Spectators see the  athletes celebrate victory on the field; athletes know that victories begin with your training.

 
-Hate about it?
Excuses. Nothing bothers me more than procrastination when it comes to fitness and living healthy. You can ‘t put off being healthy until tomorrow; if you are not living healthy today, there may be no tomorrow.

-What are ppl doing wrong in the gym?
Getting to the gym in the first place is a major “right” for most people, but once you get there, sometimes it is a different story. I guess what I hate to see most is people not using complete range of motion throughout an exercise. For example, it doesn’t matter if you are bench pressing 300 lbs if you only move the bar 3 and half inches. Folks need to understand the systems in the body and how they work in order to get the most out of exercises. If not, you are selling yourself short.

-Do exercisers really lose more weight than calories cutters by 84% ?
Well that depends on who you ask. If a person exercises and manages calorie consumption, they are more likely to achieve their goals quickly and thoroughly, and maintain their desired weight. If a person just depends on one or the other, results are very dependant on physiology. You need calories in order to exercise, because that helps to produce the energy needed to move.

-Thoughts on no carb, south beach diets and atkins?
They are not things that I would suggest. There are huge differences in “going on a diet” and having a healthy diet. When you “go on a diet”, you eventually come off that diet, then all of your issues return. When you have a healthy diet and combine that with a workout regiment you are bound to get results that are healthier and longer lasting. (as in lifetime)

-Favorite exercise?
I’m a track guy so I love running drills and core exercises. I am also a fan of plyometric exercises (jumping and bounding for power and strength)

-Where can people find you at on the web and in person?
I can be reached by email at DJFITPRO@gmail.com
and at
http://www.facebook.com/PhoenixFitnessGroup

-Advice for my readers?
The longest journey begins with a single step. You must take that step. Do not be intimidated or afraid. Your body is a temple; maintain it as such. There is no reason to wait to make your life healthier and longer.

-Your definition of success?
Success is whatever you put your mental and physical powers to regardless if your goal is achieved in the manner that you envisioned it. It is what you are willing to sacrifice to achieve those goals and how you treat people on your way up.

-Any projects you’d like to promo?
On September 22, in association with Vida Wellness, Phoenix Fitness Group presents How Sweet Is It Really? A discussion on sweeteners, snacking, & empty calories and a fat burning fitness demonstration.

The event will take place at Vida Wellness 247 Crooks Ave, Clifton, NJ. We will have an educating discussion on the nutritive and non-nutritive sweeteners used in the foods that you eat daily, find alternatives to sweet snacks, and learn how to get the most out of your calorie consumption. After learning the basics on sweeteners and good snacking habits, join in on a fitness demonstration that will get you burning calories and fat as well as teach you exercises and stretches you can do at work, school, and on the go.

Email or check out the facebook page for more info. 

#thriveorsurvive.

Exclusive Interview #6. Spotlighting J. Cuban of Phoenix Fitness Group in Motion.

25 Aug

The sixth interview in a series highlighting up and coming entrepreneurs and leaders.
Today we interview J. Cuban of Phoenix Fitness Group in Motion.

And without further ado:

-Where you from?
Newark, New Jersey.

-Age?
31.

-What is your title?
Income Maintenance Tech – Full time.

Personal Trainer – Full Time.

-What certification(s) do you hold?
AAAI (American Aerobic Association International).

-How did you get into training people professionally?
I have always enjoyed working out at local gyms around my area. Finding that many people who attended the gym were performing some exercises incorrectly most of the time and I decided why not help people and make a career out of it.

-How long have you been a trainer?
2 years and counting.

-What made you embrace your position? Passion for the field of Fitness and helping others.

-What keeps you in your position?
My communication and understanding of others life styles.

-What are your secrets to success? Personality.

-What sets you apart from the game?
I embrace my client’s with honesty and communication.

-What do you love about training?
It’s more than loving training it’s more like a lifestyle.

-Hate about it?
…………. Nothing.

-What are ppl doing wrong in the gym?
We can start with the people who join the gym for all the wrong reasons considering it a Social Gathering …..lol.

-Do exercisers really lose more weight than calories cutters by 84% ?
I wouldn’t know I would have to research and reply back at a other time.

-Thoughts on no carb, south beach diets and atkins?
If it works for you continue it if the side effect cause no bodily harm or effect the immune system.

-Favorite exercise?
Step and Press.

-Where can people find you at on the web and in person?
LA Fitness Clifton NJ 852 Rt3 Clifton 07012.

Mon 6:30 – 10pm Tuesday 6:30 – 10pm Thursday 6:30pm – 10pm Saturday & Sunday 8am – 1pm.

Twitter: @TrainerJCuban

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-Advice for my readers?
Try everything once if it doesn’t work move forward.

-Your definition of success?
Being Healthy, Happy and Safe = Success.

-Any projects you’d like to promo?
Phoenix Fitness Group in Motion.

BURN BRIDGES, MOVE FASTER.

27 Jun

Burn Bridges, move faster.

So many people will tell you never burn your bridges. Or be careful which bridges you burn. And its sound advice.
WRONG.
Burn Bridges GO Faster.

I know. ‘Tony went off the deep end.’
‘Tony thinks he’s John Nash
(A Beautiful mind).
‘This jerk is crazy!’
And you are welcome to your opinions. I actually want them. You see I subscribe to the school of forward motion. Life is not to be spent in the rear view mirror.

-When you don’t focus on your future you live in your past.
Are you living in your past? Do you relish the days of your D1 sports games? You miss them and I say why? You were a champ. And if you’re not get over it. I’m not being a jerk- hear me out. You were a champ and if you feel you’re not one now you are wrong. If you feel simply off the path- let’s get you back. Everyone is a winner. But the winners actions separate him from the losers. You feel you’re not doing it right than focus on a goal. A future scenario. This is how you get on your path to greatness. You were meant to be great so why aren’t you doing it? You are and not getting it? So examine your habits, goals, and company you keep. My regular readers see where I’m going with this. Your past is worthless except on your resume. Only use the past as a chain of small successes to build your momentum. Everything else is wasting time and emotions. Put those energies and efforts into building the future.

-No regrets.
You made mistakes. Me too. Life is going to deal you crappy hands repeatedly. In fact most people who go to the World Series of Poker lose. It happens. The winners come back. They ante up and win their spot at the table or pay the ten grand and start with the regular joes all over. And some winners are at that table for their prior actions. Ever come in second? Yup me too. And in that moment you were the first loser. However, the winner is the guy who gets up to train the day after the olympics. The no regrets mentality requires you have none. You put them in a box, the box in a safe, safe on a boat, and sink the boat in the baltic. I’m serious. Regrets will drown you. So drown them first.

-Forward motion.
That’s it. You get going and move on. You don’t think. Now wait.
I’m not endorsing ignorance.
I’m endorsing trusting your intuition.
I’m endorsing building your skill sets and your confidence to the point your mentor brings you on stage at events.
In your life, forget your career, you either do it or you don’t. And the easy way to do it:
IS TO DO IT.
The book eat that frog means just that. You take the hardest task and do it. And I say the hardest task is to Simply DO. Don’t think. Don’t waste time. If you have become goal orientated. If you have a plan, a mentor, and a business you believe in. Just DO IT. Sorry Nike, but you said it best. I’m just re-endorsing your brand so can I get a check? A small one?
All jokes aside people, if you don’t simply make it work it won’t. You can get the hottest product, the newest training, the hottest sidekick- its all worthless without proper execution. And the only proper execution is Execution itself. Get it done.

LEARN AND PROGRESS. That is all I can suggest. So meet me there. Get it done. And let’s celebrate success together people.

#thriveorsurvive.

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How you treat your customers becomes your calling card.

26 Jun

How you treat your customers becomes your calling card.

So I’m in the process of finding a new apartment. And I made a list of the key elements: Travel costs, location and proximity to work are the three factors I’m focusing on. Actually they are the key factors we all should consider when moving besides the monthly rent/mortgage. Long story short the realtor who has the most appealing listings is horrendous. And as I sit here waiting for them again, I found a few lessons to be had. So here are my reflections.

-A lack of manners and common courtesy will lose you business.
The secretary is a first line of defense. When they are arrogant- you are seen as arrogant. That doesn’t sell. When she is pompous or not warm to your clients. You are the jerk. What I’ve seen in this recent stint of realty madness is that I’m quite dismayed to see people treat me with little care. Its my money that will pay you. So be nice. Aka- your customers want the royal treatment. A smile. Some coffee. Polite conversation also goes a long way. Make a connection with every client and or potential client/partner. They will remember you for it.

-Asking for additional funds before providing/furnishing services is unacceptable.
This infuriated me. Suggesting I pay the full fee and deposit asap to hold the apartment. I made a transferable deposit two weeks ago. Therefore the apartment is mine if all goes right. Or as we said as kids- I got DIBS! Don’t shake don’t clients or partners in a venture for money before you have met your end of the bargain. Hey we all know business is about a dollar. But when you try to fast talk your way into a wallet you come across as one of two things: a snake or a con man. In this case it was worse as I was well aware of what he was up to. Using fear tactics to sell me a dream I hadn’t seen or had yet. And the BBB will get my letter. Money comes with math and emotions- so make people Happy and they will spend.

-Reputation suffers and Referrals are lost when people dislike the treatment they receive.
Your reputation must be guarded zealously. Trust opens door and wallets and when it is absent so is continuous cash flow. People want to use word of mouth. No one uses a contractor they haven’t heard of. No one buys a car they never drove or haven’t seen at least a decade of review for. In fact most people stick with one car brand for most of their adult driving lives. Why? The car and its manufacturer lived up to the reputation that secured the original purchase. Without a solid reputation you will lose referrals which means customers, clients, partners, and success will not be yours. Sure you could chisel a few people here and there but it isn’t worth the quick buck to lose your reputation. A grand now doesn’t beat five grand residuals monthly. Remember that.

-Consistent lateness isn’t ever cool or acceptable.
Every appointment and phone call has been later than promised. In a person to person business this is highly inflammatory. As a business owner and a customer I abhor the treatment I’m receiving. It took three hours to see two apartments two blocks apart- ok three blocks. And this was because the person showing the unit had better things to do than be on time. And this habit, yes habit has happened thrice. Yup you read right. She has been late to appointments three times.
there is no fashionably late in business. If you aren’t late for work NEVER be late for your business. The guy arriving early and staying late is the one to watch. He’s putting in the hours. Capt tardy- he has fun but I wouldn’t join his mlm or buy life insurance from him. And what’s more people will not refer him as we previously discussed. Don’t cut your income short with disastrous habits. Build a dream with due diligence, respect and timeliness.

-Have a great product.
I can’t stand this realty office. At every turn they have disappointed me. The service is lousy and they are so focused on claiming fees they don’t treat my wife and I well. The kicker is I’ve liked every apartment they’ve shown us. They hit the mark on the head four out four times! My ideal area, price and layout. Even the parking is decent. This is where they have me over the barrel. They don’t quite know it, but its true. And the lesson here is always have a great product. Never sell crap. Never sell what you wouldn’t buy. Never join a venture or brand you can’t be proud of. Whether its life insurance, vitamins, numismatics, or a service model- sell the best. McDonalds business isn’t hamburgers. Its real estate and a superior system. They buy the most lucrative locations. Then they sell you the turn key system to make your franchise profitable. This is the best product (Not the food per say but the success strategies).
Think about that.

Remember:
Always treat a client or partner better than you expect to be treated.
Always be on time.
Always have the superior product.

#thriveorsurvive

“Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live, as well as strong to think.”~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Training: Buy and Apply

19 Jun

Training: Buy and Apply.

Training who needs it?
I haven’t seen this topic covered too much on the blogs or in general. The answer is EVERYBODY.
In every aspect of life you have probably had a teacher or a mentor. Someone generally illuminates the path for us. This is highly beneficial and should always be sought out.
And so-

-Training- BUY it.
WHY you ask?
I counter with why not?
In business you need a good cpa, no question. And the cpa in question should be proficient at a minimum. Same for your doctor right? Well these professionals. Accrued hundreds if not thousands of hours to obtain their licensing. And they also maintain their licensing by continuing education. To be the best you pay a price. And to excel beyond your last point you pay more. So why is it that some will assume they don’t need to cough up some cash to get ahead. What makes you different?
You are starting your own business or already have one if you’re one of my regulars. If you’re not you probably will. That being said if you could learn your business and skip hundreds of small failures for a small cash price wouldn’t that be worth it. Now failures make us stronger but there is a limit to finding inner strength and wasting time. Don’t you win if you skip ahead? Remember monopoly? You pass ahead of the guy with eight hotels with a simple roll of the die and you exhale in relief. Still not sure you want to duplicate that process on your terms?

-Training- APPLY IT.
This is going to sound ridiculous. I acknowledge many will say so and stop reading even. However many buy and ignore. More people buy to feel they are doing and never will. Let’s examine that.
Ever bought a gym membership you didn’t use? You paid the fee, made a resolution, and then life had other things in mind.
Or you dated a girl who prepaid her yoga classes so her and her friends could go and bond and grow? And in the end she was watching Sex and the City instead? A final favorite is the guy who joins a venture and it requires licensing so he pays out the refundable fee and decides he has better things to do than recoup that money and learn, aka MIND his business. I’ve seen a lot of this and its always the same thing. The back hurts. The engine wouldn’t turn over. But the sad truth is what we want we go out and get. So if you paid for a training series why won’t you take it. And then refresh it a few months later? If you don’t learn these basics you will get nowhere.
And you know what? I used to make this same mistake. I bought good training and didn’t use it. I took the next step only to sit down instead of running. And even worse- I did this twice! Yup I admit it. I bought programs that I knew worked from having seen it first hand. I spent my money, I talked about the freedom I’d gain, and then I turned on the you tube. Or I went out with the boys. People the time is now. Seize the day. Move forward. You spent the money. You invested in your freedom and your future. Now spend the one asset you won’t recover- TIME.

Buy your training.
Apply your training.
And then study it all over again.
And AGAIN.

Remember:
We don’t esteem that which we obtain too easily so earn your freedom and your wealth know and enjoy all of your days.

“Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.”
― Albert Einstein

Thoughts? Concerns?
Questions? Think I’m wrong?
Let’s chat.
Need ideas?
Want to learn how to invite?
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Want a mentor or maybe the guy who will bounce ideas back and forth with you?
Let’s chat.

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Or simply reply to this article.

#thriveorsurvive

Training: Buy and Apply

18 Jun

Training who needs it?
I haven’t seen this topic covered too much on the blogs or in general. The answer is EVERYBODY.
In every aspect of life you have probably had a teacher or a mentor. Someone generally illuminates the path for us. This is highly beneficial and should always be sought out.
And so-

-Training- BUY it.
WHY you ask?
I counter with why not?
In business you need a good cpa, no question. And the cpa in question should be proficient at a minimum. Same for your doctor right? Well these professionals. Accrued hundreds if not thousands of hours to obtain their licensing. And they also maintain their licensing by continuing education. To be the best you pay a price. And to excel beyond your last point you pay more. So why is it that some will assume they don’t need to cough up some cash to get ahead. What makes you different?
You are starting your own business or already have one if you’re one of my regulars. If you’re not you probably will. That being said if you could learn your business and skip hundreds of small failures for a small cash price wouldn’t that be worth it. Now failures make us stronger but there is a limit to finding inner strength and wasting time. Don’t you win if you skip ahead? Remember monopoly? You pass ahead of the guy with eight hotels with a simple roll of the die and you exhale in relief. Still not sure you want to duplicate that process on your terms?

-Training- APPLY IT.
This is going to sound ridiculous. I acknowledge many will say so and stop reading even. However many buy and ignore. More people buy to feel they are doing and never will. Let’s examine that.
Ever bought a gym membership you didn’t use? You paid the fee, made a resolution, and then life had other things in mind.
Or you dated a girl who prepaid her yoga classes so her and her friends could go and bond and grow? And in the end she was watching Sex and the City instead? A final favorite is the guy who joins a venture and it requires licensing so he pays out the refundable fee and decides he has better things to do than recoup that money and learn, aka MIND his business. I’ve seen a lot of this and its always the same thing. The back hurts. The engine wouldn’t turn over. But the sad truth is what we want we go out and get. So if you paid for a training series why won’t you take it. And then refresh it a few months later? If you don’t learn these basics you will get nowhere.
And you know what? I used to make this same mistake. I bought good training and didn’t use it. I took the next step only to sit down instead of running. And even worse- I did this twice! Yup I admit it. I bought programs that I knew worked from having seen it first hand. I spent my money, I talked about the freedom I’d gain, and then I turned on the you tube. Or I went out with the boys. People the time is now. Seize the day. Move forward. You spent the money. You invested in your freedom and your future. Now spend the one asset you won’t recover- TIME.

Buy your training.
Apply your training.
And then study it all over again.
And AGAIN.

Remember:
We don’t esteem that which we obtain too easily so earn your freedom and your wealth know and enjoy all of your days.

“Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.”
― Albert Einstein

Thoughts? Concerns?
Questions? Think I’m wrong?
Let’s chat.
Need ideas?
Want to learn how to invite?
Let’s chat.
Want a mentor or maybe the guy who will bounce ideas back and forth with you?
Let’s chat.

Changeinadvance@gmail.com

@changeinadvance

Or simply reply to this article.

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