Originally from Montreal, Canada, Jenny has always been passionate about fitness and movement. She moved to Los Angeles in 2012 to pursue her career as a professional dancer and is humbled by the amount of enriching opportunities dance has brought to her life.
Having achieved many milestones in the dance industry, Jenny wanted to expand on her knowledge for her other love; Pilates. Jenny noticed that pilates was the only workout that challenges strength, flexibility & coordination all in one. To her, there is no better physical and mental medicine!
1. How long have you been practicing Pilates for and what initially drew you to the movement?
At the age of 10, I discovered Pilates through Mari Windsor DVDs my mom got. The movement felt like dancing and left me feeling amazing after each session. The stretching and lengthening aspect is what I love most about Pilates. Now, it's become my lifelong love, giving me more than just fitness – It brings me balance, joy, and a true sense of empowerment.
2. What classes do you teach at TPC Studio, which is your favorite and why?
At the studio, the main classes I teach are Essentials Pilates and Full Body Pilates. It's a tough choice, but I have to admit that Essentials has a special place in my heart. There's something magical about taking the movement back to its roots, just like how Joseph Pilates originally intended it. I'm passionate about educating clients on classical mat Pilates while adding my own twist with some unique movements to keep things exciting and fresh. It's the perfect blend of traditional and modern, and I absolutely love it!
3. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
4. What's the most adventurous thing you've ever done?
Snorkeling in Guam, I followed the underwater crowd who kept pointing at something, only to find out we were all heading towards a baby shark. That made me realize that maybe I'm not as adventurous as I thought.
5. Do you have any hidden talents or surprising hobbies?
I've actually been dancing professionally in LA for the past decade. I've toured with many artists, worked in film and tv productions and have been fortunate enough to travel the world and live out my dance dreams. It's what brought me to the United States, after living in Montreal, Canada for 22 years.
6. What's your go-to pump-up song when you want to motivate yourself or a class?
I always switch up my songs every couple of weeks so you'll never hear the same thing for too long in my classes. It'll either be something uppity for the cardio section like Holdin' on by FS green or something more hip-hop when it's slower, more focused movement like What's next by Drake
7. What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
Progress is more important than perfection.
8. What's your favorite Pilates exercise and why?
The hundred because it's so effective and gets your entire body warm.
9. If you weren't a Pilates trainer, what other profession would you choose?
I'd probably become a real estate agent.
10. Other than Pilates, what are three of your favorite ways to exercise?
- Hot yoga
- Strength training and lifting heavier weights
- Walking. I'm not a runner at all, so walks with my husband and dog are something I love doing.
11. Do you ever take TPC’s online classes? If so, what is your favorite class on the platform?
Always. I love taking classes from Jacqui, Dom and JT. My favorite class right now is JT's new full body with the pilates ball.
12. What is your favorite recipe from the guides?
I love Energize Me the almond coconut smoothie bowl.
13. Describe your teaching style in 3 words.
Engaging, motivating and nurturing.
14. What’s your favorite thing about the LA studio?
My favorite thing about the studio would have to be the natural light that comes into the space.
15. Are there any common misconceptions about Pilates you’d like to address?
That it's only for women or that it's too easy. Pilates is for everyone, and when done with intention and correct form, is such a challenging workout.
16. What advice do you give your students who have specific goals they wish to achieve?
Don't be too hard on yourself or have overly rigid expectations for your goals. I'd suggest creating a realistic goal, something you can stick to and enjoy over time. Mapping out a plan and following through (i.e., consistency) will be your winning ticket.
17. What does your usual day on a plate look like to fuel yourself for a full day of teaching?
I like to keep things simple. My go to when I'm running short on time is 1/2 trader joe's gluten free bagel with almond butter and jam, and an almond milk cappuccino. For lunch, when I'm at the studio, I always get the Greek Halloumi Salad from SOL cafe. For dinner, I love cooking grilled salmon a side of sweet potato and asparagus.
18. How do you spend your free time?
I just love hanging out at home with my husband and our French Bulldog. Whether it's watching movies, relaxing on my balcony with a good book, getting a massage, or going out to dinner with friends, these are some of my favorite ways to unwind.
19. Are you a morning or evening person?
Definitely a morning person.
20. What do you love most about teaching at TPC Studio?
The clients. I love getting to know my clients and it brings me the most joy seeing clients walk out with a smile on their faces. Don't get me wrong, the space is dreamy, but it's the clients that make the entire thing worth it for me.