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Husband and wife team, JASON and JENNIFER SMITH are the owners of JSF – Fast, Intense, Interval Training, a personal training studio on 16th Street just south of Camelback Road.

While this studio is relatively new, Jason has been in the personal training business for many years. We could talk about their life story and how the family business came to be, but let’s get down to the nitty gritty instead, with this no holds barred interview.

 

When did your business become a family affair? Was it out of necessity, preplanned, or an afterthought?

JASON: It was both a necessity and afterthought. Jen was laid off some time ago from her job and came in to help out with more of the business end of the operation, from computers to accounting and marketing. She’s been here ever since.

Are your daily tasks separated or do you (all) share similar responsibilities?

JENNIFER: They are pretty much separated. Again, I handle much of the computer software, client invoicing, marketing and social networking
of the business.

JASON: I am the personal trainer and do the physical work plus numerous client consultations for potential new business.

Who wears the pants in the family?

JASON: Let me think……Truly, we don’t usually do anything without discussing it with one another. We’re pretty much 50/50 as to that ‘pants’ thing. That is unless there is something I want to purchase outside of the gym. Then I wear the pants! You know, buying guy stuff.

How do you truly get along, working side by side day in and day out??

JENNIFER: We’ve really only been working together like this for about eight months. I’d say we’ve argued over business…never? That sounds about right.

JASON: I can honestly say it’s perfect. I don’t want to come in to the studio without her.

Cite a most pleasant aspect of working together in this family business.

JASON: She balances everything out and is naturally nice and kind to everyone. As a personal trainer, sometimes it is my job to play the so-called “bad cop” to my clients so they will pay attention to the tasks they need to undertake.

JENNIFER: Watching him interact with his clients; his passion. I never saw that previous to working with him at the studio. [Jason interrupts and says factiously, “It’s like watching a fine-tuned machine at work!”]

Conversely, what might be a challenging element of working together?

JENNIFER: Sometimes watching him having or needing to reprimand a client for falling off track. I’m one of those emotional bleeding hearts.

JASON: There is really nothing I could say is a challenge. I’ve talked to other couples working together and there are some real stories of dysfunction. Again, I want her to be here with me every day.

We're all human and everyone has a ||hot button.|| What sets each of yours off when working together?

JENNIFER: Sometimes watching him having or needing to reprimand a client for falling off track. I’m one of those emotional bleeding hearts.

JASON: There is really nothing I could say is a challenge. I’ve talked to other couples working together and there are some real stories of dysfunction. Again, I want her to be here with me every day.

When the business is shuttered for the day (or night), do you take work home or discuss it after working hours or try to leave it ||at the office|| for the next day?

JASON: It’s always there. Most all of our friends are clients so it is hard to escape it after a day of work is officially done. We both are always on.

JENNIFER: We’re here on the weekends practicing routines or cleaning. It’s the nature of owning and operating a small business.

Cite one significant piece of advice for couples or families contemplating going into business together.

JENNIFER: Ask how they get along now. Can they effectively communicate and do they really like being around each other hour-by-hour,day-by-day, etc.

JASON: Our relationship outside of the business is the same as it is in here. Communication is a key factor. You really shouldn’t even need to ask. If a couple or families members are expressing a desire to work together in a small business, they should automatically know whether it is a good idea. If there are any doubts, simply don’t do it.

Jason Smith

Jason Smith

Owner

Jason Smith is a retired United States Air Force veteran with over 25 years experience in personal training/fitness and nutrition.

Jen Smith

Jen Smith

Owner

Jen Smith is a graduate of Arizona state university with a bachelor of science degree in communication and a minor  in business.

About the Club We are 100% dedicated to your personal training goals. We care about your results and we work hard to help you obtain them. We use an educated approach in guiding you through effective and proven workouts. Jason Smith Fitness FIIT Training Center 602.297.3448 info@jasonsmithfitness.com 4828 N. 16th St. Phoenix, AZ 85016

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