You know those articles offering a plan to melt 10 pounds of fat from your frame in 10 days? Yeah…I hope you didn’t come here for those.
Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s crucial to maintain a healthy weight for your general health, energy levels and day-to-day functional capabilities, but each person’s version of that is going to look different, and I’m not about to tell you how you should look. I will absolutely acknowledge that looking your own version of svelte is fun, and that it’s a goal that plays a large role in why many of us start to work out.
Or at least, that’s the reason in the beginning….
So often in the case of strength training, pure aesthetics don’t remain the reason we hit the gym. We get hooked on the feel of a heavy barbell on our backs or the swing of a kettlebell, we become enamored with the idea of doing not just pull-ups, but weighted pull-ups, and we start toying with the idea of a 2.5-times-bodyweight deadlift. We are able to heft bigger bags of dog food easily, or carry our children (OK, your children) when they’ve decided to be done walking for a bit. Our sex drives climb, as does our zest for life.
At our respective gyms, we form a community of people who share our interests in physical strength, in talking about bent press form and which type of kettlebell feels best in your hand. We become aware that these people don’t complain nearly as much as our non-gym friends, so we spend even more time with them.
We note that greater physical strength is bleeding into every other facet of our lives.
And so we keep going. We will always keep going, because we have now changed on a fundamental level.
The muscles are a nice perk.
My goal is to make getting strong and living well as fun a prospect as possible, to teach you new skills and share great recipes, to dig into fitness fashion and clean body-care products. To go wherever our strong legs carry us.
It’s hard to predict exactly where that will be, but I’m glad you’re here.
I’m Jen Sinkler. I spent a decade as Experience Life magazine’s fitness editor and editorial director of fitness, and now I’m a fitness writer for a number of national magazines. I’m passionate about delivering high-quality information in a way that doesn’t patronize or bore you (unfortunately, these often seem to be your options). I continue to draw on my background in publishing, providing interviews with those leading in their respective fields. I don’t do the thing where I pretend to be an expert in every topic — that seems exhausting and ill advised, so instead I seek out the best information and provide it to you here.
I also train clients at The Movement Minneapolis, a gym I own with my husband, deadlift aficionado David Dellanave. Our facility implements a biofeedback-based training approach in a small-group training environment. The methods we use mean everyone trains a little bit differently, in a way that suits that person’s body best each day. It’s a little bit weird, to tell you the truth.
Speaking of weird, I’m a fitness eclectic, and I like it that way. Not everyone enjoys hefting the same implement or training in the same style, and I want to be able to use all the toys in the gym, and to teach my clients to, as well.
I’m a kettlebell instructor through the RKC (Level 2) and KBA, and an Olympic lifting coach through USA Weightlifting; I also hold coaching certifications through Onnit Academy, Primal Move, Progressive Calisthenics, TACFIT, CrossFit and DVRT (Ultimate Sandbag).
Social media is a fantastic way to connect, so if you’re around, swing by and say hi or ask me questions on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (I’m on Pinterest, too). I’ve been named one of Huffington Post’s “20 of the Best Fitness Experts Worth Following on Twitter,” one of Shape magazine’s “Top 30 Motivators of 2013,” and one of Greatist’s “15 Must-Read Trainers Rocking the Web in 2013” and “100 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness” for both 2014 and 2015.
I played rugby for 13 years, many of those on the U.S. national 7s and 15s teams. I like to brawl a little bit, and I’m usually up for any sort of sport. What do you want to play?
In my spare time, I meditate, cook the meanest breakfast and read every book I can get my hands on — 10 minutes at a time, before I fall asleep at night, the bed littered with our beloved dogs, Franklin and Zoey, who are featured heavily in my social media streams.