Hi there! I’m Jenn. People call me Oxijen. Which is pretty dang awesome.
I’m a personal trainer, yoga teacher, coach, and fitness expert who believes in training the mind and body as one.
I love working with people just like you who are ready to address their wellness with a whole-body approach, don’t mind a little hard-earned sweat, and are open to trying out new things as we work together to reach your goals of an active and engaged lifestyle.
I do this through creating fully customized training plans that integrate both body and mind, and then working one-on-one or in a small group to make sure you have the support you need for success right from day one.
Because I understand what it feels like to be disconnected from your body and how that can impact your life as a whole, and how overwhelming figuring out how to begin can be.
I also know what it feels like to overcome that, to reconnect to your body, and how that connection reaches past the purely physical. And I want to make sure that connection is a part of your life too.
Growing up, I suffered from severe asthma. My childhood was marked by hospital stays and various treatments that came with their own side effects. They included a machine with medicated vapor mist that I was forced to breathe, but which irritated my lungs and was deeply uncomfortable, and pills that resulted in a dangerous chemical overdose when I was 12 years old.
I was young and wanted to fit in, to take my place among my friends as they played soccer and softball and volleyball. But I was cut off from team sports by my asthma as attacks were triggered by running. I felt alone and isolated by a condition that I felt powerless against.
And then, when I was 16 years old, everything changed.
I joined the local gym.
This might sound like no big deal, but it was the first step toward a very different life and one I’ve never looked back from.
Like so many of the most worthwhile things in life, this shift didn’t come easy, though. I walked into that gym eager and excited, but also overwhelmed and unsure and intimidated.
The gym was divided into two sections: the “women’s area” and “downstairs.” “Downstairs” was where all of the free weights were located and was dominated by men. They were focused and disciplined and they were lifting heavy weight.
And I knew that I wanted to do that, too.
But I was brand new to all of this and had no idea what to do or where to begin. So I watched what people were doing and I asked questions. And it seemed that everyone was doing something different, saying something different. It was repeatedly suggested that I retreat to the “women’s section.”
No. Freaking. Way.
No way was I retreating anywhere. I had all the rebelliousness of a 16 year old and no way was anyone going to tell me how and where I could work out.
So I decided to learn. And lift. And show up “downstairs.”
And I loved it.
At 17 years old, I knew that I wanted to help others have the tools and information that I’d lacked. I became a certified personal trainer that year and it marked the beginning of over 20 years of education and certification and training that continue to this day.
Since that first day at my little local gym, I’ve overcome the asthma that so plagued my childhood. I’ve run 3 marathons, numerous half-marathons, competed in a bodybuilding competition, and jumped headfirst into a plethora of other fitness challenges.
It was the dedication and commitment to myself and to my well-being that created a shift that has never stopped. What began in that weight room has expanded to include nutrition and hydration, yoga, stress-management, intentional sleep habits, and an integrative approach to wellness that encompasses both body and mind.
The drive to provide the tools, resources, and support to others that motivated me to become a personal trainer at 17 is still at the heart of the work I do today. It’s never faltered and I’ve never stopped.
So let’s get started. You have too much waiting for you to keep putting this off. You can do it.
And you don’t have to do it alone.