23-year-old entrepreneur develops his own brand to inspire fitness on college and school campuses
Fitness is in Teagen Rose’s blood.With obesity at an all time high and young people becoming increasingly sedentary, the local 23-year-old has set his mind on bringing his own brand of fitness to college and school campuses.
A native of Alvin, Texas, Rose has been committed to maintaining his physique from a very young age.
“Growing up, I was always very concerned about having a six-pack,” says Rose.
Rose was adopted at the age of 8. His father, who is Caucasian, owns an adoption agency and also adopted three other boys from underprivileged backgrounds who were of African American and Hispanic descent.
“We are a nice little colorful family,” says Rose.
One of his brothers suffered from severe obesity and died from a heart attack in 2004 at the age of 23, leaving two young children behind, marking a turning point for Rose.
His brother’s unfortunate and untimely death hit the family hard.
“It had a definite impact on my commitment to fitness,” says Rose.
Not only did his brother’s death solidify his own resolve to remain fit, it sparked a desire in the teenager to help others
get in shape. After graduating from high school, Rose describes an “Aha” moment he experienced working at a local Cheesecake Factory. “I was cleaning one of the booths at work when I asked myself, is this really what I want do, is this all that life has to offer for you?’” says Rose.
His epiphany led him to have a heart to heart talk with his father about his future. Aware of his son’s obsession with fitness, his father encouraged him to consider becoming a personal trainer and help others.
“I said, ‘Cool, I’m going to try that,’ ” says Rose.
In 2009, after becoming certified as a personal trainer, he began working at a local 24-Hour Fitness and soon began entertaining the idea of establishing his own fitness brand.
Today, those thoughts have birthed “Teagen’s Fitness Bootcamp,” a unique camp that aims to bring new levels of fitness to college campuses and elementary and middle schools.
“Fitness and boot camps are so vital in our society, where we are eating Mickey D’s every other day and where a fun day for a child is playing Xbox or sitting inside in the AC.
There is no will to move, no will to be active,” says Rose.
Celebrating the launch of his first boot camp, Rose conducts sessions twice weekly on the campus of Texas Southern University, where he is studying nutrition.The company’s fitness mantra charges students to “Get It On,” in a similar vein as Nike’s “Just Do It” slogan.
“The reason we chose that saying was because everyone makes excuses and everyone has reasons why, they couldn’t or shouldn’t do it. We just put it in plain and simple terms,
‘Get On It,’ says Rose.
He encourages participants in his fitness boot camps to begin with that first step as he leads individuals through three strenuous obstacle courses including ladder drills, pushups, heart conditioning and cone, abs and sprint work.
Rose’s boot camps have been catching on.
“It’s going great. We actually have 15-20 people, great for a boot camp on a college campus held in the morning timeduring the summer. The thing about these boot camps is people come and they keep coming,” says Rose of his initial camps.
The driven entrepreneur and fitness buff also recently started a boot camp in Hermann Park, at 1600 Herman Drive, for members of the general public who want get in shape. Boot camps are held twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays from 5:30-6-30 a.m. and Saturdays from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. The cost is $15 per day or a bulk rate of $75 which allows participants to purchase 5 boot camp sessions and receive one free.
Rose also has taken to the Internet to spread his fitness message in his a weekly online fitness radio blog called “Fitness
Talk with Teagen” every Monday at 8:30 p.m. at www.blogtalkradio.com/teaganrose.
His goal is to educate people in an interactive format that allows callers to ask questions and get on the spot answers
to their fitness questions.
Reaching Kids and Adults
One of his greatest desires is to reach kids so they can develop good fitness habits and carry that mindset into adulthood and pass it on to their own kids, says Rose.
“It’s all about planting that small seed,” says the Alvin native.
Obesity levels in adolescents and middle school students are at all time high, shares Rose.
“Kids are caught up in Xbox, drugs and relationships, while adults are caught up in family life, school and work. It is
not necessarily bad things that we are caught up in, it is all about balance,” says Rose.
He believes the most successful people in life are those who can balance their physical and mental wellbeing, along with
their various work, social and educational commitments.
“I feel that when you find that good healthy balance between working out 30 minutes, at least three or four times a
week, is when you’ll really find yourself successful in your fitness goals,” says Rose.
As important as it is to inspire young people to develop a fitness regimen, it is equally important to Rose to inspire
fitness in adults.
“I have guys that are 60 years old out there putting in the time, trying to make a change. It’s important for your health,
your children, and your children’s children,” says Rose.
Rose has uploaded video of his boot camp sessions on You-Tube at TeaganRose1, as he gears up to release his own
fitness tapes in October. The tapes will contain 3-4 days of workouts, primarily focused on weight loss.
The vision for his fitness business comes easy, but he credits his business partner, Irwin Daniels, owner of Poparazzi’s
Gourmet Popcorn and Kuttin’ Edge Barber and Hair Salon—who he met during a workout—with helping him to
handle the business aspects of his fitness venture.
“I was telling him about my dream and how I had for a long time envisioned launching several boot camps, but didn’t
know how to do it, and just making small talk,” says Rose.
Daniels, a regional and state champion power lifter in high school, has enjoyed phenomenal success with multiple business ventures and encouraged Rose to pursue his dream.
“I’ve always had an interest in fitness, so it just made sense to team up with someone of his caliber,” says Daniels.
“He reminds me a lot of myself with his ambition and determination and is truly in his element. He’s a young black man that has great values and an incredible mission to promote healthy living. I feel confident that he has the abilities to turn the fitness world upside down,” says Daniels.
As he works toward that goal, Rose envisions the impact he would like to have in the future.
“I would like to see everybody embracing fitness as a way of life. I would also like to have my boot camp format spreading
across the nation and individuals purchasing my fitness tapes. I would like to leave a legacy of changing people’s
lives and be remembered as doing something that has been around, but doing it in a different way,” says Rose.
But his ultimate goal for the future is simple.
“If I can keep one person from passing as my brother did, I know that my mission is accomplished,” says Rose.