Key points from Alexis chat with Joshua Jané
Community Builder of Percolator, Founder of Contraband Fitness, Balance motivator of life
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Alexis: Hello, and thank you for tuning into this segment of we are living healthy right now. Everyone is talking about how to live a balanced life. Our guest today, breeze this, please welcome to the show. Founder of contraband fitness, Joshua.
Joshua: Hello, Josh. Hey, thanks for having me on
Alexis: here. Yes. I'm so excited to chat with you today.
I know that you do a lot of different things, but we want to jump into balanced life, things like that. Can you please first tell us a little bit about you.
Joshua: Oh yeah. So hi everybody. My name's Joshua Janae. [00:01:00] And so a little bit of my background. I've kind of came in and grew up in Virginia Beach and offered for most of my life.
And that kind of went towards a little bit of going towards the ODU alumni. And kind of balanced out my careers by first, starting out mechanical engineer, but then switch to computer science. So it's a little bit of understanding of learning that dynamic of what it takes to kind of find the right footing.
But then I realized that my creativity was that foot. And so I went towards computer science and that can just completely just change my entire trajectory of, of my education and my business. And so it brought me in networking through networking, brought me to a place here at percolator. And that's kind of like some of the talking points we were talking about today.
Alexis: So I know that you speak very well on negative and positive emotions and what's healthy versus unhealthy mindset for all of our listeners. Could you please break that down in the simplest way for just to understand what that means?
Joshua: Yeah, so essentially so especially back all with high school era, I learned very quickly that there's a dynamic when it comes to connecting with people and that's kind of understanding the, the healthy mindset of balance.
And that goes all the way [00:02:00] down to your core, your heart and your, your. If, you know, everything that starts from the brain. And so understanding that there is positive and negative emotions associated with anything you do, and it's important for you to really understand how to handle and deal with those.
And some people have more in-depth ability to handle that themselves. Some people would like to get a hell of a healing journey through like for therapy and stuff like that. And I told him to advocate for that. And so, but learning how to adjust them. Because you can not really control the actions done onto you, but you can control how you react to those actions.
So that's a, the healthy mindset is the balance between those two.
Alexis: Yes. I know you touched briefly on community and networking and togetherness. How does that tie into the healthy mindset?
Joshua: Right. Yeah. So if you didn't know, like I said, a percolator, which is a coworking model, that's my day job that I have.
And it's also compounded on this knowledge that I've been learning is that when you're connecting and networking with people of different mindsets, different businesses, [00:03:00] it's healthy to understand where their point of views coming from. So when you connect with them, it's not just like, Hey, this is me.
This is what I do. But like also understanding, Hey, you know, I have done this in my life. How can I help you? So it's really nice to kind of connect with people.
Alexis: Yes. And for those who have no knowledge of what a coworking space is, please.
Joshua: Oh yeah. Okay. So Corgan space model, as you can see, I'm kind of in this room here and I'm so in real estate, there's you can have offices that are divvied up and we can allow businesses to come in and they can rent out that office space and it doesn't have to be just a pure.
But it can be like a flex desk. It could, which is allowing you to bring like a laptop into a building to utilize the amenities, like the wifi and such. And you can get your business done at a very low fee.
Alexis: Tell me if I'm explaining this correctly, but it's basically like, if you want to live somewhere, you can buy a house or you could go live in an apartment.
And a co-working space is pretty much like an apartment of different entrepreneurs and businesses and with lower cost, of course.
Joshua: Right? [00:04:00] Yeah, exactly. Yeah. It's oh yeah, that kind of apartment mindset, when it comes to businesses. You can come in as a, an accountant or a, you can come in as a lawyer, but then you can be, you know, one, one door away from somebody who's into tech repair or technology, or even.
Alexis: Yes. I love that. And with this type of community, I know that with COVID the pandemic, many people were separate. They were working at home. They were working by themselves. I know even myself. That's why I ended up getting a dog because I was at home. So when it comes down to the healthy benefits of a coworking space, could you speak to.
Joshua: Yeah. So quickly to talk about that people, like I said, the balance thing, so when people have the whole world got hit by this and they started to realize, are they something that they want to network with people or, you know, globally kind of thing. So it's very important to have that human connection.
So being in a spot like this helps bring back that healthy mindset of networking and talking to communicate with.
Alexis: Yes. All right. [00:05:00] Now I cannot help. Please go ahead and tell us a little bit about contraband fitness. Cause we could talk about coworking, but one of the other things that you do, and I'm really excited about it, please share.
Joshua: So being at a coworking spot like this, I'm able to kind of build my own business, which is amazing to network with a bunch of people. And so Contravent fitness is my own business. I'm starting up a it's in the health and wellness space and it's actually specifically right now because they don't pigeonhole myself.
It's going to be a lot more things in the future, but right now I'm working on. Specialty protein bars and selling supplements as well. So the specialty poaching bars as like duck donuts to donuts. So I build specialty protein bars that people can see. Tastes and enjoy every layer. And then there's a supplements that have, which are brand new cutting edge type of supplementation that it's called snack packs and it's liquid nutrition in a snap pack, and you can carry it in your pocket anywhere you go.
And it's a quick delivery mechanism. So it's really awesome that both of those come together to promote healthy.
Alexis: Yes. I know I saw some of your protein bars on your website. They look [00:06:00] delicious. They look absolutely delicious. When people hear about protein, when they're thinking about getting healthy many times, you think you can just go down to your local grocery store and just grab a protein bar.
Could you speak some of the differences are between what might be a good protein bar, a bad protein bar. So people kind of know what to look for.
Joshua: Yeah. So a big component is actually really the end-user the market that wants the protein bar. You know, that could be someone who may be a gym rat. They call it like meatheads or whatever.
They, they, they really just want a jam packed amount of protein. And so they don't care if they're eating that slab that you think about when it comes to protein bars, they're having 40, 30, 40 grams of protein into that bar. They don't care about the visual. Now the other end of the spectrum. Some people that are the more average day user might want to look at something that looks healthy and looks good to eat and also is healthy and good to eat.
And that's kind of where my stuff comes into play, where you're visually seeing the ingredients and it tastes.
Alexis: And speaking of the protein bars, what exactly are they good for? So the first thing is, should I [00:07:00] take these, should I not eat this? What are the benefits of it? Who are the candidates? Who are the people who should actually eating and purchasing protein bars?
Joshua: So obviously after the the pandemic, a lot of people have realized that sometimes having an additional job helps increase their ability to buy back their time, freedom and having a lot of. Extra income allows them to do bunch of different things. Well, what comes with that what people are starting to realize is that their time of day and all that stuff is being booked up a lot.
So having the flexibility to be able to make like a a quick meal as like a protein bar, because the size of my protein bar is actually pretty large. But my target for that is to allow people to enjoy maybe going from nine to five, but like the exit of a nine to eight. Two jobs scenario. There's going to be a timeframe where they are really hungry, right.
About four o'clock, but they don't want to ruin their dinner. So like that's an application that you can have is you enjoy this snack that's healthier and it also gives the right amount of protein into your diet.
Alexis: I love that. Well, thank you so much, Josh. Well, I know that [00:08:00] you have the percolator. I know you also have contraband fitness.
Where can people contact you?
Joshua: Um, Yeah, you guys can visit. If you want to check out anyone that's listening, that's in the downtown Norfolk area. I'm more than welcome to send you guys to particular space.com. You can reach out there check out our website. If you reach out on our contact form there, you can say that you listened in.
I'll be glad to give you guys a few day pass more than welcome to swing by. I'll give you this. And then for contraband fitness if you check out Contra fitness.com, I have my website up in I'm women show. So don't, don't hate on the, the visuals just yet, but anyone that's in the local area they're allowed to pre-order the protein bars and they can order the supplements directly, but you can find firstname.lastname@example.org as well.
Alexis: Thank you so much, Joshua. It's been a pleasure talking to you
Joshua: today. Oh, thank you guys so much for allowing me to be on. I really appreciate it. You guys are awesome.
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