Today we’d like to introduce you to Jack Van Dam.
Hi Jack, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I have been in strength and conditioning my entire adult life with the initial intention of becoming a strength and conditioning/performance coach for a Division 1 school or Professional team with the eventual goal of opening a private facility. Going down that path, I fairly quickly found out honestly that it’s an insane grind and wasn’t really shaping the life that I wanted for a 5-10 year period following graduation. I came across a few opportunities in training the general population in the private sector that opened my eyes to what other opportunities were out there that made a little more immediate financial sense and were still significantly rewarding on an emotional level. I decided to really explore that market and got experience working in basically every type of gym I could and took the lessons I learned in those spaces along with my formal education to distill a concept that was fairly unique and missing in the space- Strength and Conditioning for Life. After interning at one of the biggest CrossFit gyms in the world as part of my graduate studies in Sports Management at Long Beach State I was presented an opportunity to put this concept into play and jumped at the chance. We opened our facility called VOLTA: The Point of Change in June of 2020 amid the pandemic and managed through all the hurdles that last year presented to come out with a concept and community that is extremely unique and moving in the right direction- to provide real results, through realistic means, for real people.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It has definitely not been easy, as many in the fitness industry know it can unfortunately be a very toxic space and clouded with rampant job insecurity, low pay, long hours, and looming “imposter syndrome” when trying to provide the best benefit for your clients while also marketing yourself and developing a personal brand. Eventually, if you stick with it long enough you begin to carve out your space and find your niche after a lot of trial and error and admittedly mistakes caused by immaturity. Outside of the personal aspect, managing through lockdowns and other mandates due to the pandemic is also a difficult path to navigate. Especially being a new gym there was a constant struggle in trying to market and grow without:
1. Offending people taking the pandemic extremely seriously by just being open.
2. Offending people who were more open to training and maintaining an active life during such a time.
Unfortunately as politicized as this event has been, the business moves that an entity made in the last year contributed to shaping the identity of the brand and so there has been a lot of tip-toeing around more sensitive topics and employing an added degree of tact to marketing and business operations.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
We exist to solve the problems in health and fitness that are often avoided, leaving clients to fend for themselves when they exit a facility or trainers care and attempt to navigate the often purposefully confusing landscape alone. In addition, we strive everyday to curate an empowering community within our doors so our members know that they always have the support of not only our staff but their classmates as well.
Our staff in its entirety comes from a background of collegiate athletics, whether as an athlete, coach, or both at some level. In respect to this, our approach to health and fitness solutions as a whole is quite different. As contradictory as it sounds, our purpose is to figuratively “coach ourselves out of a job”. What I mean by this is instead of providing “cure-all” or oversimplified solutions to common problems, we explore the cause of the issue and teach the “why” behind both problem and fix.
Our inverted approach means that instead of recommending “diets,” we teach nutrition concepts to help our members develop lifelong sustainable habits that fit their lifestyles. Instead of writing “workouts” we implement strategically planned and executed training cycles in a group format to arrive at specific goals, and along the way teach our members about why it’s been designed a particular way to give our members a sense of ownership in their training, and ultimately empower them to be confident they could do it without a coach should that time come.
In specific our training centers around building lean body mass+strength and efficiently progressing conditioning protocols. As opposed to selling “fat burning” workouts that may follow an unsustainable fad in the group training industry. We’ve created an environment that is both competitive and encouraging to build a “team” culture. Everyone in the gym is extremely welcoming and our staff is easily the most qualified in the area with four coaches who hold at least a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology or a related field, two with Master’s degrees in the field, two Certified Strength and Conditioning Coaches with the NSCA, and two pursuing the same distinction among a number of other specialty qualifications.
If you are interested in working with myself or the gym, I can be found at either @thejackedvandam or @volta.fit on Instagram.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
We are located at 15075 Goldenwest Street in Huntington Beach, CA 92647 and offer the following packages at variable rates depending on contract length and frequency of use:
– Small Group Strength and Conditioning
– Personal Coaching
– Open Gym Access
– Nutrition Coaching
- Small Group Strength and Conditioning from $117-$217/mo
- Personal Coaching from $173-$397/mo
- Open Gym Access from $43-93/mo
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.volta.fit
- Instagram: @volta.fit
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/voltafitgym/
- Twitter: @vandamstrength
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkS7lr-9TawEP8U6A0bFjag
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/volta-huntington-beach
- Other: https://g.page/VOLTAFIT/review?rc