MEET THE MODEL
Krista Jacobs is a personal trainer and Group X instructor at 24 Hour Fitness in Southern California. Jacobs, who teaches STRONG by Zumba, Zumba and Les Mills BODYPUMP, took time out of her busy schedule to answer these burning questions from 24Life.
24Life: Why did you become a group fitness instructor and personal trainer?
Krista Jacobs: I became a group fitness instructor because it’s what started my fitness journey. It’s what took me out of my comfort zone. And it’s the same thing that I want to do for someone else. I just recently become a personal trainer. It’s an exciting yet nerve-racking adventure.
But in my fitness journey, I didn’t have anyone to lead me to where I wanted to be. I had to make that journey by myself. And I feel like if I was led properly, I could have achieved my goals faster. I want to be that person for someone, because I know what the struggle is like, what the fight is like on your own. I want to be able to reach my hand out and help somebody else achieve their goals more quickly.
24Life: Favorite and least favorite workout move?
KJ: My favorite now has become push-ups, because of the journey from not being able to do push-ups to now I can. I don’t think that I have a least favorite, because I like the challenge of everything, and everything that I once didn’t like, I enjoy now.
24Life: Finish the sentence “When I’m not working out, I am…”
KJ: Hanging out with my kids.
24Life: Your favorite fit tip?
KJ: Just try it. Never underestimate yourself. You’ll never know how much you’re capable of doing something until you try it. No matter what—whether it’s nutrition or a workout move—start it and just grow from there. We always stop ourselves because we think we can’t, and then we never see how far we can go.
24Life: Favorite memory as an instructor or trainer, so far?
KJ: My most-memorable moment would be with a few students that I’ve had who started in the back of the class and now are instructors and hoping to audition soon for 24 Hour Fitness.
24Life: This summer, what’s one thing you wish every client knew?
KJ: Something that I would remind people would be to enjoy the summer. We’re so set on trying to look a certain way or to feel a certain way, we forget to enjoy it, and then summer is over, and you’re frustrated because maybe you didn’t get to where you wanted to be. So just enjoy the summer.