Chapter Four: Validation

I finally receive the validation I was looking for after at 9 years in the fitness industry.

Workout Mix #22 | Spartan Workout Tour 2018

In 2018, I was chosen to lead not one but two Spartan workouts for 24 Hour Fitness. This was the first time I trained in front of crowds of over 100 participants. I felt like God was giving me a preview of what I was born to do. These workouts inspired me to complete my book "Motivated Mindset." I also began to research motivational speaking. This was a career that I had never thought of entering, but it was recommended to me by my peers and elders. This was the moment I began to understand my role in life.

Workout Mix #23 | "Keep Playing David."

One day I was in the living room listening to a TD Jakes sermon titled:

"God will show you why you had to endure what you went through"

A portion of the sermon talks about how King David from the Bible acquired his kingdom amid a ton of adversity.

This sermon made me think about my career as a personal trainer and fitness manager. Right now, I am blessed to represent 24 Hour Fitness on their media outlets. I have achieved the rank of Master Trainer and Fitness Manager. My little club in Pasadena has made some significant noise in the company, and I have watched numerous trainers grow into outstanding fitness professionals. As a fitness leader, I take pride in showing my trainers that no matter where they start in their career, it can lead to success.

This sermon spoke to me because my career as a fitness professional started and almost ended six months.

When I began my career as a trainer in 2011, there was a performance review written about me by a manager that stated;

 "I needed to work on my session quality, and I had unrealistic goals for my business."

The review also has a timeline that listed me as one of the trainers off the team by the beginning of the next year. At the time, these were factual statements. My first ever personal training session caused a member to not return to our gym. My first client asked for a refund, and I even left the company to pursue other opportunities. This is not the ideal start for a Fitness Manager in my company, but this rocky start did nothing but allow me to become the trainer and Fitness Leader I am today.

Over the next two years, I studied my craft religiously. I ignored the chatter that was swirling around about my career choice, and I trained myself just like I would prepare a potential client. I obtained an additional personal training certification and returned to 24 Hour Fitness.

In those next two years, from 2013-2015, I obtained four more certifications, serviced over 1500 sessions, and taught close to 200 group exercise classes in 3 different formats. I absorbed knowledge from multiple Master Trainers, and I even took a quick break from personal training to become a sales advisor. Eventually, I was presented with the opportunity to be a Fitness Manager for the company.

When I accepted the role, I had one goal. To develop any trainer who worked under me to be the best trainer they could be. In 2018 I was blessed to become a Spartan SGX Coach, and I was given the honor to host 2 of the 24 Hour Fitness Spartan Workouts. I was also chosen to represent the brand on the 24 Go App and other media outlets.

This video sums up how I went from almost giving up personal training as a career to reaching fitness heights I never imagined. The workouts displayed in the video are symbolic of how building my body led to a successful career. I am blessed to make a living doing something that I have been doing my entire life.

This video is just the start, and I will be doing much more as my career goes on. Thank you for watching the video; if you haven't watched it yet, watch it now.

Workout Mix #24 | Breath!

After my mini revelation, I set out on a more focused path. I began writing down my workouts and classes, and I started to fine-tune my programs.

Workout Mix #25 | "Instinct"

A work meeting introduced me to a motivational video by Jocko Willink. The video was about instinct and how we should look at all failure as a good thing because it was just an opportunity to succeed.

Workout Mix #26 | Failure to Success

As I look back at all of my past failures in life.

Failing in basketball: I never made it to the NBA.

Failing in school: It took me ten years to get my bachelors degree

Failing in fitness: Not being able to pass my Body Pump certification video, almost getting fired in my first year as a trainer, being demoted from my role as a super sports fitness manager.

I realized that all of these failures were necessary for my success. I began to come to realize that there was no such thing as failure, only delayed success. At the end of 2018, I was selected for the 2019 brand photoshoot for 24 Hour Fitness. In the 2019 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, I was chosen to be California top of the Spartan Race float. I was promoted to Fitness Manager III the highest level fitness manager at the time, and I was a new father to a beautiful baby girl, Gabriella Grace Payne.

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