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7Core Fitness Master Trainer- Jen G.

The body, and all of its facets, roles and functions, fascinates me. I have been studying the body for almost 20 years, starting when I obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. My professional career then began as a registered nurse. While I enjoyed taking great care of my patients and educating them on how the body works, I wanted to do something that would help to keep people from being admitted to the hospital in the first place. At the time, I just wasn’t sure how I would go about doing that. 

I was not initially raised with the healthiest of habits. Then, when I was a young teen, my father started making changes in his lifestyle by exercising and improving on his eating habits.  He also encouraged me by stressing the importance of taking the best care of the body we have been given. His living by example and encouragement led me toward my own beginning, of taking ownership of my health.

I soon discovered that the path to health requires thoughtfulness through trial and error. At the time, running was my main form of exercise. I ran almost everyday and had what I considered a “pretty healthy” diet. Yet I found myself feeling unhealthy and frustrated by how my body looked.

It was after I ended up with foot pain called plantar fasciitis from running too much, and had my daughter, when I knew my exercise and nutrition regimen needed to change. 

I started by joining a gym, taking group exercise classes, doing strength training, as well as other forms of cardio. I saw my body change in ways I never thought possible and… I was running faster even while I was running less! I enjoyed my time at the gym so much that I began teaching group exercise classes.  I was having so much fun and finding fulfillment from developing relationships with people and encouraging them to take the steps as I have to pursue a healthier life. 

The change continued with an examination and overhaul of my nutrition and eating habits. I realized that my “pretty healthy” diet included too many processed foods that were also nutrient poor. I learned about the importance of clean eating and knowing what is in your food. After I started eating whole, real, basic foods, my body really took shape, reflecting the time and effort I put in at the gym. I enjoyed fat loss, increased endurance, and was rarely sick. Quite simply, I felt the best I had ever felt.

The combination of exercise and eating right proved to be the successful formula to produce real, tangible results. 

I wanted to share my new found passion with others, so I became certified as a personal trainer. Being a Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist is a job that I don’t call “work.” My nursing background provided the foundation I needed to really understand how complex our bodies are, and why exercise and nutrition impact how well each person’s body will work for them. Continual breakthroughs in medical science and fitness makes it necessary to stay informed, so I strive to always increase my understanding and knowledge of how bodies work to make the best “core” possible.

The path to whole, complete health is not easy, but it is attainable. It is important to recognize that each person is different, so I work together with every client to find a unique plan that is right for them and their lifestyle, to help them achieve their wellness goals. 

I have worked with a variety of individuals, in a range of ages, all with different goals, medical conditions, joint issues, and physical needs. Weight loss, improving endurance, race preparation, corrective exercises, post rehab, nutritional planning, and kettlebells are just a few of my areas of experience. It is working with my clients as a wellness coach and developing a close relationship that is the key to success.

Optimal health and wellness is absolutely achievable. Let’s do this together. I look forward to working with you so you may live your most beautiful life – not only for yourself, but also for your family and friends.