Thinking about getting fit in the new year?
Thinking about getting fit in the new year? Jen Borman trains women out of her Canal Winchester home. In 2009, the 32-year-old started Personal Training by Jen, catering specifically to females. She also teaches a weekly class called Rock Hard Girls Club at the German Village Meeting Haus (catch it Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.), and is about to make an appearance on the online reality show "Fit or Flop" this January. "It was so much fun," Borman explains. "I did it for the experience. It was cool to meet the judges that were there, and they were all really nice." We chatted with Borman to find out more about her training business, and how Columbus can support her during "Fit or Flop." –Heather Weekley, @heather_weekley
What is your personal training background?
I have always been very active ever since I was a little kid. I grew up in a family where every weekend we were outdoors, either biking, riding dirt bikes or running. It just kind of came naturally to me. I decided to challenge myself and I went to school in Pittsburgh for marketing and graphic design. My dream was to be in fashion, so I ended up working for a couple different retailers at the corporate level. I did that for a while, and I just realized that it wasn't for me. The fitness aspect started to creep back in. In 2009, I decided to leave fashion and start my own personal training business.
What was your "Fit or Flop" experience like?
I am always following celebrity trainers, especially the ones based out of New York City. I go there a couple times a year to take classes and kind of see what's happening. This is the second season, and I was following several celebrity trainers that were on the first season. I applied for it, and they called me and I auditioned. That was on Nov. 28. I went in and they were selecting 50 people to be on the show. You either got a "Fit" or a "Flop" to continue on to the next round, and I got a "Fit" from all three judges. You had to go in and talk about your brand and what you wanted to accomplish. The prize is a $150,000 marketing package to turn you into a celebrity trainer. The first episode kicks off online on Jan. 23. New episodes are released weekly after that. It's a total of six episodes.
How is the winner selected?
It is all based on voting. March 6 is when voting opens up, so you can go to the website, watch all the episodes and click on the profile of the contestants. March 27 is when the elimination rounds begin. You can vote once a day every day. May 8 is when the grand prize package winner is announced.
What are one or two tips you have for people as they want to get fit in the New Year?
I would tell people to find something that they actually like to do as far as working out . Not everyone is a runner. We are all built differently. Don't force yourself to train for a half marathon if you are not a runner. Try a couple different things to find what you love. It will make you stick with it. And number two, it really is all about diet. It is all about eating right. You can work out seven days a week, but if you are not eating clean and eating whole foods, it is not going to make a difference.