“Re-Defining Expectations” The Linsey Jackson Interview (Best of the best series)

Can trainer have a favorite client?…

That is definitely an unfair question, that is like asking a parent if he or she has a favorite child. Now I am not saying personal training clients are like children, what I am saying is, that it is not really possible to have just one favorite, every client is completely unique, it really is comparing apples to oranges. So while it is true that all clients are different making it nearly impossible to compare them to each other, I can however tell you that there is definitely a distinction between good clients and GREAT clients. Great clients are…well… GREAT! They are an absolute pleasure to train and are the primary reason personal trainers love their jobs!


Strong is beautiful! Also the gloves are a much nicer upgrade #Winning

So what makes a great client? Well for starters, they are committed to achieving excellence (no matter their starting point)! But there’s more, a great client shares many of the same values as some of the most successful people on the planet, which makes them truly inspirational! Great clients are also fully aware that they are in complete control over their own destiny. This is because at some point in their fitness/life journey they made the realization that the only person that can prevent them from achieving their goals is themselves. Once this revelation has been made, they start to become unstoppable, they begin to experience a burning desire to break the status-quo, and they start letting their own light shine brighter than ever!

Great clients not only possess an amazingly strong mental toughness which allows them to overcome almost any obstacle, they also possess the work ethic needed to achieve any goal they desire. But most importunately Great clients respect/enjoy the journey! This enjoyment of the journey comes from the knowledge that success comes slowly (life is a marathon not a sprint) but at the same time they also take pride in knowing that each and everyday they become just a little better! Because of all this, a great client is not only fun to be around but they inspire and even push the trainer to be better. That’s what makes a great client, a person who works so hard and accomplishes so much that the trainer has to step up his game just to keep up!

Linsey Feb 2014

Linsey doing the first ever CINCO Saturday (Feb 2014)

One client that has no doubt pushed me to be better is Linsey Jackson. I even remember her first day in the gym, she drove up in a Tesla, drinking Apollinaris Sparkling Mineral Water Mineral Water, wearing J-lo shades and walking around like she owned the place. Things got even more interesting when I asked her if she needed gloves, she told me, “no, I have my own”,  and showed me the cheapest and most generic $10 gloves ever! The gloves made me laugh a little as they definitely didn’t fit her, “I like the finer things” profile.

These were the "high end" gloves Linsey had. LOL

These were the “high end” gloves Linsey had when she first walked into the gym. LOL!

It is this same profile (liking the finer things) that I love about Linsey, she is a great reminder that, sometimes we should have a really nice bottle of wine, or (finally) “upgrade” to much nicer boxing gloves, lol, but seriously, it is a good reminder that sometimes we all need to stop and smell the roses, that life is too short not to enjoy our time here. But it is deeper than just the love of nice things, Linsey is just successful at life, in fact her personal motto is, “winning” and quite frankly just like DJ Khalid, “all she does is win”!

Linsey is “winning” mom, she “wins” in her career, she “wins” in the gym and quite frankly she wins at life. In a world where most people are happy doing the bare minimum, Linsey has a way of pushing the limits not only finding ways to exceed expectations but actually re-defining expectations. Linsey’s attitude about life reminds me about the 4-min mile, the expectation was that it could not be done, however, once Roger Bannister re-defined the expectation of human physical performance a once impossible task for the worlds best athletes has now become possible for high school students! And that is why it is an honor to train Linsey, because she has taught me about not settling for standards that were set forth by other people, because greatness is achieved not by meeting the standards but by setting them higher then previously thought possible. So thank you Linsey, that is some powerful knowledge!

Strong mind and strong body. Practicing Mindfulness using the MUSE headband!

So I challenge you all to redefine your expectations for your job, redefine your expectations about your health and most importantly redefine your expectation about what you can accomplish over your lifetime! The time is now to let your light shine brighter than thought possible!

Check out the Linsey Jackson interview below:

Besides being a CKO Superhero and one of Garett’s hardcore clients, what is your day job? I’m a Recruiting manager for a Social Networking company. My teams help hire our Software engineers. I also have 2 little boys, which keeps me busy. 🙂

What are your hobbies? Playing with my boys, kickboxing, gardening, hanging out with friends and family, rock climbing, drinking red wine (in moderation). I also love traveling, especially to other countries or places I’ve never been before.


Bringing friends to CKO


How did you first learn of CKO?  Tracy! She convinced me to check it out, so glad I did. Garett was the instructor for my first class, and he beat us all into submission. I was so exhausted that I tried to get into someone else’s car afterwards.

What are some of your fitness goals? Generally to be strong, and badass. Getting stronger helps me wrangle and keep up with my boys. It’s important to me to be my best, for them.

Photo shoot

Photo shoot

What motivates you to walk through that door day after day and continue to push yourself? Levelling up, getting better and better.  I usually train with G first thing in the morning, and I must say – the rest of my day is better because of it. He helps me set the pace for performing at my best throughout the day, week etc… in all aspects of my life.

Would you recommend Garett’s personal training services? If so, why? Yes! Yes yes yes.  He’s challenging, but fun and he gets results.  Like I mentioned, he helps push me to be better, with training and it carries over to everything I do.  He inspires me to keep finding my limits, push them, find new ones, push them etc…

Chains for breakfast

Chains for breakfast

What is the best part about training with Garett? Where do I begin? The results are great, but what comes out of his mouth while we’re training is entertaining and can be pretty inspiring. I like to describe it as “Renon Realness.” Here are some examples:

(Garett Renon quotes)

”I don’t know who is going to dominate the world, but it won’t be a weak b*tch”

“Can you make that look…more…athletic?”

“I just want to help people not be weak b*tches”

“I know it feels heavy…but this is really not a lot of weight”

“Wow, you look tired today”

He does a great job toeing the line with being supportive, pushing me, and never quite being satisfied with my progress.  One of my other favorite things is when he goes on philosophical rants about anything from the decline of society to whether or not aliens exist.  Really helps me get through the 7am work outs.

What was the hardest part about training with Garett? He is challenging and hard to impress. For example, I worked up to doing 1 pull-up a while back (I can do 4 now!). I was sooo impressed with myself, and Garett’s response was (shrug) “that’s like level 1, level 0 maybe. Everyone should be able to pull themselves up” 🙂 He keeps me humble though!

Photo shoot

Photo shoot

What’s one thing you still find yourself struggling with?  Push press is not my favorite. Neither is walking weighted lunges and weighted step-ups on the box. I think G knows I hate them and incorporates them as often as possible to keep me in my place. JK, but he does keep pushing me to overcome my weaknesses, and embrace/defeat the things I struggle most with. It’s good for all of us to have someone like that around, keeping us honest and keeping it real. #RenonRealness 🙂



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