Jeanette Jenkins, kicking butt in our January 2011 issue. (Photo by Karen Pearson)
When we last saw well-known celebrity trainer Jeanette Jenkins, she was sharing some kick-butt, calorie-blasting exercises on the Express Workouts page of our January issue. (Missed this? Check it out here!) Now, we catch up with Jeanette to learn a little more about the trainer behind those super-sculpting moves.
How did you become the fitness extraordinaire that you are? I have always enjoyed playing sports. I was raised by a single mother who kept me, my brother and my sister involved in team sports since the age of 5. I excelled probably because I always played with my older brother so I had to work harder to keep up with the boys. When it was time for me to pick my college major, I knew the two things I loved were math and sports so it was a natural for me to run my own fitness business. I live for the joy I receive from helping people improve the quality of their lives!
What is your favorite part of your job? I love helping people fall in love with healthy living—getting them to realize that their health is really in their own hands and empowering them to take control of their mind, body and spirit truly fulfills me. I love social media and the ability to send a tip and motivation on Twitter and know that those few words could help someone across the country and even across the world. [Follow Jeanette on Twitter @JeanetteJenkins]
What snack is your biggest temptation? Pizza and just about any Italian food!! One of my best friends is Italian and she knows the direct route to my heart is a home made authentic Italian meal!
If you weren't a trainer, you'd be... Probably a coach, doctor or physical therapist. I would have to work with fitness in some way because I love this movement!
What fitness challenge are you most scared of? Mountain/Rock Climbing because of the heights and the risk of falling.
Who is your fitness idol? I have many fitness idols because of their work ethic and ability to give so much love and inspiration to other people. I am inspired and motivated by all of my colleagues, so my short list is: Patrick Goudeau, Juan Carlos Santana, Douglas Brooks, Petra Kolber, Jillian Michaels, Karen Voight, Jane Fonda, Steven Earth, Calvin Wiley, Jay Blahnik, Richard Simmons, Billy Blanks, Denise Austin and many many more!
What is your workout mantra? Release your mind and open your heart! A positive spirit is the healthy habit that keeps on giving!
What song is on your playlist right now? Loving Ciara’s entire album Basic Instinct, Nicki Minaj “Pink Friday”, Keri Hilson’s “No Boys Allowed”, Jamie Foxx’s “Best Night of my Life”, Chrisette Michele’s “Let Freedom Reign” and Rihanna’s “Loud”. Those albums are all in heavy rotation on my iPod. Get more celebrity playlists here!