“I AM Healthy and Fit,” with Guest, Certified Personal Trainer, Motivational Speaker, Fitness Lifestyle Expert, Steve Jordan; and Musical Guest, Singer / Songwriter and Romance Activist, Ty Taylor on The LIFE CHANGES Show
GUEST: STEVE JORDAN and MUSICAL GUEST: TY TAYLOR
Hi! My name is Steve Jordan and I’m grateful you’re taking the first step towards a healthy and fit lifestyle.
I’ve always loved to exercise and feel good. I was the kid who couldn’t sit still in class and would much rather be playing a sport or playing with friends.
I played every sport and I was always at least a year younger of all my friends and teammates. I excelled in lacrosse and football in high school capturing the title of captain for both sports with All State honors in lacrosse. However, I was never the biggest, nor the fastest or the most athletic. But I was always extremely determined and persistent to be just as good or better than my older friends.
Growing up was not easy for me. My parent were strong believers in “tough love” and they expected a lot from me and were hard to please, so there was always tension at home. I got picked on, bullied and even beaten up by older classmates in high school. Excelling in sports was a way to gain respect and acceptance among my peers.
Playing Sports Was My Way To Feel Accepted
I had lacrosse scholarships to division III schools, but really had my heart set on playing at the University of Maryland a division I powerhouse that was always a dream. So, I enrolled and sent a highlight tape to the coach and was turned down for a scholarship, but was offered a “good look” if I walked on. I eventually got accepted for my academics and decided to just go for it. Why not? I always worked my tail off to gain the respect and admiration of my classmates, so why couldn’t I do it here too.
My college dreams of playing lacrosse didn’t turn out exactly the way I dreamed of. These dreams were derailed after an accident falling off a two story balcony landing on my head resulting in brain surgery to save my life and prevent permanent brain damage. This TBI (traumatic brain injury) shattered my identity. I didn’t know who I was or how I would recover.
Would anyone want to hang out with me if I couldn’t speak in full sentences without stuttering?
Was I going to be made fun of because I was paralyzed on the left side of my face?
Were people going to feel sorry for me and make feel bad about myself?
Could I study and finish school if I couldn’t even remember a phone number or someones name?
What was the rest of my life going to be like???
These and so many more questions polluted my mind constantly.
I mustered up as much positive energy as I could during these transformative years into a full recovery to live a life of health and fitness.
I had an obsessive belief that I would recover
During my three year recovery both physically and cognitively, I realized that being fit was not just about looking good, or performing better in sports, but it was a way to rebuild myself from the inside out, including my self esteem, my character and my passion to just feel great regardless of what I looked like. But when I started seeking information, mentors and inspiration on how to create a better life for myself, that’s when everything started to change for the better.
My first career job was a personal trainer at the White House under the Clinton administration for one year, I built a small private training business while finishing my Kinesiology degree at the University of Maryland.
Even with this initial career success, my career journey was not easy. Although I physically and mentally I showed no signs of this terrible accident, I still had the the emotional scars of the fear of being judged, being different and the fear of failure.
Since then it’s been an uphill endeavor for me to create, build and grow both personally and professionally to keep myself inspired and relevant.
But I’ve learned to practice gratitude along this journey and harness that same positive energy I did when I was going through my recovery from the TBI to create and manifest an awesome career that is highlighted throughout this website and beyond.
I’ve been a educator teaching cutting edge exercise science for the top companies in the fitness and sports performance arenas. I’ve trained all kinds of people of all demographics including some of the most influential or successful people in the world who could hire anyone, at any price to learn how to be healthy and fit. I’ve spoken in front of fortune 500 companies and have had guest speaking opportunities at world class retreats. And I’ve traveled to the most luxurious and remote destinations around the world with client’s in ways that are fit for a king. And much more.
Educating and inspiring people is my purpose
But no matter where I’ve been, what I’ve achieved or who I’ve trained…I still struggle with my insecurities of not being good enough. Nonetheless, I find that passion for teaching health and fitness to others which fuels me to keep rising above and not falling, growing and not dying, creating and not destroying, and giving and not withholding.
I’m a firm believer that living a healthy and fit life, the journey you experience, and the lives you impact is more important than what you do or what you have accumulated. I got a taste of living how the 1% of the 1% live. And I realized that when I commit to my vision and purpose – I give 100% of my passion…and anything is possible for you and I.
It’s hard to think that over the past 23 years since my accident from almost paralyzed, brain dead and almost dead that I could have all these extraordinary experiences I’ve had in my career and life.
Now I’m committed to impacting 1 billion lives. I teach people how to pursue a healthy and fit lifestyle to fulfill their life’s dreams.
I do this through my online training, podcast, blog, videos, retreats and one on one interactions.
I’m so grateful where life has taken me and the life that I’ve chosen to live everyday. I believe we are all composers of our own life, and I’m truly blessed for the adversity I’ve faced. It makes me appreciate my life now and have a deeper compassion for others who suffer in much bigger ways.
I’ve been mentoring young health and fitness professionals through email, phone calls and even mentor programs I’ve created here in LA at my private training studio.
Always remember you were born for a purpose and something bigger than your ego. But YOU have to stop making the excuse that you can’t be healthy and fit because you do have the answers or resources. No one is going to do it for you! No one did it for me.
It’s your Responsibility to create a healthy and fit life where you can do and live your dreams like I am. No one is going to give you the power to build your mental strength, emotional stability and physical prowess. That’s all up to you!
Your dreams matter because YOU Matter! Never forget that! But you must learn to focus on the positive, build the foundation, visualize the goal and use the tools to compose your own story. Be the star you were born to be. Start the journey with me because the world is a better place when you are healthy and fit my friend!
Trust me! You have what it takes to be healthy and fit!
Steve Jordan, BS, CSCS, CES, PES, CPT, HLC
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