J. For Fit. And Force. Sau cum poti sa te transformi la 40 de ani

Am descoperit-o pe J tot pe YouTube si de vreun an am inclus exercitiile ei de fitness in rutina mea saptamanala. M-a impresionat faptul ca J este mamica a doi copilasi si are varsta mea. Deci o consider o sursa de inspiratie, atat prin exercitiile de fitness pe care le posteaza pe YouTube constant, dar si prin modul ei de viata. M-am bucurat mult ca a acceptat sa raspunda catorva intrebari pentru Liorisme. Sper sa te inspire si pe tine, prin felul ei pozitiv de a fi, mai ales ca, asa cum ai sa vezi, J nu a fost aproape deloc activa fizic, pana pe la 39 de ani. Asadar, nu e niciodata prea tarziu sa fii in forma.

I discovered J on YouTube about a year ago and since then, I included her workouts in my weekly fitness routine. I was impressed to see J has two kids and that she is my age, which means she is very inspiring to me, not only with her workouts, but with her entire life style. I was so glad when J accepted to answer some questions for Liorisme! I hope you find J as inspiring and full of positive vibe, as I find it. Especially because, as you will see, J hasn’t been much of an athlete until her late 30’s. So, there is never too late to get FIT.

Liorisme: Draga J, imi poti spune cum erai cand erai copil? Erai la fel de activa si atunci? Faceai sport?

Dear J, could you please tell me how were you when you were a child? Were you active back then, were you into sports at that age?

J: In primul rand, multumesc mult pentru cuvintele tale! Ma face foarte fericita faptul ca te inspir si ca am contribuit macar un pic la bucuria ta si la rutina ta de fitness. Asta este ceea ce vreau sa fac, deci sunt onorata, multumesc!

Cand eram copil, nu eram deloc o fire sportiva. Nu eram implicata in sporturi de echipa, fiindca parintii mei nu erau interesati in a face miscare; de fapt, mama m-a crescut singura si nu avea timp sa ma duca la antrenamente. Simteam ca sunt in urma tare, la capitolul miscare, cand, pe la 12 ani, am putut sa fac sporturi de echipa, caci ma descurcam singura deja.

Am facut volei, pana am intrat la liceu, unde nu se practica acest sport, desi eram chiar buna, avand in vedere ca eram scunda pentru volei. In schimp, am practicat softball, pentru un sezon. In clasa a X-a, am castigat o bursa pentru un program de educatie in aer liber, unde puteai sa finalizezi clasa a X-a in doar o jumatate de an (program accelerat), iar in cealalta jumatate de an, puteai sa practici activitati afara, in aer liber. Spre exemplu, puteai face drumetii timp de 8 zile in salbaticie, cu un rucsac foarte greu in spate sau puteai face catarari montane, kayaking si altele asemenea. In acest program, ne era testat nivelul de fitness, iar eu eram grozava la executat abdomene, dar eram groaznica la alergat. Fugeam o tura si trebuia neapara sa ma opresc! Desci, spre deosebire de multi antrenori sau mentori de fitness, eu chiar nu am fost o super atleta! Deci, daca eu am putut sa devin sportiva la varsta de 39 de ani, oricine poate face asta! Nu trebuie sa fii tanar sau sa fi fost implicat in sport de mic ori sa fii atlet, pentru a sti ca poti face sport. Ai nevoie doar de perseverenta, multa munca, dedicare si din nou, perseverenta.

First off, thank you so much for your kind words! It truly makes me so happy to hear that I have inspired you and played even a small part in your fitness and your happiness! That is truly why I do what I do. I am honored – thank you. When I was a child I was not all that sporty. I didn’t really play team sports because my parents were not that sporty and my mom was a single working mom and couldn’t drive me to practices, etc.. So I started off feeling well-behind by the time I was about 12 and team sports were available to me in school and I could take the initiative and do it on my own. Volleyball was my team sport of choice until I entered high school (8th grade) and they didn’t have a team. I was pretty decent even though I am short! In high school I was on the softball team for one season. I totally stunk at softball. In 10th grade I applied and earned a coveted spot in an outdoor education program, whereby you completed 10th grade in 1/2 the year (accelerated program) and then the other half of the school year you did outdoor education and activities, like 8 day wilderness hiking trips with a 50lb backpack, telemarking cross country skiing, rock climbing, kayaking etc.. We also had fitness tests and I always did great with the sit-ups and absolutely bombed the running. I couldn’t run more than a lap without having to stop! Unlike many of the personal trainers or fitness gurus out there, I was not a D1 Athlete. So, if I can become an athlete at 39, anyone can do it. It goes to show that you don’t have to a) be young or b) have been super active or an athlete before to become one now. I am really proud of that and I want other women (and men) to know that it can be done. You just need consistency, hard work, dedication…and more consistency. 🙂

Liorisme: Cum si cand ai inceput sa faci constant sport?

How and when did you start to do sport on a daily basis?

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J: Pe la final de adolescenta, am inceput sa fac sport, mai mult cardio si ceva miscari neinspirate cu greutati usoare. In facultate, alergam ocazional ori mergeam la sala sau in drumetii. Pe la 30 de ani am inceput sa ma ocup mai mult de asta, dar nimic consistent. As spune ca eram genul “skinny fat”, cu ceva acumulari de grasime, in parti. Nu imi placeau exercitiile fizice. Deloc! Abia pe la 33 de ani, dupa ce am nascut primul copil, am inceput sa fiu activa din punct de vedere fizic si mai consistenta in ceea ce faceam. Inca nu se vedea vreo schimbare remarcabila a felului cum aratam, insa eram ceva mai in forma. Apoi, dupa ce a venit al doilea copil, la aproape 40 de ani, m-am indragostit de fitness. Am inceput sa ma misc din dorinta de a fi sanatoasa pentru copiii mei, de a ma simti bine in interior si de a arata bine la exterior. Am descoperit ca miscarea fizica e terapeutica, nu doar pentru tot felul de probleme de ordin fizic, dar si ale sufletului. Cand am descoperit Tabata si alte forme de miscare HIIT, pur si simplu, m-am indragostit. Niciodata nu obtinusem rezultate cand faceam miscare cu antrenori si nu imi placea sa fac sport sub indrumarea lor, asa ca mi-am facut propriul program si astfel, am avut si rezultate, si, in plus, a inceput sa imi placa la nebunie fitness-ul si modul cum ma facea sa ma simt. Asa m-am hotarat sa renunt la “lumea corporate” si sa obtin certificatul in Fitness si Nutritie Specializata la NASM. Fitness-ul si nutritia merg mana in mana, atunci cand vorbim de un corp sanatos.

Beginning in my late teens I started “working out” but it was mostly cardio (steady state) and some very uninspired and light weights. In university I went for the occasional short run and gym workout or hike. This continued through my 20’s until my early 30’s when I started to ramp it up a bit but still nothing consistent. I would say I was “skinny fat” and sometimes a little on the plump side. I didn’t like exercise. At all. It wasn’t until about 33 years old, after my first baby was born, really started to be active on a consistent basis. Still not much change visually but I was a little more fit. Then after my 2nd baby, I really got consistent and in my late-30’s fell in love with exercise. It was born out of a desire to be healthy for my kids and to feel good inside and like the way I looked on the outside. I found exercise to be therapeutic to not only the aches and pains of my body but to my soul. When I discovered Tabata and other forms of HIIT I fell in love. I never got results with trainers and didn’t enjoy exercise under their programs so I made my own program and got results and really just fell in love with working out and how it made me feel. That’s how I decided to not go back to the corporate world, but instead earn my certification as a Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Later I also earned my Fitness Nutrition Specialization through NASM as well. Fitness and proper nutrition go hand-in hand for a healthy body.

Liorisme: Care ai spune ca e cea mai mare realizare a ta, de cand ai inceput sa faci fitness? Cum ti-a schimbat sportul corpul, viata?

What would you say is your most important achievement, since you started to do fitness? How sport changed your body, your life?

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J: De departe, as spune ca cea mai importanta realizare personala a fost decizia de a fi sanatoasa si fericita si, astfel, sa fiu un exemplu pentru copiii mei, de a-si trai viata in deplina sanatate. Pe plan profesional, cea mai importanta realizare este clar imbunatatirea sanatatii si nivelului de bucurie, obtinute de clientii mei. Este minunat sa vezi cum modul cum arata viata unei persoane se imbunatateste cu fiecare exercitiu fizic! Apoi, fitness-ul mi-a transformat corpul. Nu am fost niciodata supraponderala sau cu depozit consistent de grasime, dar, cu toate astea, schimbarea e dramatica. Si asta s-a intamplat pe la 40 de ani, dupa ce am nascut 2 copii…Fitness-ul mi-a adus fericire, m-a invatat sa ma bucur mai mult de viata si sa reduc nivelul de stres.

12006094_931455020257846_7902557006990723830_nI would say my most important personal achievement thus far has been changing my health and my happiness, and setting a good example for my children to live their lives healthfully. My most important professional achievement is definitely improving client’s health and their level of happiness with their life. It’s wonderful to see client’s outlook on life improve with each workout. Fitness has transformed my body. I was never overweight or plump but the change is dramatic…and happened in middle-age…after 2 kids. Fitness has also increased my level of happiness and ability to see joy in things and reduce stress.14449716_1222659831137362_1511679850133581655_nLiorisme: Cand te antrenezi, iei in consederare si importanta nutritiei? In ce mod?

When training, do you consider the importance of nutrition? How?

J: Absolut! Nutritia face parte din aceasta ecuatie. Nu poti sa functionezi fara nutritie adecvata. Nu doar ca asta se va vedea in felul in care arati, dar si in performanta fizica si in sanatatea interioara. La 42 de ani, de 2 ani incoace, colesterolul este marcat pe rezultatul analizelor medicale, ca fiind prea jos! Doctorul meu e tare incantat si impresionat. Cand nutritia potrivita si miscarea fizica lucreaza impreuna, asta obtii. 🙂

Absolutely, nutrition is a necessary part of the equation. You can’t out-run a poor diet. Not only will your visual results improve with proper nutrition, but your performance will improve and of course your internal health. At 42, for the past 2 years of physicals my cholesterol lipids are flagged for being so low! My doctor gives me high fives and is super impressed. That is fitness and proper nutrition at work. 🙂

Liorisme: Daca privesti in urma, ce ai face acum diferit?

What would you do differently now, if you look back?

J: O, absolut! Mi-as cauta drumul si m-as indragosti de sport mult mai devreme! Daca as fi stiut cat de bine ma face sa ma simt, fizic si mental, as fi lasat balta antrenorii si mi-as fi cautat singura calea. De asemenea, ca parinte, imi fac timp si insist ca ai mei copii sa fie expusi la cat mai mult sport (chiar si la fitness), de la o varsta frageda. Nu vreau ca ei sa se simta depasiti de colegii lor si vreau sa le insuflu de-acum iubire si respect pentru fitness si sanatate.

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Oh, absolutely! I’d find my niche and fall in love so much sooner! If I had only known how good I could feel mentally and physically, I would have turfed the other trainers and gone rogue doing my own thing sooner. Also, as a parent, I insist and make time for my kids to be exposed to sports (and even fitness) at an early age. I don’t want them to feel like they have to play catch up to their peers, and I want to instill in them a love and respect for fitness and health.

12930788_1609615866027022_1115857685_nLiorisme: Ce crezi despre ideea de “prea mult sport”? Cum stii cand iti stresezi corpul, punand prea multa presiune pe el? Si cum se poate preveni acest lucru?

What is your idea about “too much sport”? How do we know when we stress our body, by putting too much pressure on it? And how can we prevent that?

J: Extenuarea e o chestie foarte serioasa. Cateodata, simti ca n-ai chef sa faci sport si te fortezi cumva sa o faci, totusi, iar la final, te feliciti ca ai facut-o. Dar sunt si momente cand nu te mai simti motivat, ca atunci cand traiai si respirai pentru sport. Acesta poate fi un semn ca exagerezi cu antrenamentele si ai nevoie de schimbare ori trebuie sa o lasi mai moale. Alte simptome ar fi faptul ca te simti extrem de obosit, pulsul este foarte ridicat, ai intinderi sau dureri musculare pentru mai mult de 72 de ore de la antrenament, nu te poti odihni bine, te simti deprimat, te imbolnavesti frecvent, te accidentezi mai usor sau te resimti in locuri unde te-ai accidentat in trecut. E important sa tii minte ca odihna si perioadele de recuperare sunt o parte a progresului si rezultatelor bune.

Exhaustion is a big one. Sometimes we don’t feel like going for a workout and during those times you have to push yourself to do it anyways and then you are always glad you did. But there are other times when you are have decreased motivation where otherwise you used to live and breath the gym. This can be an indication that you are over-exerting yourself and you need a change or to back it off a little. Other symptoms are total exhaustion, increased resting heart rate, extended muscle soreness past 72 hours, not sleeping well, depression, frequent illnesses, getting injured more often or irritating old injuries, and the dreaded plateau. If your progress has halted despite your best efforts, there is a chance that you are overtraining. It’s important for us to remember that rest and recovery are an important part of progress and good results.

Liorisme: Cum arata agenda ta zilnica de miscare?

How your day to day fitness agenda looks like?

J: Agenda variaza si incerc sa schimb mereu ceva, caci progresul si rezultatele bune au nevoie de acest lucru. La acest moment, in mod normal, fac cam 4 zile de exercitii pe saptamana pentru partea superioara si inferioara a corpului si exercitii cu greutati (2 zile picioare, 2 zile partea de sus a corpului). Apoi, fac 1 sau 2 zile de spinning si 1 sau 2 zile de exercitii tip HIIT, pentru intregul corp (de obicei, filmez in ziua de HIIT). Sau, in ziua de exercitii cu greutati, introduc si exercitii HIIT.

It varies and I do try to change it up b/c for progress and good results it’s important to do so. Currently, typically I do a 4-day upper/lower body split with weight training (2 days legs, 2 days upper body). I typically do 1-2 days of spinning and 1-2 days full body HIIT (one of those is usually a filming day). I also amp up my weight training days with bursts of HIIT.

12800254_1037094283027252_3581306792562981764_nLiorisme: E dificl sa iti implici copiii in activitati legate de sport? Azi, copiii sunt destul de lenesi si nu e simplu sa ii faci sa plece de langa tv, telefoane smart sau alte asemenea gadgeturi, ce ii tin imobilizati.

Is it difficult to involve your kids in sport activities? Today’s kids are quite lazy and it’s not easy to make them get away from the tv, smart phones and other similar gadgets, that keep them immobilized.

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15349613_1294941657242512_2994880096184133493_nAbsolutely! My son loves soccer and also plays water polo. My daughter plays soccer a few months of the year and we are currently trying to find some other sport that she likes. She is 7 and he is 9.

12928393_1061302143939799_7088204988366242188_nLiorisme: In afara de fitness, practici si alt tip de sport?

Beside fitness, do you practice any other sports?

J: Acum vreo 2 ani, m-am apucat de mountain biking; pentru ca nu vreau sa fac trasee singura, merg cu sotul meu (niciunul dintre prietenii nostri nu este interest de asta). Din pacate, este o activitate pe care o practicam foarte rar, mai ales ca asta inseamna sa platim o bona. Cu toate astea, imi place foarte mult cand o facem, pentru ca pot combina placerea de a petrece timp in aer liber cu dragostea mea pentru activitati fizice, mai ales ca mountain biking este ceva diferit, dificil si provocator pentru mine.

A couple of years ago I took up mountain biking but since I won’t ride the trails by myself I can go only with my hubby (none of my friends are interested). So we only go very rarely because it requires paying a babysitter. $$$. I do love it though b/c it combines my love of outdoors with my love of activity and it’s something different and difficult for me to learn and try to master.

13501851_1115802895156390_1045084439431808628_nLiorisme: Iei suplimente? De ce?

Do you take any supplements? Why?

J: Da, folosesc probiotice pentru sistemul digestiv. Folosesc, de asemenea, BPI Sports Whey Protein Powder. Este cea mai buna chestie si contine proteina de calitate. Sunt ambassador BPI si toti clientii mei obtin un discount de 20%. De asemenea, in timpul antrenamentelor, mai folosesc o bautura de la ei, se numeste BCAA. Imi place mai ales sa o beau dimineata, cand fac exercitii cardio. Vreau sa imi pastrez musculatura ferma, in timp ce corpul meu foloseste grasimea drept combustibil. Doresc totusi sa spun ca suplimentele nu sunt necesare pentru a obtine rezultate ori pentru a fi sanatos si in forma maxima. Ele ajuta. Insa o alimentatie variata si sanatoasa te vor duce tot acolo.

Yes, I use probiotics for digestive health. I also use BPI Sports Whey Protein Powder. It’s the best I’ve ever tasted and packs quality protein. I am a BPI Ambassador and all my clients & followers get 20% off. I also use their BCAA’s, which I sip during my workouts. I especially like it on a morning I’m doing fasted cardio. I want to keep my muscle and instead have my body use fat for fuel. I do want to say that supplements are not necessary to get results or achieve higher fitness or health. They are just helpful. A healthy and varied diet will also get you there.

Liorisme: De ce crezi ca pentru asa de multi oameni este greu sa iasa din zona de comfort si sa inceapa sa isi construiasca o viata sanatoasa, bazata pe sport si alimentatie corecta?

Why do you believe that for so many people it is so difficult to get out from their confort zone and start building a healthy life, based on sport and good food?

16831867_1409728185763858_3684189616052100607_nJ: Cred ca se intampla asta pentru ca schimbarea este dificila pentru toti oamenii. De asemenea, cred ca sa construiesti o astfel de viata inseamna multa munca si dedicare pentru tine insuti si poate ca multi oameni simt ca nu merita asta. Cand am decis la modul serios sa fac o schimbare, ca mama, m-am simtit vinovata, fiindca imi dedicam timp pentru a face sport. Din fericire, mi-am dat seama ca nu poti sa versi ceva dintr-o cana deja goala. Deci, la inceput, ce m-a ajutat in procesul asta, fara sa ma simt prea vinovata, a fost ideea ca o fac pentru copii. Apoi, cand am inceput sa vad progrese, am realizat ca merit sa fac asta pentru sanatatea mea si ca e ok pentru mami sa faca asta. Sunt foarte norocoasa sa am un sot care ma sustine in tot, dar stiu ca, din pacate, nu toate femeile au asta.

I think it’s because change is hard for people. Also I think it’s because building a healthy life is hard work. It also takes dedication to yourself and I think many people do not feel they are worth When I first really got series about making a change, I felt a mother’s guilt about taking time away to workout…but fortunately I was able to see that you cannot pour from an empty cup. So, at first what made it easier for me to stay consistent and go do it without as much guilt was to know that I was doing it for them. Then when I got more into it and progressed I realized that I am deserving of health too and it’s okay for Mommy to do it for herself. Not only is it okay – it’s necessary. And it’s important that kids and husbands see that too. I am very lucky to have a supportive spouse but I know not everyone has that, unfortunately.

Liorisme: Care exercitii fizice iti plac cel mai tare?

What exercises you enjoy most?

J: Iubesc exercitiile de tip HIIT. De asemenea, imi plac foarte tare exercitiile de forta, care imi tonifica partea de jos a corpului si a umerilor, desi, in aceasta perioada, e mai greu, fiindca m-am accidentat in urma cu ceva vreme. Imi place la nebunie aspectul unor umeri puternici, bine tonifiati. Si iubesc si exercitiile pentru abdomen. De asemenea, pentru ca umarul meu se reface, am reinceput sa fac power yoga, care, de asemenea, imi place foarte mult.

I love athletic functional HIIT workouts. I love strength training my lower body and I love shoulders, even though it’s tough with my injury…I just love the look of strong defined shoulders. Oh, I love abs too. Also, now that my shoulder is rehabbing I am back doing power yoga, which I also love.

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Do you have any inspiring „models” for fitness? Do you follow someone in particular on Youtube Sport Channels?

J: La inceput, imi placea BodyRock. De fapt, a fost primul fitness video, care mi-a placut. Imi placea mult Lisa Marie de la BodyRock si felul in care vorbea, fiindca parea ca chiar munceste din greu, spre deosebire de alti traineri de pe YouTube, care aratau prea “aranjati”. De asemenea, imi place BJ Gaddour de la Men’s Health. Vine cu informatii bune si are super exercitii. In afara de cei doi, nu prea mai urmaresc pe altcineva. Pentru ca, de fapt, cand am facut-o pe cont propriu, a dat cele mai bune rezultate. Ceea ce a fost grozav, fiindca era tare frustrant sa muncesc 4-5 zile pe saptamana si sa nu obtin NICIUN REZULTAT.

Just before I really got into it, I liked Bodyrock. In fact it was the first fitness video I enjoyed. I just really liked Lisa Marie and the way she talked to you and it looked like she was actually working hard, unlike most of the others that it’s too easy or looks too scripted or polished. I also really like BJ Gaddour from Men’s Health. He’s got great info and very good exercises. Aside from that I don’t really follow anyone else. Really when I struck out on my own was when I got results. Which was wonderful b/c I was so frustrated before b/c I was working out consistently 4-5 days a week and not getting ANY results.

Liorisme: Ce pasiuni ai, in afara sportului?

What is your passion, other than sport?

J: Copiii si sotul meu. Ajutorul dat altor oameni si ideea de a aduce ceva pozitiv in aceasta lume. Situatia actuala a lumii ma intristeaza si as vrea sa pot sa contribui cu un pic de bine.

My kids and my husband. Helping people and putting something positive into this world. The state of affairs makes me sad and so if I can do my own little bit of good then hopefully there will be a little ripple effect.

12000798_924765044260177_7622442229761993590_oLiorisme: Cum te-ai apropiat de yoga? Pozitiile pe care le-am vazut la tine sunt uimitoare!

How did you get into yoga? I’ve seen some of your postures. You are amazing!

J: Multumesc! M-am apucat de yoga in urma doar cu vreo 2 ani si imi place tare mult! A trebuit sa ma opresc, din cauza accidentarii de la umar, dar de vreo 2 luni m-am reapucat si sunt tare fericita! Simt ca yoga e pentru oricine!

Thank you! I just started doing it a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it! I had to stop for about a year due to my shoulder injury but as of a couple months ago I’m back at it and very happy to be! I feel that yoga should be for everyone. No yoga snobbery allowed on my watch! 🙂

14203352_1179754985427847_3619598327463592966_nLiorisme: Care crezi ca sunt cele mai obisnuite tipare care ne pot face rau, cu privire la activitate fizica si la mancare?

What are the most common patterns that may hurt us, as regard to physical activity and food?

J: In primul rand, credinta ca poti “trage” tare 2 saptamani, dupa ce nu ai facut deloc miscare si sa te astepti sa ai nu stiu ce rezultate. Oamenii trebuie sa inteleaga ca perseverenta este cheia. De asemenea, infometarea sau alegerea nu stiu carei diete nu sunt productive, ca sa nu mai zic ca nu sunt sanatoase. Cand gandesc un plan nutritional pentru cineva, nu e o “dieta” in sensul cunoscut al cuvantului, ci chiar e o dieta la propriu, personalizata. “Dieta” in sensul de a fi atent la CE si CUM mananci, ci nu ca ceva ce te restrictioneaza. O dieta adecvata ar trebui sa fie sanatoasa, dar si sa fie ceva ce poate fi sustinut. Eu mi-am “curatat” dieta si consum produse sanatoase de vreo 3 ani. Pot sustine acest mod de a ma alimenta si, in plus, nici nu simt ca este excesiv de restrictiv. Si, asa cum am zis, medicul meu este incantat de nivelul meu de sanatate si de fitness! 🙂

Thinking that you can workout regularly for 2 weeks after not being active at all and expect to be at your goal. People need to realize consistency is key. Likewise starving yourself or picking up the next diet fad is really counterproductive, not to mention very unhealthy. When I make a customized nutrition plan for someone, it’s not a “diet” in the traditional sense of the word, but rather in the real sense of the world. Diet – as in WHAT and how you eat, not as in many restrictions you are putting on yourself. A proper diet (way of eating) should be healthy and sustainable. Many of these quick fixes do give weight loss but at a high cost and they are not sustainable either. I have cleaned up my diet and have been eating healthfully for about 3 years now. Sustainable and I get results and don’t feel overly restricted. And as I mentioned my doctor is very pleased with my health & fitness statistics too!

Liorisme: Cu ce te ocupi? Cum reusesti sa iti faci timp pentru sport, avand in vedere ca ai si doi copii? Scuza cea mai des intalnita pentru care nu facem sport este lipsa de timp…

What do you do for a living? I mean, how you make time for sport, considering you are a mum for 2. You know that most people excuse not to get into sports is the lack of time…

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J: Sunt antrenor personal si nutritionist. Poate fi dificil sa iti faci timp pentru exercitii fizice, dar mereu se gaseste ceva munca de facut pe langa casa si, cumva, reusesc sa gasesc timp si pentru sport. Fie fac exercitii dimineata, inainte de trezirea copiilor, fie seara, dupa cei ei merg la culcare. Se pot face cateva genuflexiuni in bucatarie, in timp ce pregatesti cina. Oricine poate gasi 15-30 de minute intr-o zi, pentru a se misca. Este de fapt o chestiune de prioritati. Poti face o sesiune de cate 15 minute, de doua ori, daca nu poti sa ajungi la o durata de 30 de minute, intr-o singura sesiune. Obisnuiam sa alerg, in timp ce fiul meu se afla la antrenamentul de fotbal. Ori, cand copiii erau micuti, il puneam pe unul in carut, iar pe cel mai mic, in “baby carrier” in fata sau in spate si astfel porneam intr-o plimbare rapida, urcand si coborand cel mai abrupt deal pe care-l puteam gasi.

I am a personal trainer and fitness nutritionist. It can be tough to get time to workout but there is always a work around and always a way to find time to get exercise in. Whether that be waking up before the kids or doing it after they go to bed. Or doing squats in the kitchen while you make dinner. Everyone can carve out 15-30 mins of their day to move. It’s really a matter of priorities. Even two 15 min sessions if you can’t do a full 30 mins all at once. I’ve been known to run laps around my son’s soccer practice field to get my workout in. Or when the kids were younger, strapping one in the stroller and the younger one in the baby carrier on my front or back and going for a speed walk up and down the steepest hill I could find.

Liorisme: Stii cati oameni si-au schimbat vietile, datorita tie?

Do you know how many people changed their lives, thanks to you?

J: Nu stiu numarul, dar mi-as fi dorit sa il cunosc! Dar stiu ca, macar cativa, si-au schimbat viata. Asta imi aduce o bucurie imensa, mandrie si onoare, ca am putut ajuta.

I don’t know that number, but I wish I did! I know of at least a few. It brings me immense joy, pride and honor to have done so.

Liorisme: Ai vrea sa ne impartasesti cateva din visele si planurile tale de viitor?

Would you share with us some of your dreams and future plans?

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J: Mi-ar placea foarte mult sa “ajung” la cat mai multi oameni, pentru a putea contribui la imbunatatirea vietii lor. E greu sa ai vizibilitate, avand in vedere ca eu nu sunt in jocul media, de genul “like for likes” si nici nu obisnuiesc sa cumpar “followers” ori sa recurg la alt demers dezgustator de genul acesta. Chiar daca motoarele de cautare de pe internet nu imi aduc expunere, eu vreau sa continui sa ajut oamenii si sper ca astfel sa se duca vestea. Am lansat Fit Force FX ca pe un loc unde oamenii sa gaseasca exercitii fizice de calitate, inspiratie pentru a fi in forma si pentru a se sprijini unii pe altii. Lumea aceasta are nevoie de incurajare! De aceea, as fi incantata ca FitForceFX sa fie un astfel de loc, unde oamenii gasesc sprijin nu doar din partea mea, dar si din partea altora.

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I would really love to reach more people to be able to help them make a positive change in their live. It’s hard to get exposed as I don’t play the weird social media game of “like for likes” or buying followers or any of that disingenuous stuff. As such the search engines don’t expose you but I’m just going to keep helping people and hopefully they will spread the word. I started FitForceFX as a place for people to get quality workouts, be inspired to be healthy & fit, and to support each other. The world needs more encouragers! I would love for FitForceFX to be a place where people feel supported and encouraged not just by me, but by each other.

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