Today we’d like to introduce you to Jennifer Burgess (Hart).
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I have my own disability from a birth injury, Left sided Hemi paresis that I hide pretty well with proper exercise and wanted to be in the medical field, It was very hard for me so I wanted to do something for special populations and individuals post-surgery (non-medical). Many people fear fitness after an injury etc because they feel as if they hurt themselves again.
Additionally, sometimes physical therapy is limited due to one’s insurance and they are told to “just go back to the gym” after their injuries are treated, but what about those opposing muscles that suffered AROUND the injury or on the opposite side of the body that are weak and imbalanced. That’s where I come in. I take a holistic view of balance & movement, including music therapy and exercises for muscle memory. Finally, there are a lot of fabulous but traditional trainers for weight loss, fitness competitions, and strenuous hardcore workouts. That’s not me, I was always the underdog, therefore I like to work with individuals that need modifications, and are in unique fitness situations and I want to teach confidence most of all so that a person can go off and work out on their own, safely.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
No, It has not been a smooth road. It has been hard to explain the type of personal training that I do. Clients have called me their balance & movement specialist” once they meet me, because I’m more than a trainer, but I don’t have a medical degree. I am just a geek that studies neurology for fun, I read a lot, especially when someone tells me something is of discomfort so I can help them later. I have learned from some of the best practitioners, I just don’t take a risk or go beyond my scope of education. I will be the first one to say “Consult your PT/MD” before, during or after a workout if something doesn’t look right. I try to learn from everyone, including my clients, which then helps someone else. As the saying goes, “If you are the smartest person in the room, you are in the WRONG room”.
Also, I don’t look like the typical personal trainer I was told the right to my face. What does that mean? I’m regular folks, and I like to train regular folks. Due to my own health over the years, my weight has gone up and down. I have been called “the fat trainer”, and overheard someone say “I don’t want the trainer that just shows people how to walk.” I have also had someone say to me. “You know, you just don’t look like a personal trainer, People expect Schwarzenegger and in walks Steve Urkel! “. Nope can’t make this stuff up! And with poor fine motor skills on my left side and a shallow range of motion, people have made fun or think I’m not qualified to teach fitness.
That gang is not my audience. But it took me 17 years as a trainer to realize that because it is just about helping people that wanted help. While I took time to figure that out, I “hid” on the radio as a DJ, where I can be heard, but not seen,
What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?
I have engaged in charities, especially for the Cancer Center in Plymouth and make it fun for everyone to participate. We have found that T-shirts have been a comfortable and easy way for people to donate by buying and wearing these shirts I came up with because everyone uses the word “Dude”!
- Website: www.hart2harttraining.com
- Phone: (508)944-3961
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Facebook: @hart2harttraining