JJ Peterson is a Certified Fitness Instructor, Founder/Owner of Clean Simple Eats, and made an appearance on season one the “Fit to Fat to Fit” tv show as a personal trainer. In this episode, Drew chats with another show participant, JJ, about his experiences on the show, the biggest lessons that he learned, and how those lessons were ultimately integrated and are still being drawn upon today in his thriving business. Like the other trainers that Drew has interviewed so far, the unforeseen emotional and mental aspects of gaining weight were the toughest for JJ to overcome, but he was able to overcome it with a balanced, clean diet that his wife developed. In this episode, JJ not only shares the structure of his diet that led to his impressive weight-loss, but he also shares many tips and tricks that helped to to overcome his mental and emotional hurdles as well.




[01:05] JJ’s background, what led him to accept a role as a trainer on the “Fit to Fat to Fit” show, and his biggest surprise as he gained weight on the show.


[10:44] JJ’s biggest disappointment when his episode aired, and the structure of the weight-loss phase of his journey.


[18:15] The evolution of JJ’s business after the show, and how he and his wife incorporate the lessons that they learned into their business.


[24:45] The connection between physical, mental, emotional, and even spiritual transformation, and how gaining weight affected JJ’s ability to be a great father to his kids.


[32:37] How trainers can learn empathy without going to the extreme of doing a Fit2Fat2Fit experiment, and the importance of doing inner work before beginning a transformation journey.




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