Updated: May 15, 2020
Jess, though I've always called her Jessica, is one of the happiest people I have ever met. Seriously. We were roommates freshman year, still getting to know each other, and there was one morning that I was struggling to wake up for my (11 AM) class. I looked over and saw her sitting up in her bed with this big smile on her face and she goes, "you can do it!!" with such enthusiasm as if I was about to finish a race. That was truly a moment that will never be forgotten and the best way to describe her cheerful personality. Jessica is genuine and down-to-earth. She lights up any room that she is in, and that is a perfect quality for someone trying to whip you into shape! I am so grateful for the 3 years that we lived together, sharing our love for Trader Joe's and Friends together. We even had the same initials! She started the trend of moving to L.A., and now we've found ourselves working 20 feet away from each other at times! She's a new wife to a great guy and still has an amazing attitude during trying times like this pandemic... her wedding was even amidst it all! I know she is going to continue to do great things and spread joy wherever she goes. Hear from her below about how she's killing it in the fitness world these days.
Q: Tell me about your background in fitness
A: I have a Bachelor of Science in Health and Exercise Science with a concentration in Sports Medicine. I’m also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association with 2 years working in the corporate fitness setting.
Q: What are the most common questions you get?
A: People usually want to know how to lose weight, or have a six-pack faster. Spoiler alert: it usually can't happen fast.
Q: What are some common myths regarding working out?
A: I think one of the biggest myths is that exercise alone will make you healthy. If you aren’t getting enough sleep or eating well then exercise won’t be as effective, and you most likely won’t be able to fully achieve your fitness goals. Everyone is also so different, so it’s important to tailor your routine to your lifestyle and goals.
Q: What is an ideal weekly exercise routine?
A: Everyone is different and has different exercise goals and abilities, so I don’t believe there is a one-size-fits-all weekly routine. However, I believe that to help gain strength and sustained movement health it’s important to strength-train all the major movement patterns (hinge, squat, lunge, push and pull) in all the planes of movement in the course of the week, and then have some cardiovascular exercise as well. Start small! It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Just move every day.
Q: How does one get swole fast?
A: Get a personal trainer! If you want to get "swole" you'll want to make sure you're performing the exercises correctly because you'll probably be lifting a lot of weight. Your trainer or coach will be able to tailor your training regimen to your specific goals.
Q: What are the worst things you can do involving fitness?
A: From my experience, one of the worst things is to not perform the lifts and exercises correctly. If you are lifting weight and not in control of the weight and your body, you're probably going to get hurt at some point. If you're not sure if you're performing an exercise correctly, ask questions! Personal trainers and strength coaches are there to help and can prevent you from getting injured.
Q: What are your top pieces of advice for those seeking to implement fitness into their everyday life?
A: It doesn’t have to be all or nothing! Exercising for 15 minutes here and there can be really beneficial! Just make sure you move every day. Start where you’re at and find the type of exercise that you enjoy the most! I also cannot stress enough finding a personal trainer or strength coach to help you get started. It’s a great way to learn different exercises, make sure you’re preventing yourself from getting injured, and achieve your goals.