Jason Hicks AOM

June AOM – Jason Hicks

It’s that time again already…

The AOM is upon us.

As a community, we are so lucky to be surrounded by incredible people on a daily basis and this guy is no different.

Most of you have had a class with him and know him for his hard work, smile, willingness to help anyone and everyone around him, and, of course, his sense of humor.

He is someone that truly enhances the experience of all our members and coaches and we are truly thankful for that.

Here he is … the one and only …

Jason Hicks

What have you accomplished in your life that you’re most proud of?

Creating another person (my daughter).

If you could take 3 months off and do whatever you wanted, what would that time look like?

I would get in my time machine for the first couple weeks and go back in time to relive some of my past. I wouldn’t redo anything, just re-experience it. That would put me back in the mindset of being less serious; after which I would buy a 23-window VW Bus and cruise the states with my family. If I couldn’t find the 23-window bus, I would chill in Maine, Hawaii, and then New Zealand.

If you were in a band what existing band/group do you see yourself in?

Kodo — I would love to be able to drum and perform like they do! They should be on the TrAk playlist.

Favorite place to travel to?

Alaska (we panned for gold, got lost on a glacier, landed on water in a plane, and ate whale blubber above the Arctic Circle — where else can you do that?).

What do your kids remind you that it’s OK to do?

Have fun and don’t take life so seriously all the time.

What personal failure has helped lead to your ultimate success?

Not really a failure, but choosing a college out of state changed me. Every day for my first three months was a struggle being away from my family and friends. I wanted to be home but I didn’t go back and grew as a result, proving to myself that I could adapt to new challenges on my own. I ended up moving 24 times in 12 years after that.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen in the gym?

Coach James

What three people [living or dead] would you go camping with next weekend?

I’m not a camper but I would want to spend the weekend with my grandmother (mom’s side) and father. I didn’t tell them how much they impacted me while they were alive and I would want to let them know how often I think of them since they have passed.

Which sport/activity would you love to do, but are afraid to?

Skydive.

Funniest things you’ve seen your kids do?

When Kylie was in kindergarten, she didn’t want to go to school one day so she laid out her clothes in the shape of a person, yelled to Mom that Kylie was ready to go, and hid in the closet hoping Mom would take the clothes instead of her.

Favorite movie?

Forrest Gump — he did so many amazing things but was always humble — we should all be more like Forrest.

Best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

My daughter and I recently read “A Long Walk to Water” (a true story that reminded us how truly fortunate we are) and in it, 11-year-old Salva had to cross the Akobo desert in South Sudan (a three-day journey). By the middle of the first day, Salva broke down and knew he could not make it. His uncle asked, “Do you see that group of bushes?” “You need only to walk as far as those bushes.” They continued that way for the next two days and crossed the desert. Breaking challenges into small pieces can help us accomplish the unimaginable.

At what age were you in the best shape of your life?

Around 20 years old after which I took 25 years off from exercising. In less than a year, TrAk has enabled me to be close to that 20 year old (I probably need another six months of Coach James’ workouts).

Goals … personal, professional, family?

Erase from my vocabulary the excuse I have used for too long: “I don’t have time for that.” It was my excuse because I was spending too much time working. My goal is to work just 40 hours per week by the end of the year and use the rest of the time to live life with family, friends, and to do the things that I always said I will do “someday.”

Words to live by or favorite quote?

Truly understand the difference between what you need versus want and live below your means BUT don’t forget to enjoy life (otherwise it will pass you by).

What adventure do you plan to have in the future?

We are going to New York City to see Hamilton on Broadway as a family.

Favorite book and why?

“The Shack” by William Paul Young. Within the first few chapters, it made tears flow uncontrollably and I was so angry that I didn’t want to keep reading. If you have a daughter, you will relate to my emotion. I persevered and am glad I did. The book made me think hard about my ability to forgive and to reflect on the value of acceptance (within or outside a religious framework).

Something interesting we don’t know about you?

PAST: When I first moved to NE Ohio in ’93, I drove a 1971 VW Bus for six years without heat. One awesome benefit of no heat is you rarely need to use the ice scraper on the outside of the windshield but you still need one for the inside because ice forms on the inside while driving due to all the breathing! I tried breathing less but that also had negative consequences while driving.
PRESENT: I have a 4’x8′ worm bin in my backyard. All food scraps go into it (fruits, vegetables, fish skin, chicken bones, etc.) and out comes awesome worm poop, which is great for the garden.

What do you like most about being a part of the TrAk Family?

The community (coaches and other TrAk members). Everyone is so accepting and encouraging. All those great people allow me to have fun when I am at TrAk and when I am done with a workout, I often have a natural high that I have not experienced in the past.

How has TrAk changed your everyday life?

I feel better; I sleep better; I have more energy; I feel more confident; I have a more positive outlook on life; I interact with people more; my 10-year-old daughter wants to work out with me; and I have the strength and cardiovascular capacity to go through life with more ease. My wife, Juli, says it succinctly, “Wow! TrAk works!”

Biggest accomplishment at the gym?

Every day I am there, looking at the workout and knowing that I have the capability to complete the workout (and not need to be carried out of the gym).