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

Trainer Spotlight: Lindsey McClellan

This month we are sitting down with the one and only Lindsey McClellan! We call her Linds and she absolutely lights up any room she enters. But don’t let her charm and gorgeous smile fool you…she will kick your butt as soon as that music and class start! We love Lindsey because she is so positive and supportive in and outside of the studio. She can take your bad day and turn it right around while forgetting about the outside world for an entire 50 minutes. Meet Lindsey:

You have taught other types of group fitness classes here in Atlanta. What makes SculptHouse’s workout so different and effective?
I love the combination of cardiovascular conditioning and strength training. The SH method is a great combination of HIIT on the Woodway Curve that keeps my heart rate in an optimal fat burning zone and strength training on the M3. What makes SH different is half of the class is focused on getting the heart rate up on the curve while the other half is on the M3 stretching, lengthening and toning those hard to target areas I struggle with most.

What is your favorite type of music to play during your classes at The House?
I love me some EDM/Dance, rock, hip-hop and pop. I am big on remixes and love anything Matoma.

What is your favorite Megaformer move and why?
Any of our oblique exercises I absolutely love…especially a member favorite – twisted bear. This move is one where you can just feel your obliques getting tighter.

What is your favorite block to do on the Curve?
Give me 60 – builds any day on the curve and it’s a good day for me. This one is my favorite because you hit each level. You’re at level 2 for 20 seconds, level 3 for 20 seconds and then level 4 for 20 seconds followed by a level 1 for 60 seconds in between. It is a great feeling to get your heart rate up knowing you can walk it out for a minute before repeating that sequence – twice.

At the House, each instructor has a bin to keep whatever they need to teach. What’s in your bin? What’s in your gym bag when you work out?
There is nothing exciting about what you will find in my bin and gym bag. In my bin you will only find extra workouts and my microphone screens and in my gym bag the clothes and shoes I am going to work out in, maybe a protein bar and headphones. I probably should get more creative with these things but just essentials for me. ☺

Where can we find you when you’re not at The House?
You can find me at Buckhead Church, spending time with my amazing husband, Jonathan, hanging out with dear friends, on a run or curled up reading a good book!

Best part about being part of the SculptSquad?
Without a doubt the clients and the amazing women I get to work with! What an honor to have a team of trainers that I can call friends and clients who have become friends. Katherine and Megan have created an environment that is full of comradely, laughter and motivation to be the best we can be. I love that I get to walk into a place encouraging others to be the best version of themselves they can be. I like reminding them that they have 50 minutes to tune everything out and focus on what they want to accomplish not to mention they are changing their bodies. It has been a privilege to be a part of this amazing team and grateful for the clients who make it possible for SculptHouse to be what it is.

You can catch Lindsey on Tuesday nights at 5:45pm, Wednesday mornings at 7:15 & 8:30am, sweaty Saturdays at 8am and starting on October 14th – Fridays at 6am!

Thanks Linds, we love you!

XO
The SculptSquad

Trainer Spotlight: Brady Weeks

Meet SculptHouse trainer, Brady Weeks! Brady’s love of music, people and fitness shines in every class she teaches and Brady can thank her mom for exposing her to the fitness circuit early on. Growing up in Illinois, Brady’s mom used to take Brady to all of her favorite group fitness classes. Later in life, Brady solidified this love by studying exercise science at Ole Miss then furthering her qualifications by becoming a certified NASM trainer and group fitness instructor.

You have taught other types of group fitness classes here in Atlanta. What makes SculptHouse’s workout so different and effective?
SculptHouse’s signature workout, CardioSculpt, is so damn effective because it works both your slow twitch and fast twitch muscle fibers in just 50 minutes! There is no other studio within ATL that has challenged my body in that way. I also love that it is a HIGH intensity workout that is also LOW IMPACT!!! This workout really is for ANYONE!

What is your favorite type of music to play during your classes at The House?
I love to keep my clients guessing when it comes to music. I have tons of workout playlists and I also have a reservoir of songs that I’m really lovin’ at the moment. I dig all sorts of genres and enjoy reading the vibe in my classes to know what to play next. I love to throw people off with a good throw back jam to lighten the mood during those ALL OUT intervals! I completely understand and believe in the POWER of a FAB playlist! 

What is your favorite Megaformer move and why?
Hmm….this is a hard question because there are so many awesome moves out there! I LOVE LOVE LOVE working my glutes, so if I can only pick one move I would pick Spider Kicks. You can feel that move working deep into your booty! It is just so different than any move I have ever done in previous workouts. I also love how it challenges my flexibility!

What is your favorite block to do on the Curve?
As CRAZY as it sounds, I LOVE 45’s. They are so hard and such a pain in the ass but that is exactly what I enjoy about them. 45’s always challenge both my mind and body. 

At the House, each instructor has a bin to keep whatever they need to teach. What’s in your bin? What’s in your gym bag when you work out?
Inside my bin…LOL!!! I have a print out of almost every single workout I have ever taught at SculptHouse (and at this point it is pretty outrageous, but I just cleaned it out last week)! I also have a stick of Carmex cherry flavored chapstick and always gum. In my gym bag, you will find hairspray, headbands, BLONDE bobby pins (I’m really neurotic about my bobby pins being blonde), Acure Organics clarifying glycolic and zinc face towelettes, and last but not least SoapWalla’s balancing facial toning mist found inside the amazing SH boutique! I am literally obsessed with the toning mist. It cools you off and is super refreshing after a sweaty class!

Where can we find you when you’re not at The House?
When I am not a The House, I am sure to be found somewhere outside with my pup Waffles. I love taking small excursions with him to find the coolest new trails that turn into lakes, rivers, or streams for him to play in and for me to get some zen time in. I LOVE WATER!!!!

Best part about being part of the SculptSquad??
The coolest/my most favorite part of being on TheSquad is the ability to deliver an extremely unique, badass, and effective workout to ATL. I completely believed in Katherine’s vision from the first meeting I had with her. To give clients a high intensity AND low impact workout really is just so rad!! I was also super excited about the opportunity to work under our lead trainer Megan. Knowing what a badass she was made me realize that she would help push me way outside of my comfort zone and challenge me in more ways than one as a trainer. And finally, I really love the team of women our leaders have put together and developed. Each trainer is so very different, but the glue that holds us all together is that every member of TheSquad is constantly pushing themselves to the next level in all aspects of life inside and outside of the studio. We are all very courageous and understand that the most fulfilled lives are created when stepping outside of your comfort zone!

Thanks, B! Your hard work and dedication to SculptHouse has been prominent since months before we even opened. Thank you for being such an integral part of SH and for bringing positive energy each time you step through the front doors! You are so loved by us all.

You can Sculpt with Brady on Wednesdays at 6am and 7:15am, Thursdays at 8:30am and 5:45pm plus Saturdays at 9:15am. Rest up beforehand because her high energy and spirit will keep your heart rate up the whole time!

Love,
YourSquad