Meet the Wellness Professional: Jennifer Karr
Master Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor at the River Valley Club
Every week I highlight 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 give them a list of the same 20 questions and they choose to answer as many of them however they'd like.
This week I'd like to introduce you to Jennifer Karr (JK), Master Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor
What is your fitness/wellness philosophy?
You don’t have to be perfect just do it until you can’t. You just need to commit to being consistent most of the time. Don’t waste time dwelling on the changes you're worried about deciding to make.
How did you get to where you are now?
Years and years of sweat and very hard physical work! Ever the (pink!) energizer bunny, I am continually motivated by the success and loyalty of my clients and fitness following.
Did you ever have any setbacks and how did you get past them?
My physical fitness is paramount, so when I suffered a hairline sacral fracture, I knew it was critical that I alter my training and heal my body, yielding a very quick recovery. For the sake of clarity and sanity, I have always chosen to stick with what I know and do best. I am a better trainer and human for acknowledging my mistakes and learning from my life experiences.
What makes you unique in your field?
Few look like me and I am pretty sure no one acts quite like me, but seriously I have a plethora of credentials and I can coach or teach just about everything. Truly, I like to think I have a comprehensive background in all things wellness, and I'm really pleased to use the word plethora in this interview. I 100% walk the walk. I move always, I eat clean and I do what I say I will do.
What's your go to meal for: breakfast, snacks/sweets, lunch, dinner, beverage?
I always start the day with egg whites! I eat like a cave woman: lean protein and fresh veggies and I graze all day to keep my internal furnace burning. If I could eat or drink anything forever, it would definitely be brussel sprouts and green tea. Seriously.
What's you favorite place to eat out in the Upper Valley? What do you usually get?
You're trapped on 12A in West Lebanon starving and you only have $8. What do you buy to get your through your errands?
Go straight to a grocery store on “the strip” with a fresh salad bar and whip up some raw veggies and quick protein (chicken, turkey, eggs)
What's your guilty pleasure (food or otherwise)?
Celeb tabloids : 0
What's something health and wellness related that you wish you'd known years ago?
Oh most definitely everything to do with the foam roller.
What's the best health/wellness/fitness advice you've ever received?
A yoga teacher once said to me, “When you walk into this experience, forget what you think you know about your fitness and what you think you are capable of.” Every day is a new training day and a new experience, likely with a different body so throw all preconceptions out the window. It was amazing to be on the other end of that advice as a student.
What's your favorite quote or mantra?
“If you can, you must.”
“If it doesn’t challenge you it won’t change you.”
Who or what gives you inspiration?
Each and every member of my amazing #teamJK., I cannot express enough gratitude for their belief in me and trust in the process.
What's something you wish your clients/class participants knew? Or did? Or didn't do?
I wish everyone could wrap their heads around what “success” means in any fitness or health endeavor. It doesn’t mean to be perfect all the time and to be the best. It also doesn’t mean to be “really good all week” and then blow it on the weekend. Consistency is key and you have to be honest with yourself. Focus on getting from A to B and not A to Z.
If you could only have one piece of fitness/wellness equipment what would it be?
Only one?? An indoor lap pool in my home.
What's your favorite non-gym physical activity?
Bikram Yoga (that’s a studio not a gym, so hoping it counts as a valid answer?)
What are your passions outside of your field?
I sing in the Handel Society at Dartmouth and love my trips to Aruba and Nantucket. I am taking professional voice lessons and taking up (my formerly fluent) Spanish again.
What is your least favorite exercise?
What is your favorite exercise?
What are one or two tips you can give to help people be successful in their wellness journey?
Make small, short term, measurable goals and conquer them one at a time. Leave every day on your fitness and health journey knowing you’ve been successful and accomplished one positive thing.
Where can people learn more about you?
Would you or your business like to be featured in "Meet the Wellness Professional"? Email Amy at RVCAmy at gmail dot com
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