We had the good fortune of connecting with Aja Barto and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Aja, as a parent, what have you done for you children that you feel has had the most significant impact?
Living the example you hope to set for them. Children are sponges and are always absorbing what’s in their environment. Because they spend so much time around their parents, this gives us a great opportunity to instill the things we believe are important in our lives through our words, our actions and our behaviors. My son is almost 2 and I know he’s soaking in everything I do by listening, watching and re-enacting. It’s imperative to me that I help create as much of a foundation for him with what I believe is important in my life through my own actions and behaviors.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
We’ve worked hard to make our space feel more like a second home than a gym. Sure, people come here to sweat, lift weights, workout and have fun doing it, but they do so feeling safe, feeling comfortable, and feeling like they’re apart of something more than just what they’re here for. This is pretty rewarding because it’s what keeps folks consistent and coming back. If they do this, then they’re a lot more likely to get where they desire to go. It certainly takes time to cultivate a space for people to feel this way. It also takes time to create a team that has this same belief and is able to embody this belief in how they carry themselves in our space. We’re fortunate to have such a coherent team and a community of excellent people holding that same standard. It starts from the top though and this isn’t something that happened overnight but rather something that’s been in existence from day one here at Behemoth.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Shoutout to my circle, the people that mean the most to me in this life. My wife, my parents, my brother, my team at Behemoth and my Behemoth Family. These are the type of people that constantly make you better by association.
Aryan Barto with Behemoth Photography