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State of Fitness (SOF), a locally owned and operated gym, has been serving the Lansing community since 2010.

Justin Grinnell, CEO of SOF, grew up in Lansing, began training at 19 and since, has been working to provide the best programs in the area.

Grinnell trains community members to have a result-driven personal workout experience and collaborates with Lansing-based companies to deliver those same results to their employees.

One of these businesses, Jackson National Life Insurance Company ( Jackson), collaborated with SOF in 2015 to create a full-service gym at Jackson’s corporate campus, known as Jackson SOF.

With the guidance of Gregory Farhat, director of workplace strategies for Jackson, they created an environment like the SOF brick and mortar location in East Lansing.

“As the Jackson company grows, potential employees may ask, ‘Is the culture for me? Is this the right place for me to work?’ People want to be happy,” said Grinnell. “A full-service training facility is attractive and a great benefit.”

Jackson provides resources to improve and enrich the lives of their employees, and the partnership with SOF helps them achieve that goal.

Through their collaboration, Jackson and SOF are working to make the community more attractive to future talent with opportunities that improve lifestyle and health.

From group and private training, yoga classes, a full-service gym, and certified nutrition and lifestyle coaches, there are opportunities for everyone to reach their goals. Classes are offered in the morning, lunchtime and after work hours.

“The gym is easily accessible. It’s appealing for future talent,” said Grinnell. “Employees go to work and know Jackson has their back and want their personal life to be just as fulfilling.”

The second State of Fitness location is at Jackson’s facility in Franklin, Tennessee.

For further details visit, call (517) 708-8828 or stop in at 2655 E. Grand River Ave. in East Lansing. To learn more about Jackson, visit