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Meet Jason Lewis of RapsTrainer in Mid-City

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jason Lewis.

Jason, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started personal training in 2014 at eighteen years old, right out of high school. I got an internship with a highly respected trainer of professional athletes and I learned everything from their company. After they moved to Las Vegas, I had some trouble finding work in a gym being so young and had to become a barista for a few months at nineteen years old making minimum wage just to pay for rent and other bills, A small gym in Silverlake gave me a chance and that’s where I developed relationships with world-touring musicians, actors, and models. I also realized the fitness industry takes advantage of young trainers by getting more labor then what they pay. I then took whichever clients who wished to follow me over to rent space out of Sports Training Los Angeles and that’s where I am today.

I trained William Jackson Harper for NBC’s The Good Place and his shirtless scene in season 2 went extremely viral. Even though he was featured on GQ, Conan O’Brien, BuzzFeed, etc., I got zero credit, but that showed me the world can and would appreciate my work, so I kept grinding.

I’m less known as Jason nowadays and “RapsTrainer” is Is a niche I created to align fitness to art, music and culture. I train Grammy-nominated, billboard number one, and platinum artist for stage performance, pre tour, on tour, and post tour, and I work with music producers on their posture so they can sit and make music longer. I envision myself taking fitness and making it “cool” basically.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Landing a job after my first gym moved to Las Vegas was rough, and being an employee to superiors with huge egos was a most detrimental to my mental and eventually, my physical well being. The solution was to start working for myself and rent space at gyms instead of being an employee.

RapsTrainer – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I’m operating in an untapped market. I’m a huge fan of hip hop and music in general and was shocked to see and hear about so many injuries rappers and musicians suffer because of ack of body preparation. My training helps re-teaches alignment to prevent injury, strengthens bone density for all the jumping up and down on stage, and keeps their bodies from breaking down on tour. I’ve helped some big executives lose 50+ pounds and change their lives, I’m proud that manifestation has really shown its true power. I’m proud that I get to change lives of my favorite musicians and companies and to do my part in making music better…

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I define success in hitting whatever goals you set out for yourself. Success is being persistent when people told you no and that things wouldn’t work out. No one in my personal life believed in what I started because they did not see anyone before me specifically do the things I’m doing. I’ve manifested clientele, sponsorships, and just growth period. I blocked out the noise.

Clientele list: Guapdad4000, 24kGoldn, Ty Fontaine, Jamie xx, Dreamville, Cydney Christine, Electric Feel Entertainment, SplitMind, Twnshp, 740 Project, Brittany Byrd, Ilham.

Contact Info:

  • Website: Rapstrainer.com
  • Phone: 3109944280
  • Email: rapstrainer@gmail.com
  • Instagram: RapsTrainer


Image Credit:

Paul Middleton, Kijani Kennon (photos with blue cap only) and Jack Guerra

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