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Conversations with the Inspiring Jane Joaquin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jane Joaquin.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started my own personal fitness journey back in 2011 when I weighed nearly 214 lbs. (at only 5’0 tall!). After having 2 kids, a full time demanding career and my husband who worked opposing shifts, I felt the need to do something for myself. Since becoming a Mom, I put myself on the back burner. I took care of my family, worked, and also suffered from depression, anxiety and used food as my therapy. After having my son, I felt the urge to really take charge of my health.

I began working out in the gym, in baby steps. First, I started with cardio. Then, moved into small group classes that were the least crowded. Then, I moved into doing research online about workout routines and diets that I could follow and sustain. By early 2013, I was down 70lbs. on my own! During that time, I began seeing the popularity of bodybuilding competitions and the bikini division, and thought, maybe I should REALLY challenge myself and do one. Long story short, I was able to compete in December 2013 and became officially hooked on fitness.

My path took a turn when I discovered how many women sought after feeling confident, feeling happy and wanting to feel overall better about themselves, inside and out. I became advocating for women to use fitness as an avenue for healing, self-discovery, and therapy. I decided to make a career change, from clinical research to becoming a certified personal training and nutrition coach. Not only do I provide the tools to help others reach their fitness goals, but I provide them the emotional support that we much lack when going through the emotions: insecurity, self-doubt, fear. It’s something that is often overlooked and not addressed. As a Trainer, my goal was to provide this level of support to my clients and make them feel cared for, all while working towards their health and fitness goals.

Since then, I’ve managed to become more than a trainer, but a coach and leader amongst my peers and those who have followed my journey, by setting a good example of what a Mom of 3 can do.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has not been a smooth road, by ANY means!

I sought fitness as an avenue of release, a means of gaining strength, and my own way of challenging myself. Of course, I wanted to look in the mirror and see a physique 100 pounds lighter. But more so, all I wished for was to look in the mirror and be happy with what I saw, from the inside looking out at my own reflection.

I was so depressed and felt alone in my own struggle. It’s easy for anyone that loves you and cares for you to tell you that you’re fine the way you are and that you don’t need to change. As blessed as I am to have those type of people, there would not be enough of them to help me heal and get past this. I knew I had to do this on my own to be accountable and feel every moment, experience it… feel, grieve, cry, smile, cringe. Have a sense of life and being in the present.

It started off in baby steps, positive self-talk in small doses. This allowed me to get through the day, bring myself to the gym, and repeat the same thing the following day. I created a habit out of it, making sure I stayed realistic and had smaller goals to work towards both physically and emotionally. It was weird at first, to have an inner monologue that consisted of positive self-talk. I was never one to think highly of myself let alone think I was worthy of anything. My self-worth was always dependent on how well I took care of the people I loved around me. As time passed, it became second nature, and there sparked a little flame that something more.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into Personal Training by Jane Joaquin story. Tell us more about the business.
I am a Personal Trainer & Nutrition Coach specializing in Bikini/Figure Competition Preparation, Weight and Fat Loss, Extreme Transformations, Strength and Conditioning and Pre and Post Natal Fitness.

My work is widely known for working with Women who want to push their limits and seek the guidance and support both with customized programming and emotional support.

The one thing I pride myself in is knowing what it feels like: being that I’ve lost 100lbs and understand the journey firsthand. I allow my Clients and Athletes to go through the emotions and help coach them through the road bumps. Everyone is different and I do my absolute best to make sure their different needs during this process are met.

What do you feel are the biggest barriers today to female leadership, in your industry or generally?
The biggest barriers in female leadership, specifically in fitness, is an encouragement. I believe that there are so many facets to fitness, but what we don’t realize that only 5% of the woman population WITHIN fitness put themselves in a position to really help and advocate for others. We need to encourage those women who seek help, do not fear the impossible and reach out to help others with their goals, rather than self-promote our own success. A bigger Call To Action is needed.

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Brett Seeley Photography, Center Podium

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