If you’re looking for a personal trainer who knows what it takes to win, Jennifer Tavernier is your girl. The mother of two is a Ninja Warrior Competitor as well as a nationally recognized personal trainer with a track record for getting results. She has over 100,000 followers on Instagram to prove it.
Jennifer was kind enough to take a few minutes with our team and answer a few questions to give us some insight into a winning mentality.
What motivates you to stay so active and fit?
I absolutely love how training makes me feel. It makes me mentally clearer and happier. I love how it shapes my body, and I love the rush of pushing my body further than I thought it could go or learning a new skill. I also know my two little girls are watching me, as well as my followers, many of which are young girls. I want to encourage them to chase their passions and do the things they love!
If you could only do one exercise for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
Squats! They hit so many different muscles groups at once, and they just FEEL GOOD.
What exercise do you just hate?
I hate slider obstacles. They are high, intimidating, and freaking scary. I hate that I have to let go and fly through the air.
When you hit the gym, what do you always have in your gym bag?
A water bottle and Burt’s Bees pomegranate chapstick:D
Who are some of your heroes and why?
Christmas Abbott for being one of the first women I admired for embracing both her strength and beauty at the same time. Then Kacy Catanzaro for introducing me to American Ninja Warrior and being such a little badass - she broke all the records for women.
What's your most embarrassing experience in the gym or working out?
I traveled all the way across the country early in my training for a ninja competition. Lots of people were watching, expecting me to do well. I was the 75th and last person to run, and I slipped on the first obstacle. No do-overs. I was out. I walked out of the building and cried. I wish I could say this has only happened once, but actually, ninja competitions are full of mistakes and that is a common scenario - to not make it quite as far as I’d like. But among all the failures, there are great, amazing moments that make it all worth it!
Jennifer's Vooray Bag of Choice: The Burner Sport, Rose Navy (we're starting to notice a trend with this bag)