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Meet Justin Williams

Today we’d like to introduce you to Justin Williams.

Justin, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Athletics and being physically active has always been a major part of my life. I’ve been blessed to receive a lot of unique life experiences through sports such as travelling to different places, making many life long friends, and even earning my college degree as a student-athlete. After my time playing football at Langston University (Oklahoma) ended and I moved back to Los Angeles in 2011 I made the conscious decision to live a healthier lifestyle.

Yes, I was a college athlete but I was 285 lbs offensive lineman so needless to say I was on the larger side of the athletic spectrum and within my first year of being back home through a consistent workout regiment and changing my eating habits I lost 50 lbs! Which led to many friends and family members reaching out to me asking me for advice on how they too can lose weight and be healthier. Through giving advice taking friends to the gym with me I realized how deeply satisfying it is to help people improve their quality of life.

Which led me to think why can’t I just help people become healthier for a living? Which was a great idea but I carried my own fears and doubts on whether I would be any good at it, would I be able to pay my bills doing it and how do I go about getting certified. So after some time of working non-fitness related jobs that weren’t necessarily satisfying me on a spiritual level, I decided to get my certification and pursue personal training full-time and I haven’t looked back since.

Has it been a smooth road?
The beginning was really rough as it is for any new trainer you’re full of excitement and optimism but reality sets in fast when you don’t necessarily have enough clients to support yourself yet. For me, I was pursuing personal training full time plus another part-time job just keep afloat for almost a year. Nowadays my biggest challenge is managing my client’s schedules, with a good number of them working in the entertainment industry it means I have to very flexible as far as my time goes since their lifestyles are so obscure and plans changing at the last minute. Which makes having a healthy amount of personal time a challenge but again being flexible helps and finding small time windows for self-care has really helped maintain my focus.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
As I’ve gained more knowledge and more certifications it has led me to provide my clients with a more holistic approach to training. Meaning not only am I providing workouts but also recommendations on eating, sleep, and other forms of recovery so they see consistent improvement. At the end of the day, it is a lifestyle change and more than just seeing me for a few hours a week and sending people on their merry way. I want to achieve long term positive changes in people so they have a better quality of life.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I believe its more than possible to be a successful fitness professional in Los Angeles as long as you remain genuine because there is a level of over-saturation with people who get into this industry for the wrong reasons and always remember that you are providing a service to others to help them.

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