Hey guys! I'm Jill a middle child who loves making people laugh & get healthy! I'm an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Holistic Health Coach. I began performing as a dancer as a kid (Star Search Baby) and transitioned that love of live arts to stand-up comedy, hosting and acting. Since I grew up with an older brother, early on I was put in tons of WWE wrestling moves- Boston crab, lots of full nelsons and leg locks that knocked the wind out of me. Don't feel bad...this all put hair on my push up worked chest! I loved learning strength training moves in the weight room and competing in various sports. Health and fitness are my second passion after laughing so hard my abs get a workout. I make weekly YouTube videos to entertain and inspire, please subscribe for good karma! www.youtube.com/user/janenberg Hope to make you laugh or get off your ass and exercise! xoxo JiLL
"Start with attainable goals, one step at
a time so you don't overdue it, burn out and quit."
"No BS reality show is worth sacrificing your precious sleep and all the hormones that come along with good rest"
" Exercise does not have to be this insane ass busting bootcamp to see a change in your metabolic make up. I'm a huge fan of body weight exercises- push ups, dips, pullups and squats."
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1 - How can I get motivated to start a healthy/active lifestyle?
Determine your personal "why" behind your goals. Are you wanting to be able to play with your grandkids, hike with your honey on the weekends or just feel great doing everyday activities? It's all a positive domino effect. Exercise releases endorphins, improves your sleep, encourages better eatinghabits and just makes you want to be a better person...less road rage and calling random drivers assholes. Start with attainable goals, one step at a time so you don't overdue it, burn out and quit. Then there's always a highschool reunion to motivate the shit out of you to look good!
2 - What are your best tips to get a flat stomach?
Stop eating shit. Lol We've all heard the saying, "Abs start in the kitchen." Ease up on the sugar, white flour, alcohol and processed/chemicalized/artificial crap that causes quick weight gain and bloat. Weight lift- the more muscle mass the faster your metabolism will burn. Sleep 8 hours a night, chug water & fibrous foods to literally clear out the crap.
3 - Do I need to take supplements? Why?
I'd assume the average American is eating the American diet which consists of fast food and fast calories that are nutrient deficient. For that reason, yes. A multi, omega 3's (our cows are not fed their natural grass fed diet that produces natural omega 3's anymore so we're not receiving that through them) and the benefits are endless. A probiotic for all would help alleviate immune, digestive and overall health issues. I also suggest testing your Vitamin D levels to make sure you're levels aren't deficient. It's always best to get your vitamins/minerals/nutrients from food and one of my favorites is Superfoods! I'm talkin' goji berries, cacao, bee pollen, chia seeds, hemp seeds, I could go on for a while here. This stuff gets me hot!
4 - Do you think it's easier for guys to lose weight than it is for women? Why?
I think because women deal with stress differently than most men we are producing the stress hormone Cortisol more frequently causing belly weight gain.
5 - What is the most underrated concept in fitness?
The shake weight. Kidding!! Walking. If everyone would walk the suggested 30 minutes a day they'd see way more overall health improvements than expected. Exercise does not have to be this insane ass busting bootcamp to see a change in your metabolic make up. I'm a huge fan of body weight exercises- push ups, dips, pullups and squats. All these moves mimic everyday movement and are incredibly fat burning & practical. It's also realizing that fitness is a lifestyle, not a 30 day challenge. All the little healthy habits add up.
6 - How do you make exercise a more enjoyable activity?
Add a dog to it! I absolutely love hiking outside in the fresh air with my 2 rescue pitbulls. Recruit a friend. This provides built in accountability and a shared goal of wellness. There are so many different workouts these days you could try something new all the time, vary it up. Find your bad ass alter ego and get lost in it at the gym, balls to the wall style!
7 - How much is too much training?
Are you sleeping in the locker room at your gym? Yeah that's too much! Lol. Your body needs at least one rest day per week. Relaxation and re-cooperation is just as important as training to allow your muscle fibers to rebuild and reset your systems. It's also individual, so 6 days a week might be perfect for one person while 3 or 4 feels good to another. Pay attention to your body and what activity level you feel comfortable maintaining.
8 - Please, give us your best pre-workout tips
Lay out your clothes and snacks the night before so all you need to do is get your ass out of bed and go through the motions. Another one- make it a date with a friend so you HAVE to show up, no excuses baby! Get to bed at a reasonable hour and turn off the TV, no BS reality show is worth sacrificing your precious sleep and all the hormones that come along with good rest. Fuel properly with a good mix of carbs/protein and plenty of water so you start off hydrated.
9 - What's a good exercise & diet routine?
Exercise: something you enjoy and will stick with. If you love dancing, get into a Zumba class. Are a dude with aggression, work it out in Boxing. I do believe a healthy balance of cardio, weights and yoga is beneficial for everyone. Exercise your heart with cardio, build muscle/ increase your metabolism and decrease osteoporosis with weights and yoga...don't even get me started on it's ridiculous amount of benefits. In regards to diet, I have my clients do a 3 day food journal to create awareness of exactly what they're consuming in both foods and liquid. Also your environment and friends have a positive or negative influence, pay attention to that. I try to stay as close to whole foods as possible, mostly plant based and TONS of water. Working with someone like me, a Holistic Health Coach, also assists in keeping you accountable and on target. There are many other factors that affect our exercise and diet routine that expand into the "holistic" realm that I like to dive deeper into. Tell me your secrets and I'll tell you mine. Lol
10 - What newbie mistakes did you make when you first started training?
I literally began weight lifting around 13 years old. I wanted to be just like my older brother and feel like a tough girl. Look I'm short, 5'1" so I had to buff out every inch of me to defend myself from my shit talking sense of humor. I asked every guy in the weight room what exercises to do for every muscle and then tried to train all the girls on my track team...yeah not all girls want to lift that heavy. I had to realize goals
are very individual. Also, using my muscles as a way as flirting. No guy wants to lose an arm wrestling contest to a girl. I flirt like a boy.