Daris and JCF team are great motivators and really know their stuff!!!It’s been a challenging and awesome experience and the health benefits and friendships made there are for life!! Love their Better Body Better Life motto and All day everyday affirmation!! If u want to start ur fitness journey u can’t go wrong with JCF!!
Highly recommend this to motivated women who need nutritional and workout guidance, or women who are simply tired of the monotony of the gym.
The structure and spirit the coaches bring allows for women of all levels to work out together and inspire one another.
JCF is by far the BEST! I have done every program, weight loss, joined every gym and hired tons of personal trainers. Nothing compares to JCF. I joined during the most recent challenge and not only lost inches but also lost bad habits and gained so much more. The community, experience, camaraderie is like no other. They have a saying “leave your ego at the door” and it is so true. There is no judgment or egos. And the support you get from the coaches and other members is more than I got from a personal trainer. I have extended my membership because I am a lifer. I can’t imagine my day/week/life without JCF.
Congratulations to Julie, our July Camper Spotlight. Julie expected to jump start her motivation with a 21-day challenge, but she’s still hooked. Below is the story of Julie’s journey over the past 7 months:
As many of you know, my daughter is Coach Caitlin. I would never have known about JCF if Caitlin was not part of the JCF Team. My official start day at JCF was November 1, 2015 but my true start date was a day in June at a family and friends boot camp session in the Park. As soon as I was introduced to everyone I immediately felt the camaraderie and encouraging, enthusiastic atmosphere surrounding the JCF family. After that session I would receive periodic emails of upcoming events. One email in particular caught my attention. It was a 21-day skinny jean challenge in October. So I thought, “Why not?” For 21 days I could handle the drive from Summit to JCF and it would be the motivation I needed to get back into shape after recent foot surgery. After the 21-day challenge ended I could not imagine not coming back and seeing all my fellow campers and continuing my journey to a “better body better life”. I’m happy to say, seven months later I am still a camper after that 21-day challenge and absolutely loving it.
Success for me is making it to 5 sessions a week. People ask me how I drive into JC every night. I explain that it is not the drive but the JCF family and the way I feel after every session that motivates me to come to as many sessions as I can as well as the motivation I receive from my fellow campers. In addition, I have to admit I do love to exercise – exercise has been part of my daily routine for the past 35 years. I will usually stick to a program that I love, but sometimes it just doesn’t love me, meaning injuries, which brings me to proper form, thankfully due to the watchful eyes of the coaches, my form is getting better and my back and neck are thankful! I have noticed, over the last few months that I am definitely stronger, stand up straighter have lost inches and finally my muscle % is higher than my body fat (yeah)! Thank you coaches for keeping an eye on me.
Prior to JCF I had been practicing hot yoga for nine years when I decided it was time for a change so I placed my membership on hold and I joined a large gym, which also offered hot yoga along with group classes, etc. It didn’t take long for me to realize that I did not feel comfortable in this large atmosphere. I missed my small hot yoga studio where I knew almost everyone and the instructor based classes were monitored. Unfortunately, during my first month at this gym I injured my foot. I placed my membership on hold and had surgery. After my recovery for the first time in my life, I was floundering – I knew I didn’t want to go back to the large gym. So I asked Caitlin to help me – she gave me some exercises to do at home and encouraged me to use weights. Soon I realized I do not do well on my own – I need the energy from a group to motivate me. That is why I am thankful for my JCF Family for encouraging and motivating me to do better every day!
If I can encourage anyone, just try to get out of your comfort zone and try something new if you need a change from your old exercise routine or, if you have never exercised, try a JCF boot camp session. At the age of 55 I love being challenged, especially by the younger campers. I often am pushing myself to keep up with the camper next to me counting burpees or squat jumps (I am a little slower, but that’s okay). I hope to continue this active, healthy lifestyle for a long time to come and “only have good and great days”. Go JCF “better body better life” and “all day everyday”.
Julie, we’re glad you decided to embrace a new journey! Hope you’re as proud of yourself as we are. Keep bringing that hard work and dedication!
We’ve been thankful to have this month’s Camper Spotlight, Kristen, be a part of the JCF Nation. Kristen has totally embodied the JCF Spirit from Day 1 in June 2015. Fast forward one and a half years later, it’s been awesome to see her improvement in strength, body composition, and overall fitness, including her mental fitness. Way to work, Kristen! Read her story in her own words below.
Before JCF, I didn’t exercise on a regular basis. I had moved to Jersey City a few months prior and hadn’t worked out in probably 6 months. I had a conversation about exercise with my doctor, and she said something that really stuck with me. She said that if I didn’t start making exercise a priority now, that I was less likely to start when I’m older. After thinking about my long-term health, I was determined to find something I could build into my everyday routine. Little did I know what I was getting into!
JCF isn’t just about working out, it’s about taking ownership of both your mental and physical fitness. It educated me in how to eat right without feeling deprived. That was something I thought I was doing until I joined the program and really learned about what and how to eat for the results I wanted. JCF has taught me how to exercise to maximize my gains and see results I didn’t even think were possible. I really enjoy that the coaches keep things fresh, consistently switching up the workouts and keeping us learning by consistently introducing new exercises. I love that they’ve instituted the monthly Fit Tests so that I can track my progress, stay educated on my body composition and celebrate my gains! Since joining, I’ve dropped over a point in my BMI, gained 4.2% muscle and lost 8.1% body fat. I find that I no longer groan when I think about working out, my body craves it (I’m finally one of those people!). Friends, family and even strangers ask me about my fitness regime and I no longer fear the bikini!
All of this progress is something I’m truly grateful for, but what I treasure the most is that JCF shows me every day that I have way more power within than I think I do. I can do that extra rep, I can lift a higher weight, I can take on a new challenge and succeed. It’s taught me not to overthink it and to just go for it! Starting every day overcoming fear and hesitation has become something so ingrained me that it has influenced all other aspects of my life. I changed careers and took on a higher level of responsibility, I am trying out more active hobbies like City Challenge, backpacking, and leading hikes and meetups in my spare time. Even when I feel that hesitation, I’ve learned how to handle it and I don’t let it stop me. “All day, every day” really rings true and has become a mantra for me. Thank you JCF team, coaches and campers, for helping me change my life for the better. I look forward to continuing the journey with you!