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‘When I Watch Myself on Television Now … It Makes Everything Feel Like It Was Worth It'

I had to deal with a problem that many Americans face: obesity. And that's why I feel blessed to have been given the opportunity to be on a television show. Now I have a platform to show people that if an average, everyday guy from Kentucky can commit to a lifestyle change, anyone can do it.

Inaugural podcast of The Gym Laird Show

In the inaugural episode of The Gym Laird Show, Jim explains why he has taken to the airwaves to share his philosophies on training, fitness, and diet education. He also answers the all too common question: why doesn’t exercise cure everything?

Jim’s first guest is his client Carla Griesch. She shares all she had to go through to find Carb Nite® and an exercise program that would help her to lose 50 lbs while managing her PCOS. Carla shares the mental and physical struggles she experienced with changing her diet and getting over working out less.

Here is her progress thus far:

 Jim Laird has been working as a Strength and Conditioning Coach helping clients achieve their goals since 1997. He has helped dozens of young athletes achieve athletic scholarships to Division 1 schools and also trains a team of female Powerlifters. As an elite level Powerlifter, Jim pushed his body to the limit for years, and now understands the difference between working out to be healthy, and working out to achieve a high-level performance goal, and he wants to help others do the same at

Powerlifting Before And After Pregnancy

In this episode of the Gym Laird show, Jim is joined in studio with his clients Meaghan Nelson and Rebecca Vice Bowers.

They sit down and chat about their experiences learning to power lift and then how they changed their training once they found out they were pregnant.

Rachael Bertram Mathews – From Overtraining With Cardio To Powerlifting

In today’s episode of the Gym Laird show, Jim is joined in studio with his client Rachael Bertram Mathews.

Jim asked Rachael to share her story as she has done what a lot of women do to lose weight only to gain weight.

Yogurt is Not a Meal

Life is nothing but a series of patterns. When you do the same thing every day for enough years, these patterns show themselves, and your sphere of influence begins to make more sense. In the fitness industry, this manifests itself in the mistakes you see people making, because few mistakes are made in isolation. When you see one client headed down a shaky path, chances are she’s not alone.

Breathing, Anterior Pelvic Tilt, and Voodoo Witchcraft

My name is Jim Laird, and I am a Strength and Conditioning Coach and the founder and co-owner of J&M Strength and Conditioning in Lexington, KY.  To give you a brief history about me, I am an elite-level powerlifter who has competed in the 242 class.   I have spent the last three years getting myself back on track from two car wrecks, a nasty fall down the stairs, tons of stress from starting a new business, and a bout of Ulcerative Colitis.  As a result of these things, for the last three years, my training took a back seat and I was able to complete one, maybe two, lifting session per week.

The Comeback: How to Get Your Body Back

Who you are doesn’t matter, nor does it make a difference how badly off you are. You can make it back to what you used to be—or, perhaps, go where you’ve never been before—and smart strength training is the path that will get you there. I’m going to tell you about two people I’ve worked with who’ve made dramatic comebacks from serious injuries. Working with these people has convinced me that there are things anyone can do to get better, and it all happens through systematic, intelligent strength training. If you think your “career” as a healthy, fit person is over because of debilitating pain or serious injury, I’m here to tell you that you’re probably wrong—and I’ve got several clients who can back this up. Read the following two accounts, reconsider your situation, and give some thought to what getting stronger can and will do for you.

Amanda Trail

Amanda came to me in tears. Literally. A high school soccer player at Lexington Catholic here in Kentucky, she had suffered three non-contact anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears and believed her soccer career was over. She was extremely weak, had no coordination to speak of, and she’d been advised by multiple medical authorities to stop playing altogether.

Mike Wolken

When I first met Mike in 2002, he was 47, and just coming off his second hip replacement. This was necessary because of a genetically-caused degenerative disease that disintegrated the cartilage in his hip. He’d also been suffering from an undiagnosed knee injury from a skiing accident. His knee was so badly damaged that his doctor told him he’d be lucky to get one more year out of it before he’d need a total knee replacement..


Check some of our client's reviews

Suzanne Waldrop

 I used to be a runner and thought that all those long runs meant I could eat whatever I wanted (usually lots of carbs). That did not work and my weight yo-yo'd and my frustration lead me to Jim Laird. With Jim's no nonsense guidance I have learned to train smart meaning that every workout does not have to be soul crushing and that rest and recovery is key to my long term success. Fastforward a few years now and I'm doing much better at striking a balance that works for me, and I look and feel better at 48 than I ever did in my 30s. I eat clean most of the time and I allow more time for self-care (massages, long walks, bubble baths, and even naps!) and I certainly train hard, occassionally chasing performance goals as a competitive powerlifter. I'm so thankful and grateful that I found Jim and his gym community. It changed my life.

Tammy Hatton

After training with J&M, I realize to get results I do not have to work out 6 days a week doing things that are exhausting. I have seen amazing results in just 6 hours of training over 2 weeks time and having more energy and better results than I have before working at my other gym. Doesn’t hurt either that I have lost 10 pounds!

Suzanne Waldrop

I have learned how to train smarter. More is not always better. Sometimes what I need most is to just chill out and let my body recover…and then I can come back even more ready for my next training session! I used to think I could literally run off my poor eating habits. I would run 12 miles and then eat (carbs) all day. I’ve learned that eating well is 80% of the battle. With Jim’s support, I have switched to a Paleo diet, and as a result, I feel better, look better and exercise less. No more 12 mile runs for me!

Holly Scudder

I used to think that running was the answer to staying fit. So, I ran and ran and ran and yes, I lost weight. My knees constantly hurt. At one point when my son started kindergarten, the teacher was concerned because he didn’t go up and down the stairs foot over foot, but one step at a time. She thought maybe it was a developmental issue until I realized he was mimicking the way I walked up and down stairs because of pain. I joined in August of 2011 and while I still run on occasion for fun, it’s not my main focus for health anymore. I feel great, I feel strong and don’t hurt anymore at all. I have also met some great friends and always enjoy coming to work out, I feel fortunate to have such experts as trainers right here in Lexington!


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