‘Don’t quit,’ fitness guru Jake Steinfeld tells Clayton students at grand opening of school fitness center


SALT LAKE CITY — In junior high, Jake Steinfeld was overweight and stuttered.

When teachers called on him in class, he cringed.

“I didn’t say a lot,” said Steinfeld, an internationally known fitness entrepreneur, actor and trainer, addressing students at Clayton Middle School Tuesday.

But “life is about moments,” said Steinfeld, better known for his “Body By Jake” brand.

At age 13, Steinfeld’s father bought him a set of weights, which was the start of his journey out of adolescent awkwardness.

“Not only did it build my body, it built my self-esteem,” he said.

The opening of the Clayton’s Don’t Quit Fitness Center was yet another transformative moment, he said, this time with the potential to positively impact the lives of the middle school’s 770 students.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

Joseph Ioane and Jack Biggs high-five each other between situps in the new Don’t Quit Fitness Center at Clayton Middle School in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018. The fitness center was built with help from the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils program.

Clayton Middle School was one of three Utah schools selected to win a $100,000 fitness center from the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils program. The student body gathered in the school auditorium to celebrate the gift.

Steinfeld, the foundation’s chairman, said Clayton’s fitness center was made possible through a partnership with companies such as Nike, the Coca-Cola Co., and Amerigroup Foundation.

TuffStuff Fitness International provides the fitness equipment for Don’t Quit Fitness Centers in schools across the country.

Fitness and academic success go hand-in-hand, Steinfeld said.

Someone who is physically fit “can look in the mirror and be proud of what you are,” Steinfeld said.

In introducing Gov. Gary Herbert, Steinfeld said when he reached out the governor’s office to propose to placing fitness centers in Utah schools, Herbert returned his call within 24 hours.

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