Meet Josh Grimm | Health Coach + Founder of FITNUTJune 29, 2021 We had the good fortune of connecting with Josh Grimm and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Josh, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I’ve always been a man that listens and attempts to align with the voice in his head and pays attention to the feeling and intuition in his gut. This is how it begins, right? Knowing who you are and how to make your abilities work for you. Mindfulness is my strength and the vehicle I have to achieve whatever it is I want to do… because I’m able to listen to source and apply what I know of me. This is what I value most in my business success as it’s a direct correlation of who I authentically am.
I rarely make a decision to act unless I am totally comfortable with it or I believe in the results it will produce. Sometimes, this can deter me from taking certain risks that others may be more forthright of but my belief of my innate ability to stay aligned on my path has, thus far, led me down a road of successes. Trust yourself.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I started the brand FITNUT in 2014 after returning from an extensive period of time in Southeast Asia. Toward the end of my 6 month stay, I experienced a painful breakup with my partner of two years and was feeling very isolated with moments of great sadness. I decided to volunteer with a children’s orphanage outside of Siem Reap, Cambodia with the hopes of becoming elevated enough to feel some lightness again. I was incredibly moved by my experience. My inspiration felt by the kids and workers at the orphanage motivated me to create a brand that not only helps people but has a giving- back component.
I was inspired to build a brand that focused on what matters most to me: FITNESS, NUTRITION, TRAVEL and GIVING BACK.
Upon my return to NYC after that trip, I started working with the Cambodian Community Dream Association (CCDO) and was named an ambassador to their organization in which I raised more money through fundraising events in NYC. Now, I take a percentage of annual sales and donate to a variety of organizations.
Since the existence of FITNUT, we have raised over $10,000 independently through fundraising efforts that I have executed for various organizations in Cambodia.
FITNUT today is a fusion brand of private personal training, nutrition coaching, group fitness, charity work, and luxury fitness retreats around the globe.
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?
New York is home. It has been for almost 20 years and it will always have my heart. I know it well… however I’m inspired by the extensive travel I’ve done through the years. I’ve been to 53 different countries in the last decade and find food and culture influences that I try to seek out in my home turf.
Luckily, New York is a melting pot of food, architecture, and culture. A week in my city would be focused on my favorite places to eat and sit for a conversation over good food and a drink.
I live in West Chelsea near the gorgeous Hudson River Park, the Highline, Little Island, and Chelsea Market. I find these to be some of the most architecturally interesting places to walk around and take in the sites. The galleries and the warehouse lofts and condos always make for the most exquisite backdrop to get on your bike and ride with a friend or solo. Grab some food at any of the local restaurants and watch the sunset. Although, I’m a morning guy and love a good bike ride or outdoor workout on the Charles Street Pier in the West Village.
I’ve spent a large amount of time in Asia so Asian food is usually a part of my diet when I’m eating out. I love fish of all kinds and I am always ready for a delicious branzino at my neighborhood joint, Pastis. Saigon Shack in Greenwich Village had the best Pho in the city… hands down. And Sugar Fish is my go-to for take our sushi. Gramercy Tavern has always been my place where I take a guy for a date or a solo dinner out. I’ve been going frequently for 10 years I believe.
Good food, good wine, and a good bike ride in my side of town is a great way to spend a day or a week.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I wouldn’t be the man I am today without the love and support of my friends and family that I trust implicitly. I’m quiet but I’m full of emotion and passion which I share whole-heartedly with this small grouping that has impacted my behaviors and influenced my path. To some, it can seem to be a bit of a challenge to get to know me on a personal level as I’m somewhat guarded. But, the friends and family that I have in my life are among my biggest influencers in my business as my passions are directly related to what experiences I’ve pulled from them.
This year, I paired up with DICK'S Sporting Goods for their self-promoted Dick’s Sporting Goods national runners month #seeyououtthere campaign. In an effort to promote a healthier lifestyle and community, they have teamed up with dozens of other online athletes such as myself to create brand and health awareness. And I applaud them.
The challenge is simple and fun: I was gifted a very generous box of gear including a pair of Flyknit Nike shoes, clothing, a Theragun, a cash payment and more goodies to promote. Each week there is a parameter to meet with social media postings and promotions via our personal pages to encourage others to participate and, of course, shop this cool gear from DICK'S.
Week one of the campaign is “Start strong”. I’m the first to admit that I’m not an avid runner per se but the past two months, I’ve been incorporating into my routine more and I’ve actually been enjoying it... or at least the way I feel AFTER the run.
I welcome the challenge over the next 4 weeks to see how much running will come and stay into my routine... more to come!
Reset Logic is my new monthly program to deliver all of my essential vitamins and nutrients to make my immune system run at its finest. I can attest that after 30 days of using this program, I felt such a boost in my energy and feel that my body is ready for my long days. The system is divided into a 4 week rotation which each week focusing on a certain element - cleanse, greens, probiotics, and immune max. Take it for one month then repeat - all for about a dollar a day! My favorite part is that each week is separated into daily sachet packs that takes the guess work out of what I need in the morning!
Reset Logic is my new go-to and I will continue to chat about and promote this incredible system so we can all feel ready to power through our days. Take advantage of fifteen percent off of your pack at www.resetlogic.com using code FITNUT15
BE BRAVE. BE A WARRIOR. BE A FITNUT
One of my favorite parts of spring in the Northeast is the change of temperature and the almost palpable taste of renewal. For me, its an energy boost in most aspects of my life; I tend to eat cleaner, workout harder, smile more, meditate more mindfully, and achieve personal goals faster. When I think of my workouts during Springtime, I like to get outside and move my body about in planes of motion that are undisturbed without space restrictions and confinement as in an indoor gym situation may be. We all know I love the FITNUT Kettle Bell Flow workouts, but I also thrive on my cardio coming from HIIT with plyometric training.
Plyometric training, formally known as jump training, is easily described as explosive movements of maximum force in short intervals of time. Think jumping rope, plyo box jumps, lateral bound shuffles, squat jumps, and clapping push ups. Plyometric exercises have three distinct components: an eccentric, an amortization, and a concentric phase that releases the explosive force.
The benefits of plyo training are increasing jump height, distance, speed, agility, quickness, and strength to name a few. Not for the beginner, and not for a daily routine as your legs will need a rest from all of the power exerted, plyos should be incorporated If you are really looking to put some literal spring into your step…
Here is a fantastic routine that will get your body full-on schooled of the benefit of this killer training: Perform each of the following exercises for 30 seconds at maximum power with 10 seconds of rest in between and a full minute of rest after the last exercise then repeat 5x for a total of 6 sets. This is roughly 21 minutes of “work” that will leave your body on FIRE!
Kettlebells are exceptional in that they deliver a full-body workout with increased range of motion as compared to a dumbbell or barbell and are consistently engaging to the core. This results in more intensified workouts with a greater caloric burn, increased strength, greater mobility, and generally help to achieve a more toned physique.
My use of kettlebells began three years ago starting with basic fundamental movements to get accustomed to the shape of the bell, syncing my body with the weight distribution, learning it’s effect on my stability, and getting comfortable with the grip and how it rests on my wrists and forearms. After dev a more trusting relationship of man vs machine, I began the fun process of learning exactly what type of impact kettlebell workouts could have on my training and development.
Swings, snatches, cleans, and squats are among the 4 fundamental movements used in kettlebell training and none of these should be taken lightly as precision and form are key to producing the best results and avoiding injury. I urge everyone to consult a coach to master these kettlebell movements.
When I felt that I had begun to control and dominate these movements is where the real fun began. I noticed an incredible change in how my body was looking and, most importantly to me, how it was feeling. I felt stronger as I approached my 40’s than I did in my early 30’s so there was no going back on my kettlebell journey.
When the pandemic hit hard in March of 2020 and the gyms in New York City shut the doors, I, like many of us, took my training outdoors. This is where my new found love for kettlebell flow work emerged. My 16KG bell would accompany me to my workouts in the parks. I flipped that sucker around until I could start to catch it with precision and grace, paired some fundamental kettlebell movements with anything that felt organic to me in form and then created a beautiful, almost choreographed, flow routine. It became meditation and fuel for my psyche. It was a gorgeous thing.
Today, my work with kettlebells is going strong and I am fully excited to get back outdoors this spring to improve my technique and perfect the ever so fun kettlebell FITNUT FLOW work. It’s one of the best relationships I’ve ever had the pleasure of being a part of. Love your kettlebells and as always...
Be brave. Be a warrior. Be a FITNUT.
Welcome to the new FITNUT thought page!
My intention is to deliver interesting facts and tips on fitness, lifestyle, travel, living mindfully, and what it means to me to be a warrior.
In sharing my thoughts, it is my hope to provide an insider view on what makes me the man I am today, what my beliefs are, and what FITNUT represents.
That being written, thank you for joining me on this journey and I look forward to the road ahead!
Be brave, be a warrior, be a FITNUT.