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Hidden Gems: Meet Josh Payne Sr. of Payne Training

Today we’d like to introduce you to Josh Payne Sr.  

Hi Josh, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
Back in 2016, I was working for a poly plant near Saginaw, MI where I went to college. We worked from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am doing extremely hard labor! I worked this job for a couple of months until one morning I was getting off of work, driving back to my apartment and my muscles began to tighten up. It was to the point I couldn’t even continue to drive so I stopped the car in the middle of the empty street and had a mental breakdown. Once I finally made it home, I decided that morning that it was time for a change and a new life. That’s when I started Payne Training, basketball training for all ages and skill levels. I started off doing free workouts with players I knew personally at Joe Dumars Fieldhouse on 8mile road. My first workout was with Evan Ragland in January 2017. From that day forward I stayed in the gym trying to help a player improve their skills. 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I struggled at the beginning with finding a gym I could use consistently. I also started off with about 2 paying clients so every workout I was technically losing money because the gym rental fees would be double or triple the price I was charging for a workout. 

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
I specialize in basketball skill development. I help young athletes with ball-handling, shooting, defense, and also in-game situations. I am also known for group workouts and also open runs. Going beyond basketball and teaching kids life lessons and helping them reach their goals is what sets me apart from others. I am proud that my brand is becoming a household name and earning the respect of my peers. Payne Training offers basketball training for players of all levels. From beginners to professional athletes everyone could use some extra work. 

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
I also sell merchandise; we have hoodies and t-shirts of all sizes. 


  • $25 t-shirts
  • $40 hoodies
  • $35 group sessions; training sessions of 3 or more
  • $45 one on one training

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