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28 February 2024

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28 February 2024

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Rotherham United fans can support ‘one of their own’ and get healthy in the process by getting in touch with former Academy graduate and first team professional Jacob Gratton, who has started a new online fitness coaching business called JG Fitness.

‘Gratts’ as he is affectionately known, hails from Thurcroft and is from a long line of Millers supporters and he has maintained his strong affiliation to the town since he departed his hometown club.

As a ‘switched on’ and hugely-popular member of the dressing room during his time at Roundwood, it comes as no surprise to us that he has continued to be as ambitious off the pitch as he was as a youngster impressing throughout the age groups here with us.

Having gained some experience in accounting already, the midfielder – who is also plying his trade part-time with Step Three outfit Whitby Town – has combined his love for an knowledge of physical fitness with a new business venture.

"I'm playing part-time at the moment and obviously you need a job alongside that, so I've tried to give myself the best possible chance by having a couple of other strings to my bow professionally,” Jacob told The New York Way.

"I have been doing some accountancy, which I'm continuing to do, but my latest venture is my online coaching business JG Fitness which I've just set up.

"In a nutshell, it is a business that negates the need to sign yourself up to a personal trainer who charges you for hourly sessions in a gym. It is all based online so that I can work with clients anywhere in the world.

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"If somebody came to me with the goal of losing a certain amount of weight over a particular time period, I would tailor a programme to that effect.

"I create the individual a fully-tailored gym programme which suits their physical needs, capabilities and experience and also takes into account any injuries that they might have had in the past.

"They'll get nutritional advice which contains information like the amount of calories that they need to be consuming to allow them to lose the weight or build the muscle.

"I'm really pleased to be doing something that I really enjoy - I've been around the fitness industry all my life through football. I've gained a lot of knowledge in that sense and it's great to be helping people in the process, which gives me loads of satisfaction.

"It would be amazing if I could get some Rotherham fans on-board because we'll automatically have a common interest as well.”

Unlike personal training experiences, the Thurcroft-based Gratton’s services include round-the-clock support for clients to ensure that they can achieve their fitness targets.

He has already built up a good base of clients – including fans of Rotherham United – but is looking to exponentially grow his business from a small start up into an established operation.

"We have weekly check-ins so I'm constantly monitoring the progress, meaning that together we can make tweaks to the plan as we move forwards,” Gratton added.

"Beyond that, my line of communication is open and I encourage people to get in touch with me by Direct Message with any questions or queries they have about the plan. I'm always on-hand to support which I think is really important.

"Every base is covered. Rather than just having somebody stood over you for an hour at a time in the gym, this is a round-the-clock level of support to try and reach your physical goals.

"I've had a couple of Millers fans as clients already which is great. I put a post about the business in one of the supporters' groups on Facebook and it led to a couple of people getting in touch. I'm working with a Rotherham fan who is training towards a half marathon in April and another who is just looking to lose a bit of weight and get in better shape. I really can cater for all abilities and ambitions.

"The programmes are big on changing to healthier habits, rather than just focusing on the number on the scale. We try to implement things that make staying healthy as sustainable as possible so that when people have finished their programmes, they can keep the weight off or keep progressing themselves.”

When quizzed on how people interested are best placed to get in touch, Jacob continued to add that he can easily be found and contacted on social media, adding that his own personal injury rehabilitation journey whilst with the Millers was what ignited a passion for making a difference to people’s healthy habits over a set timeframe.

"There are loads of ways to get in touch and I'm most active on Instagram where you can find me using the username @jgfitness_pt. I'm on Facebook too, if you want to find me by searching 'Jacob Gratton' and send me a message. It's as simple as that,” he explained.

"I was injured for around 12 months when I was with the club and from where I was when I started not even being able to walk to the shape that I got in when I got back fit, it made me realise how far you can go in a relatively short space of time with the right advice and put in the work.

"Without that advice, you can stray from the path and it always helps to know that you're doing the right thing if there is a professional guiding the way.”

We concluded our interview with the proud Rotherham-er by checking up on his progress in the world of football, in which he insists that he has rekindled some of the fine form that saw him earn a professional deal with the Millers having progressed through the Academy ranks.

"I'm having my best season since I left the Millers, actually,” Gratton revealed.

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"Last season I signed for Farsley Celtic then went to Belper and I was a bit hit-and-miss in terms of form. I played alright, but it's a numbers game these days and I didn't reach the ones I'd have liked to. 

"This season I've signed for Whitby Town at Step Three with Jerome Greaves - who was at Rotherham as well - and I've got 14 goals so far from midfield.

"I'm enjoying it and that's was the main thing that I wanted to get back to."



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