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Inspiring Conversations with Jabari Washington of The TUF CLUB

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jabari Washington.

Hi Jabari, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
The “TUF CLUB” was actually started in a close friend of mines basement (Chad clement) in Olathe, KS! We then expanded to a client’s neighborhood club house (mills farm) in south Overland Park, KS. Both places grew into us training 25-30 clients out of each space respectfully! In this process, we acquired some large social media personalities (@thestilettomeup @iamkaylanicole @brittanylynee @sydnipaige_ @heybriajones @tararenze) just to name a few! This allowed us to transition prior to COVID-19 into online training and programs which really allowed our brand to grow into a national and really in some respects an internationally recognized brand! At the height of COVID-19, we had a took on a basketball facility in south Overland Park, but a home for the fitness side of things and in came “THE NELLE”! Thanks to The nelle and the their vision, we partner with them to bring a unique, raw yet upscale boutique gym to the Kansas City area! We like to say an “Urban Country club”. Inside our facility, we have rare concept that we believe allows to be in my opinion the premiere fitness experience of Kansas City! We house a number of trainers who carry their own Branding while being inside the “TUF Club” brand. This gives clients throughout the area a multitude of options while still provide exclusivity! We are not stopping here as we plan to continue to grow and make this a duplicatable system! That’s us in a nutshell.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Yes and no! It’s never easy to do what we call “build something out the mud”! Scaling into other trainers was hard! Expanding and constantly taking risks is never easy. Moving from the suburbs to the city was a challenge! We had to believe that the clients would still come even while the country was dealing with COVID-19! Realizing and accepting what our value to society was a big step, having the confidence to believe our dreams is a constant challenge cause sometimes I dream crazy dreams! Starting with absolutely nothing and grubhubbing (yes, the food delivery service) just survive felt like it would take forever to get to where we are today! Believe we were good enough was a challenge! Betting it all with a wife and kids was a challenge! I mean I can give challenges all day, lol.

We’ve been impressed with The TUF CLUB, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
We are a fitness and wellness brand this is really becoming a one stop shop! We offer sports performance and conditioning. We offer one on one training sessions! We offer group training and yoga! We offer boxing! We do brand collaboration on products and goods (industry specific). We have a newly launched TUF university that allows people to go through a six months training course to become a certified personal trainer with a level one nutrition certification! We are most proud that we stay true to who we are no matter who walks in one of our facilities and that we focus more on doing what’s right for our clients vs what’s right for our pockets.

Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs or other resources you think our readers should check out?
I love the joe Rogan podcast. My favorite book is “outwitting the devil” by Napoleon Hill! Any book by John C Maxwell in leadership! Instagram is my only form of marketing! We have never made a flyer or business card ever! Our entire business has been so far 99% word of mouth!


  • $150 session for my self
  • $55-65 per session for one of our other trainers
  • $3000-4500 for TUF university training course
  • $45/ day drop in fee

Contact Info:

  • Email:
  • Website:
  • Instagram: @thetufclub

Image Credits
@bodylove_kc @iamweshamilton @tararenze @mrtntfit @disabledbutnotreally @byegreis

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