Jay Freemantle, Instagram Influencer in the fitness community, is taking his highly successful blogging career to the next level. After completing his degree in commerce from the University of Stellenbosch, Jay is currently attending Red and Yellow Creative Business School where he is studying his advanced diploma in marketing and advertising communications.
Chandrey Howburg from www.sterre.co.za talked to Jay Freemantle about his career and plans.
What inspired you to start your blog and when did it all begin?
“My blog started as a New Year’s resolution and I created my page a day before 2017 began.
“In January 2016, after I finished high school and about to start university, I was so excited and could not wait for the year to begin. After a long term relationship that had ended, I decided to switch my life around and start living a life that I felt proud of. I have always been involved in some sort of sport, even from a young age, and I naturally resorted to the gym as a way of dealing with all the pain and emotions I was feeling at the time. It was such a visible form of self-improvement and it motivated to keep bettering myself; I fell in love with this process and invested myself fully.
“I still remember using the money I received for my birthday to buy a training guide from a fitness influencer I followed on Instagram. My self-improvement poured over onto other aspects of my life and I taught myself how to cook and started to pick up and learn more about hobbies I was picking up, such as photography and videography. Every day I had the sole intention of wanting to better myself in some way or another.
“After almost a year of consistent work every day, I had managed to completely transform my body and my life. I felt that I had lifted myself out of the dark spot I had found myself at the beginning of the year. I had random people coming up to me in the gym asking me for tips on training and nutrition and was even approached to enter into a bodybuilding show. I wanted to share my content somewhere and after weeks of thinking about it, I decided to start my own fitness page. My goal with this was and always will be to motivate and inspire others to make the same change that I made in my life. I have always said that if I can give one person hope and motivate them to make a positive change in their life, I have achieved the goal I set out to achieve.”
I see your motto is “Do more. Be more”. How did you come up with this and what was the reason behind it?
“I firmly believe that in life, the harder you try and the more you open yourself up to the world and the possibilities and opportunities it has to offer, the closer you will come to achieving your goals and the better your quality of life will be. It is also a phrase that represents my journey of working on myself and investing the time and effort to better all aspects of my life. As a result, I am able to be more to myself and others in all that I do”.
Your blog consists of food, fitness and travel. Out of the three categories, what is your favourite and why do you focus on these?
“While I do love all three, and I believe that there are cases where they overlap, I would say my favourite is definitely fitness.
“Training has been a major anchor in my life and has helped me get through a lot of pain in my life. For me, it is often the only time in the day where I can be in my head and be present. I am also addicted to the feeling after a session where you are absolutely broken and everything hurts because you know that you tried your best and your future self will be better because of it, both physically and mentally.”
With studies and blogging, what does the future hold for “livingwithjay” and what advice would you give your followers?
“With being so busy trying to balance everything, it is tough to focus on exactly what the future holds for me, but I hope to have a career that allows me to use both together in some way.
“My best advice for anyone out there would definitely be: Just start!”
Jay believes in the following key rules that he lives by.
- Perfection will only ever slow you down.
- You will always feel underprepared.
- Setting a starting date on a dream will only ever mean regret.
- Doing something is always better than doing nothing.
- Worrying about people’s opinions of you will hold you back in life.