Hi. I'm Jerry "Coach J" Steward the founder of Upward Fitness. It may be hard to believe, but I didn't always take my health and wellness seriously. I knew for quite some time that my family's history of weight-related diseases would catch up to me. A doctor's visit made me aware that I was prediabetic and hypertensive (high blood pressure). Initially, I was terrified because I was all to familiar with what could happen but not much changed after that.
It wasn't until 2010, when I became a father to a beautiful baby-girl and it was then I knew something had to change. I knew I wanted to be the kind of father that could play with his kids all day. Because I wanted to be around for years to come for my first born, I had even more of a reason for staying healthy and physically active ultimately changing my lifestyle.
Fast-forward five years later. I found myself cooking most of meals, checking in with my doctor regularly, and able to keep up with my little one without getting tired and exhausted--not to mention, fit as a fiddle per my doctor. I wanted to help others do the same. Thankfully, God showed me that I could help improve the lives of others through health and wellness. It is by this calling that I do what I do.
Full disclosure: I am not perfect. There are areas in my life that still need work. I do, however, make it a point to get better each and every day. I encourage anyone that is looking to change for the better to consider allowing me to walk with you on your journey to your best self. Contact me today and I promise you that I will be there with you every step of the way. Forward. Onward. Upward.