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Meet Jennifer Temperley of Climb Fitness in South Bay

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jennifer Temperley.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I grew up a swimmer in a very competitive swimming environment in Texas so I have always had an appetite for sports and living a healthy lifestyle. Swimming led me to the discovery of triathlons and after competing in my first Ironkids at age eight, I never looked back. I have seen the sport of triathlon change a lot over the years and it has been amazing to be a part of that growth as an athlete and as a coach.

My career highlights include recent age group wins at Oceanside 70.3, Wildflower Triathlon and the Escape from Alcatraz. I have competed in 7 World Championships including the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. After ten years in the corporate world, and having two children, I wanted to pursue my passion and begin a career in the fitness industry. I became a certified Personal Trainer so I could make a difference in people’s lives through movement and commitment. My personal experiences, knowledge and education, led me to start my own business, Climb Fitness. This has evolved into not only helping people reach their fitness goals but their overall well-being – mentally and physically.

I was very motivated after my early successes with clients and the satisfaction I found in my job, so I chose to expand my credentials to become a USAT Certified Triathlon Coach. Strength training can be that missing link for a lot of endurance athletes so it was a great combination. I have met many people who have always wanted to achieve a specific goal (marathon, triathlon, 5k, etc.) and yet they are not sure where to begin, concerned with getting injured or burning out. The joy of my job is to empower people to believe in themselves and commit to the process. It doesn’t have to be complicated, but I do believe the path has to be a well thought out and a strategic one.

I’ve learned over the years that what motivates one person will not necessarily motivate another. I have worked with a wide diversity of people and learned that the best method to reach new limits is creating a positive environment for them to believe that they can achieve their goals. At the end of the day, I don’t want to break down the person – I want them to create healthy habits that will last a lifetime.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Like any journey, there have been ups and downs but the experience I have had as an elite triathlete has enabled me to become a better business owner, as well as a better coach and trainer.

A few years ago, my body went into a fatigue so severe it was a struggle just to get out of bed. My adrenals weren’t functioning properly, I was overtrained and had anemia. While it took a long time to finally decipher what actually was happening with my body, I now realize this is very common for endurance athletes, particularly women. This challenging experience led me to study women’s hormones and how they affect us as we age relating to sports and wellness.

Please tell us about Climb Fitness.
Climb Fitness offers coaching (triathlon, running, & swimming) as well as private and small group strength training. I want to teach people how to nail the basics, but in a simplified way making it accessible to the new athlete as well as veterans. My company was created with the intention of helping someone “climb out of a rut or the norm” to reach a place in their life they might not have otherwise believed they could have achieved. We’ve all been stuck in life, whether it’s losing a few extra pounds, recovering from injury, gaining strength, generating energy needed to do daily chores, or reaching an endurance goal (i.e., 5k, Marathon, Triathlon, etc.). I want to help people GET THERE and STAY THERE in the safest, fastest and smartest way but most importantly the route that works for them. It needs to be a sustainable lifestyle. Being strong isn’t just about lifting weights, it’s a total body and life experience that encompasses endurance training, integrated strength, addressing fueling and nutrition habits, and managing recovery. If you have all those, I believe you will succeed.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Sounds cliche, but I wish I knew then what I know now! I would’ve loved to have started earlier building my business. Then again, I believe it is experience that has made me successful and you can’t put a timeline on that… When I first started, I thought I had to do things a specific way, and that certainly isn’t the case. What sets me apart is that I do have a unique method of training and I wish I had pushed that from the very beginning!

At the end of the day, I sincerely want people to enjoy the journey. My measurement of success comes in the form of positive feedback from my clients, as well as referrals, testimonials, and results. Referrals speak volumes! Watching my clients succeed and achieve their goals gives me a great sense of satisfaction.

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Sandra Meyer (www.sandrameyerphotography)
Anne Marie Crotty (www.amphotocompany.com)

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