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Ep 002: You Mean, I Can’t Have a Gym There? Persistence w/ Justin Ayres


Justin Ayres is the founder and owner of RIPE, a gym that provides an atmosphere that is both positive and motivating, to keep you on track towards your fitness goals. Whether it may be preparing for a competition, looking for a personal trainer, or having a great time with friends for a group class. Justin has got you hooked up! Justin speaks about persistence and steps he took to open his own gym.

Strategies Used to Fund Business

Worked in his family’s martial arts studio. Took a job as a personal trainer. Worked at a supplement shop. Then just DID IT and opened a gym once he had saved enough money.


Worst Moment

Had the cash, rented a place and started the gym. Overlooked key details, such as where the location the gym was at. City told him that you cannot run this type of business in that place. Forced to vacate the place within a week.


Huge Success

The feeling that he gets when people come out with the results they want under his guidance.


If You Can Have Any Superpower…

Unlock any door like Sora in Kingdom Hearts. But not just a physical door, a door that opens anything. Being able to fly, by the way gas prices are going.


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Advice to Hacker Nation

Do your due diligence. Get yourself ready for all the factors that COULD happen. Then make the jump.



  • Aly

    Woohoo!!!!! Great interview!!

    • Rommel Cabal

      Thanks for listening!

  • De Leon

    Great job. Keep up the good work.

    • Rommel Cabal

      Thank you! I appreciate it

  • Jason

    Love the stuff about your dad and staying hungry :] Keep up the good work!

    • Rommel Cabal

      Thank you for listening Jason!

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