Rebell of The Month: Josh Johnson

We are excited to announce that Josh is our Rebell of The Month for December! Josh has been working very hard these last few months on his goals and has done an amazing job at it. He is a character to be around is always up for challenging when it comes to his training. He is prioritized with his goals and knows how to get the job done. This is his story!

Kayaking with the family.

Your background

I am currently a Financial Advisor in Marshall and volunteer firefighter for Lynd, married to my wife, Jennifer, who is part owner of Ace Home and Hardware here in Marshall.  We have two kids, Abby (13) who plays the piano and shows Llamas and Alpacas in 4h. Jake (12) is all in on hockey and his Xbox.

I have trained on my own and never had a coach. Pre-kids I have ran the Chicago Marathon, various 5/10ks but really enjoyed competing in Triathlons.  The variations of training for Triathlons for the three activities kept me focused. Through all that I never really did any sort of strength training.  About a year to 18months ago I thought I would start lifting weights. It became extremely clear that I did not know what I was doing. I had major pain in my shoulders and avoided squats like the plague.  At that point I sought out some help and ran into William.

Thoughts about strength training before & after

Before I came to meet William the only thing I knew was to bench and curl as much as possible I came to realize very quickly it was just more than that.

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Josh working on single arm swings.

Challenging barriers you overcame

I’m a put my earbuds in and ignore the world type of guy when I work out. The amount of stress running my business, and being available to my family I didn’t want to talk to anyone or participate in some sort of group thing. That’s why I liked marathons and Triathlons it was an individual sport.  I really had apprehension about a group type of setting but you never succeed if you don’t step out of your comfort box.

Greatest achievement

I have been really please with my overall stability most significant is with my highly physically demanding activity with the Fire Dept.  There is rarely “proper lifting” when performing these duties. I noticed immediately that I had mobility and was confident when doing physical aspects.  I can be on a hose line for hours and feel good the next day. In the past I would be sore and have pain in my back…..not anymore! I am also a big pheasant hunter. Take 2 pound weights tied to each leg, carry around another 7lbs then drag that through chest high grass, mud, snow, ect and do that all day! Normally I would be extremely sore the next day and may only get another day of hunting in. Now I have gone three days in a row and felt like I could keep going!

Changes your family/friends noticed

My firefighter buddy’s rib me that my gear look loose on me now (which it is).

My wife Jennifer.

What do you tell people about our training

Go in with an open mind and trust the process.

What do you enjoy about training here

I like the culture William has in place. There is no feeling of being judged everyone is at their own level and there is nothing wrong with it. Its’ also ok to learn and ask questions.

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Working on sandbag squats. 

Three benefits you’ve noticed

1. I have more mobility/flexibility.

2. I have more confidence in physical activities.

3. I feel generally better.

What makes the difference

Up to this point I never used a trainer but I have tried fitness plans. I’m a real visual guy so if a plan is just a list of things to do I won’t succeed.  I am also not smart enough to know what plan I need for the goals I want, having a person understand me and what I want to accomplish has helped me be successful.

Kayaking with my daughter Abby.

From brewing beer, to smoking meat, to doing triathlons, this man does it all! Josh is such a great member to work with and along with having a great sense of humor. Watching the changes in Josh’s overall body composition and his strength has been very rewarding. We are honored to have such a great member be a part of our RS family.

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