Jenny Lewis, 34, of Stanford has a colorful resume: she is a professional fitness athlete with experience as a radio show co-host, published author, trainer, fitness model and professional wrestler. What gives each of these diverse aspects of her life common ground is Lewis’ passion for fitness.
A native of Colorado, Lewis relocated to Kentucky in August where her parents Dean and Robin Hackbarth had moved to establish their cattle operation, Red Bird Farm, in 2000. The Hackbarths also own a manufacturing company in Stanford called Maxim Tool Solutions.
She now works as a fitness trainer at Precision Fitness Center in Stanford and simultaneously heads a fitness competition team in Colorado. Though she is not able to work with her Colorado clients on site, Lewis helps train her team through the use of technology.
"I Skype, FaceTime, email (and) text to keep in touch with my ... Colorado competitors," she said.
She also often uses these methods to keep in contact with her local clients.
The technology doesn't stop there, however; her website Straight Up Fitness offers programs and advice on training in the gym and at home, and Lewis also offers phone consultations.
For Lewis, fitness is not just a hobby — it’s a way of life. Her interest began in high school and later blossomed into a career.
“You see a lot of people in school or relatives whose health has declined, and I wanted to prevent that,” Lewis said.
Her initial goal to better her own health and well-being gradually extended into an effort to help others, which she has done by becoming a personal trainer, spreading the word on fitness via the media and even writing a book on eating well.
On her website, Lewis states that her vision is to “reach individuals worldwide who wish to enhance their lives through health and well-being and create a life of overall happiness.”
Though Lewis recently has developed a new skin care line called Straight Up Beauty, she also stressed that there is more to fitness than appearances.
“It’s not just about (physical) fitness, or what you look like,” she said. “There’s also an emotional aspect to training. Other issues are driving people (to get fit).”
For her, this emotional aspect is strongly tied to her faith.
Lewis regularly spoke at churches in her Colorado community about the link between fitness and faith, and her website includes a section of uplifting Bible quotes relevant to fitness that promote the idea that mind, body and soul all work together.
“I use scripture to support the idea that God gave us all the tools ... we just need to apply them,” she said.
The most rewarding part of her job, Lewis said, is seeing someone come to her in a wrecked state and then evolve emotionally through fitness.
“I want to help them get to that place,” she said.
To learn more about Lewis, visit her website Straight Up Fitness at www.straightupfitness.net, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (303) 503-2934. She’s happy to answer questions or hear tips and tricks on fitness that you would like to share. Visit Precision Fitness Center at 109 Lily Drive in Stanford.