We had the good fortune of connecting with Jerry Housey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jerry, how do you think about risk?
Sometimes, your biggest fears in life, can end up being your biggest blessings. That is one of the most important things I have learned on my journey to success. Looking back, my whole career has been about taking risk. From moving to LA almost 8years ago. To having my first child, to quitting my corporate job to follow my passion. Even the decision to move forward with my gym at the start of the pandemic, when there was so much uncertainty. I was offered to back out of my lease but I took the risk and moved forward, because I knew that this was the next step for me in my career. Each of these events forced me to take risks and take a chance on myself. And each of these events ending up being my biggest blessings.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I started Strong House Fitness as a way to share the skills I learned playing Football to be the greatest version of myself, both mentally and physically, with others. Growing up, there weren’t a lot of options for kids like me. It was a jungle, everyone is not going to survive. The system was set up for you not to make it out. But football and fitness gave me a way out. It taught me discipline and structure and more importantly, a sense of purpose. The more I learned, the more I realized my purpose was to go beyond the ‘trainer’ title and create an environment that would celebrate, inspire, and support my community. Too often, the portrayal of Black people, here or in Africa, are pictures of poverty and struggle. I wanted to see success, so I needed to show success. That’s what the Strong House Fitness gym represents. A place where Black professionals can meet each other and be part of a diverse, inclusive community while striving for greatness and supporting each other’s goals, all under one house. Strong House.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
When I first moved to LA. I discovered a lounge in Inglewood called GS Sports Bar. I loved going there because it reminded me of back home in NY. Great music and food and the perfect vibes. Some other favorite places to eat are Cecconis, EP & LP, Ackee Bamboo, and Alta Adams. You can’t come to LA and not go hiking. My favorite places to hikes are Runyon Canyon and the Culver City stairs. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There has been so many amazing people have been apart of my journey. Starting off with my mother, Veola Housey. She really instilled in me the hustler mentality from a very young age. My coaches at Kennedy High School in the Bronx who taught how to be disciplined. My wife who encouraged me to even move to LA. And most of all, the fitness community that we’ve built in LA. I couldn’t have made it this far without their support.