We had the good fortune of connecting with Jordan Grahm and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jordan, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
Social impact is one of the things that I think is the coolest about the work I do as a health and wellness professional. As a nutrition coach and transformation specialist, I help folks take control of their health and therefore of their lives.
When I was able to undergo my own transformation and lose over 200 pounds as well as make a complete 180 with my life trajectory, it felt so good that I knew I had to share the feeling with others.
The butterfly effect is real and is something I see in a lot of my clients.
When somebody takes ownership and control of their health and their life, everyone around them benefits.
People who are showing up for themselves are much more capable and ready to show up for others around them.
Parents who take the time and effort to take care of themselves find that they are able to better take care of their children.
Setting an example to those around us is huge, that goes for parents and really any social dynamic.
When we are around people who are taking care of themselves and feeling good, it rubs off on us.
I’ve also seen many instances where spouses or other members of the household directly have positive impact from the work that is done with whomever they are close to.
In the workplace, both employees and employers are able to feel better, be more productive, and be a stronger force in every sense when they are also showing up for their health each day.
Helping people “in the trenches” so to speak is so fulfilling and I know it makes a difference in the world.
I also am passionate about sharing my story as I have heard from many folks that it has made a positive impact on them.
When people see what is possible and understand that if one person can do it, they can too, it is a really powerful thing.
Getting to share my story through a variety of platforms has been something that I cherish as I know that if even one life is truly changed for the better, it is all worth it.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As far back as I can remember I was overweight. Growing up it was very hard being the big kid. By the age of 13 I was 5’9” 290lb. When I was 14, tragedy struck when my mom suddenly passed away. Food became my outlet to help cope with the depression due to my mom’s death. By late 2007 I was over 420lbs wearing 5XL shirts, depression, food and destructive habits had a powerful grip on me. On March 30th 2008 at 3am I was in a car collision that could have killed me when I was hit head-on by a drunk driver. My airbag was just reconnected a couple hours before the crash and saved my life.
I feel that my mom was looking out for me that night and that it was not my time to go. I decided to turn my life around that morning and started walking my dog Blackberry 1 mile on a hill every day along with changing my nutrition. Slowly but surely we upped the pace of our walks and could cover more ground in the hour, eventually we were running it 4 miles per day 6 days per week.
I lost over 211 pounds in 2.5 years and then started focusing on building muscle and getting stronger.
Since then I’ve undergone skin removal surgery, competed in powerlifting, thyroid cancer surgery, ran half marathons and competed in bodybuilding competitions.
During my transformation I left my old career of real estate behind and got certified as a Personal Trainer, Weight Loss Specialist, and Fitness Nutrition Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).
Now I trains hard and enjoys life, helping others reach their goals.
I have been able to reach people all over the world thanks to outlets such as Bodybuilding.com, TRAIN magazine, an appearance on the live finale of NBC’s The Biggest Loser (as an audience success story) and I feel so lucky to help inspire others and help them change their lives.
I have worked in the health and fitness space since 2011 and have trained every sort of population and type of person which has been amazing.
From privately training celebrities to working in a health resort teaching group strength & conditioning classes, to being an online nutrition coach and transformation specialist, it has been so rewarding helping others take their health to the next level.
The biggest lesson I have learned is to believe in yourself, don’t get distracted by the big picture as far as how far you have to go, look at making progress, improving, taking small steps forward as they keep adding up.
We all have obstacles, trials, tribulations, and setbacks and issues in life, to conquer those feels amazing and you can do it too.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Malibu – beach, so many awesome hiking spots, Malibu Seafood is a must
Santa Monica/Venice – beach, walking around the promenade, gotta have a burger from The Misfit
Gold’s Gym Venice (pandemic restrictions made this one different)
Beverly Hills – Rodeo Drive, Beverly Drive, hiking up Franklin Canyon
Downtown LA – Chinatown, Little Tokyo, Grand Central Market
Bike ride the Marvin Braude bike path all the way up to Malibu and down to Torrance
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?
I would like to give a shoutout to my great friend and lifting coach Josh Squyres. Josh has helped me tremendously in my pursuits of physical and mental strength.
Whenever I would try something that I hadn’t done before and was unsure of, he would strongly encourage me with a simple “BELIEVE”.
It works and I am very grateful for his guidance.