Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science
ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist
As I am sure you have already figured out, my name is Jen! I have not been fit my entire life, and I want to share my story with you.
Growing up, I was surrounded by athletics, one could say it was what took up the majority of my time. In high school, I lettered in 3 sports; basketball, fastpitch, and cheerleading, and I am still very proud of this accomplishment. With all the sport practices and being constantly active I never had to worry about how I was going to stay fit, because it was just part of my everyday. I could eat pizza and cookies for lunch and it did not matter because I would just run it off during suicides in basketball practice. College is when all of that changed.
I graduated from Slippery Rock University, and earned my Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science. Let me tell you what happened in those 4 years. First off, they talk about the freshman 15, I took that to a new level, from the time I started college to finishing, I had gained over 40 lbs. I could no longer eat whatever I wanted, because I was not involved in sports. The gym was not something I was comfortable at or really new how to use. I always had people telling me what to do, not exercising because I wanted too. I fell into bad habits which created a very unhealthy life, I will be more than happy to open up to you guys more, but I will leave that to our future conversations. After graduating from college, I knew something had to change. I became an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist and started training clients at Anytime Fitness, and this is where my life changed. My boss was a bodybuilder and he offered to train me for a bodybuilding show. Even though I had "fallen off the wagon", being active and athletic was always in the back of my mind, it's in my DNA. So I agreed, fast forward 3 years and I have competed in 2 competitions, each time placing 3rd in my class.
I have found my love and passion for fitness. Now, I am taking it upon myself to help you find your passion too. It can be anything; lifting, running, cross fit, hybrid programs, group fitness classes. Whatever you like to do, I want to help you discover it.
I truly believe that fitness is and should be fun. It can get very challenging and frustrating at points, but I never want it to feel like a job. It is meant to make you feel better, not worse. Let's create your fit, happy, healthy life, and do it while having FUN!