At O2 Fitness, we are lucky to have an incredible team of personal trainers who work day in and day out to improve the lives of their clients. Jade Bridges joined the personal training team at our O2 Fitness West Ashley just a little over a month ago. Since joining the team during such a trying time, Jade has been working extremely hard along side the personal training team to provide the safest environment and excellent customer service for all our members. Stop by the personal training desk to chat with Jade about his expertise in weight loss, strength and conditioning, or the 14 days he spent in the wilderness. We sat down to learn more about our newest O2 Fitness team member.
Why are you passionate about fitness?
Changing lives! If that does not fire you up, I do not know what will. Seeing people’s reactions when they hit their goal for the first time is such an exciting feeling. It's like seeing the spark rekindle and lights another fire back underneath them. It is amazing to watch when fitness corresponds to their life outside of the gym and they go from stagnant to on fire for what's next in their journey.
Why did you decide to become a certified personal trainer?
To teach people that anything is possible if you put your mind to it. I want to make an impact on people's lives. I want to be the change that helps take people from the state they’re in and pushing them to the next level.
What has been your most rewarding experience as a fitness professional?
Changing people’s mindsets from "this is impossible" to "I am capable". I really like when I can just get to know people and their story. I love getting to know who they are and why they are in the gym in the first place. Of course working with them on the floor to crush their goals is the most rewarding part.
What is the biggest challenge for you as a personal trainer and health professional?
Working with people who would rather rely on a social media influencer who teach unsafe movements, rather than a coach that's in front of them and has their best interest at heart. You have to trust your trainer
What is your biggest accomplishment in fitness?
Last year, I hit my personal weight loss goal of over 60 pounds in four months.
What's your favorite workout?
Anything functional but preferably High Intensity Interval (HIIT) training. My favorite exercises are wall balls, med ball slams, and battle ropes.
What's your favorite music to work out to?
I prefer christian workout music, but anything really up beat will get me through a workout.
What are some of your fitness goals for yourself?
Currently, my fitness goal is to put on some muscle before getting down to 10% body fat.
What is your favorite sport to play?
I played Ultimate Frisbee in college but I love disc golf.