Jennifer Pate has a BA in psychology, is an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and an ACE Certified Weight Management Specialist. Jennifer believes in order to live a healthier lifestyle, a person must be intentional with their choices. Having a diet or program mind-set is not the answer to losing weight and being healthier. Living a healthier life, for the rest of your life, is the result of making healthier choices through behavior modification.
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I’ve always enjoyed being active. Growing up I took dance lessons, was a cheerleader, and played softball. I didn’t experience weight problems until I was in my 30s. I stepped on the scales one night, didn’t like the numbers I saw, marched straight to the computer and joined Weight Watchers online. I did well with their program and lost approximately 15 pounds. I managed to keep my weight at a manageable level and was fairly satisfied. Along my journey, my husband, Brad, and I started exercising in our living room with an at-home exercise program. I even invited a few of my friends to start exercising with me. I still had a big problem though. I was exercising, but I ate whatever I wanted when I wanted. I really thought I would be the first person to prove that you could actually out exercise a bad diet! Wrong! You really can’t, so stop trying!
I started my health and fitness career in 2012 as a Zumba Fitness instructor, which I loved. I was finally going to make my childhood dream of being a dancer come true! In 2014, a supervisor encouraged me to become a personal trainer, so I studied for six months and took the ACSM Certified Personal Trainer exam in June of 2015. At this time, I added resistance training to my routine, and I was eating better, but still not making the best choices I could make.
In 2016, while exploring some continuing education credit opportunities, I came across the ACE Certified Weight Management Specialist program. As a personal trainer, I’m often asked about losing weight. I felt a certification specializing in behavior modification would be the perfect addition to my resume and allow me to help more people reach their goals and as I quickly discovered, my own too!
With the addition of this certification, my employer allowed me to write and lead an eight-week fee based program in our facility. I have led this program three consecutive years and helped numerous people begin or enhance their health and fitness journey, but I wanted to be reach more people and not just eight weeks out of the year.
My passion is to help people! I’m continually learning and practicing what I teach. We’re all on a journey; we’re just at different stages. Being healthy must be intentional (even for fitness professionals.) Being healthy doesn’t just happen to any of us. I tell my clients, “I’m as healthy as I choose to be.” I’m in control of what I put in my mouth and whether or not I choose to exercise, and so are you! Do you know something needs to change, but you’re just not sure where to start? Through a systematic approach I will teach you to be intentional about a healthier lifestyle, not a diet. I’m looking forward to launching my business in 2020. In health – Jennifer