PT Sessions with Jade George of Made by Jade Fitness
MSM: We’d like to say thank you for taking the time to speak with us here at Mid Strike. For our readers tell us a little bit about Jade George. Everyone has a journey, prior to the launch of Made by Jade fitness, what was your fitness journey like and where did it begin for you?
Jade: Thank you for inviting me to speak, it’s an honor! It might seem hard to believe but prior to Made By Jade Fitness I was in the worst shape of my life. I had fallen into a bad cycle of doing everything other than taking care of my health and body. I didn’t want to start a business where I was asking people to break out of their comfort zones, be disciplined, and dedicate time to their health and I wasn’t doing it. So I made a change. I started working out with a trainer and changed my diet and got serious. S/O to @ochodada, in 2 months I was back to the Jade I knew!
MSM: What was it that made you get into Fitness training?
Jade: I was going through a phase of my life during grad school when I was trying to figure out what I really wanted to wake up everyday and do because what I was on the path to was not it! I had an eye opening conversation with a virtual stranger in the gym one day and the light bulb went off. I was actually surprised that I hadn’t thought to help teach and train other people to love the versatility of their bodies like I had learned to. From there the wheels started turning.
MSM: The goal of Made by Jade fitness is to provide a safe space for your clients. Was this something that was concerning for you prior to launching, Also when did you launch Made by Jade?
Jade: I officially launched Made By Jade Fitness on October 18, 2018 and started training clients January 1, 2019. Creating a safe space was concerning for me, but more in the mental and emotional capacity. With all of the positive advancements that technology has provided us there are some negatives too. Social media and the “body goals” movement has put an unrealistic view on what we should look like. I knew it was necessary that all potential clients needed to respect the body that they currently had as they worked for and learned the body they would come to love.
MSM: Purpose, preparation, and perseverance. 3 keywords that are put into each client you work with and workout with. Give our readers some insight into the 3 P’s and how you tie this into the foundation of your workouts.
Jade: The 3 P’s are my way of taking an overwhelming thought process and creating a straightforward goal. Majority of the time people come to me not knowing how to eat, what to do in the gym, or just where to start. So I always ask their purpose for wanting to start personal training. Where are you at in your life right now that you are tired of saying one day and are ready for day one. Then I go on to explain the preparation and how we will get there. That includes a schedule and budget convenient for both of us and what type of training and services I offer to achieve their goal. Lastly, I ask when they show up just persevere and don’t try to rush time. It didn’t take a month to get your body where it is and it will take longer than a month to see the body you desire.
MSM: Representation matters in our community ESPECIALLY when it comes to strong black women and physical fitness. Do you find yourself inspiring others to be the best versions of themselves not only with working out but also with life?
Jade: Yes! Honestly (don’t tell anyone lol) it’s the non scale victories for me! Seeing physical changes in weight and inches matter for sure, but in the short time that I have been doing this the most impactful results and transformations that I have seen have always been things that can’t be measured on a scale. Being able to witness the confidence shift, positive self love, and family atmosphere we’ve built is the biggest reward I never knew I needed.
MSM: Each client has a specific workout as it seems you are very detailed when it comes to planning for each client. What are some of the details you tend to focus on as the base for each of your clients workouts.
Jade: I am mindful to keep in mind their goals (purpose) as well as the fitness level they are at when they start. Even if two of my clients have the same goals but one client has been in the gym for a while or training with me for a while she may be using heavier weights or more equipment versus a less advanced client who will stick to body weight and lighter dumbbells. Also, I am mindful of their matriculation through my programs. If they are struggling getting past a checkpoint, I will keep them there until they do. I don’t compromise time for form or progress.
MSM: As runners myself included we have a tendency to lose balance when it comes to working out and running, If I had to put a number on it I’d say it’s about 70/30. Most of us tend to do just enough to survive and get by for our runners. What are some workouts we could focus on at home and in the gym?
Jade: I would say it really depends on your goals. If you want to put on a lot of muscle while losing fat I would suggest a lower ration like 30/70. If you have a running goal or are not concerned about muscle mass I would say 70/30. But keep in mind that everyone’s bodies are different and can do multiple fitness trainings at a time and receive the results they like. Ultimately, listen to your body and observe how it Changes as your workouts change then move accordingly.
MSM: The process of transformation is pretty amazing. Do you have moments where you become overjoyed, Where you take a step back to simply enjoy life changing improvements?
Jade: Of course! One thing this year has taught me is you have to give yourself grace and reflect on your accomplishments. It’s easy to criticize and put a lot of pressure on yourself, but while you’re busy worrying about what hasn’t happened you miss out on what you have accomplished. We have come to a point in our generation where we are so worried about leveling up, we forget to revel in the now and the moments that we only dreamed of. So now, I stop and make sure I say “Yes girl, you did that!”.
MSM: I read that you are also a science teacher in middle school, usually there are kids that can’t keep up even when youth wins. Have you ever had to or received a fun work out challenge from a student?
Jade: I can’t say I have ever received a major challenge. I mostly get the “how many push ups can you do?” Something about a woman doing 30 push ups straight is supposedly mind blowing lol.
MSM: You’ve been pretty athletic from the start as it started with track and field. Did you know early on that this was your calling?
Jade: Surprisingly no. I was so used to being an athlete and working out, it never dawned on me that it was my purpose to share this passion with the world. It almost seemed too simple. I had convinced myself that my life work was supposed to be something that was so hard for me to achieve and that was just not the case. It was hard, but in all the right ways. For the first time in my life I enjoyed studying and learning educational content. I can be tired from a long day of teaching, but I feel rejuvenated when it is time to train.
MSM: What’s next for Jade George from Baltimore?
Jade: Becoming a full time personal trainer! I plan to continue to expand my fitness line and start some other business ventures under the Made By Jade LLC umbrella. I have big plans for Made By Jade’s future and one thing God has shown me is that when you are walking in your purpose then everything will go accordingly. I’m excited for what’s to come!
MSM: For our readers that may be interested in a good workout with a great trainer, do you have any 1 on 1 sessions together that are available online?
Jade: Currently I do offer online services, where I am able to make a 30 day workout guide based on your goals. Be on the lookout for more info on virtual sessions and staying fit in the virtual world.
MSM: Any last words you’d like to share with our readers?
Jade: Yes, one of my favorite quotes.
“Imagine you are on your deathbed, and standing around your deathbed are the ghosts of your unfulfilled potential, the ghosts of the ideas you never acted on, the ghosts of the talents you didn’t use. They’re standing around your bed angry, disappointed, and upset. We came to you because you could’ve brought us to life, they say, and now we have to go to the grave together. How many ghosts are gonna be around your bed when the time comes?”-Denzel Washington
No matter how far-fetched it may seem, just do it and make your wildest dreams come true. Settle for nothing and experience everything!