Jason Barnett is the number one British Natural Bodybuilding World Champion and is dedicated to being a natural for life bodybuilder. He has earned respect worldwide for his physique and award winning performances and has worked closely with the Bradford Bulls and Bradford City F.C.
Jason hasn’t always been a positive role model; by the age of 15 he had left home and was involved with gangs. Jason turned his life around and is passionate to see young people live their lives to their full potential. Through his unique Supernatural Fitness Live presentation he delivers help and guidance to young people around the world – helping them to achieve their goals! Jason explained: “It’s important to give young people the opportunity to have fun, interact and most importantly learn about health, fitness and life skills. The vision for Supernatural Fitness is for sports people to go into organisations and inspire. Most of these sports personalities are Christians who let people know that everyone in the world has a purpose or a plan regardless of religious background.”
Working as a sports nutritionist with the Bradford Bulls and Bradford City F.C. his advice and guidance is keenly sought after. He has also worked with the Bradford City F.C. Learning Disabilities Squad. He has now joined forces with Bradford Healthy College Manager, Jane Marshall and Bradford Bulls Player, Semi Tadulala to enhance the self-esteem, health and fitness of students at Bradford College with the introduction of Supernatural Fitness Live.
Jason continued: “Supernatural Fitness Live is a multi media and entertainment based presentation, which includes aspects of the National Curriculum. The aim is to encourage our learners to incorporate these principles into their everyday lives. One of the barriers that stops people from achieving their goals is not being physically healthy. We want people to see the connection between mental health and physical health. If you look after your body by eating the right foods, getting the right amount of exercise and drinking enough water, (all of the things that make up the facets in keeping you healthy), then you’ll have a much more positive outlook on life. It means your plans and goals are achievable and within your reach. At the end of the day if you feel physically unhealthy then things feel impossible. We want you to know that nothing is impossible and everything is within your grasp.”
“During the presentation, both Semi and I talk to students about when we were growing up. As 16 and 17 year of age there were no role models for us; we weren’t guided along the right path and we made a lot of mistakes. I got involved in gangs. I left home at 15 and got mixed up with the wrong crowd. I finally found my own way and got back on the right path, although it was a long and difficult journey. Both Semi and I believe that if there were positive role models around at the time, we wouldn’t have gone down the wrong path.”
Jason continued: “There was one teacher though who did believe in me. He told me that I would be fantastic and a great body builder. I believe that for kids if they have a positive role model… someone that they can look up to, then it’s enough to carry them through all the difficult times. I remembered what the teacher who believed in me said!”
Jason added: “We believe that with our privileged positions as champions we’re in a position to affect so many different peoples lives in a positive way by delivering a message – ‘Have you got what it takes to get on the right path and stay on the right path, to reach your full potential?’ For the kids it’s about having someone to look up to that they think is cool. We don’t fit the normal stereotype associated with being cool, which are fast cars, women and drugs. These are the standards that are held up for young people to aspire to. We want to promote a different standard, which is to be big, tough but caring - looking after those around us.”
Highlights of the event include a ‘no pain, no gain challenge’ issued to the students, a live performance of Jason’s world championship bodybuilding displays and exclusive footage from one of his training sessions. Jason remarked: “The idea is to get the students engaged, fired up and inspired in what I do, helping to educate them without them basically knowing it.”
Initially Jason worked in Special Education for 15 years, before deciding to take the leap and work full-time promoting the principles of Supernatural Fitness through events held in schools, colleges, prisons, churches, youth centres and sports clubs. Jason said: “The decision to do this full time was based on the feedback I’d received which was really, really positive. It was getting to the point where there were instances where I knew I was able to make a massive difference to peoples lives. I was safe in school, my wage was getting paid but I really wanted to step out there and help people or kids that were not being reached.”
Jason said: “I went to a school and there was a kid up a tree cursing and swearing, pelting things down at five teachers that he’d known all of his life. I walked past and he must have looked down and spotted me. He said: ‘Oh so now you’ve gone and got the big guy to come and get me down.’ I just looked at him and he said: ‘Oh so you think you’re big do you. My uncle’s bigger than you; anyway where do you train?’ He then wanted me to show him my arms so he came down the tree. The teachers told him to get back to class, so he said goodbye to me and went back. It just reminded me of all of the times when it has had an affect. I’ve gone into gang cultures and people have forgotten what they’re doing because of this fascination with the male physique and strength. It overcomes all boundaries – it breaks down barriers and no matter what you want to talk about, people want to talk about that first, then they’re open to anything else.”
Jane Marshall, Healthy College Manager commenting on Supernatural Fitness said: “Jason’s presentations are very inspiring to our students. They always give positive feedback after the event.” Jane added: “Working with Jason is a great pleasure. He’s extremely professional and passionate about his life, where he has come from and where he is going. The fact that he wants to help students get on the right path and make good choices in life is commendable.”
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