Pumping you up

Prospect fitness instructor Jones
promotes healthy living to clients

She provides tips to stay fit during the holiday season

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

PROSPECT, Ky. (December 2006) – Stephanie Jones knows firsthand the benefits of adhering to a healthy lifestyle, especially around the holidays. At a time of year when everyone’s tempted to binge, sticking to a healthy lifestyle requires will power and a determined attitude that Jones helps many achieve.

Stephanie Jones

Stephanie Jones

“We make excuses because we are afraid we will fail, but if we take the steps in little pieces, the puzzle can be put together over time,” said Jones.
Jones appears every other week in a 6:45 a.m. segment that airs on FOX 41 TV in Louisville. She also recently expanded Stephanie Jones Fitness, a personal training business, in Prospect, Ky. Jones offers a variety of services and can fit them into even the busiest of schedules: free initial consultation, one-on-one training, buddy training, traveling trainer, nutrition plans, online fitness training and complete nutritional supplements online.
“Fitness is for all ages, all health levels healthy and unhealthy,” said Jones, originally from a small town near Columbus, Ohio.
She has always had a passion for health and fitness, and she enjoys assisting others in improving their lifestyle. She said clients must believe in themselves to make positive changes, but sometimes it takes a coach to teach the necessary steps to reach a goal.

She offers the following tips for watching your weight over the holidays:
• Try your best to maintain a regular workout program.
• Make sure to stay on your nutritional plan throughout the day.
• Try a wine spritzer, light beer or dry wine to save on calories.
• Eat a clean and healthy breakfast each morning.

Giving a gift of fitness is also high on her list of holiday ideas. A session of youth sports for children, personal training sessions or group fitness training sessions for a friend are thoughtful gifts that Jones said are appreciated by many.
It’s sometimes difficult for women to find time for exercise because they seem to have a list of other top priorities. It only takes the desire to realize how much better we will feel and look once we schedule fitness into our lives, Jones said.
Terry Chambers was referred to Jones by her chiropractor. After opening her own business and working six days a week at a desk job, becoming active in the Prospect Area Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Prospect-Goshen, “it was really difficult for me to consistently set aside time just for myself,” said Chambers.
Chambers decided a personal trainer was just the answer to getting back in shape. She decided she needed help from someone who could evaluate her needs and outline an entire structured program to which she could follow and succeed.
After four weeks of training with Jones, Chambers has “already seen a great change in the way my clothes fit and how energetic I am feeling.” She described her one-hour workouts, three times a week as fun, energizing and tailored to her personal ability and needs.
“Physical fitness has always been a large part of my life,” said Jones, who grew up with a very active lifestyle. She thinks it is important to instill physical fitness in children while they are young to enable them to grow up to become healthy adults.
Jones was active in ballet, gymnastics, soccer and track while growing up. These activities propelled her to complete in her first fitness competition in June 1999. One month later, she placed second overall in the Ms. Florida Galaxy.
After that, Jones became a Top National Fitness Competitor for several years. She competed in national championships all over the United States and placed seventh in the NPC Universe Championships in New York in July 2001.
In her decade of experience in the health and fitness industry, Jones has come to believe that working out makes you feel better. While her training clients are local, her interactive website allows her to work with clients all over the country.
She retains several clients from Arizona and California, where she lived over the last 14 years, and whom she still advises on workouts and nutritional plans.
Business hours are based on client availability and appointments scheduled. Jones can travel to different locations based on her clients’ needs.
“The key to weight loss is found in your soul,” said Jones. “You must believe in yourself. Making a lifestyle change doesn’t happen over night and it’s not a quick fix but a journey to get fit and stay there. That’s a way of life.”

• For more information, contact Stephanie Jones at (502) 749-6280 or visit: www.sjonesfitness.com.

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