Reason Fitness Exists in Arcadia, CA Because…

Reason Fitness in Arcadia exists because we want to create healthy, happier humans.

We want to do it by optimizing their physical fitness, mindset, nutrition and sleep  in a way that is sustainable for real people, living in the real world. When we get a grasp on our health – it becomes a force multiplier in our lives. Clarity of mind, healthy functioning of joints, a healthy heart pushing blood through your ecosystem.

That is health. And we are committed to providing the systems and ecosystem to bring the best health out of everyone.

I got into the fitness industry because growing up I saw that our physical education was coming short. Upon graduating highschool, I realized that unless you were a sport athlete it was unlikely that you were going to be someone that was a healthy, happy person. I learned this first hand because I graduated high school 60 pounds overweight. I got into CrossFit my junior year of college and it was a paradigm shift from everything I was ever taught about fitness. It changed my life. Within 3 years I was in the best shape of my life, happy and healthy and I wanted everyone in my closest circles to experience the same.

Garage gym days…if you know 😉

I decided to open Reason in a little brick and mortar in a quiet part of Arcadia in 2013. Why? Let me tell you. In 2009 when I found CrossFit, I became obsessed with sharing how it was changing my life. Being a personal trainer at 24 hour fitness in 2010, I hated the way the fitness industry was run. It was disingenuous. Trainers focused heavily on supplements and quick fixes. No one was focusing on how exercising in the gym would make our lives better outside of the gym. I constantly felt forced to “make a sale” of the wrong things to the wrong people. I got tired of that and began coaching clients out of my mom’s garage. Within 3 years a dream was realized and better yet, I was able to help people in our local community without having them use my mom’s bathroom before workouts.

Since opening the gym, I’ve learned that most people don’t believe in themselves until someone believes in themselves first. Even after 12 years of regularly training and exercising, I still don’t like to exercise myself. Balancing being a parent, leading a staff and community, authoring a book and coaching individuals…balancing my own health can get messy at times. It often feels like juggling balls. I read this from John Maxwell a few years ago…

Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling five balls in the air. You name them – work, family, health, friends and spirit – and you’re keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back.

But the other four balls – family, health, friends and spirit – are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged, or even shattered. They will never be the same.

Having a community that supports you, coaches that guide you and having a direction to look forward to creates a cycle of health and happiness that is difficult to break.

Today, we are more than ever invested in changing the lives of our local community.


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