JNL Fusion creator: From 'fat and frumpy housewife to super-mom'
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Model, trainer and author Jennifer Nicole Lee says her fitness motto is: Strong is the new skinny. (Mike Brochu, courtesy)
Disappointed with how she looked and felt, she decided to go from "fat and frumpy housewife and mom to super-mom with strong sexy physique." To do so, she started with the mind, which she calls "the strongest muscle in the body."
Why do you keep fit?
I found myself falling into the trap of many moms — getting out of shape after giving birth. I was actually overweight most of my life till I gave birth to my children. [But] I am a weight-loss success story, from fat and frumpy housewife and mom to super-mom with strong sexy physique. I wanted more energy stamina and endurance to keep up with the sport of motherhood. I wanted to prove the point that women only get better after becoming moms.
What's your workout routine?
I train four times a week in 45-minutes sessions — two days on, one day off. I have an active day of rest with the family.
For my workouts, I created a method of training called JNL Fusion, [named after my initials], where I blend or fuse your old-school weight training workout with super spiking cardio bursts for 30 seconds between sets of lifting weights. This allows me to get the best of both worlds: burning fat while sculpting strong, sexy muscle tone.
Cardio bursts sound like a great idea. How did it start with you?
I've really believed that the way I was able to unlock the fat-burning furnace was through weight training, being on the guy's side of the gym or working out in my living room with weights. But I noticed I was not completely in my fat-burning zone so I added super spiking 30 seconds of plyometrics or JNL Fusion, which I created for the modern-day busy mom to work out in her own home. [Cardio bursts could be] either a plyo or jumping moves to get the heart rate up.
Do you ever take a break from your workout routine?
Do you have a personal fitness motto or philosophy?
Strong is the new skinny.
My mission is strength. I know that weight training is the fountain of youth, giving your body energy and not depleting it of it.
What's the most out of shape you've ever been?
I weighed 170 pounds when I met my husband — yo-yoed all my life. After the birth of my second son, I was over 200. That was in 2003 and it was very depressing. To become a mom is an identity shift. You become a baby holder not allowed to look good. That's why it's called "the baby blues." But I used fitness to help me heal and become more positive.
Did you ever consider cosmetic surgery?
No, I felt it was not necessary.
You mentioned you have an "active day of rest" with your family. How does your family keep fit?