Last week Ultra Fitness and Strength Gym page made 1000 page likes.. But what does this mean? It is more than just 1000 likes... In reality 1000 page likes isn't a huge amount, but to me, it is a big deal, it is a small win worth reflecting on.
I found an old piece of paper that I have in front of me right now... It is a bit of paper with a some names and numbers of gym's and personal trainers to contact when I was looking for my first position as a personal trainer over 3 years ago in 2014. The names have ticks next to them as I called them, I was rejected, I never got a position. I decided to go out on my own, I have always been independent because of how my beautiful mother raised me. Truth is, I am pissed, I am freaking pissed about my past and I will not settle for shit, I will continue to grind my face off until I have reached MY version of success. This emotion is my driver, it keeps me hungry.
I was always your typical D-B grade kid at school, just doing enough to get through. I was never popular, in year 12 I spent most of the time by myself or with 1-2 friends. I moved on to be an apprentice Electrician at the age of 18, I was treated poorly and thrown into jobs that needed to be done rather than jobs that would help me develop, I was never taken seriously. At tech I would typically hover around 50-70%, again, just enough to get through. Now that I look back, my thought process at the time was that being average was my normal, it was just me and how I was always going to be. "What a load of shit" I think now.
During this period, I started my first job at 16 years old as a trolley pusher, at 17 years I worked at Woolworth's and a Bike Shop. Mum wouldn't give me lifts to school or to work, I would walk or ride, I can't thank her enough for this, to many kids are soft these days needing 'mummy' or 'daddy' to do everything for them. This then leads to all sorts of problems when they go into the real world and realize how hard it is BY YOURSELF.
Through the age of 18-21 was a scary period for me riddled with alcohol, drugs and partying. This period was my attempt at trying to be 'cool' after my history of being un-popular... I lived out of home during this period, I did a lot of dumb shit and was very destructive to myself and others. I chose not to regret anything in my life, everything has a lesson, but man some of it makes me cringe.
Left: 25 years old. Right: 19 years old.
Despite the absolute chaos I managed to get my trade ticket as an Electrician, this was one of my greatest achievements of my life. So what did I do with it? I threw it in my bed side drawer and quit... I was earning over $1000 a week after tax and I quit. I had the work ethic to do anything I wanted and I understood that no money is worth being miserable over. I had been treated like shit as an Electrician, I was treated like shit in school, I treated myself like shit. It was time to close the door and stop being so f**king average, ENOUGH!
By this point in my life I had been going to the gym for 5 years, I had found an escape there, a place I could enter my head and fight the demons. A place of progression, a place I could dissipate my pain, a place of therapy, a place that potentially saved my life from being a mess. I remember clear as day turning to the head strength coach at the gym and saying "I don't care how much it costs or what time, what place it is but I want to be the best powerlifter in the world one day." The next day he approached me and invited me to train with him and his lifting crew, I couldn't believe it, I jumped on it right away.
My life all of a sudden had clarity, focus, discipline and something to work towards! I competed in my first competition at 21 years old and Deadlifted 260kg and Bench Pressed 145kg. I fell in love straight away and haven't looked back. I am currently 25 years old with the best lifts of a 300.5kg Squat, 195kg bench Press and a 322.5kg Deadlift. I have broke Junior Australian Records, an Unnoficial GPC Junior World Record and only 2 weeks ago broke my first 'opens' Australian Record in the WRPF federation with a 322.5kg deadlift. As I write I am still on my journey to being one of the best lifters on the planet, I have a long way to go, but like I said: I am pissed about my past and I will not be stopping any time soon.
Left: 322.5kg WRPF Aus Record, 25 years old.
SO... When did Ultra Fitness and Strength Come Into This?
22 years old I did my first bootcamp under the business name 'Ultra Fitness and Strength' with some of Amanda's (my partner) friends. 5 people showed up and I charged $10 each, I made $50. This moment I remember clear as day, I had made this money myself... On my own. It was like throwing a hammer through glass, my life instantly changed from that moment. It was like everything society told me to do was all an illusion. We are all taught and told to get a secure 9-5 with okay pay and benefits, get married, have kids and that is 'normal,' you shouldn't attempt anything else. Oh boy did this unleash a whole new animal, being the independent young adult I was, I was now on a f**king mission.
This bootcamp was an attempt to make some money whilst I was being rejected by every gym I approached. Being rejected from every gym was the best thing that could of ever happened to me. The universe listens, I am a huge believer in the law of attraction. Not long after this a man approached me who owned a strength gym in Canberra and offered if I wanted to coach out of his gym.... Again, another amazing opportunity that I took straight away. UltraFS was now officially doing personal training out of a gym.
First Ultra Logo.
During this period, I rarely went out or did anything, I was extremely focused on my sport and business. I lost 90% of all my friends, laser focused with a vision of being extremely successful. 'F**K AVERAGE! I thought,' Even as I write this it is becoming more and more clear as to why I feel the way I do, my past I was treated average and I treated myself average. These two things business and powerlifting I had full control over, it was up to me how well I did. I was starting to understand it was up to me how well I wanted to do, the belief that I was destined to be average left me, WE are the controllers of our own destiny.
Anyway, after a year of working out of someone else's gym I opened my own. 'Ultra Fitness and Strength Gym' opened in November, 2015. Before opening I had less than $1000 to my name, I was rejected by 6+ banks, I had everything ready to open a gym and the plan went under due to the banks rejecting me. I then went through my whole phone book, facebook friends and anyone I could for investors... Again... The universe listened, a lovely old work friend of mine named Craig believed in me. He loaned me a large sum of money to start the gym, I paid it off in 12 months with interest. I cannot thank this man enough, not many people believed in me, he was kind enough to throw some money at my gym idea. I am eternally grateful..
'The harder the struggle, the more glorious the triumph!'
2016 - 2017, The first year of running UltraFS Gym was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. What pushed me through the adversity was my 'why,' I am pissed about who I was, I am hungry for success, I am passionate about people and influencing the world in a positive way. Without these emotions I would not have made it through. Sleeping in the gym was a normal thing to do, 4 hours sleep was normal. I literally filled my days with so much to do that it would make me sick, I burnt out usually once a month.
2016 - 2017 was the best 'business degree' I could have ever done. Rather than 'studying' my life away I decided to JUST DO IT and 'study' through mentoring and experience. This is not how some people operate the best but for myself I am a doer, I don't see the point in 'learning something and then doing' when I can be 'doing and learning' at the same time. If you keep learning, learning, learning without doing then all of a sudden you are 40 years old with all this knowledge and no practical experience, these people put their idea's in to the 'one day' basket without actually doing anything. There is no age limit to start anything, JUST START. I mean, who is better off? A person who has a degree in business or a someone who has been in business for 5 years, I know who I would pick for advice. For all I know we might only get one life, it isn't very long, I am not waiting around for shit!
2017 - Now, Ultra Fitness and Strength Gym is still a baby in the business world, but is really starting to find it's place in the industry. It has it's second coach on board, a thriving culture and some really interesting systems going in place to run like an efficient machine for the future. 'Ultra Holistic Massage' is a second business venture which has 2 locations which is full of it's own learning opportunities (another business degree perhaps? :P)
Ultra Holistic Massage Logo
I feel like this is a really special time in my life. I have never had so much clarity, focus and blazing passion for success in my life. This blog really helped me understand a bit more as to why I feel the way I do and where the passion comes from. It is still early days in the business/powerlifting world and I will not be stopping any time soon. The thought of being my version of average makes me sick and I will not stand for it. This goes for you too, if you have something you have always wanted to start and haven't started yet just go and do it.... It is that simple, right now make the first step no matter how big or small. It will be hard, you will be nervous, just do it anyway.
It is interesting how 1000 page likes on Facebook turned into a reflection of my life and Ultra Fitness and Strength :P. To conclude I think it is SO important to reflect on the process to any milestone you hit no matter how big or small. YOU achieved that and no one can take that away from you. Look back on the adversity you pushed through and be proud of it. NO one will really understand how hard you worked but yourself.
My blog is an outlet to empty my mind and I just want to thank you for reading my story.
A quick shout out to The Ultra Culture, I cannot thank you enough for being a part of the journey, we are only just getting started... ;) *fist bump*
- Jake Fisher