Jason’s Fitness In The Beginning! Jason   Shawn   Greene   lifted   his   first   weights   at   the   age   of   8-years   old   while   living   in   Prichard,   Al.      They   were   a   set of   Orbitron   barbells   that   had   been   purchased   for   his   father   for   Christmas   from   Sears.      These   were   those   cement filled   weights   that   made   Fob   James   and   Diversified   Products   rich.      Jason   was   hooked   from   the   beginning,   but   the real   deal   started   at   age   13.      Two   factors   came   into   sharp   focus.      Number   one   was   the   fear   of   getting   killed   on   the football   field   (Jason   was   painfully   skinny   5’9”   and   123lb.’s.)   and   two   of   course   was   girls.      Let’s   face   it   even   football was for the girls.  Jason:   “I   had   gone   to   the   beach   with   four   girls   that   were   all   3   or   4   years   older   than   me.      I   had   a   major   crush   on   at least   two   of   them.      On   the   way   home   one   of   them   laid   her   head   on   my   shoulder   to   take   a   nap   and   made   the comment   that   I   needed   to   put   some   meat   on   my   bones.      The   rest   is   history.”      Now   he   was   hooked.      He   trained hard    from    day    one,    but    not    only    trained    studied.    Jason:    “I    will    never    forget    my    parents    buying    me Schwarzenegger’s first book Education Of A Bodybuilder.  I was fourteen or fifteen.  I nearly wore the pages out.”  Through   high   school   Jason’s   training   revolved   around   the   goal   of   playing   college   football.      The   skinny   kid   wound up   being   all   state   and   all   conference   playing   middle   line   backer   and   running   back   and   weighing   nearly   200lb’s   by the   end   of   his   senior   year.      Jason   was   finally   offered   a   full   scholarship   to   USM,   but   it   was   only   after   having   walked on   at   Troy   State   and   making   the   decision   that   the   getting   ready   for   football   was   way   more   important   than   the football itself. Jason   enrolled   at   the   University   of   South   Alabama   and   was   working   toward   a   degree   in   the   growing   field   of Exercise   Physiology.      Becoming   bored   with   History   of   Civilization   and   other   courses   that   had   nothing   to   do   with   his field   of   study   he   began   working   part   time   at   a   health   spa.      There   he   made   the   decision   that   what   he   wanted   to   do was   open   a   real   health   club.      No   chrome,   no   steam,   no   whirlpool.      A   club   dedicated   to   the   serious   lifter.      One   true turning   point   was   when   he   landed   in   the   class   entitled   Motor   Learning   101   taught   by   his   advisor   Dr.   Farris.      Jason: “I   was   answering   the   questions   before   he   could   ask   them.      I   was   beyond   enthusiastic.      After   a   few   classes   he   held me   back   after   class   and   said   I   didn’t   have   to   come   back   I   had   and   A.      I   replied   that   is   was   the   only   class   that   ever came   close   to   hitting   on   what   I   wanted   to   learn.      He   asked   me   what   I   wanted   to   do.      I   told   him   I   wanted   to   open my   own   health   club.      He   looked   at   me   and   said   go   do   it   they   can’t   teach   you   that   here.      It   changed   my   life forever!” Jason   went   home   with   the   daunting   task   of   convincing   his   parents   to   allow   him   to   drop   out   of   college   and   open   a health   club.      He   was   now   working   part   time   for   General   Nutrition   Center,   going   to   school   and   planning   his   club.     After a lot of convincing his parents agreed to get a loan to start the club.  Port   City   Health   Club   opened   in   the   spring   of   1981.      The   total   investment   to   open   the   club   was   less   than   $8,000 and   that   included   all   of   the   equipment,   first   months   rent,   and   building   improvements   which   were   done   by   Jason and   friends.      The   first   location   was   only   2,800   square   feet.      It   was   a   former   pool   hall   and   far   from   chic.      The   floor was   ugly   green   grocery   store   tile   that   was   completely   worn   out   in   places   from   people   walking   around   the   pool tables.      The   rubber   that   was   placed   under   the   free   weights   was   actually   used   conveyor   belt   that   had   been   dug   out of   the   dirt   at   the   state   docks   by   Jason   and   best   friend   Jerry   Weaver.      It   literally   took   a   couple   of   months   of scrubbing   the   rubber   with   comet   to   clean   the   rubber.      Some   of   the   belt   had   been   used   to   transport   grain   and   some to   transport   coal,   but   it   was   all   disgusting.      For   the   record   most   of   the   original   conveyer   belt   was   still   in   use   for over   25-years!      The   first   location   was   sparse   and   Spartan,   but   for   a   nineteen-year   old   weight   lifter   it   was   a   dream come true! Jason:   “In   the   beginning   the   staff   consisted   of   me   and   my   Mom   with   my   dad   and   most   of   the   initial   club   members pitching   in   to   make   minor   improvements   as   money   allowed.”      Jason   and   his   Mom   did   not   receive   a   salary   for   the first   year,   but   the   club   sustained   it   self   making   all   of   the   payments   on   the   initial   loan   and   even   purchasing   a   brand new shiny 7-station Sports Trainer by Paramount at the end of the year.  Jason:   “Somewhere   around   the   middle   of   the   first   year   my   Dad   begging   me   to   shut   it   down   and   go   back   to   school.     He   hated   seeing   me   work   and   worry   so   hard.”      Jason   was   working   thirteen   hours   a   day   and   his   Mom   had   gone from   a   stay   at   home   Mom   and   housewife   to   spending   as   much   as   35-hours   a   week   at   the   gym,   but   there   was   no turning   back   now.      Jason:   “I   was   exhausted,   scared,   and   more   determined   than   ever.      This   was   no   longer   a business   it   had   become   a   mission.      I   didn’t   want   to   make   it.      I   had   to   make   it!”      It   was   somewhere   around   the middle   of   the   first   year   when   Port   City   Health   Club   got   a   name   update.      Due   to   the   fact   that   Jason   practically   lived at   the   club   everyone   called   the   club   “Jason’s”.      The   name   morphed   into   Jason’s   Port   City   Health   Club.      The   original logo   featuring   a   male   weightlifter   and   bodybuilder.      With   the   updated   name   came   an   updated   logo.      The   new   logo added   a   female   bodybuilder.            Shortly   after   a   whole   new   logo   was   adopted   by   combining   an   image   of   Jason   into the   name   itself.      The   idea   came   from   Jim   Enger   a   friend   and   top   bodybuilder   and   architect.      It   just   so   happened that   Clayton   Ryan,   one   of   the   top   commercial   artists   in   the   entire   southeast   was   working   out   at   the   club   and   did both   of   the   above   mentioned   logos   at   no   charge!      Jason:      “This   is   one   of   those   times   when   the   planets   lined   up and   God   smiled   on   the   poor   struggling   kid   with   a   health   club.      Jim   Enger   inspired   the   logo   by   explaining   that   the name   should   be   the   logo   and   the   logo   should   be   the   name.      He   used   Coke   and   Pepsi   as   two   examples.      I   had   the idea   on   how   to   put   it   together,   but   absolutely   no   artistic   talent.      Clayton   Ryan,   using   the   photos   I   took   with   a Kodak   instamatic   camera   and   my   very   crude   sketch   of   how   I   wanted   it   to   look,   created   our   logo.      If   that’s   not   God I   don’t   know   what   is!      Jim   and   Clayton   are   just   two   of   the   many   people   that   God   put   in   my   path   to   help   me   along my way.”  In   the   spring   1984   with   the   club   showing   signs   of   success   Jason   got   bold   enough   to   try   his   hand   at   another business   and   opened   a   tanning   salon   at   University   Blvd.   and   Cottage   Hill.      The   combination   of   growing   out   of   the health   club   location   and   the   space   coming   available   next   to   the   new   tanning   salon   created   the   opportunity   to combine   the   club   and   the   tanning   salon   expanding   the   health   club   from   its   original   2,800   square   feet   to   4,500 square   feet   including   the   tanning   salon   which   took   up   only   about   200   square   feet.      It   was   considered   a   huge expansion   especially   for   a   23-year   old   entrepreneur   who   was   never   supposed   to   make   it   in   the   first   place.      Jason: “I   will   never   forget   moving   all   of   the   equipment   from   the   Cottage   Hill   and   Azalea   location   to   the   Cottage   Hill   at University   location.      I   couldn’t   afford   to   hire   anyone   so   like   so   many   other   times   I   turned   to   my   members   for   help.     My   manager   (Matt   McLeod)   had   the   brilliant   idea   of   bribing   them   with   beer.      Unfortunately   they   started   on   it almost   immediately.      Fortunately   due   to   the   rental   agreement   I   was   the   only   one   allowed   to   drive   and   I   have never   drank.      Unfortunately   it   was   a   big   open   flat   bed   with   standard   shift   transmission   and   I   really   don’t   know   how to   drive   a   standard   shift   transmission.      The   entire   trip   was   less   than   two   miles   and   we   didn’t   have   that   much equipment   to   begin   with,   but   by   the   second   load   this   motley   crew   that   had   so   graciously   volunteered   to   help   with this   historic   move   were   already   getting   crazy.      The   guys   were   mooning   people   through   the   rails   of   the   truck   and breaking   into   spontaneous   posedowns   for   all   of   the   passing   females.      I   still   count   myself   lucky   that   I   didn’t   get arrested for transporting bodybuilders under the influence, a BUI!   More to come…
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Jason’s Fitness 3724 Cottage Hill Rd. Mobile, Alabama  (251) 661-4615         Jason’s Fitness 120 W. Berry Ave. Foley, Al  36535  (251) 943-5591
Jason’s Fitness 3724 Cottage Hill Rd. Mobile, Alabama  (251) 661-4615         Jason’s Fitness 120 W. Berry Ave. Foley, Al  36535  (251) 943-5591
Jason’s Fitness In The Beginning! Jason   Shawn   Greene   lifted   his   first   weights   at   the   age   of   8-years   old   while   living   in Prichard,   Al.      They   were   a   set   of   Orbitron   barbells   that   had   been   purchased   for   his father   for   Christmas   from   Sears.      These   were   those   cement   filled   weights   that   made Fob   James   and   Diversified   Products   rich.      Jason   was   hooked   from   the   beginning,   but the   real   deal   started   at   age   13.      Two   factors   came   into   sharp   focus.      Number   one   was the   fear   of   getting   killed   on   the   football   field   (Jason   was   painfully   skinny   5’9”   and 123lb.’s.) and two of course was girls.  Let’s face it even football was for the girls.  Jason: “I had gone to the beach with four girls that were all 3 or 4 years older than me.  I   had   a   major   crush   on   at   least   two   of   them.      On   the   way   home   one   of   them   laid   her head   on   my   shoulder   to   take   a   nap   and   made   the   comment   that   I   needed   to   put   some meat   on   my   bones.      The   rest   is   history.”      Now   he   was   hooked.      He   trained   hard   from day   one,   but   not   only   trained   studied.   Jason:   “I   will   never   forget   my   parents   buying   me Schwarzenegger’s   first   book   Education   Of   A   Bodybuilder.      I   was   fourteen   or   fifteen.      I nearly wore the pages out.”  Through    high    school    Jason’s    training    revolved    around    the    goal    of    playing    college football.      The   skinny   kid   wound   up   being   all   state   and   all   conference   playing   middle   line backer   and   running   back   and   weighing   nearly   200lb’s   by   the   end   of   his   senior   year.     Jason   was   finally   offered   a   full   scholarship   to   USM,   but   it   was   only   after   having   walked on   at   Troy   State   and   making   the   decision   that   the   getting   ready   for   football   was   way more important than the football itself. Jason   enrolled   at   the   University   of   South   Alabama   and   was   working   toward   a   degree   in the   growing   field   of   Exercise   Physiology.      Becoming   bored   with   History   of   Civilization and   other   courses   that   had   nothing   to   do   with   his   field   of   study   he   began   working   part time   at   a   health   spa.      There   he   made   the   decision   that   what   he   wanted   to   do   was   open a   real   health   club.      No   chrome,   no   steam,   no   whirlpool.      A   club   dedicated   to   the   serious lifter.      One   true   turning   point   was   when   he   landed   in   the   class   entitled   Motor   Learning 101   taught   by   his   advisor   Dr.   Farris.      Jason:   “I   was   answering   the   questions   before   he could   ask   them.      I   was   beyond   enthusiastic.      After   a   few   classes   he   held   me   back   after class   and   said   I   didn’t   have   to   come   back   I   had   and   A.      I   replied   that   is   was   the   only class   that   ever   came   close   to   hitting   on   what   I   wanted   to   learn.      He   asked   me   what   I wanted   to   do.      I   told   him   I   wanted   to   open   my   own   health   club.      He   looked   at   me   and said go do it they can’t teach you that here.  It changed my life forever!” Jason   went   home   with   the   daunting   task   of   convincing   his   parents   to   allow   him   to   drop out   of   college   and   open   a   health   club.      He   was   now   working   part   time   for   General Nutrition   Center,   going   to   school   and   planning   his   club.      After   a   lot   of   convincing   his parents agreed to get a loan to start the club.  Port   City   Health   Club   opened   in   the   spring   of   1981.      The   total   investment   to   open   the club   was   less   than   $8,000   and   that   included   all   of   the   equipment,   first   months   rent, and   building   improvements   which   were   done   by   Jason   and   friends.      The   first   location was   only   2,800   square   feet.      It   was   a   former   pool   hall   and   far   from   chic.      The   floor   was ugly   green   grocery   store   tile   that   was   completely   worn   out   in   places   from   people walking   around   the   pool   tables.      The   rubber   that   was   placed   under   the   free   weights was   actually   used   conveyor   belt   that   had   been   dug   out   of   the   dirt   at   the   state   docks   by Jason   and   best   friend   Jerry   Weaver.      It   literally   took   a   couple   of   months   of   scrubbing the   rubber   with   comet   to   clean   the   rubber.      Some   of   the   belt   had   been   used   to transport   grain   and   some   to   transport   coal,   but   it   was   all   disgusting.      For   the   record most   of   the   original   conveyer   belt   was   still   in   use   for   over   25-years!      The   first   location was   sparse   and   Spartan,   but   for   a   nineteen-year   old   weight   lifter   it   was   a   dream   come true! Jason:   “In   the   beginning   the   staff   consisted   of   me   and   my   Mom   with   my   dad   and   most of    the    initial    club    members    pitching    in    to    make    minor    improvements    as    money allowed.”      Jason   and   his   Mom   did   not   receive   a   salary   for   the   first   year,   but   the   club sustained   it   self   making   all   of   the   payments   on   the   initial   loan   and   even   purchasing   a brand new shiny 7-station Sports Trainer by Paramount at the end of the year.  Jason:   “Somewhere   around   the   middle   of   the   first   year   my   Dad   begging   me   to   shut   it down   and   go   back   to   school.      He   hated   seeing   me   work   and   worry   so   hard.”      Jason   was working   thirteen   hours   a   day   and   his   Mom   had   gone   from   a   stay   at   home   Mom   and housewife   to   spending   as   much   as   35-hours   a   week   at   the   gym,   but   there   was   no turning   back   now.      Jason:   “I   was   exhausted,   scared,   and   more   determined   than   ever.     This   was   no   longer   a   business   it   had   become   a   mission.      I   didn’t   want   to   make   it.      I   had to   make   it!”      It   was   somewhere   around   the   middle   of   the   first   year   when   Port   City Health   Club   got   a   name   update.      Due   to   the   fact   that   Jason   practically   lived   at   the   club everyone   called   the   club   “Jason’s”.      The   name   morphed   into   Jason’s   Port   City   Health Club.      The   original   logo   featuring   a   male   weightlifter   and   bodybuilder.      With   the updated   name   came   an   updated   logo.      The   new   logo   added   a   female   bodybuilder.           Shortly   after   a   whole   new   logo   was   adopted   by   combining   an   image   of   Jason   into   the name   itself.      The   idea   came   from   Jim   Enger   a   friend   and   top   bodybuilder   and   architect.     It   just   so   happened   that   Clayton   Ryan,   one   of   the   top   commercial   artists   in   the   entire southeast   was   working   out   at   the   club   and   did   both   of   the   above   mentioned   logos   at   no charge!      Jason:      “This   is   one   of   those   times   when   the   planets   lined   up   and   God   smiled on   the   poor   struggling   kid   with   a   health   club.      Jim   Enger   inspired   the   logo   by   explaining that   the   name   should   be   the   logo   and   the   logo   should   be   the   name.      He   used   Coke   and Pepsi   as   two   examples.      I   had   the   idea   on   how   to   put   it   together,   but   absolutely   no artistic   talent.      Clayton   Ryan,   using   the   photos   I   took   with   a   Kodak   instamatic   camera and   my   very   crude   sketch   of   how   I   wanted   it   to   look,   created   our   logo.      If   that’s   not God   I   don’t   know   what   is!      Jim   and   Clayton   are   just   two   of   the   many   people   that   God put in my path to help me along my way.”     In   the   spring   1984   with   the   club   showing   signs   of   success   Jason   got   bold   enough   to   try his   hand   at   another   business   and   opened   a   tanning   salon   at   University   Blvd.   and Cottage   Hill.      The   combination   of   growing   out   of   the   health   club   location   and   the   space coming   available   next   to   the   new   tanning   salon   created   the   opportunity   to   combine   the club   and   the   tanning   salon   expanding   the   health   club   from   its   original   2,800   square feet   to   4,500   square   feet   including   the   tanning   salon   which   took   up   only   about   200 square    feet.        It    was    considered    a    huge    expansion    especially    for    a    23-year    old entrepreneur   who   was   never   supposed   to   make   it   in   the   first   place.      Jason:   “I   will   never forget   moving   all   of   the   equipment   from   the   Cottage   Hill   and   Azalea   location   to   the Cottage   Hill   at   University   location.      I   couldn’t   afford   to   hire   anyone   so   like   so   many other   times   I   turned   to   my   members   for   help.      My   manager   (Matt   McLeod)   had   the brilliant   idea   of   bribing   them   with   beer.      Unfortunately   they   started   on   it   almost immediately.      Fortunately   due   to   the   rental   agreement   I   was   the   only   one   allowed   to drive   and   I   have   never   drank.      Unfortunately   it   was   a   big   open   flat   bed   with   standard shift   transmission   and   I   really   don’t   know   how   to   drive   a   standard   shift   transmission.     The   entire   trip   was   less   than   two   miles   and   we   didn’t   have   that   much   equipment   to begin   with,   but   by   the   second   load   this   motley   crew   that   had   so   graciously   volunteered to   help   with   this   historic   move   were   already   getting   crazy.      The   guys   were   mooning people   through   the   rails   of   the   truck   and   breaking   into   spontaneous   posedowns   for   all of   the   passing   females.      I   still   count   myself   lucky   that   I   didn’t   get   arrested   for transporting bodybuilders under the influence, a BUI!   More to come…
Jason’s Fitness 3724 Cottage Hill Rd. Mobile, Alabama  (251) 661-4615         Jason’s Fitness 120 W. Berry Ave. Foley, Al  36535  (251) 943-5591
Jason’s Fitness In The Beginning!    Jason   Shawn   Greene   lifted   his   first   weights   at   the   age   of   8- years   old   while   living   in   Prichard,   Al.      They   were   a   set   of Orbitron   barbells   that   had   been   purchased   for   his   father   for Christmas   from   Sears.      These   were   those   cement   filled   weights that   made   Fob   James   and   Diversified   Products   rich.      Jason   was hooked   from   the   beginning,   but   the   real   deal   started   at   age   13.     Two   factors   came   into   sharp   focus.      Number   one   was   the   fear of   getting   killed   on   the   football   field   (Jason   was   painfully   skinny 5’9”   and   123lb.’s.)   and   two   of   course   was   girls.      Let’s   face   it even football was for the girls.  Jason:   “I   had   gone   to   the   beach   with   four   girls   that   were   all   3 or   4   years   older   than   me.      I   had   a   major   crush   on   at   least   two of   them.      On   the   way   home   one   of   them   laid   her   head   on   my shoulder   to   take   a   nap   and   made   the   comment   that   I   needed to   put   some   meat   on   my   bones.      The   rest   is   history.”      Now   he was   hooked.      He   trained   hard   from   day   one,   but   not   only trained   studied.   Jason:   “I   will   never   forget   my   parents   buying me   Schwarzenegger’s   first   book   Education   Of   A   Bodybuilder.      I was fourteen or fifteen.  I nearly wore the pages out.”  Through   high   school   Jason’s   training   revolved   around   the   goal of   playing   college   football.      The   skinny   kid   wound   up   being   all state   and   all   conference   playing   middle   line   backer   and   running back   and   weighing   nearly   200lb’s   by   the   end   of   his   senior   year.     Jason   was   finally   offered   a   full   scholarship   to   USM,   but   it   was only   after   having   walked   on   at   Troy   State   and   making   the decision    that    the    getting    ready    for    football    was    way    more important than the football itself. Jason   enrolled   at   the   University   of   South   Alabama   and   was working    toward    a    degree    in    the    growing    field    of    Exercise Physiology.      Becoming   bored   with   History   of   Civilization   and other   courses   that   had   nothing   to   do   with   his   field   of   study   he began   working   part   time   at   a   health   spa.      There   he   made   the decision   that   what   he   wanted   to   do   was   open   a   real   health club.      No   chrome,   no   steam,   no   whirlpool.      A   club   dedicated   to the   serious   lifter.      One   true   turning   point   was   when   he   landed in   the   class   entitled   Motor   Learning   101   taught   by   his   advisor Dr.   Farris.      Jason:   “I   was   answering   the   questions   before   he could   ask   them.      I   was   beyond   enthusiastic.      After   a   few classes   he   held   me   back   after   class   and   said   I   didn’t   have   to come   back   I   had   and   A.      I   replied   that   is   was   the   only   class that   ever   came   close   to   hitting   on   what   I   wanted   to   learn.      He asked   me   what   I   wanted   to   do.      I   told   him   I   wanted   to   open   my own   health   club.      He   looked   at   me   and   said   go   do   it   they   can’t teach you that here.  It changed my life forever!” Jason   went   home   with   the   daunting   task   of   convincing   his parents   to   allow   him   to   drop   out   of   college   and   open   a   health club.      He   was   now   working   part   time   for   General   Nutrition Center,   going   to   school   and   planning   his   club.      After   a   lot   of convincing his parents agreed to get a loan to start the club.  Port   City   Health   Club   opened   in   the   spring   of   1981.      The   total investment   to   open   the   club   was   less   than   $8,000   and   that included   all   of   the   equipment,   first   months   rent,   and   building improvements   which   were   done   by   Jason   and   friends.      The   first location   was   only   2,800   square   feet.      It   was   a   former   pool   hall and   far   from   chic.      The   floor   was   ugly   green   grocery   store   tile that   was   completely   worn   out   in   places   from   people   walking around   the   pool   tables.      The   rubber   that   was   placed   under   the free   weights   was   actually   used   conveyor   belt   that   had   been   dug out   of   the   dirt   at   the   state   docks   by   Jason   and   best   friend   Jerry Weaver.      It   literally   took   a   couple   of   months   of   scrubbing   the rubber   with   comet   to   clean   the   rubber.      Some   of   the   belt   had been   used   to   transport   grain   and   some   to   transport   coal,   but   it was   all   disgusting.      For   the   record   most   of   the   original   conveyer belt   was   still   in   use   for   over   25-years!      The   first   location   was sparse   and   Spartan,   but   for   a   nineteen-year   old   weight   lifter   it was a dream come true! Jason:   “In   the   beginning   the   staff   consisted   of   me   and   my   Mom with   my   dad   and   most   of   the   initial   club   members   pitching   in   to make   minor   improvements   as   money   allowed.”      Jason   and   his Mom   did   not   receive   a   salary   for   the   first   year,   but   the   club sustained   it   self   making   all   of   the   payments   on   the   initial   loan and    even    purchasing    a    brand    new    shiny    7-station    Sports Trainer by Paramount at the end of the year.  Jason:   “Somewhere   around   the   middle   of   the   first   year   my   Dad begging   me   to   shut   it   down   and   go   back   to   school.      He   hated seeing    me    work    and    worry    so    hard.”        Jason    was    working thirteen   hours   a   day   and   his   Mom   had   gone   from   a   stay   at home   Mom   and   housewife   to   spending   as   much   as   35-hours   a week   at   the   gym,   but   there   was   no   turning   back   now.      Jason: “I   was   exhausted,   scared,   and   more   determined   than   ever.     This   was   no   longer   a   business   it   had   become   a   mission.      I didn’t   want   to   make   it.      I   had   to   make   it!”      It   was   somewhere around   the   middle   of   the   first   year   when   Port   City   Health   Club got   a   name   update.      Due   to   the   fact   that   Jason   practically   lived at   the   club   everyone   called   the   club   “Jason’s”.      The   name morphed   into   Jason’s   Port   City   Health   Club.      The   original   logo featuring    a    male    weightlifter    and    bodybuilder.        With    the updated   name   came   an   updated   logo.      The   new   logo   added   a female   bodybuilder.            Shortly   after   a   whole   new   logo   was adopted   by   combining   an   image   of   Jason   into   the   name   itself.     The   idea   came   from   Jim   Enger   a   friend   and   top   bodybuilder   and architect.      It   just   so   happened   that   Clayton   Ryan,   one   of   the top   commercial   artists   in   the   entire   southeast   was   working   out at   the   club   and   did   both   of   the   above   mentioned   logos   at   no charge!      Jason:      “This   is   one   of   those   times   when   the   planets lined   up   and   God   smiled   on   the   poor   struggling   kid   with   a health   club.      Jim   Enger   inspired   the   logo   by   explaining   that   the name   should   be   the   logo   and   the   logo   should   be   the   name.      He used   Coke   and   Pepsi   as   two   examples.      I   had   the   idea   on   how to   put   it   together,   but   absolutely   no   artistic   talent.      Clayton Ryan,   using   the   photos   I   took   with   a   Kodak   instamatic   camera and   my   very   crude   sketch   of   how   I   wanted   it   to   look,   created our   logo.      If   that’s   not   God   I   don’t   know   what   is!      Jim   and Clayton   are   just   two   of   the   many   people   that   God   put   in   my path to help me along my way.”     In   the   spring   1984   with   the   club   showing   signs   of   success Jason   got   bold   enough   to   try   his   hand   at   another   business   and opened   a   tanning   salon   at   University   Blvd.   and   Cottage   Hill.     The   combination   of   growing   out   of   the   health   club   location   and the    space    coming    available    next    to    the    new    tanning    salon created   the   opportunity   to   combine   the   club   and   the   tanning salon   expanding   the   health   club   from   its   original   2,800   square feet   to   4,500   square   feet   including   the   tanning   salon   which took   up   only   about   200   square   feet.      It   was   considered   a   huge expansion   especially   for   a   23-year   old   entrepreneur   who   was never   supposed   to   make   it   in   the   first   place.      Jason:   “I   will never   forget   moving   all   of   the   equipment   from   the   Cottage   Hill and   Azalea   location   to   the   Cottage   Hill   at   University   location.      I couldn’t   afford   to   hire   anyone   so   like   so   many   other   times   I turned   to   my   members   for   help.      My   manager   (Matt   McLeod) had   the   brilliant   idea   of   bribing   them   with   beer.      Unfortunately they   started   on   it   almost   immediately.      Fortunately   due   to   the rental   agreement   I   was   the   only   one   allowed   to   drive   and   I have   never   drank.      Unfortunately   it   was   a   big   open   flat   bed with   standard   shift   transmission   and   I   really   don’t   know   how   to drive   a   standard   shift   transmission.      The   entire   trip   was   less than   two   miles   and   we   didn’t   have   that   much   equipment   to begin   with,   but   by   the   second   load   this   motley   crew   that   had   so graciously   volunteered   to   help   with   this   historic   move   were already   getting   crazy.      The   guys   were   mooning   people   through the   rails   of   the   truck   and   breaking   into   spontaneous   posedowns for   all   of   the   passing   females.      I   still   count   myself   lucky   that   I didn’t    get    arrested    for    transporting    bodybuilders    under    the influence, a BUI!   More to come…