Jess joins us from Los Angeles, California. She’s a dynamic coach who holds certifications such as a SFG Kettlebell Level 1 Instructor, Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES), and Weight Loss Specialist (WLS) under the National Association of Sports Medicine (NASM).
Jess’ initial introduction to health and the human body was by way of adrenaline as an emergency medical technician at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco. It was a physically demanding job and she always strove to be fit and strong. After all, moving 300-500 pound patients is no joke!
“At Kaiser, I’d have friends and co-workers ask me to help with their workout routines as I developed a reputation for maintaining my own health and wellness,” says Jess. “The job was not only physically demanding, but also emotionally draining. I found working out and playing sports to be a great outlet for me through those years.”
Slowly, Jess started to think of personal training and coaching as a career path.
“Getting into training allowed me to make an impact on people who wanted to change bad habits and get strong—It also allowed me to help people get to their personal best, versus seeing them at their worst in the ER when it was often too late.”
It was then that she decided to make a shift from aiding people in the hospital, to aiding people in the gym.
She’s never looked back. For the past four years Jess has been training personal clients out of Los Angeles-based Muay Thai gym Function 5 Fitness, where she led classes specializing in kettlebell/barbell strength and conditioning and high intensity interval (HIIT) training.
She’s also enjoyed success as a lead coach at Beachbody – the creator of the nation’s most popular in-home fitness and weight loss products – where she led test groups such as P90, P90X3, Insanity MAX :30, and 21 Day Fix and starred in countless fitness videos, working closely with creators such as Tony Horton and Shawn T.
Over a year and a half ago, Jess took on a new challenge by entering the powerlifting community. To date she’s twice won gold medals in California USPA competitions and a bronze medal at the national level—recording personal bests with a 260 Squat, 142.5 Bench, and 303.5 Deadlift. (To be continued…!)