MMB – What Have We Learned So Far?

Good morning everyone!

How are you all doing?  Can you believe it’s been over two months since the shelter in place orders?  Wowza!  That’s hard to believe!  I marvel at the fact that what seemed like such an impossible request has turned out to be not so impossible after all!  Certainly none of us are happy about these circumstances, but I think it’s a testament to our human spirit that we have risen up and have found ways to live life creatively and productively. 

Who knew Zoom would be our new best on-line video conferencing friend?  Who knew that birthday and graduation car parades from friends would become a thing?  As for schools, I happen to know many teachers in my social circle and I have been amazed at how hard they have all worked to reinvent themselves and bring quality education through Zoom calls for their students.  Can you imagine 25 1st graders in an on-line class?  It’s been a tough challenge, but they are doing it and learning how to make it better week after week!  Bravo to all of those teachers out there who work so hard to take care of our kids! Just had to shout that out!

It’s been a sweet time of neighbors reaching out to neighbors with notes of encouragement, gift cards being dropped off, and a more friendly demeanor as families are out walking more and meeting each other with commonality.  People are also exercising more and doing things actively that they wouldn’t otherwise do!  Yeah!  And, people are eating more homemade meals and are eating out less.  That’s been a good thing!

Once again, thank you to everyone in the Jen Allan Fitness community who has stayed committed to on-line group exercise classes or personal training.  Seeing your smiling and sweaty faces through Zoom calls or out in front of my house on the curb for one-on-one’s has made a huge difference to my family personally, professionally, and financially.  I know there are many other trainers out there who are really hurting to keep their businesses going, especially the ones who have huge overhead every month.  It’s heart breaking knowing how many small businesses are struggling so greatly financially.  I just heard that Specialty’s in Pleasanton is shutting down.  Sweet Tomatoes too!  This is a sad realization of our times.  Thank you to everyone who makes a choice to support small businesses in our community! 

Announcements and Reminders:

Challenge #1:  Nutrition

For this Challenge, log all of your fruits and veggies that you take in on a daily basis.  To simply, please use 1 cup of fruits or veggies as 1 serving.  1 apple would = 1 serving.  One cup of steamed broccoli would = 1 serving.  8oz of green juice = 1 serving.  You can keep track in a fitness tracker but you’ll need to share the log with me so that I can see it at the end of the month.  The person who has logged the most fruits and veggies at the end of the month will win a $50 class card!  Feel free to take pictures and send to me so I can post on the blog! Deadline is May 31st!!

Challenge #2:  Cardio Tracking

For this Challenge, log all of your cardio fitness minutes that you do every day.  Mix it up!  If you ride a bike for 45 minutes, log it!  If you go out for a 5 mile run, log it!  If you power walk for 30 minutes, log it!  Do my classes count, yes!  If you hike the ridge and your heart rate is up, log it!  Please keep track on a log or fitness tracker so I can review it at the end of the month.  The person who has logged the most cardio minutes in 1 month will win a $50 class card!  Feel free to take pictures and send to me so I can post on the blog!  Deadline is May 31st!

  1.  On-Line Classes are Available 5 Days a Week Through Zoom! 
    1. Barre Blend – Monday 8am  (Barre, Yoga, gliding, core, lower impact)
    2. Cardio Core – Tuesday 6pm  (Stength training, balance, cardio circuits, core)
    3. Barre Blend – Wednesday 8am (Barre, Yoga, gliding, core, lower impact)
    4. Cardio Fusion – Thursday 6pm (HIIT, cardio kick boxing, Med ball, Tabata, strength training)
    5. Boot Camp – Saturday 8am (Athletic style circuits, agility ladder, HIIT, strength training, core)

If you’d like to join a class, text Jen, “Zoom & date of class” and a link will be sent out!  There are 4 formats available, so checkout all 4!  Remember, when you refer a friend, you get a free class and they get a free trial!

2. Personal Training Available Outside or Through Zoom!  Contact Jen to learn more about personal training packages and how to get started to focus in on your goals!  For rainy days or days where the sun is too hot outside, check out my porch option!  Right underneath my nose I discovered a fantastic work out space for you guys!  Check it out:


3. Curbside Small Group Fitness is Available – SOCIAL DISTANCING  If you have some neighbors or friends who would like to have a Jen Allan Fitness class, Jen will bring class to you outside!  Ideally, a court or non-busy neighborhood street would work best.  A safe distance will strictly adhered to.  A minimum of 4 people is required to book this class and a max of 10 people.  Cost is $20 or (2) pre-paid card classes.  Please contact Jen if you’d like to book a class! 

4. Nutrition Check-in and Goal Setting through Zoom.  If you are off track in your nutrition and you need some help getting back on track, Jen will guide and coach you one-on-one through Zoom.  Cost is $40 – 30 minutes, $55 – 45 minutes, $70  – 60 minutes. 

5.  Tubing for On-Line Class.  Try to find some kind of tubing out there.  It doesn’t need to be a figure 8 band.  Let me know if you are having trouble finding some.


Thought for the week:  Healthy Tips For Home Reminder

One of the great things about SIP is that we are home and eating more homemade foods.  However, what is also a positive can be very quickly turned into a negative!  LOL!  Here are some tips to keep in mind this week to stay on track:

  1.  Buy extra amounts of fruits and veggies that are cut up, washed, and prepared in small bowls that are easy to grab in the fridge.  Put these bowls on a front shelf in the fridge so that when you open the fridge, voila!  This is what you see and therefore you’ll be more likely to eat.


  1. Take the time to prepare and green salad with veggies chopped in put in a large bowl without dressing.  Salads are fantastic and so good for us, but man, they can be a pain in the butt to prepare.  So, make one large bowl so that it will last you 3-4 days.  Easy. Grab, go, and eat!


  1. Make your own trail mix and put it in a bowl on the counter.  Often times trail mixes have additional oils, fats, and sugars.  Have you ever read the labels?  It’s true!  So, what’s the solution?  Make your own!  Yup, head over to TJ’s (because they have a great selection that’s affordable) and grab items like:  sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, dried cranberries, shreds of coconuts, and raw cacoa nibs.  This provides a great mixture of plant based proteins, heart healthy monounsaturated fats, and the right amount of carbs for an awesome handful of energy goodness.


  1. Stock your fridge with bottles of Kombucha, green juices, coconut water, and enjoy green and herbal teas throughout the day.  Don’t forget lemon detox water!  Hydration, hydration, hydration!


  1. Try taking a walk after dinner so that way you are out of the kitchen where temptation can come calling.  When you come back, turn the light off in the kitchen as a visual, “closed for business” sign!  Even if you aren’t intermittent fasting, it’s much healthier for the body to stop digesting food by about 6pm.  This allows your body plenty of time to digest before going to bed.  The worst scenario?   Eating a really late dinner and going to be shortly after.  Look up the Sumo Wrestler diet!  LOL!

That’s all for now!  I hope these ideas help!