Welcome to the Evolving Man Project’s “Evolved Man of the Week” profile. Each week we will highlight an individual that embodies what it means to be an evolved man, famous and non-famous individual alike. The world needs to know their stories and deeds. This week’s honor goes to the competitive powerlifter, gym owner, and mentor, Javeno McLean.
Javeno McLean owns and operates J7 Fitness in Manchester. Javeno doesn’t like to use the word gym, as he feels this is too restrictive, and J7 is much more. The 36-year-old father of two wanted to have a career in fitness for more than a decade. According to ITV, he wrote down his dream on a piece of paper in his mother’s kitchen, and it has been a long journey toward finally making that dream come true. Javeno began his career at Manchester City Council, where he assisted in developing a new fitness movement known as Active Lifestyles.
J7 is a chance to create his “own thing.” Javeno recently held the world’s biggest wheelchair exercise class and broke a world record, but on September 24th, 2023, he wants to do it again, but this time it’s not just people in wheelchairs. It’s open to everyone, disabled, non-disabled, young, old, male, or female, and will be held at Abraham Moss School.
Here is Javeno McLean in his own words about mentorship and being a role model to young men in his community:
I realised that a lot of these young men need male role models. I’ve had J7 for 5 years, and it’s made me realise, a lot of people in the community came to me about male role models. I love teaching young men to be respectful to women! We also need to teach them to respect other young men, and I think having a strong male role model is the best way to do that! A lot of young men in these communities don’t seem to have that, and it’s something that some young men have chosen me for. Without knowing, naturally, I’ve become their role model because their dads aren’t there. I’m a voice they listen to, and they’ve chosen me to teach them how to be young men in the community, and for that, I’m blessed. It’s also something I take extremely seriously.
Javeno McLean is working hard to make fitness and wellness accessible to everyone, regardless of age or ability level. We at the Evolving Man Project wish our brotha across the pond continued success for years to come. Today we honor Javeno McLean as our Evlved Man of the Week.