My name is Jax, and I’m 27 years old. I was born and raised in Philadelphia. I started my fitness journey not that long ago. My fitness background is…exactly nothing.
Like most urban kids that went to underfunded public schools I never had a school sport to participate in that really interested me. Seeing as I’m 5’11 ¾ the only sport the school would recruit me for was basketball.
Even though I grew up being a tomboy I was only athletic enough to run around with the boys in the neighborhood.
As I quickly approached my teenage years I found myself becoming a TV watching, junk food eating, young woman. Fortunately that turned around when I turned 25. I was watching Extreme Weight Loss on ABC. As I watched those people share their stories of how they lost control over their eating habits, and how easy it was for them to fall into obesity it made me think about my future.
Week after week I watched in awe as they worked hard to reach their goal of being healthy once again. Yet, with each passing week I became overcome with sadness because I could see myself becoming them.
After each episode the host would say “if they can do it, what’s stopping you?” That saying always echoed in my head whenever I would see someone working out, or being active. So, that summer I decided to take control of my life. I started small by stopping my addiction to soda, and replacing it with water. I slowly began to run a few miles per day. As time went on I began to feel healthy and aware of my bad habits with food, realizing the importance of nutrition.
Despite doing well on my own, and the fact that my active lifestyle was becoming a part of my daily routine, I hit a plateau. That is when I was introduced to the wonderful and amazing Jayel or JL as I like to refer to her. I met her at the CityFit Girl’s retreat last summer. After watching her lead a group exercise class and have the ladies sweat like no other I decided she was the type of trainer that I needed.
I wanted her to push me to my maximum potential. She proved to live up to her own standards as my personal trainer, becoming part of my support team and cheering me on to be the best version of myself.
It was at that point that I realized; I can’t fail unless I become my own enemy. My fitness journey is just that, a journey that will never stop for me.
Submitted By: Jax Perez