Toms River fitness influencer mourned

In the short life that Kishon Richards lived, he made it a top priority to help his clients achieve the most extraordinary fitness goals — no matter their age.

“Kishon wanted nothing more than to spread health and happiness to others,” said Justin Butler, a lifelong friend. “He would encourage clients of all walks of life and laughed at the idea of someone being too old to accomplish something.”

Richards, a tree climber for Good Tree & Stump Removal in Jackson, died November 6 after his 2009 Ford Ranger hit a guardrail on Jackson Mills Road and continued into the woods along the roadway where it struck several trees. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.  

Kishon Richards, 28, remembered as the fitness trainer who inspired others to reach their highest goals.

The 28-year-old turned his passion for weight training into a part-time job as a certified personal trainer and became known as the coach who told everyone they were never too old to achieve their highest goal.

Butler recalled a time when Richards told one of his 46-year-old clients that her age didn’t have to hold her back from doing advanced yoga and handstands. He even told her that she had what it took to become a yoga instructor, which she has now achieved.

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