“This is why I love fitness and health. It does not live in the gym. What we do, what we take on mentally in a workout that scares us translates in our lives. It translates in our courage out there.” – Jen Widerstrom
Jen grew up outside of Chicago and competed in gymnastics growing up. She then transitioned to track and field and competed in throws for the University of Kansas. From there, she started fitness modeling and eventually fell in love with training others. She appeared on American Gladiators in 2008 and she has been a trainer on NBC’s The Biggest Loser since 2015. She’s also been doing CrossFit since 2012 and made appearances on the CrossFit Horsepower Regional team in 2013 and 2014. We caught up for a workout at CrossFit Horsepower while I was in town recently and although this was only the second time I’ve been around Jen in person, she is incredibly down to earth, genuine and easy to get to know as I’m sure you’ll hear in this episode.
In this episode we discuss:
- Her childhood growing up outside of Chicago, and being a college athlete at the University of Kansas
- Her introduction into CrossFit
- Training for health versus training for fitness and competition
- Losing her identity after college athletics and her path to eventually finding her passion and purpose
- Why it took her three tries before being hired for The Biggest Loser
- Why she loves coaching and training others
- The impetus behind her new book, Diet Right For Your Personality Type
- How different personality types approach behavior change
- What Jen and Julie’s personality types are
- Three things Jen does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on her health
- One thing she struggles to implement that could have a big impact on Jen’s health
- What a healthy life looks like to her
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Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.