John Glyn, owner of Fitness Fusion, lifts a tractor tire to illustrate a total body workout by combining your legs and upper body and also it provides a cardio workout. Purchase photo reprints »
Job title and company: John Glynn, owner and personal trainer at Fitness Fusion, 150 Pleasant St., Easthampton
Your duties: My responsibilities include personal training and motivation, strength and conditioning, boot camps, youth sports, group class, fitness training program design, marketing, administration and sales, while always giving individualized attention to my clients.
How did you land your job? Working hard, my previous relevant work experience and a desire to be the best at what I do.
What’s most challenging about your work? Balancing family and work and the lack of time in the day.
What do you like about your job? I really enjoy interacting with different people. The best part of my job is seeing a client’s hard work and how it pays off.
What is your key to success? Providing great value to clients, being inspirational and motivating, developing personal relationships, patience, hard work, continued education and personal development.
How do you feel the Valley economy will fare this year? I think if we support local business and value our relationships with those around us, we can all be more successful this year.
Why did you choose to do business in the Valley? The Valley is where I grew up. I choose to do business here because I feel that I can be successful and make a difference to the people around me.
Who has helped mentor you professionally? I didn’t have a specific mentor per se, just experience in life and business. Although, whenever I’m left with a question or decision to make, I always ask myself, “What would my father do?” I would have to say that learning from mistakes has been my biggest mentor.
Name a few of your goals for the coming year: To triple my current membership base and influence several members/clients in a positive way.
Tell us a little-known fact about you: My competitiveness drives me to be the best.
What is your advice for others seeking business success? Business is not easy or everyone would be a business owner. Success means time, determination, hard work and sacrifice. Make sure you are ready both mentally and financially, and always have a backup plan for tough times.
“I think if we support local business and value our relationships with those around us, we can all be more successful this year.”