Trainer Spotlight: Jenni Talbert

Jenni moved to Atlanta almost 2 years ago from LA where she was an avid Lagree client and no stranger to the M3! As a mother to three gorgeous little girls, Jenni finds time to balance work, family and fun. Catch her own advanced moves while she is participating in a class or her killer routines when she teaches. Jenni’s high energy and fun commentary will get you through any 50-minute workout!

With three little girls, how do you make sure you take enough time out of each day to take care of your own health and fitness?

I have always loved being active. I ran track, I studied martial arts, I snowboard, I was a gym rat, street running, beach running, trail running, anything that left me in a puddle of sweat. However, after I had my first child, exercise seemed like such a selfish pastime. I fell into the same trap that many parents fall into… Guilt. It took me some time before I truly understood that self-love, self-maintenance, and self-care were essential to parenting. My heart was full, but I was tired, drained, and running on empty. I started to schedule a sitter to workout a couple days a week, and soon, I remembered what fitness did for my spirit. Now, just like anything that fills us, exercise and fitness is fully integrated into my life.

What is your favorite M3 move? Favorite Curve block?

I have so many favorite M3 moves… Anything Giant Reverse, Reverse Carriage Kicks, BUNGEE (aka butt lift), and Mermaid Twist. They are effective and gets me into my shakes right off the bat.

Favorite Curve Block right now is 90 Builds. I like generating speed and then blasting off at the end. With this new block, it forces me to really use my mind to hold my Level 4 for 30 seconds. I have 3 chances to redefine what that max effort means.

You’re a clean eater but always find ways to make “healthy” treats for your SH co-workers. Tell us a little bit about your cooking and baking style?

I grew up with my mom making home-cooked (Korean) meals from scratch (yum) so now that I am a parent, my view on food is all about clean ingredients. I use organic, local (when available), preservative-free ingredients. Also, components are intentional. For instance, I use turmeric for its anti-inflammatory properties, cardamom for its aid in waste elimination through our kidneys, oregano for immunity, cinnamon to assist in improving the way our cells metabolize glucose, ginger for our digestion, ghee for reducing stress in the body, etc… Life is balance though, so there are a lot of meals out- steaks, french fries, and ramen when needed.

I discovered Paleo baking in the last five years. For me, it is a challenge. Tell me you are vegan and gluten free and I get excited about making a vegan, Paleo caprese savory “cheese”cake. I love bringing treats to work because I know the health intention is appreciated. It brings me so much happiness to see people enjoy my chia pudding!

How do you wind down after a busy day at work and with the kids?

There is very little wind-down time once the kids go to bed because I go to sleep soon afterwards. However, Saturdays are completely relaxed. We don’t wake up to an alarm clock, I make a huge breakfast, we do a whole lot of nothing, and it is perfect.

What do you do in your free time?

What’s that? Ha ha! I am thankful to have known and met some incredible people here in Atlanta. So, every so often, we set a date, I put my face on and meet up for a scrumptious meal and a martini somewhere in the city. If I have a stretch of free time, my favorite thing in the whole wide world is traveling, and second to that, is scuba diving, so if I can combine those two passions, I am a pretty happy gal.

How long have you been doing the Lagree method and what is it about the CardioSculpt combo that people are drawn to versus just the Megaformer?

I have been doing the Lagree method for many years now and it is still my favorite workout… I believe the CardioSculpt combo provides the perfect mixture for those looking to develop both their larger, explosive muscles, and also their smaller, slow twitch, endurance, fat burning muscles. Plus, you get an incredible cardiovascular workout. You leave with exhausted muscles and a clear mind.

What kind of music can we find on your playlist?

I try to put a mixture of what is popular… Pop, EDM, Remixes, Hip Hop, and Rap. I want people to feel pumped and driven, but the music should be background to instruction and to the most important voice, which is the voice within them. That drive, that affirmation, is what will get them to their goals- physically, mentally, and spiritually.

Favorite thing about being part of the SculptSquad?

I feel so grateful to be part of such a wonderful group of powerful women. Each and every instructor has such an interesting story and a heart that is as immense as their beauty… Inside and out. Despite being the oldest one there, I have so much to learn from them. They are bright and intuitive, fun and insightful.


What are your go- to household products for your kids?

Probiotics and green juice! I give the children probiotics to keep proper balance in their tummies, and an organic green juice powder from Garden of Life that the girls love! I also rub lavender oil on their feet at night or a couple drops on their palms to breathe in.

Anything else you want to add?

As SculptHouse goes into their second year, I reflect on my own personal journey here. A year and a half ago, my husband and I packed up the kids and left a city I had been in all my life. I left some incredible friends and my family… Yet, I feel so blessed to be part of a community of remarkable people. Whether it is side-by-side, sweating our asses off in the studio, or teaching class to individuals whose strength inspires me EVERY TIME, I am humbled. Thank you.

You can catch Jenni on Fridays at 12:15 and Sundays 8am for StrengthSculpt or Thursdays at 9:45 and Sundays 9:15 for CaridioSculpt. Thanks Jenni for being part of the SH original crew – we love you!

XO
The SculptSquad

Member Spotlight: Pietro Gianni

Pietro Gianni is not only a SculptHouse member but also our next door neighbor as co-owner of Storico Fresco – “a true Italian Alimentari e Ristorante!” Pietro has been coming 3-4 times a week for the past two months and his results are pretty amazing. Here he is to tell you his story and how SculptHouse has helped change his body and fitness level:

As a restaurant owner you probably have a very busy schedule! How do you fit your workouts in?
I tend to rotate my schedule around my fitness classes, not the other way around, as that’s the priority. SH’s app is so easy to use, I can book my classes and make sure early on there are no conflicts with work. I always tell everyone to book their classes the week prior and stick to them as much as possible.

What is it about SculptHouse that changed you from a class-by-class client to an unlimited member? How has SH changed your body?
SH is addictive! The results come so quickly, especially working where I lacked training most such as core and lower back, that was a quick fix to my personal issues. Becoming an unlimited member was a natural solution, going 3 to 4 times a week made it a no brainer to choose that package, also I don’t ever stress about how many classes I take and being an unlimited member motivates me to go more than ever.

How do you stay in such great shape with all of that Italian food (and wine!) around you all day?
Good question!! I was quite heavier a few years back and learned to eat several small meals through the day. Working inside a restaurant environment doesn’t allow for the classic 2 meals a day anyways, so I’ll eat at 8 and 11am, then a light late lunch after lunch service, again a small dinner on the early side and a healthy snack before bed. That keeps my metabolism always active, and yes, a couple glasses of wine a day is part of the reason why Italians hold such longevity records!!

What would you tell another guy about his hesitation to try SculptHouse?
Guys this is an amazing and very complete work-out!! SH allows for everyone to get to your “sweet spot” pretty quickly. Adding both Megaformer springs and harder Curve running objectives to your personal needs as you progress is very satisfying. While SH is mostly frequented by very fit ladies, we guys also need firmer booties, hind legs and being a bit more “ripped”, which never hurt anyone!!

How is the SculptHouse method different than any other group class you’ve experienced?
The main difference for me is the core exercises. I’ve never experience such a dramatic change in my lower chest to glut areas with other workouts. The real benefit of SH is balance, you get the right exercise in all those smaller muscles we ignore in our regular running or gym exercises and it shows very fast.

What is your favorite M3 move? Favorite Curve block?
My favorite M3 move is anything that regards core (abs, lats, planks, etc.) mostly mermaids where I have discovered parts of my body that I simply didn’t know were there at all! As for the Curve, especially with the recent “upgrade” in levels, being a runner I . Whether it’s active recovery or level 1 I’m jogging lightly, never walking, level 2 is a solid run, level 3 is running at my top speed, and finally level 4 is give it all you have for those few seconds! My favorite Curve block is the 20 second interval 2’s, 3’s and 4’s.

Can you tell us a little about your running history and how the Curve treadmill has made you a “born-again runner?”
I used to run 20/25 miles a week, basically hurting everywhere!! Lower back issues, joints, flabby back side and all that comes with running only. The Curve is an amazing alternative to running outdoors as it pushes the entire back part of our gluts and legs. I’ve never experienced a back pain since starting SH.
I now run half the mileage I used to run at SH (hence preserving my back and joints) but am burning more total calories and have finally achieved a much firmer hind and hamstrings than ever. The Megaformer really pushes those legs, and yes I’ll sometimes wake up with a healthy pain in my muscles, but never anything I can’t shake off the next day. Added plus is a perfectly air-conditioned environment all year round with cold water and towels always available.

Your restaurant is frequented by SH employees and members alike. What is in season right now and on the menu (and drink menu!) that you would suggest for someone watching their diet?
Funny thing to talk about. I believe in carbs more than ever, pasta is an amazing resource for exercising, it’s our fuel!! We only use unbleached, non GMO imported flours for our dishes and we grow all our greens thanks to amazing farms like Mcmullan Family farms. Our pasta is filled with great cheeses and veggies, while our fresh cuts are always prepared with farm grown produce that is only an added bonus to our diet. We also pay particular attention to our many salads and veggie platters, we always choose the best possible produce that’s available and seasonal.
As for drinks, our wines are only Italian, we spent months choosing the best of the best, and we serve even the simplest white wine by the glass at optimum temperature, something we are very proud of.

Feel free to add anything else below:
SH just like Storico Fresco is one big big family. When I go to SH I know every instructor by first name just like they know mine, they are always jumping in to correct me when I’m doing something wrong in the sweetest of ways. It’s no joke when we all talk about going to “the House” for our workouts, it truly is a second home full of people who really care about what they are doing and how they are bettering the everyday life of their guests. Being neighbors is the ultimate mega perk. We all exercise in order to feel and look better but also to be able to eat and drink great food all year round…. And one cannot go without the other!