Meet Jen, a Fitness and Yoga instructor based in Ibiza.
Jen has a passion for helping her clients build a better, healthier version of themselves.
The fitness trainer has helped a number of the islands residents transform their unhealthy habits, by encouraging them to become motivated, dedicated and inspired.
Here is her Q&A!
Q: Hi Jen, what made you choose a career in fitness and yoga? Is it something you’ve always wanted to do?
A: I was an active teenager and was always into fitness, particularly swimming and running. After leaving school, I started to train like crazy as I wanted to join the Army. I ended up injuring myself so I decided to sign up in college to do an NVQ in Administration instead, and my workplace training was in a Sports Centre which I loved! I was told that if I got my Lifeguard certificate, they’d offer me a job (which I did) and then I promptly took a Swimming Teacher course! The injury was a blessing really.
Q: What made you decide on moving to, and pursuing a career on the island?
A: I moved to Ibiza in 2009 to try my dab hand at DJ’ing. I had been living and DJ’ing in Australia for 5 years and I came to attempt to pave my way into the club scene. However, due to too many late nights and inconsistency with work, I found my way back to the fitness industry.
Q: What makes you stand out from other fitness and yoga instructors out there?
A: I believe that my training is different. I motivate and encourage people to really try their best in the sessions. I pay close attention to posture and alignment, and also the way that the exercises are executed. On top of that, I absolutely love training and helping people to make a positive change. I am passionate about what I do, and others can see that. It always makes me glow when I am talking about, or teaching fitness.
Q: What’s been your biggest career achievement to date?
A: I am still working on that one Watch this space….
Q: If you had to choose, what would be your favourite venue to teach from and why?
A: I would love to do a massive fitness class at Ushuaia Beach Hotel. Initially I wanted to do a massive jump rope class but to be honest, any kind of fitness session would be awesome! I’d have a DJ playing banging music to get everyone energised and there would be motivational images on the LED screens too. We’d just get out there and have it!
Q: What’s your plans work-wise over the winter?
A: A lot! I currently have personal training clients, and I’m also running my fitness and Yoga classes both in San Antonio and at Fred’s Finca in Salinas. https://fredsfincaibiza.com/
I am continually working on my website jennuinefitness.com by creating new and exciting blog posts for people to enjoy. It’s a new blog, so I have my work cut out developing all the content right now. On the side, I am working with a new online training app so that I can help more people. It’s quite exciting as I create the workouts and sign clients up to a specific program. I can track the client’s progress through photos, measurements, group chats and Skype calls, plus I can even see when the client signs in for their workout, should they choose to let me see that is!
And if that’s not enough, I’m also busy working on a new brand called Fitness & Yoga Ibiza with a very good friend of mine https://www.thehighs.life/ where we will be delivering holiday makers and workers all their fitness and wellness needs in one.
Q: What can we expect to see from you next summer work-wise?
A: I can promise you that you will see me providing fitness and Yoga sessions with complete dedication and absolute passion to to all those willing to take part.
Q: Sell your fitness programme in only 5 words
A: Jennuine, Sustainable, Motivating, Strong, Confident
If you’d like to book a training session with Jen then the contact details are below!
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