Our names are Travis and Cyndy Barnes. We’re married and we have overcome a ton of adversity together. We started Journey Fitness in April of 2013 while living in a FEMA trailer on an unemployment check.

We were living in the FEMA trailer because our home had been flooded to the second floor. We had recently purchased this home after Travis came home from spending almost a decade in prison. Throughout the years we have had to overcome addiction, our own weight loss issues, health problems, most recently a pandemic and having our business shutdown.

We are launching this podcast to help people find strength in their struggle. And we want to use this podcast to provide inspiration, strategies, tools and resources to help others overcome whatever they are facing


1:51 – 5:00 – How Travis and Cyndy first met…very comical… very real… Travis says “Out of all the gin joints in the world I had to walk into hers.” Travis is described as a quiet shy guy. Cyndy and Travis talk about his drug addiction and they talk about their humble beginnings. Travis reveals that he was actually homeless at one time.


6:19 – 9:33 – Travis discusses his decade of incarceration and how Cyndy took a job in a deli based on the fact that the job gave her the ability to come for the maximum number of visits. Travis discusses the pain of having his daughter visit in prison and what he did to be the best father he could from prison. Cyndy would foster the connection between Travis and his daughter, Destiny, by having Destiny wait to learn to do such things as tie her shoes when they visited the prison so Travis could play a fatherly role for Destiny and be the one to teach her to tie her shoes.


12:28 – 5:09 – Travis discusses getting his first fitness job after prison, working hard, getting his family a home and not even owning it 2 months when it was flooded to the second floor then being displaced to a FEMA trailer and while living in the FEMA trailer being fired. He compares it to the movie Jerry McGuire.


15:53 -18:43 – The birth of Journey Fitness. The best things can come from the least expected places. The landlord thought it was God’s idea that Travis and Cyndy move in.


20:21.to 21:53 – Your adversity can be your advantage. If you are at Rock bottom it is a great place to build. There is nowhere to go but up.


22:13 – 25:40 – Journey Fitness decides to be a franchise and we get a God whisper about the number 333.

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