My name is Jenny MacKenzie, and as a busy mom of 3, Fitness Professional and involved Army Wife, I understand how difficult it can be to find time to MOVE… let alone find the right movements for YOU, your body and your lifestyle. I’m talking about movements that make you feel better, move better, live better; they don’t just make you more tired. Aint nobody got time for that!
Quick Back Story: I discovered the importance of fitness when I decided to go to the United States Military Academy at West Point. I quickly discovered that you had to be physically fit in order to survive. I pushed myself beyond what I thought I could do. I worked my tail off and remained competitive. It was a good feeling and I learned what a good workout can do to make you feel fantastic.
As much as I love, admire, respect and support what our Armed Services do to uphold this Great Nation, I quickly learned that the Full Time Active Duty Dual Army Officer Lifestyle was not for me after the birth of my Son, Quint. I had a great pregnancy, and discovered that I badly wanted to stay home as a Full Time Stay at Home Mommy.
Shortly before leaving the Army and after I had Quint, I fell off a horse, fractured 3 of my vertebrae and had a series of foot surgeries, all in the same year. I wasn’t able to just slap on my shoes to go running anymore, it was too painful in too many places. Running too much had really taken its toll on my joints and knees especially.
I started going to the gym, but I didn’t enjoy it or see great results. I didn’t really even know what I was doing. I would hop on a cardio machine, then maybe do some weights. I didn’t share my work outs, I didn’t love them, I held no one accountable and no one held me accountable.
Then I discovered virtual group fitness and personal training. I immediately became a part of a community who was passionate about helping others achieve their fitness goals, and it.was.AMAZING. I had the camaraderie, support and accountability I had been craving. It is so important to know your body and understand its mechanics so you can move efficiently and beneficially. I’m a big believer in finding someone who can help design the right program, right movements and also hold you accountable.
During my health and fitness journey, I became a pretty avid foodie because I realized how integral fueling your body with the proper nutrition is for success, results and over all well-being. I also realized that I really wanted to fuel my family with the proper nutrition to set them up for success in life. Good habits start EARLY. Earlier than I ever thought… You can check out my “Recipes” section for my cooking blog :).
I also don’t like sticking to one style because it’s important to keep the body guessing and always challenged so you burn calories LONG after your actual workout.
Since then I have become PASSIONATE about all things fitness and helping others achieve their goals. I love running fitness groups. I love helping people with meal plans. I love reading about fitness and nutrition. I just can’t help myself.
I love it so much, it inspired me to get my Personal Trainer Certification through ACE Fitness to help people even more. So what are you waiting for?! Lets get started! I’m excited just typing and I haven’t even met you… YET!
Quick fixes are not a solution! As a CPT, it is MY goal to teach you how to adopt a healthy, realistic lifestyle that you will love. It should become second nature and something you enjoy doing.