About Jodi The Trainer

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Minnesota.

Where did you obtain your college degree?

I have an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from the University of Minnesota-Moorhead and a Master's Degree in Human Performance-Exercise Physiology from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

When did you first become interested in fitness?

My mom taught group fitness at the local YMCA — as young as age 3, I was sitting along the sidelines, watching her teach. It must have rubbed off as I was helping to coach my local gymnastics team by the time I was 13 and creating strength programs for my track team by age 15.

My parents also signed me up for many different sports - from karate, to dance, gymnastics, soccer, basketball and tennis. Of course, I wanted to do them all! But, ultimately had to decide on 3 during my high school years: tennis, gymnastics, and track.

I was always the kid that enjoyed practice and competing but, always had to do more knowing it would help me improve. I would complete a 2-hour practice, then follow it up with weight lifting at my local health club. Who does that?

How did you get into the fitness industry?

I didn't always know that I would pursue a career in fitness — but, the classes I was drawn to in college were anatomy, physiology, and physics so, the logical step was Exercise Science. In Graduate School in La Crosse, I had the opportunity to work as my Programs Graduate Assistant. Working with young athletes as their strength/conditioning coach and mentoring undergraduate students within personal training and club management was inspiring and rewarding. It also gave me the experience needed to step into leadership roles at The Marsh in Minnetonka, MN, Life Time Fitness, Mad Dogg Athletics, and now with Kosama and Snap Fitness.

What fitness certifications do you have?

I am certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association — (C.S.C.S.) I am also ATRIC (Aquatic Therapy and Rehabilitation Certified). I am a Master Trainer for Peak Pilates and Certified through both Stott and Peak Pilates. I also have my group fitness certification through ACE.

What are 3 fun things people don't know about you?

People who know me know how much I like to talk so, there isn't likely much that they don't know.
  1. I'm pretty crafty and have remodeled just about every piece of furniture and room in my home.
  2. I often dream that I am a professional singer — unfortunately, I am a horrible singer. Maybe teaching fitness with my microphone on and talking to and inspiring my students is the real-life equivalent!
  3. I'm a pretty good water-skier and get out on the water during the summer every chance I get.

What food is your weakness?

Ice Cream! I worked at a small Dairy Queen as a kid so, that didn't help. I'm not proud to share that many "Meals" were created with ice cream. I wouldn't support that now but, it's important to enjoy a treat every now and then. Enjoy life in balance and moderation. That said, I have to clearly define "treat" versus "snack" with my kids. A snack is healthy and enjoyed daily, a treat is not.

What extreme sport have you always wanted to try?

Hang gliding — I would love to feel like I am flying!

What is the one thing you wish everyone knew about health/fitness?

Fitness is a journey that people start at varying levels — I want members to feel comfortable enough in their own skin to simply start, without comparing themselves to fitness professionals, athletes, or others that they deem "more fit" than they are. Everyone has challenges on time, motivation, and finances — getting started and staying consistent is key. That said, improving health takes time and while there's no magic pill — there is magic in movement.

So get moving, stay consistent, and have patience knowing that your persistence will pay off!

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