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How Do I Get In Shape? – Justen Smith – Episode 3 Transcript

The guest on this episode is Justen Smith, with Justen Pro Fitness.

Here is the transcript of the podcast. Healthy and Fit After 40 Episode 2

W Tucker:
All right folks, this is W Tucker, and you are listening to Healthy and Fit After 40, and our guest today is Justen Smith. He is a trainer and has lots of experience in lots of different areas and we’re going to be talking to him. So, introduce yourself Justen. Say hi to the audience.

Justen Smith:
Hey, what’s happening. This is Justen Smith. Like he said, I’m a personal trainer, but everyone calls me Coach Jut. So this’ll be the actual first introduction of Coach Jut.

W Tucker:
Great.

Justen Smith:
That’s what most of the kids call me.

W Tucker:
Great great great great. So, one of the things that I will say is that at the end of the show today, which is about half an hour, Justen is, or Coach Jut is going to offer a free something and you’ve got to wait until the end to find out what that is, and we’ll be talking about it at the very end of the show.

Justen Smith:
Yeah yeah, listen up.

W Tucker:
Yeah, listen up. So the other thing that we want to talk about is kind of your early background and how you’ve always been into sports, right?

Justen Smith:
Right on.

W Tucker:
And just kind of give us a little history of your high school college days, and what you did.

Justen Smith:
Right on. All right. Y’all gonna keep track of this? Everybody wants to go back in my luggage, man. The thing is, growing up where I’m from, we used to actually race barefoot. I’m a track athlete now and so rewinding back to when I was even in elementary, we used to race all the time.

W Tucker:
This is east Texas right?

Justen Smith:
Yeah, deep east Texas, [crosstalk 00:02:03] you gotta put the deep on there. Yeah, like I said, growing up where I’m from, I’m an eighties baby so back in the day you had to be outside. You had to be outside to play and what we had outside was soda pop cans or milk jugs or whatever. We would use those for bases for actual baseball or kickball, rather. But growing up I just loved all the aspects of sports, being involved with a team, and just competing.

W Tucker:
So you started really early in sports.

Justen Smith:
Really really early.

W Tucker:
And got into every sport when you were in high school, right?

Justen Smith:
Yeah, pretty much. It was mostly just experimenting with all the sports like soccer and that sort of thing in elementary, but we really couldn’t afford to play soccer or we really didn’t have a soccer team in my particular town, but we had-

W Tucker:
Right. Yeah Texas is not a soccer town.

Justen Smith:
We really had, it was mainly about football but we had volleyball, cross country, track, baseball, basketball, you know, all those. But it’s definitely a football town back where I’m from. G-town, Garrison, Texas. But with all those sports and stuff, man we just always competed me and my cousins. We grew up like brothers and we would just always try to outdo each other all the time. It didn’t matter what it was. Playing video games-

W Tucker:
Very competitive.

Justen Smith:
Yep, very competitive and I was always one of the smallest ones or one of the shortest ones or whatever, but I had to jump higher, run faster, run harder, try to lift heavier. But I was always involved in sports growing up from elementary, middle school, high school.

W Tucker:
So what was your specialty in high school?

Justen Smith:
Specialty in high school, it wasn’t necessary a specialty. Basketball is my favorite first of all. That’s my first love. Some of my cousins, they’d be like, “Man, you gon’ be in the NBA” and all that.

W Tucker:
Oh because you’re so good at it.

Justen Smith:
Yeah but back then, the confidence level was a little low playing actual school ball. I would get picked up on the street. When I was on the streets I would get picked up on the team first because that’s just how good I was back then but a lot of times in school I would get nervous a lot because of how I played. Some of the coaches didn’t like the way I played, plus I had a slight temper too. But it was passion thought, it was all love, it was just passion. A lot of passion for how I played. But some of the coaches didn’t like that and of course where I’m from, you’ve gotta be kind of, I don’t know, just straight-laced, so to speak. And the game, the way I played, Larry Bird was my favorite player but I also liked Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson. And so I tried to embody all their games together. So I would try to do moves like Jordan and try to do some fancy stuff like that and coaches would get onto me and so that kind of broke my spirit for a little bit after a while. But going back to that being my favorite sport, one of the best, I played everything.

W Tucker:
So what about college? Did that continue in college?

Justen Smith:
No it didn’t because straight out of high school, I was going to play Juco ball in Tyler, but I ended up joining the military. So just played a semester in Tyler, a little bit and joined the military. And so I didn’t play any ball or do anything in college. I did all my running in the military. So we ran miles and all that stuff.

W Tucker:
Okay, so your life changed a little bit at that point.

Justen Smith:
Oh yeah. After coming out of high school, I joined the military and then got back into school. I went to art school. I’m an artist as well.

W Tucker:
Okay, we’re going to take a break and we’re going to continue and talk to Justen on the other side and so we’ll see you in a minute.

W Tucker:
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W Tucker:
All right folks, we are back and it is W Tucker with Health and Fit After 40. And our guest is Justen Smith and he’s just talked about his high school and college careers and now we’re going to talk a little bit about the challenges that Justen has had as he has been an athlete, a musician, an artist, et cetera. So talk a little bit, Justen, about your army and after that and how you discovered what your life career would be.

Justen Smith:
Right on, right on. To put it in a nutshell, I guess. In the military, I hated the military. I just wanted to get out of it. Hated the military but had to do what I had to do. Just being deployed a lot put a lot of stress on me and my family and that sort of thing. Missing out on my son then. Now I have two, a baby girl also. Just being in the military is hard enough missing out on your family, that time, and just being away. And then the stress of being in a hostile environment for days on end, weeks, months.

W Tucker:
So a hostile environment is, you were deployed overseas?

Justen Smith:
Yes. I served for OIF and OEF, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom over in Iraq so I was deployed over there.

W Tucker:
Okay, wow.

Justen Smith:
To Kuwait and Iraq for two years.

W Tucker:
Impressive. So that’s a tough gig.

Justen Smith:
Yeah. I would say so. Pretty tough, pretty tough. I’ve had athletic injuries but I had a couple over there while I was in the military-

W Tucker:
So when you were in the military, you were still involved in sports.

Justen Smith:
Sure. Oh yeah. What’s so crazy, the first time I went over there we had this intermission before we had to go back on the road on a mission. I was in transportation and filled artillery, so we would have missions where we would go, we were stationed in Kuwait and we had missions where we would go into Iraq and before we went on one mission, sometimes people come over for USO to entertain the soldiers and whatnot, and one of those we had Nike Hoops Classic something that went on. Anyway, couple of college coaches came over there and… excuse me, I’m a little nervous.

W Tucker:
It’s all right, you’re doing great.

Justen Smith:
Few of the schools came over and hosted this Nike Classic camp or whatever and I entered this dunk contest. People always talk about, “Man you can’t jump” and they asked me could I dunk and that sort of thing so I entered in the dunk contest. I got third, but I ended up bruising my heel. I would have got first, trust me, I would’ve won the thing, but I bruised my heel on the second dunk. I ended up getting a bronze medal but I did this dunk, what’s called the gorilla dunk. I threw myself in alley-oop, I did a gorrila dunk, but the momentum I swung up and clapped my feet on the back of the backboard, right? And when you swing away, sometimes you have to let go of at a certain time. But the momentum was going so fast that I let go too soon, so it was like my feet was about the height of the net. So when I let go, it was like falling down to the court from being that far up and then I bruised my heel.

W Tucker:
Oh, right.

Justen Smith:
And I couldn’t really do the next dunk which, if I had made the next dunk, then I mean I can’t believe I got up that high, was a windmill and I missed it. I got third place, man.

W Tucker:
Well that’s great. So the other thing that I think you told me something about was Olympics and medals and stuff like that. Do you want to talk about that?

Justen Smith:
Oh wow. I threw that out there. Yeah that’s pefect because that kind of lines up. It’ll line up with everything that happened to me in my direction and my path and my purpose. Getting out of the military, it was like, okay. I have this bucket goal list that I have of professional sports. I tried for football, actually pulled my quad muscle running the forty for NFL combine. It was a free agent combine that I went to in Atlanta. But anyway, I said okay I’m going to start running, but that came about when people said, “Man, you can still run” because like you said I was still involved in sports. Football, flag football, basketball, I just stayed competitive. It’s like, man you can still run. Go run. I was like okay, I’ve always wanted to do it anyway. So I started training for the 2016 Olympics and I actually had another injury. Small intestine obstruction. So I almost lost my life. I had emergency surgery. They gut me open like a hog, man.

W Tucker:
And this was before the Olympics?

Justen Smith:
Yeah, 2016, yeah. And I almost qualified in the 100 and the 400. And I had the times to run the 100 to qualify and the summer of ’14, had a small intestine obstruction.

W Tucker:
Wow. So that prevented you from doing that.

Justen Smith:
Yeah. Freak accident. Anyway, when that happened, I was in the hospital for 7 days, 7 nights, and then I got out and I was on bed rest for a while and I actually had to start walking again almost teaching myself to get out and walk. It was just really bad. A lot of people don’t come back from that. It happens to people that are more so overweight and so we still don’t know what really happened. For the most part I didn’t have enough water. I wasn’t hydrated enough and pretty much overworked myself. So from that summer, then I started walking. I said I can’t stop doing this. I was like, the Lord, you brought me this far, you know just to let me fall. And I still had that competitive spirit to keep going, to keep trying.

Justen Smith:
When I was in hospital on the third day, I had a buddy of mine who was kind of taking care of everything for me at home and taking care of the mail and whatever I had to do at home because I was in hospital. I told him I don’t want any visitors. I don’t want nothing. I don’t want anybody to come in my room. I don’t want nobody here. And that day when that happened, I was just mad at God and I just started yelling. I just started screaming. I know the nurses and everybody thought I was crazy. It was like man, he’s losing it. He’s an ex-soldier, we don’t know what he’s gon’ do. And so man, I was just yelling at him like, it’s not fair. I was just mad, man. I was very upset. And I just heard him say I needed to sit down for a minute. It was almost literally physically hearing him say, just sit down for a minute. And that was it.

Justen Smith:
I got focused and I said I’m gonna start walking on my son’s birthday, which is November 1. My son’s birthday and my birthday and my daughter’s birthday are all close together. And so we’re month to month, back to back. In November, I started walking on my son’s birthday. I said I’m gonna walk a couple months and if I feel good enough to jog, then I’m gonna jog. So I got on the golf course, walked the course, heels and everything and then came my birthday in December and me and my daughter’s are a week apart. Hers in January and so I said I’m going to start jogging for another couple of months. After I started jogging I said if I feel good after that, then I’ll do a couple of sprints. I’ll run a 40-yard dash a few times and see how it feel. And so, couple weeks after my daughter birthday I did that and then I said okay, if I can run a solid 40 or 100-yard dash, then I’m going to start training for the next race. And so I entered a masters race a couple months later and won my first gold medal.

W Tucker:
Wow. That’s impressive.

Justen Smith:
Yeah yeah.

W Tucker:
All right. Well we thank you, we’re going to take a break and we will be back in just a minute, so this is W Tucker with Healthy and Fit After 40, and we will talk to you soon.

W Tucker:
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W Tucker:
All right, it is W Tucker with Healthy and Fit After 40, and we’ve got our guest Justen Smith and he is going to talk a little bit about his career now and the advice that he will have for folks over 40 which is what our subject is. So tell us a little about your career and your business now, and we’ll talk then a little about your advice for folks over 40.

Justen Smith:
Right on. Well of course I’m out of the military. Been out of the military there for a little bit. I was training the last year and a half of my military career. I was training national guard soldiers to go active duty in the army. I would train them for their PT test, the physical training test that they have in order to pass to go to basic training. So I’ve always wanted to train people. I love coaching, I love teaching and so after getting a niche for that, people would always ask me, “What should I do and how should I work out and what should I eat?”

W Tucker:
Uh-huh, sure.

Justen Smith:
All that stuff. So I’ve been doing that for a very long time. I been coaching, training, for almost 14 years now I guess. Can’t believe it’s been that long. Now I just train mostly kids. I mean, it varies from age to age, but even people after 40 of course. Military veterans.

W Tucker:
So you have a career where you individually train people too.

Justen Smith:
Yes. I have camps and also individual personal training.

W Tucker:
Right.

Justen Smith:
Pretty much mobile. I come to them, come to their home or go to their gym rather if they want me to.

W Tucker:
Right. And so, I guess what we want to find out from you is any specific sort of things with your vast experience that you’ve experienced with people over 40 and what you see as something for folks after 40 to look at in their lives to improve their health and fitness.

Justen Smith:
Right. Okay. So for male and female, of course it’s both different as you age. THere’s a certain window of certain ages where you should start to attack certain areas as far as your health is concerned especially with eating.

W Tucker:
Sure.

Justen Smith:
So after 40, I have a few clients that trickle in and trickle out and then they’ll come back to get some exercises and then they’ll switch on and off from meal plans.

W Tucker:
So you do more than just the physical, you do diet and all that sort of stuff combined.

Justen Smith:
Yes. It’s pretty much a 3-way deal. Mind, body, and soul, right. And so we have to feel good in our mind to actually move the way we want to move. That’s my philosophy of the whole deal is train purposefully. It’s also helping with the kids get their minds right, how they’re doing in school and whatnot. But after 40, I’m not quite there yet. I’m 36, and I’m proud to say that I’m 36 years of age but I feel a lot older.

W Tucker:
You’ve had a lot of life experience.

Justen Smith:
Yeah, a lot of the injuries, torn ACL, pulled MCL, cracked knee cap, I mean all that so, messed up disk in my lumbar twice in the military and then in the oil field. But the thing about getting past 40 and what I’ve learned and what I’ve studied, right, and then what I’ve experience with training the people that are over that age is just that there’s a variation of different scenarios. And what that means is like, okay, what are we training for? Are you training to just lose weight? Are you training to just bulk up? I mean, all the stuff that you train for, right?

W Tucker:
So it depends on somebody’s intent. That’s the way you train, based entirely on what their purpose is.

Justen Smith:
Right. And so after 40, what you really want to do, and we’ll start with the female case. For both female and male, you would definitely need to go get your blood work done. You just need to have that done anyway, and a lot of people come to find out don’t do it as often as they do. They don’t like going to the doctor. They don’t like going to the dentist. They don’t like going to those places. But the first thing, the male and the female, you know, woman and man, they have to go and get blood work done to see where your levels are.

W Tucker:
So that’s kind of the base thing that you need to do first.

Justen Smith:
Yeah. You need to have that done no matter what. That way, we both can start on the same… I know what’s going on with your body internal. I need to know what’s up. I need to know what’s going on.

W Tucker:
Great advice to somebody to start. Go to the doctor, get a blood work, get a physical, just to find out where you are.

Justen Smith:
Yeah I’ll make sure, I’ll show it to the doctor with you. But with the females, right, they have a different emotional balance than men and so they need to find out, okay, what mood am I in? What do I like to listen to? What type of workout do I like to do? By this time, you already know what you like to do. Right? And so now we have to find out what injuries you have, what’s hurting now.

W Tucker:
And to find out what you like to do is important because that’s the thing you’ll stick with.

Justen Smith:
Sure. Yep, yep, and so that way we can kind of… I can kind of wean them off that, so to speak, and kind of gradually get them into something that they need to be doing.

W Tucker:
Okay.

Justen Smith:
And so that kind of helps with some of the people that are pretty much hard-headed and they’re like “I don’t wanna do this and that. That hurts. That hurts.” Well, these are some of the things that you’re gonna have to do, and some of it’s very tedious.

W Tucker:
Right.

Justen Smith:
It’s very very tedious.

W Tucker:
Right right. So for men, what’s the difference there?

Justen Smith:
Okay, it’s not necessarily too big of a difference, right. Because the women, they go hard. They’ll work for you. But the men, they’ll take a little bit, like, “Oh I got it, I got it, I’m good.” And then they’ll come back later, “Well what do I need to eat?” And I’m like, well that’s where we needed to start first, right? And so that’s why I go, get the blood work, let’s find out what you’re eating and then find out where you’re hurting. For the men, it’s the same thing. So we get their, mainly it’s their blood pressure, their cholesterol and their testosterone of course. And depending on, it’s not so much of what you eat. This is what’s wearing me out with a lot of people. It’s not about necessarily what you eat. It’s when you eat it and how often you eat it.

W Tucker:
Oh okay.

Justen Smith:
Those are the main things. Those two things and sleep go hand in hand. Well, I gotta throw in water. I feel like I always have to throw that in. But water. Water and sleep – crucial. Very very crucial.

W Tucker:
Right right right. Okay well thanks. We will be back and in the next segment, Justen’s going to talk a little bit about his business. So we will be back in just a minute.

W Tucker:
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W Tucker:
So this is W Tucker with Healthy and Fit After 40 and our guest today is Justen Smith and we’ve talked a lot about his advice for folks over 40 and all I want you to do now is talking about the businesses that you do and we’ll then offer what we’re going to offer.

Justen Smith:
Right on. Justen Pro Fitness is actually powered by Tri-Point Athletics LLC, which is my company. Veteran-owned business. Justen Pro Fitness is actually, it started with me just being competitive again with what I do and also being proficient in what I do.

W Tucker:
Right.

Justen Smith:
Mastering every part of it. And so it’s not necessarily saying I’m Justen Pro Fitness, you can be pro fitness. So Bob Pro Fitness, Susie Pro Fitness, right. And that’s where that comes from. But what it’s about, it’s about sharing knowledge of athleticism and fitness lifestyle to motivate and inspire while teaching with integrity and professionalism. That’s basically the overview.

W Tucker:
Sounds great.

Justen Smith:
It’s about us developing and optimizing your own function of movement. So we start from the ground roots of your injuries and build up.

W Tucker:
So these are individual customers, clients of yours, right?

Justen Smith:
Yes.

W Tucker:
This is what you do in their home, at the gym, wherever. But that’s always a one-on-one session.

Justen Smith:
Yes. Yes.

W Tucker:
Okay. And you do other things with groups?

Justen Smith:
Yes, mainly students. Sports students. So it’s more gauging on sport-specific. So we have students ranging from 7 to 18 years old.

W Tucker:
Okay. And I think you mentioned once to me that some of this focus there is to keep folks from getting injured.

Justen Smith:
Yep. So it’s based on function of movement and corrective exercises, right. So building their mechanics, because kids are always growing. They’re going to be flimsy in spots, they’re going to be rough in spots. The coordination in their core is going to be way wacky. They’re going to be off. And a lot of time, you can overwork areas like a lot of these kids, they do sport after sport after sport which is not good, especially if you’re not getting the proper rest. So I try to develop a program, I have developed a program for that, for kids that are coming up into age where they’re going to middle school or high school.

W Tucker:
Okay. All right, cool. So that’s kind of the crux of your business is that individual coverage, where you go and work with individuals and then students and you help them get better at their sports and keep them from being injured, give them advice about what they should be doing.

Justen Smith:
Exactly. And we also do speed and agility. That’s part of the main workouts. Speed and agility. Learning how to get to those points to where we can progress.

W Tucker:
Very cool. So what are we going to offer our listeners? We are going to offer a free training session with Justen. So talk about that.

Justen Smith:
So we’re going to put down a free session coming up in the next month or two for… I’m going to have two days where we’re going to have two groups and it’s going to be Monday and Tuesday. So I’m gonna give a free session. For all y’all that are listening, for all of those that want to come learn what I do, I’m gonna give a free session and a bootcamp.

W Tucker:
Fantastic. So the way that you sign up for this is to email wtucker@healthyandfitafter40.com. I’ll say that once more: wtucker@healthyandfitafter40.com. Now Justen, I want you to tell folks your phone number so they can contact you what’s your phone number?

Justen Smith:
Awesome. You can reach me anytime, it doesn’t matter what time of day it is. 940-735-8700. That’s 940-735-8700.

W Tucker:
All right. Say that once more slowly.

Justen Smith:
940-735-8700.

W Tucker:
All right, great. Justen that was fantastic, thank you very much. And this is W Tucker at Healthy and Fit After 40 and we will see you soon.

W Tucker:
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