Greetings! I am Jen – a Navy wife, Mom of 2, and currently a resident of Mississippi. I was born and raised in Maryland but have lived and traveled all over the world, soaking up experiences and love of different cultures and food.
I have been a certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise since 2010, and certified group fitness instructor in 2021. I eat normal food, enjoy craft beer, wine, and carbs, but I also love a good physical challenge and showing that us “normal” folks can kick butt too! I don’t post sweaty sports bra pics, nor show off my glutes up close and personal.
Through determination and grit, I have pushed myself to tackle awesome fitness goals. I ran my first full marathon 7 months after my second c-section. In the middle of running the Great Wall Half-Marathon, I decided to switch to the full marathon, and I couldn’t stop smiling!
One of my goals as a trainer and group fitness instructor is to show people how to have a positive relationship with exercise, how to integrate it into their daily life without it being an added stressor, and motivate others to believe they too can reach, or even exceed, their own goals. I have worked with a lot of wonderful individuals who have medical limitations. Together we find alternative exercises that keep them active, while feeling tough and motivated.
If you decide to train with me, I will push you to challenge yourself. I will make you mute that negative voice inside your head saying you couldn’t possibly do it. I will have you try exercises you have never done before, while you say, “Is she serious? ” and I will cheer you on when you are excited you have met your goals. I will be there to tell you it’s okay to fail, it’s okay to doubt, and I will help you learn to get back up again and try until you succeed. It can be tough, but I promise it is also so much fun (and safe)!
I have degrees and certifications in Spanish, Advertising, Exercise Science and Personal Training. I became certified in personal training after finishing a professional certification program at UC San Diego. I am continuously working to expand my knowledge, and have received specialty certifications in Fitness Nutrition, Therapeutic Exercise, and Youth Fitness.
Thank you for joining me on this fitness journey. I absolutely love my job, and I look forward to hearing from you, and potentially having you as a client (and one day, friend).
Jen@couragetosweat.com 443-614-9774 @couragetosweat