Photo courtesy Stevenson Fitness.
Oak Park, California
Q: What motivated you to get involved in the fitness industry? Is that still your motivation for remaining in the business? If not, what is your motivation today?
A: I got into the fitness business shortly after college. I was a competitive martial artist during my formidable years, so I stayed in pretty good shape. I was lean. I was fast. I was strong. It seemed pretty natural to apply what I had done for my own health to other people. I started teaching group exercise and became a personal trainer. Today, I run my own full-service, independent health club, Stevenson Fitness, whose core purpose is “empowering people to life healthier lives.” My real motivation comes from the fact that I truly believe that the fitness industry is the best industry in the world. When a person’s health improves, a person’s life improves. Think about it like this: A man loses weight. He feels better. He has more energy. He becomes stronger. His overall health improves. His longevity increases. His self-esteem skyrockets. He is happier. He is better at work. He is better for his family and friends. So what on the surface was just a little weight loss is actually an overall life-improving situation. Today as a club owner, industry speaker and consultant, my motivation remains the same with a little twist. I still work with people on their personal fitness and teach some group X classes, but I also get to work with industry professionals and help them with their businesses. I like to say that I help people with their health, and I help people, who help people, with their health. Is there anything better than that?