Jaimie might look familiar - that’s because she was a presenter at NC 2018 and introduced many women to their first taste of Krav Maga! She’s got a smile that lights up the room and an energy that’s infectious, warm and amazing all at once. She can teach you to be a little more badass too!
Get connected with Jaimie!
What do you do?
Healthy Living Entrepreneur, Trainer, and Self-Defense Instructor
What else do you do?
I’m a Administrative Assistant at the Carolina Theatre of Durham.
How do you define the word 'strength'?
Strength--> physical and/or mental perseverance through challenges and struggles.
How did you discover your passion?
In the midst of professional and personal challenges several years ago, I scoured the internet, groupon, and living social for activities outside of work to let off steam. I landed on Krav Maga, an Israeli close-combat system and have been hooked every since...
How do you incorporate movement into your daily lifestyle?
I train with clients individually and in small groups. I also have a dog who keeps me active, walking and playing several times per day.
Where would be a good starting point for someone who is looking to add more movements into their life like what you do?
I recommend light stretching and joint movement to help wake up in the mornings. After a full glass of water, take a short walk outside or on the treadmill to get the day started with movement. 2-3 days per week of walking around the neighborhood, the mall, etc. for at least 30 mins, consistently, is great to build a routine. Walking outside when making phone calls, taking the stairs instead of elevators (at least for a few flights), and parking farther away from the entrances when running errands, are also a great way to incorporate more steps during the day.
Furthermore, getting a dog or almost any active pet, finding a hobby, working out with a group of friends/neighbors, or trying meet ups, groupons, etc to find people to help stay accountable. Group training and meet ups are great because other people help with accountability, especially if it is a fun activity such as ultimate Frisbee, jogging, yoga, etc.
Does movement increase your self-confidence? If yes, how?
Absolutely. Staying fit and active builds confidence because it provides a regular sense of achievement and commitment to achieving goals. Having more strength and stamina adds to general good feeling. It is easy to get into the routine of going to work and going home and facing challenges everyday that seem to never end. At least with movement, you can carve out time dedicated to yourself and a feeling of overcoming those challenges which certainly builds confidence.
What motivates the crap out of you?
People motivate me! My clients are like family. We support each other, encourage each other, brag on each other, etc. Especially when it comes to self-defense - we try to promote self-awareness, self-empowerment, and confidence. When I can help other people achieve fitness goals, it motivates me to achieve more for myself.
How do you define 'fitness'?
Fitness: physical activity that increases heart rate above a resting rate for certain intervals of time in order to promote improved general health and the ability to keep this activity going for increased intervals, over time.
Where do you see the future of the fitness?
The possibilities seem endless. It seems more and more people are becoming conscious and aware of how physical activity helps improve overall quality of life. I see more people coming up with innovative, creative, and exciting ways to incorporate more movement and activity in peoples' everyday lives, as demonstrated by this amazing upcoming event!
What advice do you wish you could have given your former self?
I would advise myself to stay in better contact with friends, colleagues and acquaintances over the years. A simple message, note, text, or call every now and then goes a long way. Facebook is a great tool, but sometimes keeps us more detached since it is easy to just go through photos without really communicating and checking up on someone.
Anything else you'd like to share with us?
Taking care of your mind, body, and soul is loving yourself.