Propel Ambassador Photo Shoot Part 2: It’s All About The People

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Propel. I was compensated and all opinions are 100% my own.

At the end of this post, I have an exciting event to announce….

During my trip to California for the Propel Photo Shoot, I learned so much from so many people. I’ve been blogging and seriously committing to health and fitness since 2008 and I’ve met some amazing people during that time. These people are willing to share their knowledge about fitness and blogging with anyone who will listen. I’ve also met people who keep everything they know in their head and aren’t willing to help others. Fortunately for me, my time during those four amazing days was filled with great conversations, keen observations and more learning than I had expected.

When I returned home from the trip and read over my notes, I digested what I learned and realized that the fitness community is comprised of amazing and caring people. While I was with only a handful of people that belong to this community, I believe that it was a microcosm of the community as a whole. I came to understand that fitness and well-being is important, at some level, to everyone; not just people who blog about it like myself. That sounds naïve and it is. Most of the people that I interact with in the fitness community are bloggers, so it’s easy to fall into that thinking. But I met people during my trip that really care about fitness that don’t blog and they taught me some very valuable things. The old adage is spot on; you can learn something from everyone. Below are just a few things I learned from people during my time at the photo shoot.


I saw complete dedication and hard work from the crew members on the photo shoot. It was very apparent to me that the members of the crew, including the photographer, were completely dedicated to their craft. While I have no clue what their profession actually entails, the dedication and hard work they displayed was palpable and refreshing. From them, I re-learned that if you want to be great at something, I need to dedicate myself to that pursuit and work hard to achieve.


If you’ve ever had the opportunity to interact with Dai, you will immediately know what it’s like to be passionate about something. Dai is passionate about so many things that I began to wonder where his energy was coming from. I can always tell when someone is passionate about something because they want to share everything about what drives that passion and its fun to listen to people with passion. Dai’s passion for fitness is so awesome that I couldn’t help from wanting to dedicate myself to fitness and get in the best shape of my life. His passion and love for his family is so amazing, that it’s put things in perspective for me and makes me want to be a better father and husband. His passion for his company and blogging is second to none. He taught me so much about how to make my blog better which will help spread my message and passion for fitness and health.

Humor & Zest for Life

I’ve been told that I have a good sense of humor, but in no way do I stack up against Presley. She was making me laugh and smile from the moment I met her. There were several times during the trip that my cheeks hurt from laughing! Her humor and zest for live is a breath of fresh air. It’s a good reminder to not take life seriously, have fun and be myself at all times. I’ve read many posts on Presley’s blog and her humor really shines through. She is proof that you can be dedicated and passionate about what you do while still having fun. She’s going to kill be for using this picture of her, but this was a very funny moment where they were midway through doing her hair and she had me rolling with laughter.

Thoughtfulness and Care

I had many conversations with Theodora and one thing that she mentioned frequently was philanthropy. Theodora volunteers quite a bit and genuinely cares about people. Her thoughtfulness and care for people is awesome and has set the wheels in motion for me to help others more through volunteerism. She’s an inspiration as she dedicated herself, lost weight and is a pretty amazing marathoner. Knowing that she is a great runner, I made it a personal goal to keep up with her during our Friday morning trail run. To say I failed miserably is an understatement. I would love to run a race with her in the near future!

Relationship Building

The first thing I noticed when I met Lee is that she loves talking to people. She loves hearing people’s story and learning about them. This is hard for some people to do, but is a trait for Lee that is an asset. As I observed Lee interacting with people, I noticed that people are naturally drawn to her as she is truly interested in people and listens to every word they say. Her interaction with people has an effect and she builds relationships with everyone she meets. Not to mention, she creates crazy awesome (and healthy) recipes.

The Propel team really did an amazing job at bringing all these amazing people together. In my mind, all of these characteristics exemplifies what Propel is all about and what they are striving to achieve. The team at Propel are great people who care about their product and delivering a quality product to people of all walks of life that care about fitness and health,

So what does all of this have to do with fitness, health and Propel you ask? Going back to my previous statement, what I’ve detailed here really is a microcosm of the fitness community as a whole and I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of it. I am proud to be a Propel ambassador as it’s apparent to me that they are bringing people together who are dedicated, passionate, love life, care about others and are interested in building relationships. On the surface, the Propel Photo Shoot sounds like we took a boondoggle to LA to hangout and take some photos. To me (and I’m sure everyone else) it was much more. It was a chance to learn, meet new people and get involved with a quality product.

Now for the promised announcement…Thursday (3/27/14) we’re doing a Twitter chat with Propel and FitFluential, chatting about the program and would love for you to join us! Please follwo #PropelAmbassadors at 9pm easters. Can’t wait to tweet it up with you! 

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3 Responses to “Propel Ambassador Photo Shoot Part 2: It’s All About The People”

  1. Dai "The Moose" Manuel

    Jon, you inspire me brother! This was such a great post… so excited to have met you and the other BA’s… this year is only getting better and better! Hoorah!

  2. Lindsey L

    Alright, I just might have to figure this twitter thing out to join your chat! 🙂


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