Today we’d like to introduce you to Jenny Melendez.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
As a young girl, I was involved with dance, swimming, and running competitively. It is what I thrived at and truly loved. I also became very fascinated with health and nutrition. At 16, I completely changed my diet. I cut out red meat, sugar, fast food and the like. I noticed huge changes in how I looked and felt. I devoured nutrition books and found myself motivated by the information. I started working for Lonnie Weinstock, the owner of Malibu Fitness when I was 17. She really encouraged me to pursue fitness. I started teaching aerobics and working with kids teaching gymnastics. I later started a family and took a break from teaching. However, I continued exercising, studying and working.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
For the most part, I’d say it has been pretty smooth just with a lot of work! Haha. Nothing is really easy. Five years back, I discovered I had pernicious anemia, which has been an up and down battle. I caught it just in the nick of time before any major damage was done. Thankfully because I am a student of health, I started running my own labs and found it while helping my husband heal from post herpetic neuralgia. I have learned to do my own vitamin injections to maintain my health and strength. Training is enjoyable, but it does take a lot out of me. I run 6 miles a day, heavyweight train three times a week, and do pilates reformer along with working out with clients. Like most trainers will agree, this last years’ gym closures has been a major bummer. I really miss the energy and competitiveness that comes from being in the gym. Thankfully, since I am a functional trainer I started with a good supply of equipment with a few new added machines. Testing and studying are also a lot of work. Making sure I am prepared and knowledgeable is really important to me. I am a planner and like to be prepared. I have been doing what I feel called to do. I could not imagine not being able to work out three hours a day and practice health.
Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a N.A.S.M Certified Trainer with a specialization in Correctional Exercise. I am also completing a certification to become a Cancer Exercise Specialist that I will be completing shortly. I do not use stationary machines, they have their purpose, but I prefer a more athletic training routine., I use tempo training along with muscular endurance. I experienced when you slow things down it allow you to focus on form and alignment, it also challenges the muscle on a whole different level. Anyone can push through momentum to get through 30 reps, but can you hold that rep? can you pulse that rep? These things change your muscles with added discipline that challenges the mind and the body. My favorite workouts for myself are those that call for a barbell, kettlebells, mace and sandbags. I like variety so I enjoy different elements.
Balance work is important for neuromuscular training and preventing falls. I write out and plan all of my client’s workouts separately before each session. I am a functional trainer, so I try to plan according to my client’s imbalances, limitations and strengths. Everyone is so unique mechanically. I always end my training sessions with myofacial release and PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitated) stretching. I am currently a self-employed personal trainer. I was working at Malibu Fitness until the gyms shut down due to Covid-19. I have now been training clients personally at their homes. I am hoping to get back in the gym soon. I have also been in school for the last six years getting various degrees. I am a Natural Health Practitioner, Medicinal Herbologist, a certified functional medicine practitioner, and in my last course completing my Doctor of Naturalpathy. I find great passion in encouraging others to train safely and effectively along with healthy eating and lifestyle.
Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs or other resources you think our readers should check out?
Since I am in school, I am always reading something, I have been really into finishing my last course study, reading THE CLINICIAN’S HANDBOOK OF NATURAL MEDICINE (third edition) by JOSEPH E.PIZZORNO, MICHAEL T. MURRAY AND HERB JOINER-BEY. I am also reading CANCER EXERCISE SPECIALIST BY ANDREA LEONARD. This has kept me busy between working and program design. Everything for school I read is super fascinating! I love to listen to health webinars on health issues or diseases so I can have more understanding and knowledge. My favorite right now is the Mitochondria summit podcast by Dr. Jay, along with anything with Functional Medicine when time allows. I am always learning and there is so much to learn. It can be a bit overwhelming and at times intimidating but I still keep pushing forward.
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