Hi There! I'm Jenna (she/her), a certified personal trainer, yoga instructor (and lifelong student!), nutrition coach, cat mom, and the founder of Strong Soul Fitness + Health.
After spending almost a decade as a personal trainer (you can learn more about my education here), I have supported clients as they reached numerous health goals: improved blood sugar numbers, improved cardiovascular health and better endurance, reducing joint pain and being able to move with ease, and increasing strength.
During that time, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia (FM) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), both of which are incurable, and affect me every day. At the time of my diagnosis, research and resources were minimal. My doctor gave me the diagnosis, wrote a prescription for an anti-depressant, and told me it was something I would "just have to deal with". This pushed me to learn more about pain, biomechanics, and the nervous system, and over time, I developed a system to help keep my chronic pain at bay most of the time. Eventually, other people living with chronic illness (and people healing from significant injury) wanted to work with me, too. Since then, I've coached people with Fibromyalgia, Lupus, MS, Parkinson's, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Polymyalgia Rheumatica, chronic back and neck pain, frozen shoulder and joint injury, and people recovering from joint replacement surgery. I regularly work with physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, RMTs, and even surgeons to ensure my client's program is cohesive and on track with their rehabilitation goals.
My goal as your trainer is to help you learn how to move your body safely and efficiently, and to help you come up with sustainable lifestyle choices that will support your individual needs and goals. I believe in motivating with support, encouragement, and honest feedback. I believe that "healthy living" encompasses all aspects of health, including self care and mental health, proper sleep, non-restrictive eating, enjoyable movement, and community support. I believe that food is not something you need to earn, and while you might not love physical activity, it should never feel like a punishment. Most importantly, I want to remind you that if you're experiencing chronic pain*, you don't have to "just deal with it".
So whether you're looking to train privately, or wanting to be a part of an incredibly supportive community, get in touch! I would love to hear more about your journey up to this point, and together, we can decide how Strong Soul can best support you and your health goals.
*It would be unethical of me to imply that I could somehow remove all pain, regardless of circumstances. (Although I wish I could!) Every body is different, and so everyone's experience will be different. If I do not think that I can help you, or if I think someone else would be better suited to support your needs, I will always share that with you.
Fitness and Health Promotion Diploma
Certified Personal Trainer/Fitness Instructor
Hatha Yoga Instructor, 200HR
Restorative Yoga Instructor
Beth Rutty Yoga
Yin Yoga Instructor
Precision Nutrition Coach, Level 1
Pre and Postnatal Coach
Girls Gone Strong
DTS Coach, Level 1
DTS Fitness Education
Kettlebell Coach, Level I
DTS Fitness Education
Neurofundamentals (in progress)