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Trainer Jenn Hockaday’s focus on women’s fitness

Trainer Jenn Hockaday’s focus on women’s fitness

POSTED BY: Time 2 Change News on March 25, 2016, 6:49 a.m.

Trainer Jennifer Hockaday’s arrival at Time 2 Change Fitness for Women was December 2015, but her journey to fitness — and special interest in women’s fitness — dates back more than six years ago.

In her mid-20s, Jenn began having health concerns and decided to make changes to live a more fit lifestyle. “I began working out at home with DVDs,” says Jenn, “and changed my eating habits. After about a year, I thought ‘I’m pretty good at this’ — and I decided I would help bring fitness into others’ lives.”

Jenn enrolled in Heritage College’s two-year personal fitness trainer program. She later graduated with an Associate Degree in Exercise Science and became a certified ACE personal trainer. Jenn credits the school’s hands-on learning approach and mentoring from a seasoned trainer as key to her great experience there.

A focus on women’s fitness

One of the requirements for keeping a trainer certification up to date is professional development every two years. Jenn studied to be an NASM Women’s Fitness Specialist, where her training covered pre- and postnatal and peri- to post-menopausal fitness. “This fall,” Jenn says, “I’ll be working on yet another certification. I haven’t quite decided what I want to do, but I’ll be making the decision soon. It’s a big commitment of my time and finances, but it’s important to stay current in the industry.”

In Jenn’s experience, the majority of people seeking a personal trainer happen to be women. She speculates it’s because men typically get more training in the gym when they’re younger. And with sports and high school activities, they learn about weights and may be less likely to seek out a trainer.

I want women to have the opportunity to feel empowered, strong and capable. And I get to help them every day. ♦ Jenn Hockaday

“Women typically don’t get that early exposure,” she says, “though things are changing, and you can find more women who weight-train. Overall, I think women need the extra guidance. Also, we put our bodies through having babies and have to deal with hormonal changes. And from a self-confidence standpoint, I think women tend to beat ourselves up if we’re not perfect. I can relate to this, and that’s what helped shape my focus. I want women to have the opportunity to feel empowered, strong and capable. And I get to help them every day.”

As soon as she joined Time 2 Change last year, Jenn immediately felt at home. “This just fits for me,” she says. “I enjoy working with Teresa, we share an entrepreneurial mindset, and I respect her. I enjoy working with Justin — he’s laid back and easy to get along with.”

Jenn also enjoys interacting with our members. She says, “They come in and put 100% effort into their workout. Every day is a new opportunity to see their accomplishments, see them perfecting their form and watch them feel stronger and more comfortable.”

When she’s not training at Time 2 Change, Jenn enjoys spending time with her husband Jesse. (The couple is just getting ready to celebrate their first-year anniversary in May.) Another member of Jenn’s family is their rescued Pit bull Malo.

We’re glad Jenn’s part of the T2C team!