“They call me the super trainer because we can get people in shape in 30 days,” Smith said. “That means they will have a different body in 30 days.”
Smith, a fitness trainer for 13 years, is married to Olympic gold medalist Gwen Torrence.
He trains locally at Grady High School, Piedmont Park and Panthersville Stadium in south DeKalb County.
He also trains on the West Coast, counting celebrities among his clients who range in age from 2 to 82.
Among them is a formerly paralyzed woman who was able to run for the first time in 19 years with his help.
Another of his clients was a one-armed man.
“His fiancée said she was real pleased at the way I took the time to do drills that have helped him develop his shoulders and pectoral muscles,” Smith said. “It helped him get a new outlook on his body.”
On Jan. 28, Smith will showcase some of the routines he uses to motivate his Jody’s Body Beautiful clients during the 2012 Fitness FaceOff at the Mall at Stonecrest. The competition, one of the highlights of the annual CrossRoadsNews Health, Wellness & Beauty Expo, will feature eight personal trainers, fitness trainers and exercise coaches. The Fitness FaceOff kicks off at 1 p.m. from the Main Stage in front of Sears on the mall’s lower level.
Smith, 42, says the secret to his success with people is just loving what he does. “I just love helping people and making someone want to work out.”
He does that by making people laugh so they forget about the pain that will lead to their gain.
“I’m always smiling and in a great mood, so I guess my attitude is contagious,” Smith said.
Since November, he’s been working out at Piedmont Park with a music producer who lives in Atlanta and Los Angeles and “13 or 14” of the artists from his music label.
“I got him in shape once before. Then he got back big … and now he’s trying to reinvent himself,” Smith said.
A Lithonia resident, Smith graduated from Morrow High School in Clayton County in 1987. He graduated from Life Chiropractic College in 1996.
He became a fitness trainer after catching the envy from people who saw his physique.
“A lot of people were asking me to show them how to get their abs and body like mine,” he said, “and I knew I didn’t want to punch a clock.”
Smith’s clients are expected to work out with him or one of his associates at least three days a week. He also sends them workout routines or does virtual workouts with them on the Web.
To see some of his workouts, visit youtube.com and search “jody smith super trainer.”