Exercise has always played a role in Jen Chinn’s life.
But she couldn’t seem to make a consistent routine out of it. She worked out here and there for a long time.
As she gets older, she wants to stay on top of her fitness game. Trainers at Black Clover fitness hold the Omaha woman accountable to showing up for class. But Chinn, 31, has some extra motivation getting her to the gym: her January wedding.
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Q: When did you start working out and why?
A: I’ve been working out for a long time. It wasn’t consistent until I started here two years ago. I’m getting older, and I want to make sure I stay on top of (my fitness), especially now since I have a wedding coming up.
Q: Describe your workouts. How many days per week do you exercise?
A: Every day’s different. We do strength training, lifting and cardio. Workouts are 45 minutes to an hour in small groups. I’m here five days a week.
Q: What is your current fitness goal?
A: I want to get stronger. I really want a bicep.
Q: What has been your biggest accomplishment?
A: I can do pullups on my own now.
Q: What has been the toughest hurdle and how did you overcome it?
A: The dieting. (Owner) Trevor (Davis) gives me meal plans, so that gives me more options.
Q: What helps you stay on track?
A: Trevor. If I miss a day, I get texts from him asking where I am. If I miss a morning class, I can come later in the day.
Q: What is your gym pet peeve?
A: People leaving machines sweaty and when people don’t put in effort during a workout. They’re only cheating themselves.
Q: What do you do when you aren’t in the gym?
A: I like golfing, and I travel whenever I can.
Q: What is the piece of equipment, supplement, clothing, etc. that you can’t live without?
A: The squat rack and a protein shake.
Q: What advice would you give to someone who is just starting their fitness journey?
A: The first two weeks are the hardest. After that, it gets easier and you start seeing results. Stick with it.
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