Reebok celebrates the trainers that help us reach our goals. While you’ve been hunkered down and need to sweat, Jamie Callari has been just a click away. We say thank you with a spotlight here.
Name: Jamie Callari
Who are you in 90 characters or less? Driven to inspire positive change and help people enjoy a richer life through wellness.
Why do you teach/train?
A self-described, proud “M.I.P”, I am a firm believer that if you’re passionate enough about something, willing to put in the work, and your heart is in the right place, you can achieve whatever you put your mind to - maybe even more than you ever imagined! Driven by the mission that everyone deserves the opportunity to truly be seen, celebrated, and encouraged to explore the unique gifts they bring to the world, I live by the motto is “inspire and be inspired” and am excited to help people recognize and develop their own unique potential!
What classes do you normally teach / what is your training expertise?
For over 12 years I have had the pleasure of teaching a few different group fitness formats and coaching members and clients who are new to finding their fitness. The majority of my experience has been teaching and training Les Mills Group Fitness programs (BODYFLOW, BODYCOMBAT, CXWORX and BODYPUMP), and it’s been a special honor to help pay it forward training and supporting other instructors in their journeys as well.
My specialties include:
People new to group fitness or working out / Beginners
Flexibility/Yoga, Foundational Strength, Functional Strength
How have you adapted your business to still inspire people at home?
Our club has been helping serve our members by livestreaming some of our regular Les Mills Group fitness class offerings from home, connecting with members on social media, and sharing physical and mental wellness tips and challenges to help stay connected and engaged while at home.
Are you currently offering virtual classes? If so, when and how can people join?
Yes! Right now through my home club’s Facebook page: click here
What advice would you give to other fitness professionals to get through these times?
Tap into the drive and desire that is the foundation of why you do what you do, and ask yourself what you can do to serve that “why” and connect while we are all apart. This can be a great opportunity to develop your skills, learn something new that will enrich your own practice or help serve others better. It can also be a great opportunity to lead by example in terms of self-care – many fitness pros spend the majority of our time and energy in serving others, and this can be a perfect time to reset and refuel by taking a break from all the doing and just be.
How can fitness professionals lift each other up right now?
Support one another!! Shine a light and share the love! Reach out and check in, let them know when you see them rocking it, or cheer them on when they seem to be quieter than usual. Learn from each other - participate in one another’s virtual classes, share each other’s inspirational content and help connect people to the wide variety of expertise our friends and colleagues have to offer, and look for fun new opportunities to collaborate – the possibilities are endless!
What is your favorite non-fitness outlet to cope with the current stress of the world?
Quality time with family like watching movies, catching up on streaming series, playing cards or board games that we haven’t played in YEARS - the kind of things we often only do on vacation or the cable goes out lol, and curling up on the couch with my fiancé and lots of kitty snuggles to recharge at the end of the day. Wedding planning in these uncertain times hasn’t been easy, but is giving us some wonderful things to look forward to, even if they aren’t going to be exactly as originally planned.
How are you giving yourself #permissiontopause?
So many aspects of the world as we know it are different and unknown right now. Aside from the loss of the everyday things and shared experience of unimaginable and unprecedented loss – the past month my family has had some big once-in-a-lifetime celebrations reimagined - milestone birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and wedding plans. And while small losses in the grand scheme, acknowledging and allowing ourselves to experience the grief, and that it is OK to not be OK, as it is the only way to process and keep moving forward.
What’s been really helpful has been setting a schedule and having an accountability buddy (aka my hubby-to-be) to do virtual workouts on days that we would normally be teaching them, reconnecting with and appreciating what it’s like to be a participant - which we don’t get to do a lot anymore! It’s great to have someone to answer to and help keep you on track, even if it’s to yourself! A big part of this is, again, giving ourselves a little grace that we don’t HAVE to log any PRs right now, and that some days the scheduled workout just isn’t going to happen. Maybe the weather is nice, or one or both of us needs a day to focus on something else, or just be. We may not be making huge gains but at least we’re still in motion, and taking care body, mind and spirit!