A familiar face around town, Jon Jamieson, founder + president of JP Fitness, is an active member in the Greater Mankato area. From fundraising for non-profit organizations to promoting a healthy lifestyle for college students and community members, Jon has a large impact on our city. As a local (and successful) entrepreneur, we picked Jon’s brain regarding how he got his start and stays motivated as a business owner.

What was the best business advice you’ve ever received? 

Only focus on the things you can control.

How did you get your start in business?

I think it started when I became a Personal Trainer. There is always an aspect of selling yourself and what you do. I really got into the business aspect of training when I started JP Fitness in Mankato. I wanted to be able to provide high-level services for people in our community because I noticed it was an area that wasn’t well-established in Mankato. This opened a whole new area for me to learn and grow. I first offered training sessions in-home and essentially trained people out of my car. And now, 6 years later, we have been consistently voted as the #1 Fitness Center in the Mankato area.

What drives you? 

Being successful. Impacting people’s lives in a setting where they can make a positive change in their life and commit to a healthier lifestyle. I want to continue to evolve our services and approach to be the best training studio.

Why did you start your business? 

I saw an opportunity to create a place that gave a more personalized approach to fitness. I wanted our space to reach people on a higher level, so they were more likely to commit to a healthier lifestyle. I was over the comments of ‘I have a gym membership, but I never go.’

What’s the most recent book you’ve read?

The book ‘Atomic Habits’. A great self-growth book that brings a perspective around how you can positively influence your life based on small changes in your everyday actions and environment.

What is something you’ve always wanted to learn?

I’ve always wanted to be able to speak multiple languages.

Do you think self-care is important? How do you practice self-care?

I think it is important because it allows you to be the best version of yourself. There may be times when you over-exert yourself or take on too much. Having a safe space to recenter yourself is vital. I have a couple of different ways I practice self-care; I work out 5 – 6 days a week, I get out golfing, and I spend time with my family watching my kids grow.