At 23 years of age, Bas de Jong is one of Clubsportive’s ambitious trainers.
A true citizen of Nijmegen (being born and bred there), Bas decided to begin his sporting ambitions in Arnhem studying at the CIOS, with internships in the fitness world. Quickly he developed a taste for personal development and fitness.
One may ask how someone like Bas has managed to accomplish his impressive feat of becoming a young trainer, but his story began at the age of 7 and remained crystal clear to this day. Because at seven-years-old, Bas started playing football (as most young Dutch guys do) and quite like most kids he became quite attentive to other major sporting events taking place such as The Tour de France. But from the moment he stepped inside the world of sporting, he immediately knew that sport was his ambition and decided to deepen himself since. When Bas turned 18 he decided to move his eyes towards the gym and immediately fell in love with the challenge a gym can bring. From there, his upward climb to becoming a personal trainer ignited and ever since, his life ambition is to bring mental and physical fitness to those who need it.
Bas shares an interesting philosophy when it comes to fitness and self-development, noticing at a young age that the choice for fitness starts early. Being in a big friend group, he noticed how everyone developed a passion for football regardless of their upbringing. However, as time progresses the big group split between those who kept playing sport and those who started smoking or causing troubles. The influence of sport on people comes through the long-run, and that sport can cause you to make healthy choices pushing you to become the best version of yourself. If you give up sports, you quickly give up the will for a fitness-filled life.
“There is a true brotherhood in sport, a sort of therapy that brings you into good habits. And the real athletes understand that you’re never finished with sport, it’s an ongoing challenge you have to upkeep and improve.”
Bas’ understanding is that you always have to place seemingly improbable milestones to reach your goals. To take bigger steps, he never premeditates how many reps or sets he’s going to do before a workout, “To me, it doesn’t matter how, as long as you do it. That you go further than you initially thought. You have to challenge people so that every workout feels like a victory.” This way one can train both physical traits but also your attitude, behavior, and mindset. The message behind Bas’s philosophy is that, if you push towards a goal that is seemingly improbable you’ll reach further than if you set easy goals for yourself, then you’ll just finish in no-time without the real struggle.
Bas turned his passions and hobbies into his work so that everything he is working for is part of his overall ambitions connected in one way or another. When Bas is with a client, he couldn’t care less about how they accomplish the task as long as they do it. As pronounced before, it’s not always about the physical traits presumed by the largest guy in the gym, sometimes taking time to research your mind is more important. “So now I turned by hobby into my work, so that everything I am working for is part of my overall ambitions.” You have to enter the gym with the intention of leaving with what feels like a victorious workout.