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It’s another busy Tuesday morning in the studio. Clients are walking in looking tired and leaving looking refreshed (I love my job). As my 11 am appointment steps out the door I find a minute to reflect on a few things. It’s been three years since Stephen and I opened the studio and when I look around, I can barely believe what we’ve accomplished. Renovations, expansions, building the perfect team of trainers… It’s been an enormous amount of hard work.

“Every day has been an adventure” I realize.
Then the phone rings.

On the other end of the line is a soft voice that politely asks if we’ve ever had a film crew use our studio before. “Sure” I say, “We’ve had breakfast shows and other local stations pop in for a visit.”

To my surprise, the caller is from the Late Late Show with James Corden. She’s scouting locations for their next episode of ‘Carpool Karaoke’ and loves the photos on our website.

The Training Loft Studio

“Thanks”, I tell her, “you should come check out the space”. Fifteen minutes later she’s in the studio and taking photos. She tells me the place looks fantastic and I’m grinning like an idiot. Trying to act cool, I ask her who the guest will be.

“Oh right”, she says “It’s Justin Bieber”.

Now I’m going to pause right here.
Take a second and Google “Kid gets Nintendo 64 for Christmas” and watch the video. You see his raw excitement? His fist pumps of glory? That’s what’s going on underneath my ‘play it cool’ exterior. As my heart rate jumps through the roof, I start to wonder what she would think if the man she’s talking to just wanders out the door and starts hugging a complete stranger.

“That’s awesome!”, I say and she packs up her things to leave.

Two days later, the film crew walks in and begins to set up. The studio is clean, our Training Loft team is looking sharp and we’re ready to go. Due to confidentiality, our clients have no idea what’s happening. The look on their face as we explain is amazing.

The traffic outside is getting nuts now. James Corden has done a ’Carpool Karaoke’ segment before with Bieber so the paparazzi know what’s up and are lining the sidewalks. All the commotion has guests from the nearby hotel pouring into the street.

Black SUVs pull up and it’s the Fourth of July outside our building. Bieber and James walk in along with three of the biggest security guards I’ve ever seen. These guys probably bench press regular club bouncers for fun. Inside, Bieber and James are just as funny and warm as you might imagine. Bieber even takes a few minutes to walk over and tell me how cool the studio looks.

Justin Bieber and James Corden seen at the training loft to film for James Show Featuring: Justin Bieber, James Corden Where: Los Angeles, California, United States When: 15 Oct 2015 Credit: Michael Wright/WENN.com

Justin Bieber and James Corden seen at the training loft to film for James Show Featuring: Justin Bieber, James Corden Where: Los Angeles, California, United States When: 15 Oct 2015 Credit: Michael Wright/WENN.com

For 45 minutes, the Late Late Show takes over the Training Loft. James makes some jokes, Bieber shows him some workout tips and they punch a few bags. The whole thing was a blur. Before he leaves we ask James for a picture and instead of posing, he takes the phone and snaps a selfie. Such a nice guy.

Justin Bieber at The Training Loft

Justin Bieber Bench Pressing at The Training Loft

Justin Bieber at The Training Loft

Justin Bieber at The Training Loft

And just like that, the black SUVs roll out and the paparazzi disappear. Stephen and I are standing in the studio in silence. We look at each other and I can tell we’re thinking the same thing – One of the biggest celebrities on the planet just did a workout in our studio… How the hell did that just happen? But there’s no time to talk, we’ve got clients walking in the door and they are the celebrities now.

On the surface, this is a story about how a famous person visited our studio, which, in West Hollywood, is not a huge deal. But to me it’s more than that. Buried under the excitement this is a story about perseverance. We work so hard to build this business and to help our clients reach their health and fitness goals.

Sure, sometimes you get lucky. Sometimes the phone might ring and Bieber drops by and asks for a spotter. But if I’ve learned anything from this experience, it’s that those magic moments don’t happen because of luck alone. They are the result of the time and energy you put into a goal or a dream.

We tell our clients every day, don’t give up. Keep pushing. You got this.
As Bieber and his entourage walked out our door, I thought about my next appointment, a bride to be.

“She’s going to feel so good when she fits into that dress.”



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