• Coach Spotlight: Jennifer W.

    Coach Spotlight: Jennifer W.

    IMG_6142Name: Jennifer Worley

    Nickname: Jen

    Age: 42

    Location: Minneapolis

    Movement Minneapolis team member since: February 2013

    Role at the Movement: Yoga Coach

    What’s your athletic/fitness background?

    I have been active all my life, with significant intermittent gaps. I swam competitively in high school, and was the only girl in my grade to sign up for an elective weightlifting class (which I loved, and realized then that bench pressing was my favorite). I had a significant gap with the addition of kids/family, and tried to run/lift weights here and there to stay in shape. I probably hit a group fitness class here and there, too. I had multiple back injuries from nursing and babies that took their toll, which is how I found yoga.  I took my first yoga class at the YMCA and loved it. I continued doing yoga DVDs at home, as well as signing up for running races to keep myself accountable to working out weekly.  The longest race I completed was a half-marathon, but my favorite race/distance was the TC 10 Mile. The more I ran, the more yoga I wanted to do. By this time, I had quit lifting and was looking into yoga teacher training, which I completed in 2010. I didn’t start lifting again until I joined The Movement.

    What brought you to The Movement? Do you remember your first workout here and what you thought of it? 

    My sister started working out, and I was in dire need of something different after grad school. I vividly remember my first workout. David told me to continue doing sets of lunges until they didn’t test well anymore. They never stopped testing well, and I couldn’t walk for a week. I also remember being acutely aware of all the members that knew all of the movements and were able to finish the workout on their own. I desperately wanted to be one of them.

    What’s been the biggest change for you since joining The Movement?

    I found my glutes! Years of working as an OR nurse left me with a lazy standing posture (and very quad-dominant). It took some “aha” moments in yoga trainings, coupled with the squats and deadlifts at Movement to figure out how to use my glutes. But I did it J

    Tell us about your most memorable PR.

    Probably my first deadlift max… Not because the weight was huge (though it was for me), but because I must have done something that looked very dangerous in the midst of it. Dave and Mark both had a look of sheer horror on their face. Second place would probably be benching my bodyweight.


    Do you have a favorite exercise/workout/training style? If so, what is it?

    I love bodyweight exercises, calisthenics, yoga. And lifting people a la acro yoga.

    How about your least favorite exercise/workout?

    Those plank slider thingys. And hamstring curls.

    Do you prefer training solo or with a partner/team?

    Depends on my mood. There are times that I need solo time, but for the most part, I’m a group fitness kind of girl.

    When did you know you were hooked?

    Probably the first day. Everyone was just so COOL.

    If you could tell people one thing about The Movement, what would it be?

    I talk about it all the time, so I don’t think I can narrow it to one thing. But my favorite part is community.

    How do you spend your days when you’re not at the gym? 

    Teaching kids how to use deep breathing and relaxation strategies, watching my kids play aaaaallllllll the sports (my favorite is rugby, but wrestling is becoming a close second), hanging with my dogs and cat, watching Shameless with my husband, dancing with friends, and drinking wine in my backyard.

    What do you think people would be surprised to know about you?

    I’m mostly terrified of the dark. Also, I can’t watch scary movies.

    Any secret/hidden talents or hobbies?

    I’m excellent at folding fitted sheets. It’s almost like they were just purchased at the store when I’m done (that’s only a slight exaggeration). I’m also into paranormal stuff (I know, it doesn’t really go with being afraid of the dark. BUT MAYBE THAT’S WHY I’M AFRAID), especially witchery, but I don’t know if that’s a secret.

    What’s your favorite post-workout meal?

    Hopefully something my husband made while I was gone.

    What are you training for/what’s your next training goal?

    Handstands. All. The. Time. No really, I’d like to be able to handstand press.

    How can people find/connect with you?

    FB: Jennifer Worley

    Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat: jenlea007 (but I’m mostly useless at twitter, so don’t try to find me there)