WELCOME

Hey there! I’m so glad you found my website and I want to personally welcome you. Whether you stumbled across this page accidentally or maybe you were looking for fitness tips, recipes, or perhaps even a tribe of supporters; you found it and you’re exactly where you need to be (cue huge smile and sigh of relief!)

So, what can you actually find here? Well, my hope is that this page will help educate, motivate, and lead you in the right direction. Wherever you’re looking to go, I will be by your side, we will be by your side; you are not alone on this journey.

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together” – African proverb

Girl, I’ve seen it happen and I know first hand that when you’re gLazer focused, anything is possible!

*Adam Silverstein Photography

*Adam Silverstein Photography

THE STORY

Everyone has a story and often those stories are what hold us back. They let us define who we are and who we think we can’t become. You should never be ashamed of your story. You should be grateful for the lessons you have learned and grateful for the opportunities that lay ahead because ultimately YOU are in control of the chapters to come.

SO, WHAT’S MY STORY?

I grew up in New Jersey in a beautiful suburb just 20 miles outside of NYC. From what my parents tell me, I started running before I learned to walk and they had to teach me to slow down. I spent more time upside down than right side up and climbed everything. I had my first of many broken bones at three when I was trying to keep up with my eight-year-old brother. I guess the 5 years and size he had on me were an advantage in our “who can jump from the higher step” game. My constant need to move and fearless attitude landed me in competitive gymnastics at an early age.

By 9 I was training 20 hours a week and figuring out how to juggle schoolwork, a social life, chores, and Hebrew school. During my career I traveled with my team, competed nationally, and even had the opportunity to live and train in France when I was 12. My life was gymnastics, my clothing of choice was a leotard, my best friends were my teammates, my “other parents” were my coaches, and my favorite place was the gym.

Broken bones, minor tears, and strains of all sorts were common in gymnastics. However, my worst injury took place during a competition my junior year of high school. I landed my bar dismount with locked out knees and a shock electrified through my entire body, resulting in two fractured vertebrae. My training came to an abrupt halt, but gymnastics was still my life, I couldn’t stomach leaving and I had all intentions of a full recovery. The only logical thing to do was to start coaching in place of training. This brilliant solution allowed me to still be in the gym every night, see my teammates, focus on my recovery, and teach other girls about the sport I loved so dearly.

It was during coaching (and picking up a job at a local health club) that I realized what I loved was teaching. Through teaching I could pass along my knowledge and experiences, which would then direct girls toward success. Whenever a girl learned a new skill, had a breakthrough, or accomplished a goal it would light me up!

After months off I was fortunate enough to make a full recovery and was even able to finish competing my senior year. Although I healed and returned to competing, that injury was a catalyst to a decade long battle with eating disorders. I won’t get in to my struggles here, but I’m very open about them now. You can read about my secret life in this blog. It took years for me to be able to share my story, but it only took one person thanking me and opening up to me about her struggles for me to realize I have to share my story.

WHAT MAKES ME AN EXPERT?

I studied Physical Therapy at The University of Rhode Island and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology. While at URI, I also received my K-12 Physical Education and Health teaching certificates. I worked in the student recreation center and fitness facility as a full-time group fitness instructor.

My love for gymnastics and passion for fitness kept expanding and growing into new avenues. After college I moved back to New Jersey and worked full-time as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor. It has been nearly two decades of training clients and coaching gymnastics and it still lights me up every time!

Since 2009 I have been working full time as an Elementary School Physical Education/Health teacher. I help coach the gymnastics team at my old high school. I run small group training sessions, one on one personal training sessions, and just this past summer I created “FITtrips”. I can confidently say that FITtrips are my favorite program to date! You can read all about FITtrips in this blog.

As a teenager I used to watch Fitness competitions on ESPN and it was something I always wanted to do. So, a few years ago I joined a team of competitors, got myself a coach, and started training for shows. I placed 2nd in my first competition and have been hooked ever since. I’ve done the work, been through the process, and understand what it takes.

After joining my fitness team I also partnered with an incredible Health and Wellness company that allowed me to start my own business; teaching others how to properly fuel their bodies. This partnership has changed the training game for me, as well as my clients and their results.

OKAY, SO BACK TO YOU!

Trust me, you’re here for a reason and even if you don’t know what it is yet, I promise we’ll figure it out together. I will support you and cheer you on. I will push you and motivate you to be the best version of you. I will educate you and be open with you.

I already believe in you because girl…YOU are amazing! Just own it.  Together we’re going to get you out of your comfort zone and find your confidence. Whether you want to focus on mind, body, or soul, this tribe has your back. My website has all the tools you need to get gLazer focused on your personal vision and goals.

You’ve made it this far; take the leap, trust yourself, and enjoy the journey!

Sweat, Smile, & Sparkle,

Jess

  • K-12 Physical Education and Health Teacher
  • AFAA Personal Training Certification
  • AFAA Group Exercise Certification
  • Gravity Systems Certification
  • Kinesis System Certification
  • First Aid, CPR, AED Certification