If you haven’t been around Jinger in one of the original “underground classes” then you are missing out. First of all… her name is Jinger… with a J! That’s all you need to know as she stands out and has done so her whole life. Jinger is one of labarre’s master trainers and her journey is packed with knowledge, love for fitness and a view on life that we should all share.
Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, Jinger was a competitive athlete in high school as her interests ranged from dance to volleyball.
From modest upbringings, Jinger worked tirelessly to raise funds in order to blaze a path to college. She started teaching in high school and craved different certifications and movement-based teachings which led her to become adept across many disciplines.
Also a personal trainer, Jinger adored working and teaching group fit; always learning, always growing to suffice the needs of her clients.
“The best way to keep fitness fresh is to relate to clients” Jinger says emphatically. “I like to get into their head and their mind and find out what makes them tick.”
“You have to reach pretty deep and also find out who you are and that’s how you can connect. What inspires me the most is to see someone show up for a class for the first time… That’s the biggest high!”
Jinger is all in on everything she does and that means staying on top of what’s next in the fitness world.
“You also have to stay educated and stay on the cutting edge. You have to do what you know as well. If you teach something that doesn’t resonate with you – people will know. They will feel it a mile away. Your energy shows up way before your person does.”
So with so much in her fitness arsenal, Jinger is a jack-of-all-trades as well as a master of them all. After training Pilates for 15 years, she started to work in the world of barre. Upon doing so, her body changed (although she can’t quantify that in weight as she doesn’t weigh herself… something we might all want to follow suit on!) Following her body, Jinger notes, “My brain changed. Barre is a unique combination of physicality and spirituality because you are working small spaces. When you start working in barre and working on those tiny spaces, your mind opens… its crazy… there’s a spiritual happening that occurs in Barre and I experienced it immediately.”
A self-proclaimed cardio junky, Jinger admits that she loves cycling and heavy movement – but barre is a very close second. How does she feel about it as a discipline compared to all of the others she practices?
“I will always teach it. What gets me the most is to watch the light bulb go on. If I can share that with someone that’s what I love… I love movement…and barre is movement. When my clients’ bodies improve and the people [in my class] embrace it, that inspires me more than I can inspire them.”
“I have a lot of education behind everything I do. I hope I am perceived as a fun balance of strength versus concentration adding a few giggles here and there.
(Jinger laughs) “I am one big fun, hot mess.” … and that is why we love her and you will too!
OUTDOOR CLASS LOCATIONS
HESTER SOCCER FIELD - 1460 The Alameda, San Jose 95126
ROSE GARDEN - 1649 Naglee Avenue, San Jose 95126
1445 The Alameda
San Jose, CA 95126