Celebrating over 16 years in the fitness industry!

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Our founder, Jennifer Khosla, has been in the fitness industry for over 16 years?!?!

Read on to learn more!

Jennifer, how long have you been in the fitness business? How did it start?

Jennifer:

I have been in the fitness industry for 16 years! I can’t believe how fast time has gone by and all the changes. I started working at the local YMCA in Northwest Connecticut when I was 16 years old. My job was to teach members how to use and adjust the many exercise machines, I had to clean the machines and monitor clients while they used them. During that time, I was available to provide exercises to members, and answer fitness questions. You may be wondering how I knew so much. I was like a sponge, I learned everything I could from trainers, DVDs, and books. I was only 3 years old when I started dance classes and gymnastics, and team sports in school began early on. I loved playing sports year round, but I found that it wasn't about being competitive. I liked the sports because I loved the feeling of being physically fit. I started working with the Athletic Trainer in my school to learn more. Eventually, I designed an internship for Athletic Training at our school for myself and future students. I knew then that I needed to find a career that would make fitness and wellness a part of my life. I have to thank my brother for giving me my first yoga mat. It was the start of something beautiful. Yoga was one of the many pieces to my education and journey of fitness and wellness.

Springfield College was the top school in the nation for sports medicine. I knew that was where I had to be to make my dreams come true. I went on to receive my B.S. in Athletic Training, with a minor in Nutrition.

I started personal training during my time at Springfield College, and actually took my first personal training course through ACE when I was only 18 years old. I have been working actively as a personal trainer now for 11 years! It’s hard to believe, the past decade has flown by! I worked as a personal trainer in Boston for several years while furthering my nutrition education, and later decided to combine all my passions into one total wellness business. 

California here I come! I wanted to get my yoga certification at one of the leading yoga studios in La Jolla, California. I trained with some of the top Yogis in the field. This was important for me personally as well as for future clients.

I have worked in several gyms, private training settings, yoga studios, and owned two fitness and wellness businesses in New York and currently now in Florida. I officially opened Lean and Green Body® in 2015, and now lead a team trainers, coaches and fitness & wellness professionals here in Naples. We are a growing national brand with clients in Florida, New York, Connecticut, Ohio, Minnesota, Georgia, and California. We currently see clients in their home, community gyms in Naples, Florida, or at our studio on 5th Ave S in downtown Naples, host weekly yoga classes at our studio and live stream, as well as see clients nationally through live stream technology.

It is amazing how far I have come professionally in the last 16 years! I could never have imagined my career what it is today, and I am grateful for this journey everyday! My clients and my team continue to push me daily to be the best leader in wellness and fitness that I can be. This is only the beginning for me and Lean and Green body®. 

Preparing for your SUP Adventure

SUP Yoga

This Saturday, I will take out some adventurous clients on a 90 minute Standup Paddle Board Excursion. Midway through our excursion, we will break for some Standup Paddle Board Yoga. Nothing will take you out of your element more than trying to do Warrior III on a Paddle Board. This sport allows for so much freedom, adventure, and relaxation all rolled into one. If weather permitted... currently we are in hurricane season here in Southwest Florida...I would be on my board every day. 

 

Although Standup Paddle Boarding may seem like all fun and games; there is a lot that goes into preparing for your SUP Adventure before you even step on your board. First things first...ALWAYS check the weather. Our weather here is constantly changing, especially in the summer...and the last thing you want is to get stuck out in the Gulf or even the back waters when a huge storm rolls in. Be prepared. There are dozens of radar and weather apps; know what you are heading out into..and know what is around you. Where will you go if the weather gets bad? Do you have a plan B?

 

I typically have a water proof bag hooked to the front of my board full of almost anything we could need, luckily we rarely have to utilize it. There are obvious items you will need when out of the water...sunscreen, water, sunglasses, hat, life jacket and more water. The sun is more intense when you are out on the water; protect yourself. Paddle boarding can very relaxing and soothing, connecting with nature; but it is a workout. Stay hydrated and fuel your body before going out. Extra items I tend to pack in my water proof bag are...snacks. I once had to tow a girl in because she passed out due to lack of calories before paddling. Rope, whistle, hair ties, bandaids and duck tape are all essentials in my bag. When I am out on the water I like to be ready for anything; you never know what adventure may be ahead. 

 

Lastly, don’t go alone. Always paddle with a buddy, or tell someone when and where you are going and let them know as soon as you return. Be safe.

 

Paddle boarding is one of my favorite sports, and is such a simple way to connect with nature and the beauty all around us. Go out, explore, be safe, and most of all have fun!

 

If you missed this weekend’s excursion email us at jennifer@leanandgreenbody.com to find out when our next adventure will begin!

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Jennifer Khosla

Founder, Lean and Green Body.  Mind Body Wellness Practitioner, Holistic Nutrition Specialist and Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher; Jennifer Khosla received her B.S. in Athletic Training from Springfield College. She later went on to study clinical dietetics, holistic nutrition and modalities to heal the body naturally through nutrition and lifestyle.