We had the good fortune of connecting with Jared Burgess and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jared, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
UST Personal Training was created with the main goal of providing one-one-one training in a completely private training studio for each client. So every client is in an independent, fully private, upscale and modern training studio with their own brand new equipment, entertainment/media stations, and their own trainer. So much training recently has been focused on group training and small class training, and while these methods have their own advantages and disadvantages, a large market was being ignored that would enjoy training privately with no one else around. The positives of UST Personal Training is a much more effective and efficient workout. All of your equipment is centered in one training studio that is smaller which allows less down time when going from one piece of equipment to others. You also never share equipment, so if your trainer has a plan for your workout there is no chance someone else could be using a piece of equipment that the trainer needs to give you the perfect workout routine! And distractions are eliminated. The client has the sole attention of the trainer and nothing else. Friends, colleagues or others wanting to chat are not possible which means the sole focus is on helping the client reach their goals. Finally, safety and cleanliness are a top concern of most of us with the current situation we all find ourselves in. With one person and one client in each room, the risks of being around many individuals at once has been removed. It is also much easier to maintain the highest levels of sanitation when you are properly cleaning all equipment between each client’s session. These are the principles and ideas that I wanted to bring into the fitness community. A place to feel excited to train at while knowing you are safe and cared about more than large scale facilities. At UST Personal Training each individual becomes more than just a client, they become friends!
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
UST Personal Training was a very difficult project to complete. We purchased a property that was built in 1926 and had to update every part of the property to meet today’s commercial building requirements. If we didn’t have enough hard work ahead of us, we also had many “speed bumps” along the way that challenged us mentally and physically. Strength from family, friends and my wife kept us moving forward until we finished.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
First stop, UST Personal Training! But we are very lucky living in Tampa. We have many options in very close proximity. We have Clearwater Beach just over the bridge, the vibrant and artsy waterfront area of St. Petersburg, downtown Tampa with sports and events, and lastly Orlando is only a 90 minute drive from all their attractions.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My path towards creating UST Personal Training Studios has been helped along by so many great individuals. Clients have continually supported myself and my dreams for the studio. They have offered support in so many different ways. Family has been there every day to ask how things are going and to lend a hand or even pick up needed supplies. Without the help of family this dream could not have been realized. And most important is my wife. Who sat by my side every day helping me select the finishes for the studio. From the flooring selections to the wall paper, bathroom tiles, and fitness equipment she has always been there to help me design something that has become incredibly beautiful. At the same time she kept me strong and focused when things were tough physically and work was incredibly hard. She was just as instrumental in this being created as anyone!