Mobile gym vision becomes a reality for Keizer University alumnus
Grateful to his family and friends for their support and his strong educational foundation, Keiser University alumnus James Huggins is happy that his Vision of the Fitness Xpress mobile gym has come to life.
Triggered during the Covid19 pandemic as he was working towards his degree in Sports Medicine and Fitness Technology (SMFT) and going through a professional transition, Huggins shared that the idea seemed to be timely and that Symia and Symone from his daughter were a major motivator in the effort. “I decided it was the right time to start working on the company and I was lucky to have a good team by my side who helped bring the idea to life,” he said of the opening. the gym in 2019 with her friend and co-owner Shayla Brabham.
“I’ve always been into fitness and wanted to own a gym, but I didn’t want it to be a traditional storefront facility. Instead, I wanted to bring convenience to the community by creating a training center on wheels with sessions customized to meet everyone’s needs,” said Huggins, who ended up winning second place for his presentation of Keizer University’s Seahawk 2021 bid. Tank pitch competition. “I was thrilled that others thought the idea was fantastic and would benefit the community,” said Huggins, a former Seahawks football player.
In addition to sharing his appreciation for his longtime friend Shayla Brabham, Huggins also thanks his father. Angus Brabham who had been the first owner of the truck. “Shayla was there from the start and helped everything, and her father was a father figure to me growing up,” he said, while also acknowledging professors John Crimmins for his guidance and George Stamas for his leadership of the Keiser’s pitch contest.
Keizer University’s senior academic advisor, Heather Bishara, admires the perseverance and self-discipline that helps Huggins keep pushing forward as a U.S. Army veteran and first in his family to graduate from college. “James has the heart of a leader because he’s respectful and charismatic,” she said. “On graduation day I was able to visit his new training bus. He has done an amazing job building the business and he is able to train people wherever they are. academic advisor, we don’t always see what’s in store for our students, but watching James at graduation and knowing that he used his education, his innovation and his passion for entrepreneurship to start his business when he was still a student is amazing,” she says.
Asked about his vision for his business and what he would recommend to others who nurture their ideas, Huggins said, “Over the next three years we plan to expand by adding more trucks that can service Palm Beach County more. My advice is for people to start logging their ideas in a journal and create a vision board, set goal dates, and then go for it. The idea is to stop procrastinating, putting in countless hours, investing money, and finally remembering that if we’re not ready to invest in ourselves, who will? »
Bachelor of Science from Keizer University in Exercise and Sport Sciences focuses on advanced health and fitness assessment, prescription and lifestyle modification. The program provides information on health risk factors, exercise leadership, biomechanics of movement, physiological adaptations to exercise, injury prevention, corrective exercise, business management and ethics in sport.
Keizer University is a private, independent, nonprofit university serving nearly 20,000 students at 21 Florida campuses, online, and at two international locations. Co-founded in 1977 by Chancellor Arthur Keizer, Ph.D., and Evelyn Keizer, Keiser University currently offers more than 100 degrees ranging from associate to doctoral degrees. Keiser University is a designated Hispanic-serving institution, a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, and was ranked #5 in the United States in social mobility by US News and World Report in 2022.