Our Soul Series continues, spotlighting some of the vital and influential local voices in our community helping us connect our physical movement with inner strength.
In this post we focus on Jeff Lajoie, a Tier3+ Personal Trainer at Equinox in Boston’s Financial District. We sat down with him to find out more.
Tell us a little bit about you and your business. Where and what do you teach? How’d you become interested in teaching? How are you helping Bostonians move more?
I’ve been training at Equinox for 5+ years. My passion for fitness started at a young age in a multitude of sports, flourished throughout college at Springfield College in the field of Exercise Science, and has now led me to live in one of the fittest cities in the U.S.
Unfortunately, my clients are stuck in jobs that far exceed the hours of 9-5, which means 8+ hours sitting. Also, the majority have the challenge of post-work business dinners. I truly enjoy being the block in the day where they can regain mobility and proper movement patterns, discuss healthy nutrition choices, de-stress, and disappear from the hustle of everyday life.
How do you nourish your soul?
Through music. I believe that it can define a mood, can be motivation and inspiration, and can be whatever you want it to be. Music can help me get on another level through a workout, it can help me find some peace and tranquility when relaxing, or if I just need to get in the holiday spirit, I throw on some Michael Bublé Pandora and…. Boom!
What’s your morning routine look like?
Last year, I watched the YouTube video of Admiral William McRaven, a Navy SEAL who spoke at the University of Texas at Austin. He said, “If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.” And I thought, OK I’m listening…
He said, “If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task. And another… and another.”
“Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that the little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right, you’ll never be able to do the big things right.”
The best point I believe he made, and I always think about is: “And, if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made–that you made. And a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better.” So to start my day, the first thing I absolutely do is make my bed.
What do you like to do for fun in Boston?
On my off day and when there is no traffic (rare) I love to bounce around town on my motorcycle. I’ve also been forcing myself to do more cardio and go running. It’s given me a great way to discover new parts and admire the beauty of our city.
One thing you’re really excited about in the coming months?
I’m extremely excited to spend more time with my newborn nephew, Rhett. He has perfect squat form at just three months old!
Key people or companies that have helped you grow?
The entire Personal Training department at Equinox. Our individual success is solely driven by our ability to work as a team. We are constantly educating and challenging one other, and helping one other build as coaches and individuals.
What’s one thing you can’t live without?
Coffee! I can’t drink it fast enough. A close second is my sneaker collection….