We had the good fortune of connecting with Jordan Walker and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jordan, other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?
The most important decision I made that is contributing to my success is understanding that I’m going to fail. I don’t mean I’m not ever going to achieve my goal or goals, but I mean that I’m going to fail along the way. The path to success is not going to be linear. Once I understood that, it became easier to deal with the little trials and tribulations that make things harder when you work for yourself, such as losing clients or a pandemic! I think being aware is the biggest thing people lack when they try to achieve a goal. People tend to think everything is going to be smooth sailing and go exactly as planned when in reality, you’ll probably fail 100 more times before you succeed. That understanding is what drives me to keep moving forward no matter what. I take the same mentality I was taught from my parents and playing collegiate basketball and apply that to my business. I may not succeed today, but in the end, I know I’ll be exactly where I want to be.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a professional Trainer, or Body Engineer if you prefer. I’ve always been extremely into exercise and eating healthy but, I actually started off with just a Major in psychology because I thought that was something I wanted to pursue. As I was going through college, I realized I kept picking exercise or nutrition classes for my electives, so my mom suggested I just double major and add Kinesiology. Which I did. Needless to say, I loved it. It went along with exactly how I wanted to live my life. After college, I got my first trainer job at 24 hour fitness but knew I wanted something more, I felt like I couldn’t really impact people the way I wanted working there. After almost a year, an opportunity arose at Momentum, the private gym I train at now, and Jwalk Fitness was born. For me, training seems to come naturally, and I think a lot of that has to do with me practicing what I preach. I would never tell anyone to do anything that I don’t believe in or do myself. And all of my clients know that. And I think it makes them respect me and listen to me because of it. I have completely immersed myself into fitness and that’s the way I will continue to live my life. One thing people need to know about the Jwalk Fitness brand is that it stands for striving to become the best version of yourself you can possibly be. That means every day you’re taking the necessary steps to try and improve, and that doesn’t have to be just in fitness, it can be in any aspect of life. As long as we are trying to get better at SOMETHING, we are moving forward and making positive progress.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’ve become sort of a homebody as I’ve gotten older, but if someone was to visit Fort Worth, I would definitely tell them to make sure they check out down town, the stockyards, and West 7th. There’s tons of different restaurants, bars and places to shop for people Of all different interests! My favorite taco place, Salsa Limón is actually downtown Fort Worth and is a must if you’re looking for excellent tacos and good margaritas.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
It’s hard for me to just pick one person to shoutout, so I’ll have to pick a couple. Of course, my parents, Aundre and Daphne Walker. Without them I wouldn’t have the tools or the mindset to even be able to attempt to run my own business. They are the building blocks of the person I’ve become today. They gave me the perfect mix of love and encouragement to go for anything I wanted to achieve. Secondly, my fiancé, Brianna. She’s always been encouraging and willing to listen to whatever I have to talk about at the end of the day. I’m sure she is tired of hearing about my clients or how I I can’t wait to compete again, but you would never know it because she’s always attentive and engaged. Lastly, my friend group: Wes, Kofi, Myles, DJ, Ed, RJ, Johnny. Everyone in my circle is striving to be great, and that alone pushes me to do the same. I can’t be the slacker of the group. I think it’s important to surround yourself with a bunch of like-minded individuals that are supportive and striving for excellence themselves.