EP 1138

1138. How a Celebrity Trainer Rose to Success

Jason Walsh, a sought after celebrity trainer and the founder of Rise Nation, shares how he rose to success in the fitness industry and how to redefine forgiveness as an energetic shift.

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Today I’m talking with one of the most sought-after celebrity trainers on the planet. Jason Walsh has trained stars like Matt Damon, Miles Teller, Brie Larson, and Bradley Cooper for some of the most physically demanding roles of their careers.

He’s also the founder of Rise Nation, a global fitness studio powered by the VersaClimber, where you train like an athlete.

On today’s episode, we talk about how Jason rose to success as a celebrity trainer. He shares the moments that defined his life and career, plus his advice for anyone who wants to get started in the fitness industry. We also go deep on the painful parts of entrepreneurship—unpacking the betrayals and heartbreaks we’ve both experienced as founders.

We explore ways to train your brain and your body for resiliency, and how to redefine forgiveness as an energetic shift. We also talk about Jason’s new protein company, Rise 311. Plus, his take on why you don’t need to train for an hour a day to get results.


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How Jason Became a Celebrity Trainer 

  • Empowering moments that defined Jason’s path
  • The superpower you need to connect with celebrity clients 
  • Working with Matt Damon 
  • How a harrowing event led to a life-changing decision 


The Rewards of Being Disciplined 

  • How Jason built discipline in his workout routine 
  • Working with athletes as a strength conditioning coach 


How to Rise in Your Fitness Career

  • Jason’s advice for getting started as a trainer 
  • The importance of mentorship 
  • Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard
  • Building on a foundation of integrity 


Building Rise Nation Step By Step 

  • The pros and cons of group training
  • How he came up with the concept for Rise Nation 
  • Why you don’t need to train for an hour 
  • Building music into his workouts 


The War Against Small Businesses 

  • How the pandemic impacted Rise Nation 
  • Getting investment interest from Mark Cuban 


Heartbreaks & Betrayals in Business 

  • The painful parts of entrepreneurship 
  • Predators taking advantage of founders 


Train Your Brain to Reframe Trauma 

  • 40 Years of Zen
  • Different forms of trauma 
  • Using anger as a spark instead of as fuel 
  • Forgiveness as an energetic shift 


Redefining Forgiveness 

  • What forgiveness is (and what it isn’t)
  • Why severing ties is sometimes the answer 
  • Mistakes vs. betrayal 


The Rise of Rise 311

  • Jason’s new company: Rise 311 
  • Creation out of necessity 
  • Creating a plant protein with the benefits of whey 


Finding Joy & Resilience 

  • Battling against bitterness and mistrust 
  • Creating community in entrepreneurship
  • Building physical, emotional, and spiritual resilience 


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Website: rise-nation.com

Rise 311: rise311.com

Instagram: @risenation

Jason’s Instagram: @risemovement

TikTok: @climbrisenation

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