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Jane K Simmons Interview: Certified Personal Trainer & NYC Influencer

Jane K Simmons Interview: Certified Personal Trainer & NYC Influencer

Jane K Simmons
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In a world of social media where fad diets and questionable health trends are currently at their peak, it can be hard to know where to look for accurate health and wellness guidance. Luckily we got a chance to sit down with a certified personal trainer and NYC influencer Jane K Simmons! Not only is she incredibly well versed with her knowledge in fitness, but she is also the genius behind the Movement & Mindset program.

Today’s interview is all about getting to know Jane and her phenomenal efforts in the health and wellness community!

 

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Can you share with us a little about who you are and your background?

Yes, my name is Jane. I am a New York City-based personal trainer and the creator of the Movement & Mindset program. I am certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and have completed certifications and courses in kettlebell training, functional anatomy & kinesiology, musculoskeletal pathologies, and advanced cardiorespiratory training. Besides training, I also have the cutest pup, Harley, and love eating my way through New York City with my incredible boyfriend, Grant!

 

 

What inspired you to become a personal trainer & start your health and wellness journey?

I grew up as a dancer, so I was always active and started strength training around 18. I felt so lost in the gym. The equipment was overwhelming, the information was confusing, and I found myself in an unhealthy relationship with my health and fitness.

When I graduated college, I felt lost in my career and decided to get my personal training certification to learn more about my own health and fitness and to hopefully heal my relationship with my body. My eyes were opened to a whole new world. I fell in love with the job from day one and, now, I help women be confident in their health and fitness journeys by sharing fitness education and creating workouts that make people feel their best!

 

 

How long have you been an NYC-based personal trainer & what does your job look like on the day today?

I am going on for three years in the city! My job changes a lot depending on the day. I usually wake up pretty early, make coffee, eat breakfast, and head to work! I normally do about 5-6 one-on-one sessions in the morning and have the rest of the day to focus on Movement & Mindset, my youtube channel, and anything else I need to get done. Every week is a little different, which always keeps me on my toes!

 

Tell us about your Movement & Mindset Monthly Program and how it started.

Movement & Mindset started during the pandemic. I wanted to give people effective workouts they could do from their homes with limited equipment. Throughout the past year, we have grown into a dumbbells only program dedicated to helping women feel confident in their health & fitness. We have a strong emphasis on fitness education and the why behind each program and exercise. We just launched our Foundations course, which is a 6-week class designed for beginners that teaches all the basics of fitness. We have another launch that we are announcing soon for my gym lovers!! It’s been an exciting year and I can’t wait to see how Movement & Mindset grows.

 

 

What makes Movement & Mindset different from other programs out there?

Most programs give you a great workout. We give you a great workout paired with fitness education and a strong emphasis on health. Like I said earlier, education helped me heal my relationship with my own health and fitness and I want to give that same opportunity to others.

There is so much overwhelming information online. Most of it is out of date or completely incorrect. We present our members with up-to-date information, complete transparency, and an open space to ask questions.

 

Are there any health and wellness creators in the fitness community that you are inspired by?

So many!! My two current favorites are Charlee Atkins and Tara Laferrara.

What’s one thing you absolutely love about your career?

The connections I make with my clients! I love the moment something clicks. I love showing people what they are capable of. Something sets my soul on fire every time one of my clients says, “I didn’t know I could even do that!”

 

 

What’s one thing you’ve struggled with or underestimated in your career?

Working for myself has been… an adventure. It’s something I see romanticized online all the time, but running your own business takes so much dedication, organization, discipline, and googling. There are countless days where I’ve felt like giving up. It has challenged me more than any job I’ve ever had, but that’s also why I love it! I am also so lucky to have such a strong support system that constantly reminds me that I can do this.

 

Is it difficult to be completely open and honest about your fitness journey on social media every day?

Sometimes! But it’s the same things I needed to hear when I was in a bad place with my fitness. I always remind myself that normalizing these experiences could help someone else. This could make all the difference in someone else’s health and fitness journey.

See Also

When I started, most of the fitness accounts only showed the good. The PR’s, the cute outfits, the fun workouts, but a fitness journey can make you feel vulnerable. There are so many highs and lows. Follow people that show all sides.

 

 

How do you balance or manage any negativity and stress that comes with having an online presence?

Luckily, I don’t get a ton of negativity, but when I do it can hit pretty hard. I always remind myself that you can’t make everyone happy, so you might as well make yourself happy! It’s easy to get caught up in what everyone else is/might be thinking when you’re trying to grow online, but the most important thing is that you love the content you are creating.

 

Any advice for people who want to start their fitness journey, but don’t know how or where to start?

Firstly, Congratulations!!!! Second, Start small. Third, always add, never take away.

Instead of committing to 7 days at the gym, commit to 2 (or whatever is realistic for you right now!) Start small with something you know you could achieve. Once you’re comfortable with this routine, add another day or habit. I always recommend adding things to your routine.

When you add things into your routine, you’re more likely to create sustainable habits, as opposed to taking something away or cutting something out. When we cut things out of our lives, our body has a visceral reaction, but when we add things in, we can create a domino effect of healthy habits!

It can be intimidating to start a fitness journey, but the best things start out that way and I promise it will be well worth it once you find a routine you love! You got this:)

 

Image Credit By @vicvisionns

Thank you so much to Jane for sitting down with us to share her story and learn more about what it’s like to be a personal trainer, NYC influencer & run your own business from home! We can’t wait to see what she achieves next.

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