Hi friends! Jenna Jozefowski here, but you can just call me Jenna J. 🙂
I work with other fitness enthusiasts and dancers who are feel like they are doing everything right in pursuit of their goals related to performance, health, fitness, and personal growth but just aren’t seeing the results they want. Those who work really hard, but always feel just a little beaten down. The ones who are doubling, tripling, even quadrupling up on workouts (yoga, a run, and a handful of dance classes anyone?) and feel like they are getting nowhere. Those who are scared to take even one day off because the fear of “getting fat” or “letting yourself go” is scarier than getting run over by a truck or chased by a swarm of angry bees.
Sound familiar? I feel you!! This used to me me to a tee. Free time was spent trying to “earn” calories on the elliptical, perpetually trying to lose 5lbs, and wishing that my arms (my biggest body hang up) were smaller. I spent my life either completely avoiding sugar altogether (I actually didn’t eat bananas for about 6 months straight!), or feeling like a savage beast anytime I was in the same room as a birthday cake. Finding yoga helped me to mellow out a bit. But things really came to a screeching halt after I completed 2 rounds of a popular 30 day elimination diet (no sugar, dairy, alcohol, grains, legumes, corn, soy, or joy) and my pants were actually TIGHTER when I finished. WTF? Turns out my hormones were a wreck, and my thyroid was super sluggish. I learned pretty quickly that my body was going to do what it wanted to do, and if I was ever going to be happy I had to figure out how to (GASP!) accept myself as-is.
Easier said than done right?
As someone in the dance AND fitness industry, I KNOW that’s not easy by any means. Mainstream diet culture is vicious enough, and it’s even worse when you are trying to measure up to idealistic physical standards. Through my journey to being more body positive, I’ve discovered that you don’t have to run yourself into the ground to be healthy, fit, or the best version of yourself. You can take a break from training now and then without throwing away all of your progress–in some cases you may actually come back stronger. That it’s okay to eat carbs. That women can do whatever we want and lifting heavy weights is empowering and can make you feel strong AF. There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to anything–especially when it comes to food and exercise. That diets don’t work. Most importantly I learned that until you can make peace with your body, you’ll NEVER be satisfied–regardless of how thin you are or how many impressive things you have on your resume. Can I get an AMEN?!
Speaking of credentials, here are some of mine:
BA in Dance from The University of Akron with a minor in Business Administration
E-RYT 200 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) from White Lotus Foundation
Power Yoga, Hot Power Fusion, CoreRestore, and Yoga Sculpt certifications through CorePower Yoga
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
Cecchetti Council of America Grade IV Teacher’s Certificate (ballet)
Tap Teacher Training Certificate from the American Tap Dance Foundation
Nearly 15 years of experience teaching dance (tap, ballet, jazz, contemporary)
7 years of experience teaching yoga and group fitness
10 years as a professional dancer (Joel Hall Dancers II, RASA Dance Chicago, Chicago Dance Crash, Chicago Tap Theatre, and many independent choreographers)
Choreographer (Dance Chicago, Inaside Choreographic Sponsorship Event, Rebound Dance Festival, Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival, Kaleidoscope Dance Festival, Chicago Freelance Dance)
A passion for helping others to become the happiest, healthiest, strongest versions of themselves (in every possible sense of those words!)
You can see what some of my colleagues and clients are saying about me here!
Helping people just like you improve their physical performance, reach their goals, take better care of themselves, and feel good about who they are and how they look RIGHT NOW is my JAM. If you’re looking for someone to help you get smarter about your fitness and self care I’d love to work with you, too!
When I’m not dancing, choreographing, yoga-ing, attempting feats of strength and badassery at the gym, or teaching/coaching any of the above, I can usually be found wearing one of my many pajama outfits and petting my fur baby Lucky (an adopted Poodle/Coton de Tulear–who wouldn’t want him?!) I am a fantastic cook, but only a mediocre baker because I never follow recipes exactly. I have an impressive collection of adult coloring books, though I’m not the biggest fan of adulting. My dance students are a huge inspiration to me, and directing my youth company, Euphony Tap Ensemble, fills me with so much pride and joy. Want to know more? Here are a few things most people don’t know about me…
Jessica Day (Zooey Deschanel’s character on the show “New Girl”) is pretty much my spirit animal. Also, my husband is just like Nick Miller.
There are really only 3 foods that I don’t like–ranch dressing, salt and vinegar chips, and spearmint flavored gum.
I didn’t start ballet until I was 16, but still managed to make a career for myself as a dancer.
I never went to prom and I’m not mad about it.
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