In a crowded market with self-help books on virtually every aspect fitness, two Porter personal trainers knew it would be tough to stand out in the genre. They were convinced that they needed to put a book, an easy-to-follow guide in the hands of their clients who were busy professionals to help them stay true to their goals.

In 139 pages of remedies, reminders and real-life information, the duo released their paperback on Amazon in hopes of reaching their customers and beyond.

“We knew we could help a lot of people by putting this information in their hands. And we thought the easiest way to do that was to create a reference book, a playbook,” said Rex Andrews, co-founder of Pathway Training and personal trainer for 11 years.

Andrews and his best friend, Jonathan Canales, have been podcasting since 2019, even before buying a gym, and sharing their philosophy of success earning 4.8 out of 5 stars in their online reviews.

“We used the information we shared on the podcast and transcribed the script into a draft of the book,” Andrews said.

Several rewrites later, they self-published the book – “Executing Fitness Success: The Busy Man’s Playbook to Getting Back in Shape Fast” – on Amazon on June 13, 2022.

“Thanks to our amazing community and followings, we’ve reached #1 Bestseller on Amazon Men’s Health,” he said.

Porter Pathway Training is a private sports coaching company. They do personal training and semi-private training. They specialize in helping busy professionals make fitness a work in their lives.

“Everyone has a family, everyone has a career. But if they have fitness goals, we want to work with them to help them understand them and make them work,” Andrews said.

The book and their fitness philosophy came from lessons of watching their own fathers grow old and realizing how difficult it was. As professionals, they usually put themselves on the back burner taking care of the family, showing up to work so they can support themselves.

“Their own priorities, their goals, are the first thing to drop off the list. But, when we can present ourselves as a better version of ourselves, we can impact many more people and we present ourselves better to our families. And we just knew it wasn’t as hard as the guys make it out to be on their own. They just need a little help coming up with a game plan that works for them,” Andrews said.

His father was a hard working guy. Born in the 1930s in southern Alabama, he was a lineman laying electrical cables. He was a lumberjack, butcher and postman. He worked hard until the day he died at age 78. Andrews said he never took care of himself.

His father developed type 2 diabetes and as he weakened he lost control of his leg.

“He was always working with a walker to get around,” Andrews said. “For me, my father was always a strong and powerful guy. Seeing him unable to take care of himself as he grew older and lost his strength was hard to watch,” he said. It changed him. Now he is focused on helping others.

“I want to make sure I can help other guys,” he said.

His first career was professional wrestling. He left Alabama and moved to Houston to train under Hall of Famer Booker T. Washington at his gymnasium.

“When I started, I was a super skinny 180-pound kid fresh out of high school,” he laughed.

Washington’s first advice was that he needed to get in shape.

Andrews admits he didn’t know what he was doing so he found a coach and hired him and saw coaching work as something he could do.

“I thought it was a pretty cool day job to have while I was struggling,” he said.

Andrews built up muscle and reached 225 at 6-foot-1.

His last game was a year ago. Now he is focusing more on his personal training business, building a client list at a local gym.

It was there that he met Jonathan Canales from the Kingwood area. The two hit it off right away.

“I always liked sports and was pretty active, but I was still the overweight kid most of my life,” Canales said.

He attended St. Edwards University in Austin after graduating from Kingwood Park and earned a degree in kinesiology. Later, he moved to Tuscaloosa to earn a master’s degree in sports management from the University of Alabama.

He has always worked in sports and tried to be active, but he constantly juggled weight loss.

After graduating, there would be no more excuses.

“I’ve made my decision, I have to understand that,” he said. Instead of following fad diets, he started learning about nutrition and started figuring it out for himself.

“That’s when I started personal training. I saw that my life was so much better when I had health and fitness,” he said. His transformation was breathtaking.

Knowledge and application have become a reality. Canales has gone from 206 to 158. He now maintains a much more muscular body at a weight between 165 and 170 at 5ft 7in.

Her father was always there for the family, attending sporting events and coaching the teams.

“What I didn’t realize as a kid was that when we all went to bed, he would stay up in his room late at night doing work. He neglected a lot of sleep for us,” a- he declared.

About 15 years ago, his father had a serious car accident and he still suffers from pain all over his body.

“He’s been a great example for me all these years, and now after seeing what I’ve achieved with my body, I can be an example for him,” Canales said.

He helps his father where he can ease some of the pain.

The two unlikely characters met during summer training at a private gym in Kingwood where they were both employed as trainers. They became good friends and decided to split up and start their own private training company.

“I found a gym owner who told me he had no time to run the business anymore and told me that if I ran the gym he would let me train my clients there,” Andrews said.

Neither coach had a dime between them to buy the gym so while they were there running the gym they both threw in $40 each and started building a bankroll for a few years before buying the gym.

“We found a few private investors to help make the initial investments,” Andrews said.

They bought the gym in 2020 and three months later COVID hit.

“We had to find different ways to help our people outside of just being in the gym,” he said.

They made it through this tough ordeal and are thriving on the other side.

They changed the name to Pathway Training and put their philosophy to work finding creative ways for their customers to have fun training wherever they are.

They added an online component during the pandemic that helped them stay connected.

Canales said they take on new clients and interview them to find out their goals and any issues they might have.

“It’s not easy to make this kind of change in life and so we want to know clearly why they are doing it. Then we design a fitness, nutrition and accountability challenge for their transformation. It has to be something doable or it won’t happen. We want them to be healthier overall and stay in the shape they want to be and fit into their lifestyle,” Canales said.

Every new client starts with the Pathway Challenge, a six-week transformation. Their customers in online reviews say the results have been positive.

Pathway Training is located at 23128 FM 1314 Road, Suite D in Porter.

Their hours are Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The book, “Executing Fitness Success: The Busy Man’s Playbook to Getting Back in Shape Fast,” can be purchased on Amazon for $12.99. The two trainers co-wrote the book.

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