Where are you from?
I grew up in Ramsey, NJ and I moved up to West Lebanon in 1979.
How did you get connected to KDR Fitness?
I was watching TV one day and came across Ben doing a show on a local station. I watched it and then caught another episode or two and I remember thinking this guy makes sense. I emailed Ben and invited him to speak to my TOPS group (Take Off Pounds Sensibly). He came twice and he realized I really wanted to try his gym and he finally convinced me to try through quite a few emails. The rest is history! I started as a member and am now a coach. In February I will be at KDR 6 years!
What has surprised you about working at KDR?
I think what has surprised me most is how quickly you become a part of a member’s life. You want to help them reach their goals and guide them and support through the good and bad times. KDR has such a supportive community and our KDR TEAM cares so deeply about our members and the members in turn care about the Coaches. It’s a great symbiotic relationship. I’ve also been surprised at how much I bring my day job into the gym. I’ve been a 1st grade teacher for over 30 years and I love bringing “teacher/coach” created ideas and themes into our endurance classes. I think the members really enjoy that I bring that aspect of my life into KDR.
What’s your most favorite exercise, and why?
My favorite exercise is the Deadlift. I love the raw power of it! At age 50 I deadlifted 315lbs and I remember thinking “damn, I’m a strong woman” You can get strong at any age! Doing my first powerlifting competition at this age was amazing.
Least favorite, and why?
My least favorite exercise..Step ups. I really don’t have a good reason as to why I don’t like them…maybe it just feel too repetitive.
Who inspires you and why? As for KDR my inspirations are many. My first inspiration is my fellow KDR team members; our coaches and KDR staff family. We are so diverse and we all have so many strengths that I have learned from them all and they have inspired me to be a better coach. The willingness to share and guide makes for a strong team which in turns makes a strong KDR. My second inspiration of course is our amazing members. Watching them grow, take risks, and show a real to desire and dedication to make healthful changes keep me motivated to do the same.
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Hi! My name is Jamie. The current state of fitness and health is too complicated, in my opinion. I want to try and make being fit and healthy as simple as possible. Lift some weights, get your heart rate up, eat real food, treat yourself when you deserve and don’t stress the scale!
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