Meet the Wellness Professional: Jared Walker

Owner of Fit, Form, Function on the Miracle Mile in Lebanon

Every week I will be highlighting someone in the Upper Valley who falls under the title of "Wellness Professional" - trainers, nutritionists, therapists of all kinds (physical, psychological, massage), and creators of healthy products, to name just a few. I'll give them a list of the same 20 questions and they can choose to answer as many of them however they'd like. 

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This week I'd like to introduce you to Jared Walker, Owner of Form, Fit, Function, Lebanon

What is your fitness/wellness philosophy?

My fitness philosophy is to constantly improve on optimal fitness through Functional movement. Each individual has a different view of their own optimal fitness, but the need for functional movement remains the same. Humans, by design, are meant to move. My focus is on improving functionality through strength, balance, and range of motion.

How did you get to where you are now? 

I started working out in my teens. Most people don't know I struggled with my own weight and self-esteem early in my life. I joined the CCBA when I was 15. Self-taught and tested, I learned by reading Books like Arnold's Bodybuilding for Men, and Men's Health Big Book of Exercise. I continued to educate myself in the gym into college. In the Army, my view on fitness completely changed with my very first "Crossfit" style work out. That fueled my desire to become an NASM Certified Personal Trainer in 2010.

Did you ever have any setbacks and how did you get past them?

I had many setbacks early on. Mainly in the form of that dreaded word "Plateau". Once I learned that my routines were in fact inhibiting my goals, I knew I need something different. I tried many different routines only to have the same end result. Crossfit was the answer for me. The variety of exercise was very beneficial to getting past this plateau phase I seemed to be getting stuck in every couple of months.

What makes you unique in your field?

My passion for fitness, and compassion to help others reach their goals. I am doing what I love through promoting what I believe in. Everyone has a story of why and who they are, and more importantly how they got to where they are right now. I also believe that most everyone wants to better themselves in some way, shape, or form. I believe it is my gift to be able to help them along the way!

Jared and his daughter Brooke

What's your go to meal for:

(EAT RIGHT FOR YOUR BLOOD TYPE!!!!!! Please read the book!)

  • Breakfast: The most important meal of the day! 1 egg, 2 cups of sauteed spinach, or a sweet potato
  • Snack: Fruits, veggies, nuts, and seeds
  • Lunch: Salad with Protein
  • Dinner: I could eat Steak every night! with Broccoli and Carrots
  • Beverage: Water Water Water! You almost can't have enough water.
  • Sweets: 90% dark chocolate

What's you favorite place to eat out in the Upper Valley? What do you usually get?

I love the Lebanon Diner! Great Food with even better people -hash and eggs!

You're trapped on 12A in West Lebanon starving and you only have $8. What do you buy to get your through your errands? 

I personally don't like processed foods. That being said, every grocery store has a salad bar. Take the two extra minutes to make a healthy choice. If time is 100% not an option then fruit and nuts or veggies, and of course WATER!

What's your guilty pleasure (food or otherwise)?

Wine and Whiskey

What's something health and wellness related that you wish you'd known years ago?

  1. Fitness is an ability perform tasks, not how you appear in the mirror.
  2. Eat right for your blood type. Knowing what your body needs may be very different from what you are putting into it.

What's the best health/fitness/wellness advice you ever received?

Set realistic goals. A lot of people want to lose 10 pounds but can't seem to lose the first 5.

What's your favorite quote or mantra?

"When nothing has changed, something has to change!" Don't keep doing the same thing and expect different results.

Who or what gives you inspiration? 

My daughter inspires me every day! I believe if I hold myself to a higher standard she will too.
What's something you wish your clients/class participants knew? Or did? Or didn't do?

I wish my clients knew to turn their frustration into motivation! Let that be fuel for the fire even when you don't think you can give anymore. Your brain will lie to you and make you want to quit. Your body is capable, it's your mind you have to convince. Also, don't be afraid to fail. You are going to have setbacks. Make a plan to get past them.

If you could only have one piece of fitness/wellness equipment what would it be?  

My body is my preferred exercise machine. It is capable of so many great movements. Knowing your limits is key to success when body weight training.

What's your favorite non-gym physical activity?

Running! Running is my personal way to meditate. Crazy right?! Nothing clears my mind more then a three mile run!

What are your passions outside of your field?

I am in to old cars and Trucks. Pre 1959. Built to last. Simple!

What is your least favorite exercise? 

Single plane movement [moves that require a person to move in only one direction]. Curls.
What is your favorite exercise? 
Compound multi-joint movement. Squatting!

What are one or two tips you can give to help people be successful in their wellness journey?

  1. The number 1 tip: There is no Magic pill! There is no "one size fits all" fitness plan.
  2. Put pen to paper. Write down one small fitness goal, then write down your largest overall goal. Now think about a time line of two weeks to achieve that small goal, four months for that overall goal. Now also think about what steps you need to take in between those two and write it down. Hold yourself accountable. No one will do it for you.
  3. Know what you will do when no one is looking. Will you eat that brownie or will you go out for that mile run?

Where can people learn more about you? 


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