Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Hollywood Trainer

Jeanette Jenkins was a chubby kid who always "carried around an extra 10 pounds" and grew up in a dangerous housing project in Ontario, Canada. (Who know there were projects in Canada?) Her mother got her and her siblings involved in sports to keep them away from those in the neighborhood that were not doing positive things with their lives. She left home at 16 to attend the University of Ottawa and moved to LA after graduation.

Now, the chubby girl from Ontario is one of the most sought after trainers in Hollywood. Her clients include her wife, Queen Latifah, Carmen Electra, Christina Applegate, Jordana Brewster and Kimora Lee Simmons.

Jenkins believes that "one of the keys to staying in shape is that you do an activity that makes you happy." That means that exercise does not have to be grueling or feel like work. Plus, if you find an activity that makes you happy, you are more likely to stick with it. Her own exercises run the gamut from Pilates to hiking to Tae Bo to yoga. It really depends on how she feels that day. When working with clients, she considers all factors (what she calls "the circle of life") into consideration: muscle strength, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, nutrition and their spirit.

Breakfast is her favorite meal of the day and will have often have a salad for breakfast. (I like that idea)

Now here is a role model that we can be proud of. Check out her website and her article in American Fitness Magazine.

What physical activities make you happy?

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