Today we’d like to introduce you to Jess Lynn.
Hi Jess, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
It’s a very long story so I will try to not be overwhelming. I went to college in Boston and studied business which ultimately led to me following my entrepreneurial spirit. In my mid-twenties I had a retail store, online business (expansion of the brick and mortar), I was featured in a tv show called Holidate, the fashion host on NECN’s StyleBoston, I created my own cosmetic line, designed shoes, etc. This tremendous success led to overwhelming stress and ultimately a health scare. I decided to change careers and had my “Eat, Pray, Love” moment traveling the world from Hong Kong to Bali and domestically, especially around the New England area. During my travels, I received certifications in yoga, aerial arts, pilates and barre. Then one day as I’m parking my car to go pass another certification I received a call from a mutual friend to move to Montauk. The proposal was to build hotels and restaurants which I really had no experience in and made very clear, but the group took a chance on me so within 24 hours I packed my car and moved to Montauk, NY. While there, I took the opportunity to teach in my free time and build my practice. I also sent myself back to school starting with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and later fostered my learning to specialize in cellular regeneration and detoxification through The Rose Program. As I focused on creating a healthier life for myself, I continued to meet more people who walked the same path until one day someone reached out to me via LinkedIn and offered me the role that would change my life. As a believer in following your intuition and your heart, and against what anyone with common sense was telling me, I said yes to this stranger and before I knew it I was signing a contract to join SLT in NYC. I vividly remember this moment because not only was it random and seemed impossible, I was flying out of the country the next day to go live in the jungle in Tolas, Nicaragua, and go surf. We made an agreement the day I flew back into the United States, I would go right to their studio in midtown Manhattan and take an intensive training to see if I was a good fit.
Truth be told, I felt like a complete outsider and almost quit. After each day of training, I went to Saint Patrick’s Cathedral and cried and prayed I made the right life decision in giving up everything I knew, for something I had no idea about. Well, I can say confidently now, yes, yes I did. Nothing worthwhile is ever easy and my journey has been proof of that. My career in pilates and yoga skyrocketed through NYC (mostly because of my celebrity clientele) and the Hamptons which led to a following on social media. I became known as the “Hamptons best-kept secret” for personal training. From the success I had online and very supportive clients, I have been able to travel, teach and inspire others to follow their hearts as well. In 2019, my journey took me to Denver after traveling cross-country with my pup for 8 months. Despite the pandemic, my life, career, and overall well-being has never been better or more at home. I am grateful everything led me to Colorado and I’m pretty positive my heart says this is our forever home.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Some of the biggest struggles as an entrepreneur come from finding adequate resources to support your venture and alienating yourself while building the life you want. Most people don’t understand the time and sacrifice it takes to own your own company (unless they have done it themselves). You also have people depending on you. The pressure is immense and the more successful you are, honestly, the harder it gets.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
With all the knowledge I have gained, I specialize in customizing wellness plans for individuals so they can perform at their best. I have spent years using my vast breadth of knowledge and awareness of the human body to rehabilitate clients with long term and life-altering injuries. I teach at multiple studios in the Denver area (TWST in Central Park, Club Pilates in Lowry) as well as online (with RecessTV and Moviing.co). I also share advice and helpful information on my social media pages. I am proud of how much I have grown personally and professionally over the years. I am grateful that I get to genuinely make a difference in people’s lives and I believe what sets me apart from others is
I was also in a car accident that dislocated my right hip, left shoulder was pulled out of the socket, crushed my back, I have fused vertebrae in my neck. It took a full year to walk normally again and 8 years to get all my bones back in place and therefore, I have genuine empathy towards others and want to help them heal and move again like I can.
Any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general?
Best advice I received was from my dad who always said “we love everybody” and “always grow your Rolodex..” Nowadays no one uses a Rolodex, but the point is to always keep networking and meeting people. You will be surprised how small the world is and how interconnected we all are. I was fortunate to have great mentors in my parents. I try to be as helpful to others when they seek my advice.
- Email: Jesslynnfitness@gmail.com
- Website: https://msha.ke/jesslynnfitness/
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