Who am I?
Hello, Hero! I’m Coach Jon. I help over-worked, stressed-out Gen-Xers on their Journey to achieve their specific fitness goals or get back on their path to a healthy, active lifestyle. In my off time, I am a Father, Husband, Poet, & Philosopher. And on the weekends, I travel around the country competing in endurance sports such as Ironman races and Obstacle Course events.
What do I do?
In a literary sense, I want to be your Heroic Mentor. As you may know, the Hero’s Journey is an archetypal story theorized by Joseph Campbell in his book The Hero With a Thousand Faces. And in practically every Heroic Story, there is a Mentor who helps the Hero grow, overcome adversity, and ultimately complete their private Quest then return home victorious. The Mentor does this by providing the Hero with training (physical, mental, spiritual, or a combination thereof) and often accompanies the Hero on the Journey.
Albus Dumbledore teaches wizardry to Harry Potter. Gandalf starts Bilbo on the road to Mordor. Morpheus gives Neo the Red Bill. And I want to be the Mentor who helps you achieve your Quest and watch you return home victorious.
Back in the real world, preparing yourself for an Ironman race or an Ultra event can be overwhelming. Reclaiming your health after devoting decades of your life to work or your kids can be exhausting, confusing, and frustrating.
As a Coach, I support a diverse group of Heroes by clearly defining their fitness or wellness goals then creating a specific, actionable roadmap to to get them there. Change can be hard when you go it alone. In addition to training programs and roadmaps, I provide suppport, guidance and accountability on your Journey as you take steps toward increased fitness, health, and happiness.
- CFL1 – CrossFit
- Spartan SGX Level I – Spartan
- Spartan SGX Level II – Spartan
- IRONMAN Coach – IronmanU
- Level I Triathlon Coach – USAT
- Holistic Lifestyle Coach Level 1 – CHEK Institute
- Certified Online Trainer Level 1 – OTA
- Breathwork – Art of Breath
- Heart Rate Variability – Elite HRV
- Triathlons: Sprint / Olympic / IM70.3 / IM140.6
- Spartan OCRs: Trifectas / Ultra / HH
- Other OCR: Warrior Dash / Tough Mudder
- CrossFit: Open (Age Group)
How do I do it?
For individual coaching or lifestyle management, I use modern technology to help assess & analyze your current health and fitness levels then then we come up with a data-driven, skills-based, and personalized solution to hit your specific goals. Your daily/weekly programming is provided by my custom coaching application. We can also track your progress and metrics through the same application. (It works for any Android or Apple phone.)
For specific racing goals, I have a variety of programs available to address specific race types and distances.
Why do I do it?
Sadly, I think my ‘story’ will be familiar to many people. After decades of sitting behind a desk, staring at a screen or a phone, I had let myself deteriorate to the point where my clothes were growing quicker than the national debt. Doing any activity other than walking was a struggle. And health conditions were developing that would require multiple medications (for the rest of my life!) if I did not do something.
So I did what anyone would normally do: I spent months in the gym, mastering the army of machines. Lifting until I could barely move. Always thinking I was just a couple of workouts from rippling pecs and washboard abs. Floating from one unsuccessful diet to the next. One week avoiding eating anything that resembled fats. The next week trying to live on just weight watching shakes. I did all the popular workouts. I followed all of the popular plans. And I religiously took all the newest supplements.
But despite my most sincere efforts, my waistline grew quicker than my pecs. My abs never revealed themselves. My blood pressure kept slowly creeping to new heights. My spine was a train wreck. And, even though I was constantly tired, I had chronic insomnia. The harder I tried, the worse I would get.
Where was the beautiful body the gym and the television and the muscle magazines promised me?
And what did my doctors say? Pills for blood pressure, pills for sleeping, pills for moods, and pills for side effects of the other pills.
If this sounds familiar, you are not alone. You are a victim of the New Normal. Along with tens, if not hundreds, of millions of other people, trying to stay healthy and happy, but not getting the results we so desperately need.
What did I do? I stopped reading the fitness magazines, I stopped following the fad diets, and I stopped doing all the “Your New Body In Six Easy Steps” workouts. I changed my views on food, I changed my views of fitness, I stopped making excuses or procrastinating, and started actively working towards fitness goals that once seemed impossible.
It wasn’t easy. It wasn’t quick. I made mistakes. And I re-learned an entire lifetime worth of lessons. But I lost the weight. My blood pressure went to excellent levels. My blood sugar is spectacular. I sleep at night. I compete in endurance sports across the country, like IronMan races & Spartan events.
With the experiences and lessons I’ve learned, I help other people reclaim their lives the way I reclaimed mine.
If my story sounds similar to yours, if you’ve tried to do everything right but received poor results, and if you are ready for a change, I can help. Get in touch. We can discuss your goals and you can achieve them. If an unhealthy, lethargic, non-athletic computer nerd can transform his life, what can YOU do?