We asked. He answered. Get to know Jackson in his own words.
Where did you grow up and how did you get into fitness?
I grew up on the south side of Chicago (the real city) and I originally got into fitness for baseball. I was always skinnier and smaller than the other kids so I hit the gym hard in order to compete through high school and college. The mental, emotional, and physical changes during that time hooked me.
What is your coaching style?
Honest, competitive, and aggressive yet caring. I don’t sugar coat the truth and I’m going to push you hard. You’re going to hate me at times, but it’s because I care and want you to be success more than anything. The caring part is essential because it’s the difference between just being a jerk or being a great coach.
What excites you the most about being part of the Tonal team?
Working on something that has the opportunity to positively impact people at a mass scale. Most of what I do is at a very personal 1-to-1 capacity. It’s fulfilling but I always want to help more people. This gives me the opportunity to help a lot more people and leave a legacy.
What are your favorite movements on Tonal?
Pallof Press. It’s by far the best movement for your core and abs. It’s incredibly underrated and always overlooked. This exercise needs to be famous. Want a stronger core? Pallof Press. Want six pack abs? Pallof Press. Want to fix lower back pain? Pallof Press. Want to increase your squat… you get the point.
What do you do to stay motivated?
Think about my clients. How can I ask them to do something like eat healthy, track their macros, or even get up early and hit the gym if I can’t do it myself? Above all else, I believe integrity is the most important part of being a coach, but it can’t be egotistical or inward focused. It must be done with the goal and intent of inspiring, motivating, and educating others especially your clients.
What is your favorite quote?
This sums up exactly how I feel about my clients and why I do what I do:
“In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.” – Michelangelo