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Health & Fitness Expert, Dr. Jason Karp
We sat down with Health and Fitness expert Dr. Jason Karp.
Dr. Jason Karp is a leading professional in the fitness world who is making a big difference in the lives of many by offering good health and fitness expertise, private services and fitness consulting, as well as authoring several books that are helping people worldwide in their goals to getting fit.
Tell us how you got started in your industry?
Dr. Jason Karp: From the time I ran my first race in elementary school as part of the Presidential Physical Fitness Test, I was hooked. The feeling of moving my arms and legs as fast as they could go to get from the start line to the finish line in the shortest time possible was so liberating and challenging and fun. I’ve been in love with running and racing ever since and became fascinated with the science of athletic performance. While I was in school, I started coaching runners privately and freelance writing for magazines, and created a business out of it. Now I spend my time coaching runners, personal training, writing, traveling to speak at conferences and clinics, and all the brainstorming and pursuit of a dream that goes into being an entrepreneur.
What is your business mission?
Dr. Jason Karp: The mission of RunCoachJason.com is to help runners of all different abilities meet their physical potential by applying principles of physiology and scientific research to their training and to help non-runners meet their fitness goals and get in the best shape of their lives through structured, smart training.
What services does your company offer that a client may choose from?
Dr. Jason Karp: My company specializes in developing runners who want to improve their running without getting injured, although I also work with non-runners who want to lose weight and get fit. Among the services I offer are in-person and email coaching for runners, custom-made training programs for runners of all levels, consultations to show proper running technique and analyze runners’ training and workouts, personal training workouts using circuit-style exercises and a client’s body weight, Dr. Karp’s Hot Bod Boot Camp, and educational presentations and workshops for fitness companies and coaches. I also have training programs that can be downloaded directly from my website for 5K, 10K, half-marathon, and marathon for beginner, intermediate, and advanced runners. With a wide variety of options, there’s a service for everyone. I also have a number of books and DVDs on running and fitness, including Running for Women and Running a Marathon For Dummies.
What makes your business different from others of its kind?
Dr. Jason Karp: My services and products are based on a very strong educational foundation, which enables me to take the guesswork out of clients’ training and help them get remarkable results. To get the results clients want, my first move is to connect with them. I listen. I ask questions. I partner with them so that I can develop the training that will help them succeed. Everything I do includes a high degree of professionalism and passion, a devotion to science, and a keen interest in wanting to help my clients succeed.
Where can readers go to find more information about your business?
Dr. Jason Karp: People can learn more about my services and products on my website at www.RunCoachJason.com. My books are available on my website, on Amazon.com, and in bookstores.
It’s also my mission to help move the fitness industry forward by mandating similar educational standards and professionalism as other health-related services, such as physical therapy, and creating relationships between fitness professionals and physicians and between fitness organizations and medical and health organizations. Part of this mission is to get exercise physiology to become a required course in medical school so that future physicians have a background in exercise physiology and can begin the process of prescribing exercise for their patients and referring patients to fitness industry professionals.
If you had to give a piece of advice to potential clients out there, what would it be?
Dr. Jason Karp: For people who want to lose weight, my advice is to stop making excuses about not having enough time to exercise, stop wasting time reading diet and weight loss books, and start walking or running around the block every day. There’s nothing about exercise to be intimidated about. Don’t be a weight loss book reader. Be a runner. If you don’t like running, find an activity you love to do and make it become a part of who you are. When that happens, you’ll never have to worry about finding the time to do it.
For runners who want to run better and prevent injuries, my advice is to train smarter and more systematically and stop blaming shoes for your injuries. Polarize your training—run hard on hard days to provide stress and run easy on easy days to truly recover. When the training program is designed this way, with both stress and recovery given equal attention and diligence, it is an elegant system that works.