Go Where There Is No Path And Leave A Trail For Others To Follow
Meet The Founder
Josh Hines, Pn1
Welcome to Second Chance Athletics, my name is Josh Hines and I founded this company in 2019. I hope that you enjoy the workouts, the community and the encouragement I try to offer every single day.
Thank You For Visiting
First and foremost, I want to thank you for taking the time to check out Second Chance Athletics.
I started this company in 2019 after going through a personal transformation myself.
Where I Started
Growing up I was always active. I remember always going on bike rides, running around in the woods, building a huge tree fort at my grandparents house and then in high school running track and cross-country.
I ran well enough I was actually offered college scholarships to run but in the end decided I didn't want to be a college athlete, especially a runner, considering their college experience is eat, sleep, school and run and run and run and run.
Instead I choose to go to college and join a fraternity. In doing so I opened my life up to an entire lifestyle filled with lots of drinking, smoking and in a way treating my body like an amusement park.
That lasted 7 years until finally after getting fired from a job and hitting rock bottom in 2012, I found myself at a bar and heard God ask me, "What are you doing with your life? You're not where you're supposed to be."
It's 2019 and it has been 7 years since that moment and life has done a complete 180° on me.
Today I find myself working out 4-5 times a week, running Spartan races and helping those around me find meaning and get their life back on track like I did both physically, mentally and emotionally.
It's my goal moving forward to help people get their own second chance on life. I really believe at any moment in time we can decide to live a different way than what we've been living and achieve greater things than we have ever imagined.
I don't see myself as much of a trainer as I see myself as a friend who wants to come alongside you for a season of your life, share some insights on how to do things better and then send you on your way towards success after success.
If you are truly ready to make a change in your life and are ready to say enough is enough, then lets talk, create your goals for your life and then start moving forward.
My Own Fitness Transformation
My fitness transformation started at the end of 2018, from a combination of stress, not eating right, not sleeping enough and really burning the candle at both ends, as the expression goes, I put on nearly 60 lbs and topped out at 211 lbs and 24% PBF.
It's crazy how sometimes over a long stretch of time of grinding and trying to survive this world, we forget about the one thing that's most important, our bodies. We go about our lives acting like we are going to live forever and that no matter what we do, our bodies will just maintain.
I found out the hard way, that's not true.
Making A Lifestyle Change
At the beginning of 2019 I really decided it was time to make a lifestyle change.
I went from sleeping maybe 4-5 hours a night, eating mainly fast food and not working out to eating mainly a Paleo diet, making sure I got at least 7 hours of sleep and working out 5 days a week.
In that time, consistently, I was able to drop weight and fat for six months straight and got my weight down to 184 and 14.6% PBF.
What Came Next
After dropping the weight myself and actually enjoying
- The time I spent at the gym
- Learning workout techniques
- Discovering nutrition plans
- Understanding how to better control my emotional responses to stress and anxiety
I thought it would be an awesome time to start my own personal training program and partner with nutritionists to deliver an amazing experience for anyone who is looking to transform and reclaim their lives as well.
Goals & Expectations
My goals and expectations for Second Chance Athletics are to share with anyone that every single day you wake up in the morning you are being given a second chance to live better than you did the day before.
It is my goal to provide:
- Simple-to-follow Workouts
- Fitness Plans
- Nutrition Plans
- Emotional Awareness Tips
so that no matter what life throws at you, you are physically, mentally and emotionally ready to stand your ground.
I really hope that you are able to find the workouts you enjoy and allow you to start transforming your own life, that you are encouraged to keep moving forward even when it's tough and that you are able to reclaim your life and move forward into victory after victory.
-- Founder Josh Hines, Pn1
My Personal Certifications
Level 1 Certificate in Exercise Nutrition (Precision Nutrition – Canada)
My Personal Values
I feel like personal values are largely overlooked these days, a lot of people don't seem to stand for much these days or hold themselves to a standard. Personally, I try to live by the following 5 values and I am consistently trying to improve on each of them daily.
01. Transparency & Authenticity
I believe the best ways to help people all around you is by living a transparent and authentic lifestyle. Too often we see people sharing one thing on social media but behind the scenes they are a mess. If I am having a bad day, I'm going to share it but I am also going to share with you my reaction and how to handle the things I've gone though, often times more than once, so that you don't make the same mistakes I do.
02. Empower Others
I love sitting down with people and listening to their struggles and goals they want to obtain in their lives and then working with them to create a plan and help them to stay encouraged along the journey. It's only if we are transparent and authentic with those struggles and where we currently are though, that we can discover what the next step is.
I love sitting down with people and telling them everything they need to accomplish their goals, they already have. That they simply need to believe in themselves and be resourceful and they can accomplish anything that they put their minds to with enough time.
03. Consistently Improving
I am one of those type of people who is never satisfied with the status que. I love challenging this is the way it's always been and always making a point to sponge anything and everything that can help myself and those around me.
I make a point every year to read books, binge YouTube channels, attend conferences and pray about ways I can help those around me.
04. Massive Contribution
I once listened to a Tony Robbins live event where he shared that the most satisfaction and happiness comes from giving and I really resonated with that.
Even if you don't have the money or experience there is always a way to give, it could be as simple as sitting down with someone and just listening to them, their struggles, their dreams, their hopes and giving them a chance to be heard.
We live in such a "busy" world, just giving your time and undivided attention to someone, often times, is more than enough.
The missions I have lived since 2012 was simple, at one point in my life when I was really struggling, I was anxious, I was depressed, I was losing hope by the second, I remember praying and asking God,
If you help me get through this, I'll help anyone you put in front of me however I can.
From that moment forward, I've had this unstoppable drive to sponge and learn everything I can so that anyone who comes in front of me I can help them somehow, even if it simply means, just listening.
05. Community Builder
Most of my life I've always felt like I was on my own. I felt like I had to learn everything the hard way through trying and failing and I always wanted someone to mentor me or come alongside me to teach me things but I always seemed to have to figure things out on my own.
Because of this, like the massive contribution above, I've always made a point to look for the outsides, the misfits as Steve Jobs would call them, and make a point to try to figure out what their interests and goals are and seeing how to bring them in the inside.
I know what it's like to feel lonely, to have a million thoughts and worries on my mind and not have anyone to talk to or share them with, I don't want people to feel like that, I want them to feel like they are a part of something and that they belong and are heard.
My One Word For 2021
Every year I do Jon Gordon's One Word That Will Change Your Life and my word for this year was Mountains.
For too long, I feel like I keep circling around on the same pattern of life.
I set these big lofty goals before me and I get excited about the possibilities of scaling these mountains but then year after year, I still find myself at the base of my potential.
This year, regardless of what's going on around the world and even our very own backyard, I feel this is the year we need to take the mountains of our life and stop giving into the excuses of why things can't work out.
Now scaling mountains have a few ways of playing out, there is the 1) physical climbing of a mountain where you use sheer willpower to climb, 2) mental climbing where you overcome fears, doubt and the identity that you aren't good enough to obtain what you seek to claim, and 3) sometimes mountains represent something entirely different.
In the Bible, mountains sometimes represented inheritance.
When Caleb and Joshua went and spied on the Promise Land, Caleb asked God, "Give me this mountain" Joshua 14:12-15 KJV.
When asking, he didn't do it in a way that he would have to take the land by force, instead, he knew God was with him and long ago God promised him this land, so he simply just asked for it and God went with him to claim this land but not based on his physical or mental capacity, at the time, he was an 85 year old man.
This year, I know that I'll be relying on all three ways. I know there are some things I will need to do physically to achieve my goals, there will be things I need to change mentally about what I believe is possible, but I also believe that God is with me and I know the promises He has shared with me, I believe this year is the year that some of those promises start to become a reality.