Ron Jones has been giving back to America his entire life. As a United States military Veteran to being one of the most in-demand bodybuilder coaches in the country, he has helped not only keep our country safe, but inspire new generations of people to stay healthy, fit and live their best lives through his HeatXtreme platform!
1. How has HeatXtreme as a company been succeeding during these strange pandemic times?
Teams lose when teams fail to adapt. Fortunately, as a career trainer, I have always had to adjust and adapt to working with limited space. With traditional, easy to access, virtually foolproof gyms being closed; using what the clients have at their disposal was our only option. Resistance bands became my primary focus when developing training programs. Dumbbells became hot retail commodities and accordingly the demand skyrocketed and availability became scarce. For those who already had dumbbells at home, I created home workouts for them. Dumbbells and resistance band workouts became my forte.
2. As a popular bodybuilder, what is your daily routine like now?
To date, my life has been centered on routine. Creating and living with routine is how I have been able to continue to grow and keep my physique competitive.
Needless to say, but for contextual sake I’ll say it, ‘Covid trashed my happy routine’. Like the rest of Earth, I had to find a new normal and create routine in the midst of it. I’ve adjusted my food intake based on protein source availability and local grocers, and moved to complex carbohydrates that stored much longer. Rice and chicken are now my go to meals, moreover than, fish and potatoes.
Thankfully, my home gym at Moody Air Force Base never closed. I’m able to keep strength training and doing cardio routinely. Not a single week of training was missed beyond my 3 week bout with Covid-19.
3. Why can every single person benefit from HeatXtreme and what your program and supplements do?
What I sell is health. Health can be used by everyone, from pediatric to geriatric. My job is to stay abreast of modern science and keep creating programs that fit all of our consumers. Injury and health complications won’t stop me from creating a program to help the consumer.
Supplemental nutrition will always have a place in health and wellness. After teaching the client to consume their nutrition through whole food, the supplements come in to bridge the gap and ensure nutritional ends are being met. We will continue to source from the highest quality vendors. Product efficacy is of the utmost importance, in my professional opinion.
4. What tips via your “Exercise Science” background would you give our readers to stay healthy and active right now?
Movement is so important. In the last decade, we have become more and more sedentary. The Covid pandemic has exacerbated our sedentary lifestyle all the more. We must make a conscious effort to reclaim the movement we have lost in the past decade, then go above and beyond to make up for the lockdown inactivity. Additionally, I would encourage everyone to find a friendly outdoor activity to allow themselves to take up some more vitamin d via the sun. Last, but certainly not least, I would have everyone to elevate their quality of food. More fresh produce, and more fresh cooking.
5. What tips via your “Exercise Science” background would you give our readers to stay healthy and active right now?
Not being able to see clients has bothered me. I’m good at resting clients’ physical and mental well being. This requires me to see the client. This year I’ll be introducing video conferencing on a routine basis. This feature will also allow us to keep clients more accountable and give them a sense of connection to the trainer. Covid has disconnected us from one another enough.
6. Where do you see the fitness industry as a whole heading towards after the pandemic hopefully “goes away” and gyms open back up?
Personal training will become the new rage; 1 on 1 training as well as private small classes. I think human connection in a personal way has been missing so long that we are dying to have it back in the most intimate way. Plus it will get us out of our homes again.
7. What has been one thing beyond work that you have been able to concentrate on more during this period of time?
I have spent lots of time with my wife and two grade school age children. This time has allowed me to really help my kids in ways that I previously overlooked. Reading books aloud that aren’t on their mandatory reading list. I’ve started reading novels that were beyond their reading level, but in doing so it has accelerated their comprehension skills. I know it seems mundane to some, but prior to Covid, with my on the go schedule I was checking the boxes with their school work. As long as they were getting A’s and B’s I was content. Now their potential has been recognized, by my wife and I.
8. Why are you proud to be American?
Since our conception as a country, we have had atrocities that would have toppled nearly all empires. We have traversed every hurdle to date and have continued to seek ways to improve. With us always looking to be better we will always be headed in the right direction. Promise for a better tomorrow is what keeps me optimistic, and where there is optimism there’s hope.