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Name: Tina Marie Jaehnert
Who are you in 90 characters or less? I am an athlete, an artist and a mom. I am also the Director of Personal Training and of Marketing/Social Media at Exceed NYC.
Why do you teach/train?
At a very young age, I wanted to learn gymnastics and my family was not in the financial position to get me lessons. I decided to teach myself it until I could pay for it on my own. Fast forward to my teen years when I began formal lessons, I was asked by the owners of the gymnastics studio to become an instructor because of this talent. When I began teaching gymnastics, I felt such deep fulfillment and joy seeing others learn and enjoy learning exercise movements with me all while also keeping things fun and engaging. I felt like I finally found a place for my silly, energetic, athletic and playful energy. This is what I bring to my classes now in Group Fitness.
What classes do you normally teach / what is your training expertise?
I teach Small Group Training classes based on the principles of Athletic Conditioning and Functional Training at Exceed Physical Culture in NYC. I also teach LES MILLS The TRIP, BODYCOMBAT, CXWORX, BODYPUMP, SPRINT and previously also taught BODYATTACK.
How have you adapted your business to still inspire people at home?
Initially, Justin (my partner) and I began free on demand classes to ensure our clients had an option if they did not feel safe coming to the gym. Once all gyms shut down in NYC, we instantly made our living room a studio and continued to film free workouts. We also provide live streaming classes through our living room too. One time a week, I offer these free, calling them “Teaser Tuesdays”. A few weeks ago I started up free live streaming workshops, empowering our trainers, physical therapists, and in-house doctors to share their knowledge to keep our community connected and learning.
Are you currently offering virtual classes? If so, when and how can people join?
Yes! I have free classes on a YouTube channel: click here
Also, Live Streaming Classes, (which includes TEASER TUESDAYS): click here
What advice would you give to other fitness professionals to get through these times?
Use this time to grow and to empower others. Work with your peers rather than seeing them as competition. Help your peers, your clients and your community alike to find and develop solutions.
How can fitness professionals lift each other up right now?
There are a few ways to do this. The general way would be to support each other's ideas, success and offerings on social media. A more specific way would be to collaborate, which is something I have been feeling a strong pull to do. I have been developing new programs with Physical Therapists to better care for Personal Training clients of mine, or of Physical Therapy clients of theirs. Also, I have been working with Instructors to create collaborative workout videos which are still in the works.
What is your favorite non-fitness outlet to cope with the current stress of the world?
Art. I have an MFA in Printmaking and a BFA in Painting and Photography. I normally choose painting as I thoroughly enjoy creating abstract, meditative art works.
How are you giving yourself #permissiontopause?
I typically wake at 3am during the week and run around NYC like a maniac (I enjoy it oddly) from gym to gym, client to client, until about 8pm. Recently, I have been allowing myself to sleep in until 8am. I allow myself to take down time in the middle of the day when I need it, and I am staying home. While pausing, I am also exploring areas I can grow, especially in a digital space. Now, more than ever, digital tools are important and I believe the value in digital expertise will be elevated because of the times we are in now.