By: Sarah Finkel By: Sarah Finkel | August 31, 2022 | People Lifestyle
Meet health and fitness aficionado, personal trainer, coach, athlete, and mom of two Jennifer Jacobs. Having recently set up shop in Miami, Jacobs is determined to change the way us Miamians view staying in shape, one 20-minute-a-day at-home workout at a time.
Dubbed Beachbody’s Job 1 Training Program, Jacobs’ simple total-body routine is intended for the on-the-go jetsetter who wears multiple hats professionally and personally, and so far, it’s reached nearly five million streams. Specifically designed to run the course of five days, Job 1 covers three days of strength training, one day of endurance cardio, and one day of HIIT for the ultimate well-rounded workout—with the option to add on a spin session.
The former Superstar Peloton Instructor boasts an impressive combined eight fitness and nutrition accreditations and certifications from National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), Schwinn, and the Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA).
Jacobs’ true passion? Reaching a mass group of people and providing them with the tools to accomplish their fitness goals without sacrificing balance and day-to-day needs.
We chatted with the J Method founder herself, touching on her own health and fitness journey, how her personal experiences launched her career in the wellness space, and more. She even drops a few of her favorite recs for a Miami workout outside the home.
What inspired you to become a fitness instructor and trainer?
It all started when I was 16 and my father was diagnosed with terminal cancer. I took care of him every day until his untimely passing. Shortly after, I realized I wanted to continue to help take care of others. I was inspired to attend college as a pre-med student and was on track for medical school when a colleague saw the potential in me as a personal trainer to help others take care of their health. He encouraged me to also seek my certifications. I soon took on new clients and was so successful that I started my own personal training business as a way to help pay for college.
After I graduated from college, I married a Frenchman and lived in France. During my time in France however, I was still able to maintain my personal training business. I was way ahead of “online virtual training”, as I not only trained clients in person in France, but I also continued to train my clients in the U.S. online via Skype. This was well before the concept of “on-demand” personal training.
How did your experience as a Peloton instructor pave the way for the launch of your Beachbody’s Job 1 Training Program?
Joining Peloton back in 2015 allowed me to further build my brand and expand my ability to reach so many more people beyond my clients and help change their lives for the better. Beyond being able to simply connect with all our members, I had the unique ability to make people on the other side of the camera feel seen—each and every one.
I was hand-picked to help Peloton create their first strength classes, which of course became extremely successful. Now, through Beachbody I have developed and created the Job 1 Training Program which reaches a whole new audience and encourages them to make themselves and their health their number one priority.
What did you learn from your time as a Peloton instructor that you were able to apply to growing your own health/fitness empire?
During my time with the fastest growing at-home fitness brand (Peloton), I learned the value of building community and the importance of quality content driven by data. My experience and insight gained has been invaluable to my brand.
How does the health and wellness dynamic in Miami play into your fitness career?
I was drawn to Miami because of the diversity of culture and warmth of the people who live here. The warm weather all year around encourages people to be more active and move their bodies.
Miami is known to be appearance-centric with year-round “bikini-ready” weather. Being based in Miami, can you speak to the effect you hope to have on those who work and play here?
With its strong “beach-body” vibe, I believe Miami will help me see the fitness and wellness space through a different lens only allowing me to further develop a more diverse approach to fitness and wellness.
Tell us more about Job 1, your 20-minutes-a-day, five-days-a-week functional training program. How can busy parents and young professionals easily implement the routine into their everyday?
It’s easy to make yourself a priority when you see your health and fitness as your Job 1. This is what Job 1 is about—20 min workouts which allow you to make your health and fitness a priority. If you think about it, it is so much easier to make a quick workout part of your daily routine.
With Job 1, I will show people that a quick workout can be an effective workout. If programmed correctly, the ability to train anytime anywhere for 20 minutes can be extremely effective. In fact, shorter bouts of exercise have a greater chance of promoting long-term adherence compared to longer routines.
Thus, there is a higher chance of being consistent in your training which over time will yield longer lasting results. Training in an efficient and effective way actually helps increase motivation and self-confidence, and most of all, it is a practical approach for those who lead a busy lifestyle and think they cannot find the time.
What are some on-the-go workouts you can recommend for WFH candidates?
I train in a variety of modalities because I believe it is important to train your body in different planes. I also believe in a well-balanced combination of functional strength training, different forms of cardio (cycling, jump rope, shadowboxing) and most of all mobility and recovery. All of these can be easily done from your own home.
Can you give an example of a home workout demo that can be achieved by any level?
Plan ahead, prioritize by making your health a part of your schedule and commit to it. Just like anything else, if you make sure something is a priority and a part of your daily schedule, you will most likely succeed in getting it done.
In your opinion, what are the best group fitness classes offered in Miami? The best gym memberships?
If attending a group fitness class is something that will help keep you motivated then I say go for it! Pick something that you enjoy doing and makes you smile. Pilates at JetSet or a recovery day at Sol Yoga are great ways to move in Miami.
But I am a strong believer that if you want to reach certain goals, randomized workouts won’t get you there—whether it is through group fitness or on your own. I always say if you “do random workouts expect random results.”
To me the best gym available is the one in your own living room. But if you are looking to get out of the house, here are the 5 gyms in Miami that stand out to me: Anatomy in the 1 Hotel for training and recovery, Miami Strong as a full service gym, UFC Gym Midtown for the best all-around gym, Gymage for the most Instagram-worthy post, and 5th St Gym is my go-to boxing gym.
I am so excited to immerse myself within the culture that is Miami from art to live musical performances; I mean I’m practically a Miamian after attending the World’s Hottest Tour the night after opening night at Bad Bunny & David Grutman’s Gekko. I’d say I’m off to a strong start in the 305!
Photography by: Courtesy of Jennifer Jacobs