Jennifer's health and fitness journey began when she started practicing yoga at the age of eighteen as a natural approach to anxiety. After experiencing the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle, her interest in fitness continued to grow. After moving to Meridian in 2007, she became a certified yoga and kickboxing instructor and continues to enjoy teaching group fitness classes. Wanting to work more directly with people to help them meet their health and fitness goals, she became an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer in 2015. Jennifer encourages a holistic approach to health by attending to the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of life. Her training style emphasizes functional training and includes many Yoga and Pilates based exercises. Her favorite piece of equipment is the kettlebell for its total-body benefits and wide variety of use. She is passionate about encouraging and helping others to be the healthiest version of themselves and enjoys being able to do that as a personal trainer.
Evelyn comes to us with a variety of experiences. She was born in Meridian and moved to Enterprise at age 9. After high school and earning an Associates’ Degree in Broadcast Communications from Meridian Community College in 2002, Evelyn worked as a television news technical director for several news affiliates including WIAT-TV 42 (CBS) in Birmingham, Alabama, WCSC-TV 5 (CBS) in Charleston, South Carolina, and WTOK-TV 11 (ABC) here in Meridian. After 12 years in Broadcasting, Evelyn decided to return to college to pursue her passion for fitness. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from the University of West Alabama in May of 2014. While in college, she was named the 2014 Outstanding Exercise Science Student and participated in several undergraduate research projects. She is an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Exercise Physiologist, Certified Personal Trainer, and Certified Group Exercise Instructor. She is also an RRCA Certified Running Coach and a TRX Instructor.
Her obsession: Running. In 2006 she began running after a co-worker asked her to help manage a team for a local charity 5K. She continued to run 5K’s and 10K’s to stay fit until 2009 when she finally gathered enough courage to run her first marathon. At age 35, she has completed over 30 marathons and more than 100 other distance races including triathlons and a 50 mile trail race. Her current mission is to complete a marathon in each of the 50 states. She is an “Osmium” level member of Marathon Maniacs, an international organization of runners who are crazy about the marathon.
Her motto: Never limit your challenges; Challenge your limits! …..
Evelyn and her Husband, Wes, live in Meridian with their 3 “children”- a dog named Willie and two cats, Phoebe and Drake.