Meet the Trainer: Jamie Crowe

Jamie Crowe of KDR Fitness

Every week I will be highlighting someone in the Upper Valley who falls under the title of "Wellness Professional" - trainers, nutritionists, therapists of all kinds (physical, psychological, massage), and creators of healthy products, to name just a few. I'll give them a list of the same 20 questions and they can choose to answer as many of them however they'd like. 

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This week I'd like to introduce you to Jamie Crowe - Co-Owner, Head Fitness Coach and Head of Fat Slaying (Program Designer) at KDR Fitness in Lebanon

Jamie's Bio: "Jamie has literally worked every job in a gym over the past 10 years and has a better understanding than most gym owners as to what makes a successful fitness facility.  Jamie has been with KDR Fitness from the beginning and has been integral in bringing the business to where it is now.  As a mom she brings the perspective of our target audience, i.e. women/moms looking to lose weight, get stronger and feel empowered to the heart of the business.  She makes sure that KDR Fitness stays true to its core values and that customer service is our number one priority."

Did you ever have any setbacks and how did you get past them? 

Yes, about 2 and half years ago I found myself with a back injury, bulged disc at L4/L5, which left me unable to workout, lift weights, tie my shoes, and live life. It was very frustrating. For about a year all I did was soft tissue stuff, massage, visited a chiropractor and did no weight baring activities(I am a trainer so that was very hard). I focused on Body Weight movements (that didn't cause pain), strengthening my core and glutes until I slowly started to feel better and got my range of motion back to tie my shoes, put socks on, touch my toes (this was huge for me) and pick up a dumbbell without pain. About a year and half later I was able to get back to lifting weights, running, and living life. It was a slow process but also very eye opening for me.

What makes you unique in your field?

My experience - I have worked with 100's if not 1,000's of people, mostly weight loss focused. I gained 80lbs when I was pregnant with my son (who is now 13) and found myself with my own weight issues. I can relate to women who want to lose weight, I have been there. I also think I am unique because I don't just help women lose weight or become stronger...I help them with it becoming a lifestyle by working on sleep, nutrition, living pain free and becoming a better version of themselves. It's not just about exercise.

What's your favorite:

  • Breakfast: Eggs with veggies and LOTS of coffee.
  • Snacks/sweets: Fruit, nuts, dark chocolate, peanut butter...
  • Lunch: My go to is pork loin and veggies (usually green beans, or mixed roasted veggies.)
  • Dinner: Two nights a week we do Blue Apron dinners, our son helps pick them out and make it a family cooking night. One other night is also a taco night...everyone loves tacos right?
  • Beverage: water, love seasonal seltzers

What's you favorite place to eat out in the Upper Valley?  What do you usually get?

Oh good question! I have a couple faves. Gusanoz - carnitas with fajitas veggie. Salt Hill - burger (no bun) with side of Brussel sprouts (Yum!) 

You're trapped on 12A in West Lebanon starving and you only have $8. What do you buy to get your through your errands?

I would head to Panera - good options with calorie count. Salad w/ chicken, 1/2 sandwich depending on the day.

What's your guilty pleasure (food or otherwise)?

Beer! I love a good local IPA.

What's something health and wellness related that you wish you'd known years ago?

More exercise is not always better for weight loss.

What's the best health/wellness/fitness advice you've ever received?

Start strength training. Being strong is really important to me for many reasons. Second one would be sleep, I never thought about sleep when I was in my teens or twenties.

What's your favorite quote or mantra?

Progress is progress. Structure creates freedom. Progress not perfection.

Who or what gives you inspiration?

My son and fiancé inspire me to be a better version of me. Wanting to be better is not a bad thing, IF you have things YOU want to work on not because someone tells you to. Our members inspire me - they do amazing things and take themselves out of their comfort zone everyday they walk into the gym...that inspires me to take myself out of my comfort and do things I may be scared to do but want to do.

What's something you wish your clients/class participants knew? Or did? Or didn't do?

More exercise is not always better for fat loss, eating - eating food is don't have to starve yourself to lose fat. Being selfish is ok!

If you could only have one piece of fitness/wellness equipment what would it be?

Kettlebells. You can do so many things with them and don't take up a lot of space.

What's your favorite non-gym physical activity?

I love bowling, hiking, frisbee, darts, kickball, yoga...I am a big fan of non-gym physical activity.

What are your passions outside of your field?

Painting, drawing, spending time with my family, food - I love food!

What is your least favorite exercise?

Good mornings. [Similar to a dead lift with a bar across your back.]

Your favorite exercise?

Deadlifts, KB swings, pull-ups...I have lots.

What are one or two tips you can give to help people be successful in their wellness journey?

Work on getting more sleep and reducing stress.

Where can people learn more about you? 


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