Happy FriYAY! This post is a long time coming. I’ve been wanting to share a little bit about adidas Coach JULIAN HO with all of you for a while now. I thought what better way than to get him to answer some of his own questions. Over the last few weeks, we have been having 5-10 minute breakout sessions after every HereToCreate class where we get into groups and discuss different topics. It has been amazing to connect with all of the amazing women who have been coming out on Thursday nights. A lot of the time, fitness classes are pretty impersonal. You arrive, sweat, leave. Julian’s classes are more than that. By the end, it kind of feels like we are one big, happy, sweaty family.
Anyway, I had Julian cover some of the topics that we have discussed in class over the last few weeks. I hope you are as inspired and motivated by this incredible man as I am!
What are you Here to Create?
I am here to create experiences that inspire, challenge, and motivate people to better themselves mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I am here to create a stronger sense of self-awareness in others. My experiences will bring people together to create interdependence, interconnectedness, and interbeing.
Who are you impacting?
My aim is to impact people of all ages, cultures, ethnicities, socio-economic classes, and all walks of life. My goal is to impact people who are open to a deeper, holistic, and more meaningful approach to fitness. My aim is to inspire people to affect positive and sustainable changes within themselves first, and then uplift their community at large.
How will this make a difference?
My aim is to change the perception of fitness. People typically view fitness as a means to improving aesthetics, gaining strength, and losing weight, but I believe fitness can be a highly effective tool for self-management, self-betterment, and self-actualization. Fitness can profoundly influence the mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of our life. Through my events and class experiences, I hope to stimulate a more mindful, creative, and empathetic form of leadership. These leaders will therefore be ambassadors to a holistic approach to life and thus make a difference in any and all of their endeavors.
What are you afraid of?
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”
I am afraid of what I will become.
Who are your role models?
There are so many people that I admire, respect, and am inspired by. Here are just a few:
Dead role models – Siddartha Buddha, Albert Einstein, Albert Camus, Steve Jobs, Michael Jackson, Marcus Aurelius, Picasso
Alive role models – Tim Ferriss, Elon Musk, Simon Sinek, Ken Robinson, Jamie Oliver, Michael Jordan, Pele, Seth Godin, Chris Anderson, Grant Achatz, Alain de Botton
Relative role models – My parents, Paul Chek, Mark Hendricks, Geoff Bagshaw
When you think of success, who comes to mind and why?
Immediately I think of my peers that are elevating and revolutionizing the fitness industry. These people are epic Jedi Knights, they are my 2.0 Toronto Workshop Master Instructors:
– Ben Dussault (Anchored Social Club)
– Amber Joliat (Misfitstudio)
– Jamie Snow (Fuel Training Club)
– Sylva Mischke (Ferris 360)
– Garnet Suidy (Bodyart)
– Carmen Puyo (Humber College)
– Chris Roche (Schwinn Cycling)
– Jonny Belinko (Equinox)
Catch them and more masters at my 2.0 Toronto Summit Conference on Sunday, September 25, 2-5pm, location TBA.
How can we take these examples into our lives and become better role models for someone else?
Using the example of our role models is our means to reflecting upon ourselves. Any experience with another human being is an opportunity to learn more about yourself. Take from each connection and filter it through your own actions and thoughts, and then put out what you got in. Sharing is caring.
Can you share a fitness-related success story?
My first triathlon experience was an Olympic distance in Ottawa (1.5k swim, 45k bike, 10k run). The highlight and success story of my first tri experience would have to be my swim. I was and still am fearful of the water. It brings out all of my weaknesses. When I am in water, I feel very vulnerable, weak, and out of control. If I were an element, I would be fire, and obviously, water puts out fire. But I have found a way to cope with this condition. I now use swimming as my life coach. It’s a tough love relationship. I see it as an opportunity to humble myself. I see it as a tool to cool me down and bring me to a state of zen. It helps balance me.
One last thing that I want to note – Julian just ran the Canadian Death Race last weekend, a 125km Ultramarathon through the Rocky Mountains in Alberta. I got to hang with him after class last night and it was so cool to hear about such a unique and gruelling experience. Maybe I can get him to do a post about it if you guys are interested?? Pretty sure he’s still in a caloric deficit because I have never seen someone eat so much sushi!
Have a great day and weekend! I’ve got my heaviest running weekend (ever) ahead of me so today will be all about rest, foam rolling, eating, and more eating! 😉