Jelani Knight has been working in the fitness industry for close to a decade, and most recently has been enjoying coaching group fitness. He is an internationally ranked track standout, and won the M30 national title in the 200m dash in 2021. Jelani began running track in highschool and continued at Temple University, where he graduated with B.S. degree in Kinesiology: Pre-Health Professions. He has been head coach for high school track and field/cross country team for the past three years, and trains with an Olympic developmental club team. Jelani was born in Jamaica, Queens, to parents who are originally from Jamaica, and he dreams of competing internationally for his parents' homeland.
“"If you have conviction, there's no room for doubt." ”
What form of exercise do you teach?
Boxing, HIIT, Athletic Conditioning, Strength Training
What does your exercise do for you - outside and inside?
Exercise for me is in the form of training for my goals on the track. I'm currently training for an olympic developmental track club with aspirations to compete for Jamaica. On the outside, it keeps me in shape and within striking distance of making Jamaica Senior National Trials.On the inside, it gives me mental stability to stay sane and keep my mind and energy focused on the next mission. That way, I'm never satisfied or complacent.
What is your favorite inspirational or motivational quote?
"If you have conviction, there's no room for doubt." It's a quote I told one of my athletes once, and I've been saying it ever since.
What's your favorite reggae song? What does it mean to you?
Growing up Jamaican, it's REALLY TOUGH for me to choose JUST ONE reggae song. If I had to choose, I'd say "Can You Play Some More" by Beres Hammond ft. Buju Banton. And that's just the first one of SO MANY that comes to mind. (Untold Stories: Buju, Rapture: Koffee, Spirulina: Chronixx, Jail: Busy Signal, Jamrock: Jr. Gong). I pick Beres mainly because it just reminds me of all the cookouts I'd go to as a kid, smelling the jerk chicken on the grill and and my uncles slapping dominoes on the table.
What does nature mean to you? How does it inspire you?
Getting out in nature doesn't inspire me as much as it helps me bring my sense inward to focus on what's happening within my body while I'm training. In athletics, it helps it helps so much to be proprioceptively aware of every movement that's occurring. Something about hearing the water whoosh back and forth, feeling the wind blow past my ears while I'm sprinting. It's truly an out of body experience.
How can our natural world help bring people closer to their true natures?
The natural world helps folks shut off the unnecessary noise that comes with the push and pull of our modern society. If we turn off all the car horns and sirens once in a while, there's nowhere for the focus to go but inward.
How can exercise make us stronger human beings, better able to connect with others and embrace everyone's right to thrive?
Exercise embodies one's ability to challenge oneself to their absolute limit and beyond. If we all were to focus on this aspect of physical activity as opposed to the more vain focus of working out just for certain aesthetics, we'd all be working towards our own right to thrive by making ourselves better each day.
Why is it important for us to connect with other human beings?
Other human being are like-minded individuals that endure similar strife and experience similar triumphs everyday. When we band together and share our energy and efforts, while learning from each other's mistakes, there truly isn't anything that's impossible.
What does the phrase "One World, One Love" mean to you?
This is a saying I've heard my entire life. This to me means that no matter how big our world seems, we have the ability to love one another and treat folks as we'd want to be treated. We only get one world, and if we love each other without intent and are genuine, it would make the world a better place.
In a universe of exercise platforms, what makes OneFirelight special?
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