By Jordan Davidson |
For Jenny McCormick, a personal trainer at WRS Athletic Club, life is all about balance and confidence.
“I just try to make every person a better version of themselves,” said McCormick.
Growing up, McCormick was not involved in fitness. Instead, she found her passion in dance which kept her in shape. It wasn’t until she began her education studying communications and psychology at Texas A&M that McCormick realized she knew nothing about fitness. When she began dating a Baylor University baseball player, McCormick started accompanying him and began her fitness journey. Although she started with small things such as walking on the treadmill, eventually, McCormick’s confidence in her workout abilities grew.
“I loved working out because it was fun,” said McCormick.
McCormick enjoyed her workouts so much that she began to research ways to improve her workout regime. Excited by what she found, McCormick began training some of the wives of other professional baseball players that played with her now-husband. This led to her to receive her American College of Sports Medicine certification in personal training.
“I want to help people take care of themselves,” said McCormick. “I want them to do things that make them healthier inside and out.”
At the beginning of her career, McCormick wanted to train athletes. Once she started working at WRS, however, McCormick realized that her clientele was mostly older people who were not athletes. That’s when her objective as a personal trainer shifted.
“My goal, I decided, was to make [my clients] into athletes,” said McCormick.
Starting with training her 55-year-old mother, McCormick quickly learned that fitness required different methods for every person in order to have an end result. According to McCormick, it’s a challenge that she wanted to face.
“That is my gift, I think,” said McCormick. “is being able to train and teach proper form so that you get better results.”
After nine years as a personal trainer at WRS, McCormick said she feels like she really knows how to serve her client groups well. Because a majority of her training sessions are with middle-aged women with children, McCormick knows that their time with a personal trainer is more than just for fitness.
“It’s turned kind of into counseling sessions,” said McCormick. “We vent while we work out and [the clients] all become friends.”
Another way that McCormick encourages in her clients’ lives is a healthy lifestyle through nutrition. For McCormick, nutritional balance comes through a low-carb, moderate protein, and high healthy fat diet as well as through intermittent fasting. The most important thing to McCormick is making sure that there is a healthy equilibrium in everyone’s lives.
“It’s all about how things you put in your body make you feel,” said McCormick.
One way McCormick continues the theme of balance in her life is devoting some of her time to her own personal workouts. Generally completing three to five workouts a week, McCormick focuses most of her fitness training on different forms of weight training and cardio exercises. A lot of times, these workouts are completed on the weekends and are created by her husband.
“I love it because [he does] things that I don’t normally do or teach,” said McCormick. “I like to learn new things”
According to McCormick, there are a lot of good reasons to maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle. First, McCormick said you can’t be too hard on yourself when you make a mistake. Instead, she suggests trying to identify what caused you to stray from your goals. McCormick also warns against doing too much too soon.
“You have to build this into your lifestyle,” said McCormick.
In the end, McCormick knows that fitness and nutrition yield different results for everyone. She also knows that effort is key.
“The goal is not perfection, the goal is function,” said McCormick.