‘We Stay Working’ was born a year ago – during a difficult time for AJ. After failing his second year of university, everything changed for him. It affected his relationship with his mother and how things were run at home. From failure and frustration, this is where the idea of ‘We Stay Working’ began.
Coming from a lineage of famers in a rural area of Colombia; AJ is part of a line of people who continuously worked and elevated for better conditions in their lives. like his mother, who moved to London by working on her aspirations.
Now, AJ is determined to do the same as his mother by adopting a goal-oriented mindset and honouring his family with the name ‘We Stay Working’ – representing the importance of what perseverance means, as well as defining the bridge between ambition and success: work.
Fitness has always been part of AJ’s life; so teaching others is a bonus. It’s not an industry he’s pursuing, it’s his passion. Over the years, he’s practiced various training methods in different settings including: junkyard gyms, CrossFit gyms, boxing gyms, football grounds and athletic tracks.
Once ‘We Stay Working’ was created, AJ’s main focus was staying disciplined to his training and continues to push harder everyday. So far, he’s been learning as much as he can about the industry and implementing various values into his gym.
AJ’s current aim is to tailor a unique method of training, whilst also starting a ‘We Stay Working’ clothing line.
Challenges and obstacles:
AJ primarily faced challenges when testing his service on people while he was getting started. On the opening day of his gym, he had put out a membership pricing form with a signup list for people to fill out. However, by the end of the day he had acquired zero signatures. It took him a couple of days to realise what had gone wrong.
” What I learnt was, no one is going to eat at your table if they don’t know how you cook, especially when you’re just starting out …. you have to give people a taste first to entice them, keep giving giving giving and when you ask, then you’ll receive.”
Through trial and error, he overcame the obstacles that came his way. He decided to keep his training for free until he’s tested his service all the way through, and then thought about pricing.
Despite everyday struggles, AJ’s never felt the urge to quit. He says there’s always low moments but it’s the pressure that keeps him going.
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Here are some truths about We Stay Working – 📸 @robbrowndirector : – – WSW was born out of touching failure – – We run a “gym” out of a car garage hidden in the Brixton arches behind Brixton Station – – We can’t indulge our members with fancy equipment – It’s run on a super low budget – – There are no water fountains, showers, air conditioning, changing rooms, swimming pool – – Some of our equipment is on the verge of being completely damaged – – The flooring we train on are not on mats, but on chipped concrete – Now let me explain some positives: – I was adamant to let failure bring me down so I stayed working. A year later, God’s favour manifested itself – – Today’s most successful businesses started out of a garage or a basement e.g. Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, PayPal, Virgin – – What we do indulge our members with is a sense of empowerment, community and positive energy – – I work to invest and keep We Stay Working innovating itself – We lack many inventory tools but we have heart and passion that compensates it all – – Wonderful people see our work ethic and out of their hearts donate whatever they can to the business – – Last but not least, we don’t look at our surroundings to entice ourselves, the quality of service, the variability of training, the mental and physical gain, the family atmosphere, the inspiration that we get all comes from the community that is We Stay Working. #THEWORKCONTINUES 🏁
Achievements and future prospects:
The end goal for AJ is for ‘We Stay Working’ to be recognised worldwide, with several gyms throughout. As well as being recognised for their unique and quality service as well as their clothing line.
Right now, AJ has been working alongside Fitness First running classes at their gym in Brixton for a month every Saturday.
Being gifted with the gym has been one of his biggest accomplishments yet. From speaking it into existence for many years to it finally being manifested in June 2019 has been a huge blessing for him too.
Additionally, his May bootcamp was a success, gaining traction and valuable experience.
” Find your passion and work at it. There are some things that are going to take time and struggle to understand how they work but start and apply yourself. I used to be told ‘the most important thing to do is to start’. I believe for me the most important thing is to keep going.”
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