Health is an “Appreciation of Life” — A Q&A with Rashad Campbell
At City Fitness, we’re constantly learning about what motivates people to strive for healthier lifestyles. This Q&A is part of a larger interview series with a number of Philadelphians representing a wide range of industries and communities — from entertainment to fashion to fitness. These interviews and photos were completed to celebrate the launch of City Fitness’ Signature Club which is coming to the Sterling Building on 18th and JFK. Click here for more information and 30 Days of early access for just $10!

Many trainers can help you get in physical shape. But how many can help you devise a sound retirement plan too? Rashad Campbell — former captain of the Cornell University football team and former consultant at Franklin Square Capital Partners — can do both. So he started Stay Cool, a human performance company offering a wide-range of services from corporate wellness programs to sports performance coaching to financial consulting. At City Fitness, we know that exercise is just one piece of the happiness puzzle so we spoke to Rashad about how best to he helps clients stay optimistic, positive, focused and true in all facets of their lives.

What does health and wellness mean to you?

Health and wellness is symbolic of your appreciation for life. I believe all individuals should engage in some form of health and wellness. There is a level appropriate for everyone and the benefits can not only change your health, but your productivity, your general mood/mindset, your hormonal balances/imbalances, your network of peers and ultimately your overall performance. It’s something I love and embrace proactively and get very encouraged when others are interested to get involved or learn about different ways to take care of themselves.

As a former college athlete, how difficult was the transition into the hustle-and-bustle of professional life?

It wasn’t hard. Athletics helped me be structured and regimented and to understand the world very differently than the average person. For example, one thing I never really had to deal with in adulthood was feeling sorry for myself. In professional life, the routine can become so monotonous that it feels like college football all over again — with a lot less excitement. So I’m diligently proactive in fitness, traveling and having unique social experiences. I realized early on that I have the resources to be successful and change the trajectory of my life if I wasn’t satisfied.

After college, you worked at Franklin Square Capital Partners, a company known for offering employees gym and healthy food options. What was that like?

It’s a great firm with a great culture. The firm was very focused on helping employees, with a gym located on site, personal trainers and a nutritionist. They even offered complimentary breakfast and lunch with organic foods. It was comparable to working at Google or Facebook, or somewhere in the tech space where those amenities are normal. It was very innovative but rare for the financial industry.

Being a busy entrepreneur, how do you still find time to focus on your own health and fitness?

Back in 2015 I started the #365Challenge where me and my closest peer group did 25 pushups daily for an entire year, adding 5 each week. That turned into about 250+ push-ups daily towards the end of the year which got a little absurd. This tradition is still very much alive but now I just do 17 push ups, sit ups or jax because it’s 20″17″and it serves the same purpose and instills the same discipline without killing me. It’s the perfect daily discipline and a reminder to go do something fitness-related. The best part is they are simple and can be done virtually anywhere.

You also coach high school football and train collegiate and professional athletes. I’m sure that keeps you in shape too.

As a player I always had a respect for coaches that could “talk the talk” and give live examples of what they were explaining or actually did the conditioning they made us do. So I stay in shape for my clients.

Q&A by Jared Shelly