How ❤️ Made Me Fitter & Happier

My laptop has been screaming at me for over a year now because it's memory is beyond full. Kinda the way my brain feels every day.

She (yes, my laptop is definitely a she because only a woman could juggle all the crap I store inside this beautiful compact gem) As I was saying...She couldn't take it anymore and started to work at any ungodly slow pace.

Sound familiar?

So I finally listened to her and have been cleaning out my photo bin, which has a ridiculous # of pictures, mostly duplicates and beyond an obscene amount of "what the heck am I going to do with all of these" pics.

Along this journey of purging and getting rid of things I’m also discovering pictures I didn’t even know I had & of course, taking a trip down memory lane.

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This one is from my running days.


Now I use the term “running days” loosely because I’m not a runner. Let me say that again in capital letters I AM NOT A RUNNER.


I’m going to take you back even further, 10 years before this picture, to a moment I remember being at the Nike Outlet store, out east on Long Island.


That day I fell madly in love with a pair of pink sneakers, I just HAD to have. But the only problem was, they were “running sneakers”.


What’s the problem, you ask? I hated running. In fact, when it came to having to take the Presidential Physical Fitness test in high school gym class, I cried PMS any day we had to run. I was “that” girl sitting on the sidelines, my way through cramps to avoid running at all costs.


Crazy when you think of my eventual career choice 😝


Anyway, at the time of this “I must have these sneakers” find, I would equate my life to the starving artist of the fitness world.


I wasn’t making enough money to justify buying the sneakers so I made a deal with myself. “If I start running, I could buy the sneakers.” And so my running journey began.


As I’ve made it clear, running is not my thing and when I first began it was a catastrophe. During that time I was teaching 20 classes per week and adding running into the mix meant overuse injuries BIG TIME.


I ran enough to pay off my promise but then running only came into my life sporadically. That was, until I met my husband. Who, just months before I met him, had run the New York Marathon.

Now he’s what I call a runner.

I guess you could say, I got back into running for love. 😍


We ran some races together. Fun ones (nothing hard core) like the Muddy Buddy, relay races and ones with obstacle courses.


And then I got the brilliant idea of running the Philadelphia Marathon with him. Not the whole 26.2 miles but the Philly race is unique because they have a 1/2 marathon running the same course, during the longer race. 


So I thought “We could blissfully do it together.”


How cute, right?




I got to mile eight with 5 to go and I began to cry uncontrollably, as I looked up ahead thinking “There is NO WAY I can get up that hill.”


As you can see from the picture I made it to the finish line. But I told myself that day, I was NEVER going to run again.


And you know why?


Not because I didn’t want to take care of my body, not because it was the hardest race I’d ever run, not because I was giving up on myself, not because I didn’t think I could do it if I really wanted to, but because...I didn’t love it.


And I had already discovered so many other ways to move that I absolutely loved.


So the takeaway:


Sometimes you got to try things to find out what you really want to do.


I have no regrets, running & training during those days. My husband remembers them and it helps keep him motivated to keep going even still today. I think back and happily remember all the days we lived in NYC, where I enjoyed people watching & exercising at the same time while exploring Central Park.


For both of us, it kept us moving.

Moving in a direction toward knowing who we are, feeling healthy and confidently knowing we are in control of every step we take.


There is always time in life to explore and have fun, you've just got to be willing to step out of your comfort zone and get to know yourself, as you were always meant to be.

Take time to explore, have FUN and Be You!



What's Happening With JBird Fitness:

Featured Workouts of the Week
Transform: Arms and Transform: Yoga Abs

Since the Transform Workout Series has 5 workout videos and there are only 4 Sunday's in February, I wanted to make sure we highlighted all of the videos. So this week we are doubling the FUN with an Upper Body routine as well as a yoga practice focusing on core strength.

Members: click HERE to go directly to the video library.

If you haven't joined us yet, click HERE to find out more information on becoming a member.

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Yoga Abs Workout Video JBird Fitness

The #28DaysToChange Movement Challenge

Fitness Challenge

You still have time to join the challenge. 

All you need to do is check in daily on the JBird Fitness Instagram page or Facebook Community group to view the video move of the day.

Do the move for one minute and leave a comment.

Change the way you feel about your body for the better..
Click the icons below to get started, TODAY!


Class Schedule:

Doylestown YMCA

Barre Fusion

Mondays        10:00am-10:55am
Wednesdays  11:00am-11:55am
Saturdays          8:45am-9:30am

Saturdays         9:40am-10:20am

At The Bucks County YMCA - Doylestown

Less Gym Time, But More Satisfied Than Ever

The first thing women toss off their plate when time gets tight is exercise.


So this week I got to thinking. Why is that?


And here is what I came up with…

  • You think you need to do 45-60 minutes for it to "do" anything.

  • You’re a slave to your fitness tracker and someone told you, you need to burn a certain amount of calories for it to even count.

  • You think the only place you can workout is the gym.

  • You think if someone isn’t in your face directly screaming at you to GO GO GO, you’ll never get the a** you want, so just forget it.

  • You’re afraid it’s “been too long”.

  • You think everyone else's needs come above your own.

We're conditioned to think there is only one way because that’s the way we have done it before or someone else told us it’s the only way.


I’ve been teaching fitness classes my WHOLE adult life. The gym IS my home. Before I had kids…before I moved to PA…before I was a stay-at-home mom…before I started working again…I only worked out at the gym.


But I am here to prove you, me and all of them wrong.


Living a fit life isn’t just about how much time you put in at the gym, how many calories you burn, keeping up with your “fittest” or “skinniest” friend, or having someone beating you into the ground until you bleed…you get my gist.


It’s about embracing and connecting to the body you live in TODAY.


Not the body you once lived in.

Not the body you want tomorrow.


The body you are in RIGHT NOW.

That body is AMAZING!


It gives you LIFE.

And if you're a mom, it means it gave someone else LIFE.


That is freaking AMAZING!


(no seriously, pause)

Because your body deserves a moment and...a standing ovation.


Ok, let's continue because...

Moving your body EVERY DAY IS ESSENTIAL.


But I'm telling you the god’s honest truth right now. I don’t have time to go to the gym everyday.




The fitness pro. The one who LOVES this sh*t, doesn’t have time.


And you know what…thats’ ok.


But you wanna know something else?

On those insane "I have a hundred things to do" days, I make an effort to think out of the box.


I build a fort with my kids in the basement and squeeze myself through the openings only a toddler should fit.


I put dinner in the oven, throw on a JBird video & when dinners done, I’m done.


And on the craziest of days, when my mind is racing, I make myself go up to bed 15 minutes before lights out. I then lie on the floor, throw my legs up the wall and just breathe.

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"Take that fitness tracker!"

"Yeah, you heard me."

"I'm in charge and when time gets tight I'm not going to stress." 

"I'm going to do what's BEST for ME & MY BODY."

And find JOY away from the gym.


So, when time gets tight and you're tempted to throw in the towel on your fitness dreams, don’t do it.


Realize life is different than it once was and learning to maximizing your time is the key to staying on track.

Create a plan that allows you the freedom to mix & match where you workout.

Make going to the gym/fitness studio a treat and plan workouts at-home, in the conference room at work during break or enjoying time actively with family on your days off.


  • You are allowed to put down the laundry basket to roll around on the floor with your kids.

  • You have the power to close the laptop, sit tall, close your eyes with your hands to heart to simply breathe.

  • You are in charge and have the ability to inspire those around you, whether they are watching or joining in with you.

  • You don't need to take anything away or neglect another part of your life to fit fitness into your current lifestyle.

Maximizing your time, giving yourself extra credit when you do hit the gym and sharing your movement experiences will give you the greatest chance of success.

So, GO FOR IT! Set a plan in motion, starting this week, which will set you up for a lifetime of health, wellness and HAPPINESS!

I'd love to hear your plan of action, so send me at message at and...

Let's get you on the BEST track for success TOGETHER!


What's Happening with JBird Fitness:

Featured Workout of the Week:
Transform: Hips & Butt

I had to choose this workout purely because of how RIDICULOUS my screen shot is here. If that doesn't cue you in to the intense FUN you will have during this workout, I don't know what will.

Putting the silly pic aside, I really do LOVE this workout. It targets the hips & butt immediately and gets the job done in just 15 minutes. 

Members: click HERE to go directly to the video library.
Non-Members: click HERE & come play with us for FREE!


The #28DaysToChange Movement Challenge
One Minute A Day To Wake Up Your Body & Feel A Change

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We are 10 days into the challenge and the feedback has been amazing.

"I loved the backstroke stretch ! Looking forward to the next 27 days" - Yanina

"This was a good pick me up this afternoon!" - Dina

"Loving this Challenge!" - Christine

Let's keep the positive energy going...

To join us, click the links below, follow JBird Fitness and check in daily for your move of the day.




Class Schedule: (take note: Wednesday I am subbing yoga)


Barre Fusion
Mondays        10:00am-10:55am
Wednesdays  11:00am-11:55am
Saturdays          8:45am-9:30am

Vinyasa Yoga
Wednesday     1:15pm-2:15pm
(2/13 only)

Saturdays         9:40am-10:20am

At The Bucks County YMCA - Doylestown

C-H-A-N-G-E Your Perspective For The Better!

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A special note to all of my fellow moms:

Have you ever stared off, looking at someone passing by or scrolling though social media and think "Gosh, she really looks awesome. Why can't I get my sh*t together?"


Well I am here to tell you, "You're doing a great job."

It may not feel like it, especially when life feels chaotic and the unpredictable happens, but you really are doing a GREAT job.


You can be the most amazing planner and still something goes awry. And the more you fight it, the worst it feels.


As your fitness trainer, I am here to say...give yourself a break every once in while. No one's life is perfect. So enjoy the messiness of life. And when it comes to your fitness goals... do the best you can.


Isn’t that what we tell our kids?


Give it what you can, when you can.


My 20 something self would be surprised I’m saying this. Back then I would've been your cheerleader giving you a "Ra Ra Sis Boom Bah... You Can Do it! You’ve just got to commit to it." But with a family and work on my plate now, I see things in a different light.

Here's the catch though...

You can't give up, simply stay with the status quo, or just go through the motions. If you do, you're a goner.

And before you know it, life will feel like Groundhogs Day or you'll skip out on taking care of yourself, first chance you get.

Listen, learning a discipline or honing in on your technique is GREAT but just sticking with what you know because it's comfortable isn't going to cut it because:

  1. Over time, it won't work.

  2. It could possibly cause injuries or overuse issues.

  3. It gets B-O-R-I-N-G BORING!

(yes, I'm still cheering )


This is the time of the year to go for it, take chances, switch things up, shake those winter blues right on their ass!


So do it!

Here comes the final cheer.

(wait for it)

When you can...give it EVERYTHING you can. And it WILL certainly change things for the positive.

I believe in you. You really are doing a GREAT job taking care other people. Now is the time to take time for yourself, even if it’s only 15 minutes a day

Let's spice things up, make life interesting and have some FUN along the way.


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P.S. I really was a cheerleader in high school and still have a mean split jump, so don't you even think about messin' with me. (said with the most ridiculously huge smile on my face and feathered hair from the 90's)

What's Happening with JBird Fitness:

Looking to change things up but time is limited? I hear you. 

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That's why we started the #28DaysToChange Movement Challenge on JBird Instagram & Facebook Community page.

It only takes one minute a day and will wake your body up for sure.

Join us! 

Click the links below, follow JBird Fitness and check in daily for your move of the day.

I leave the power in your hands...



Featured Workout of the Week
Transform: Total Body

I strategically chose the Transform Workout Series on to be your focus this month because we are honing in on how every small movement and small change in our daily happenings can shift our perspective, make us more body aware and appreciate the body we live in everyday.

The Transform: Total Body workout video is chocked fulll of moves to wake up your body as a whole. No muscle gets unnoticed. They collectively make up YOU and all of YOU matters. 

Members: click HERE to go directly to the video library.
Non-Members: click HERE & come play with us for FREE!

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Class Schedule:


Barre Fusion
Mondays        10:00am-10:55am
Wednesdays  11:00am-11:55am
Saturdays          8:45am-9:30am

Saturdays         9:40am-10:20am

At The Central Bucks YMCA - Doylestown


Have questions about the classes above or anything else for that matter? Email me at  And lastly, feel free to SHARE THIS BLOG with friends & family because moving together will make us stronger without even lifting a weight.

What's In Your Fitness Toolbox?

So how did you do with last week’s mini workouts? 


If you didn’t get a chance to fit them in but still want to, click HERE and catch up on the JBird Blog.


As for this week, I want to chat about going with the flow.


The flow of life.


It’s so hard sometimes to give up control. To change the way we do things. 


But sometimes, it’s necessary.


I have talked to so many women who have felt stressed or bad about themselves when things don’t work out the way they were "supposed to".Oh wait, that’s me. Oh yeah, and you too. I’ve heard your stories over the years. I really have been listening.


But having a family, working or having others who depend on you doesn’t necessarily mean you have to give up YOUR goals, YOUR wants, or YOUR needs.


It simply means you have to be armed with more options than ever, to get the job done and also…and this is a big one.


Have an open mind to changing things up, to get what you want.


That’s why, last week, I gave you a few workout ideas to throw in the mix. (click on "workout ideas" if you missed them)



The more tools you have in your toolbox, the more equipped you’ll be to feel confident in moving your body to align with your 2019 dreams.

My goal for JBird in 2019 is to make you Armed & Dangerous! In the most FUN & HAPPY way possible 😄

And yes, you caught me. That's not actually my JBird toolbox. But rather Sierra's (my 7 yr old's) Hot Wheels tracks container. Best I could do under the circumstances. But you get my drift.



Are you with me?


Say Yes!




I couldn’t hear you.


Say it loud, so the neighbors can hear you. Be THAT neighbor. The one who everyone hates in the neighborhood because you're so damn happy!


But in all seriousness, let’s enjoy this new year with movement that works for us. Movement that works for YOU.

In a way that fills your life not just with skinny legs & a tight ass but also movement that makes you happy and fills up the remainder of your day with joy.


Cheesy? Yes. But oh so possible.

And I’m going to help you get there.

Keep moving. More to come, as always. And prepare to have FUN!




What's Happening with JBird Fitness:

The #28DaysToChange Movement Challenge

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I already have my thoughts on February. Not because I want to rush things, although I would gladly say good-bye to the freezing temps we've been having here in PA. But because the next 6-8 weeks are critical. You are either going to fall madly in love with your movement practices or not. And if your heart’s not in it, you may stray. 


I’m not gonna let that happen.

First step in getting what you need from your exercise program is making a finite connection to your body. How? MOVE. Move in a ton of different directions and wake your body UP!

So here’s the plan.

During the #28DaysToChange Movement Challenge, I'll be sharing a daily exercise for you to PLAY with, which will make a complete full body workout by month’s end.

The details are to come. But this is all going down on my Instagram & Facebook pages, starting February 1st.

Today, all you need to do is click on the links below to connect with me on social media and let’s use technology for the POSITIVE.

Facebook. Instagram.

Fitness is so much more FUN when we do it TOGETHER!

15 minute total body workout video

Featured Workout of the Week:
Dynamic: Weighted Cardio

If you have a pair of 2-5 lb weights, grab 'em and go!. If not, no'll still get an AMAZING workout in just 15 minutes. Upper body and lower body activation at it's BEST! Go ahead...

Members: click HERE to go directly to the video library.
Non-Members: click HERE & come play with us for FREE!

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Class Schedule:

Barre Fusion
Mondays        10:00am-10:55am
Wednesdays  11:00am-11:55am
Saturdays          8:45am-9:30am

Saturdays         9:40am-10:20am

At The Central Bucks YMCA - Doylestown

If you have any questions about the classes above or missed me after class with a comment/question, feel free to email me at or simply replying to this email. I love seeing you pop up in my inbox

Lastly, if you know anyone who would like to come PLAY with us, join in on the Challenge or just benefit from JBird, SHARE THIS EMAIL. Let's get everyone we know happily moving in 2019!

3 Workouts You Can Do Anywhere!

When I say the word dynamic, what do you think?


My mind thinks of things that are big, bold, exciting and energizing.


And that, my friend, is why I picked the Dynamic Workout Series for January on


To shake things up and get us moving with a renewed sense of energy.


Being the time of year, where resolutions are on your mind, we are expected to flip a switch and turn life upside down to make that promise happen, no matter what.


But where do you begin, how do you know it’s the right choice, what happens if it doesn’t work?


Wooo, slow down…don’t get ahead of yourself.


First, let’s think positive.


Second, let’s lay out all of the options.


Third, let’s get moving and see what fits best.




Sharing 3 workouts for you to play with. 


Yes, PLAY! Experiment. Have FUN! 


We’ll assess next week how it went, so get out of your head and into your body.

My Challenge To You...
This week I want you to mix it up and put a fresh new spin on your fitness program by throwing these next 3 mini workouts into the ring.

Guaranteed, they wake your body up and get you moving in the right direction.

First up, the Featured Workout of the Week on
And no worries, if you're not a member yet. When you have 12 minutes, click on the pic below and get moving right away.

Next, a Quick Total Body Fusion Workout inspired by 4 different exercise styles. The ULTIMATE way to PLAY!

1. Bootcamp - Shuffle Forward, Touch Down Squat, Shuffle Back, Touch Down Squat (1 minute)

2. Barre - 2nd Posiiton Plié with Slide (optional: Passe Balance) (30 seconds Right / 30 seconds Left)

3. Sports Conditioning - Alternating Plank Walks  (1 minute)

4. Yoga - Bridge (hold for 30 seconds then rest; repeat 4x)

Complete one full round of each exercise then repeat 2 more times. (click the video below to view the demo of exercises)

Lastly, The Anywhere Barre Workout (extended version)

Did you see this workout in last week’s newsletter? Well, I’ve added to it. So, now you have 6 moves for a complete barre workout you can do anywhere.
(click on the pic below to download the PDF of exercises & descriptions)

After each workout, I'd LOVE to hear how it went, what you were feeling during & after the workout and how it effected the days to follow.

Email me at and/or post a comment on our private community group page HERE.

Not a part of the community page? It's super easy to sign-up. Click HERE, then join+ and within 24 hrs I'll confirm your request. After which, you can feed off of the feel good vibes of the whole JBird Community!

Have FUN and I'll see you next week!


What's Happening with JBird:

Now that classes are in full swing and everyone is back, with newcomers joining, I am SUPER excited about 2019. This past week I could feel your enthusiasm and I am with you. I LOVE IT!

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This week's schedule:

Barre Fusion
Mondays        10:00am-10:55am
Wednesdays  11:00am-11:55am
Saturdays          8:45am-9:30am

Saturdays         9:40am-10:20am

At The Central Bucks YMCA - Doylestown


If you have any questions about the classes above or missed me after class with a comment/question, feel free to email me at I love hearing from you!

Otherwise, keep moving, have FUN and fly free as a JBird.

Are You Working Out Where You're Supposed To Be?

In the past few days I have found myself not only thinking about my fitness goals for 2019 but also everything else in my life.

The BIG three:


Now I know “myself” could include working out. But at this stage in my life, exercising in my book is a non-negotiable. I’ve gotta move to stay healthy & strong. So, taking it off the list of wants because it’s really a need. Hoping you feel the same way. And if not…in the next few months I’ll convince otherwise.


So, let’s move on.


Right now I’m laughing because I have a feeling you're going to say, "but wait…aren’t family & work a need to take care of too?" 


They are needs, as in they need a hell of a lot of your attention. But when I’m talking about the BIG three, I’m thinking in terms of things I WANT.


Like, I want to:

  1. Not feel stressed the moment I wake up.

  2. Be unglued from my phone, to enjoy more moments with my kids.

  3. Stop thinking “crap, I’m never going to get to all of this” as I look at my checklist for the day.

  4. Be okay when things don’t turn out the way they were “supposed to”…

  5. turn, be flexible enough to go with the flow.

  6. Stop having to get out of bed a 1,000 times because I forgot something.

Can you relate to any of these?


When I look at each one, then the whole, I find the common thread to be time.


The one constant always looming over my head is…TIME.


Ugh, that damn thing just ticks ticks ticks away and I never feel like I have enough of it.


I’ve never been good with my time. I’m the creative type, who likes to think I’m a free-spirit who thrives on the whims of life's happenings. 


But the bottom line is…family & work need timelines to get sh*t done.


So what’s going to give?


Most women I talk to say “the gym”.


Eeeeekkkk! That’s a fitness instructor’s worst nightmare.


But if I’m telling you the truth right now, I don’t have time to go to the gym.




The fitness pro. The one who LOVES this sh*t, doesn’t have time.


Gosh, I’m cursing a lot. But that’s because it’s FREAKING ME OUT!


I’m freaking out because it’s important to move your body on a daily basis. 


If you want to argue with me, then let’s take it outside. But I really don’t want to have to beat the living fitness into you. It’s meant to be uplifting, enjoyable, and FUN! So, let’s keeping moving here…


YES! Let’s keep moving.

So, what if you can’t take the extra time to go to the gym?

Have an unexpected meeting or appointment come up? The kids activities not ending until 9pm? You still need to go grocery shopping? (PSST! You could order online & have them delivered. Luxury, yes. Necessity, sometimes.)


  • Go for a walk around the block or park in the furthest spot in the lot.

  • Put your phone away and show your kids how it's really done on the playground.

  • Take the stairs, rather than the escalator.

  • After you order your groceries online, hop on and squeeze in a 15 minute workout. :)

  • Dinner in the oven? Do this barre workout at your counter top, while you wait for the buzzer to go off.

  • Go to "bed" early. But before you get under the sheets, do a mini yoga stretch session to quiet your mind (Gosh, that sounds delightful.)


It all counts. You count. So make every move count.


Question: Will I, Janine, go to the gym this week?

Truth: Yes. But when I can’t, I will do other things to connect to my body.

JBird Fitness

Survey Time

Where do you workout the MOST? (click one of the below)
The Gym
At Home
Ugh, it's been so long I can't remember


After taking the survey, take a moment to think…Is that the best place for you to workout, considering the time you have and the things you want for 2019?


Would love to know your thoughts? 


So, email at or click HERE to leave a post on our JBF Community page. 


In the months ahead, I want you too rethink your workout strategy, not just in terms of what you do but where you do it and how it can change ALL the hours in your day.


With Love,


What's Happening with JBird Fitness

The Dynamic Workout Series is by far one of MY FAVORITES and will get you moving in the most positive way possible for 2019!

Your Featured Workout of the Week
Dynamic: Standing Legs
For this FUN barre-inspired routine, you'll want to use a high back chair or have a counter top nearby, as we target the lower half to tone & strengthen your legs, butt, & hips all in one quick 15 minute workout.

Members: click HERE to go directly to the video library.
Non-Members: click HERE & come play with us for FREE!

Barre Leg Workout Video

Class Schedule:
We had a GREAT start to the New Year and, if you live or are visiting the Bucks County area, I want to see you there!

Bucks County YMCA Doylestown Barre Fusion Janine Boland

Barre Fusion
Mondays        10:00am-10:55am
Wednesdays  11:00am-11:55am
Saturdays          8:45am-9:30am

Saturdays.         9:40am-10:20am

At The Central Bucks YMCA - Doylestown

Bring It On 2019!

I took a moment yesterday to look back on my January newsletters from last year and the resonating theme was all about making fitness FUN! (with an exclamation point)

If you read my last email (didn’t get a chance to read it yet? Click HERE ) you might have felt a twinge of intensity or seriousness. And I want to clear the air. 

By no means am I surrendering my party hat, turning my smile upside down or getting too heady about my next steps forward and the vibe here at JBird.


Finding ways to enjoy moving our bodies is ALWAYS top priority. Like my in-person classes, I may be all business when it comes to exercise form, making you FEEL IT everywhere in every way but…there is ALWAYS room for laughter.

The JBird plan is all about connecting to the body you live in everyday and live your life feeling strong, confident, free & happy.

JBird Fitness

Trust me, I get may be feeling a little sluggish after the holiday break or beating yourself up because it's been "ahem" longer than just the holiday break since you have worked out last. 

If that's the case, you have 2 seconds to wallow. 

Good. Now that that's over, you can get back in the game. 

Please...I took a break too and had a stomach bug to boot. I was slow movin' last week, but after I took the first step, it got better & better & better.

You can do it.

And if you haven't slammed your laptop shut on my all too peppiness about exercising, it means you know what it does for you.

Come know it's going to make you feel good.

But Janine, where do I begin?

Glad you asked...I have a few suggestions.

First, simply go back to 2nd Grade reading class. And ask yourself Who, What, When, Where & How?

Good news: You already know the Who? It's YOU!

One down, four to go.


Choose something you REALLY like to do or REALLY want to try. All movement is good. And get out of your head that you need to go hardcore to make it worthwhile. It's actually the opposite. (I'll talk about this another day, but trust me) If you are curious about trying a new workout routine, now's the time. (hint hint: JBird videos are really fun...just sayin')

Ok, When?
Choose Morning, Afternoon, or Night. Really, it's that simple. But be smart about it. I am NOT (capitol letters) an early morning person so I will always chose late morning/early afternoon when possible. I know we don't always have the luxury of choosing the time exactly, but do your best to pick something you can commit to on a regular basis.

And lastly, the Where & How are nicely packaged together when you are working out with JBird because you can log on anywhere you can connect to wifi, there is minimal equipment needed, so at home/in a conference room at work/on your lunch break/in a friend's living room/outside (if it's not 30 degrees where you are), at any given moment you can schedule yourself for a quick 15 minute (or more) workout.

Ok, that was as shameless of a plug as you can get but you get the gist.

Just quickly ask yourself the 5 questions above and Get Movin'.


Gosh, Miss Davis (my 2nd grade teacher) would be so proud. Yep, that's me, ruffled collar and all. You know...I'm friend's with her on Facebook. So weird and kinda cool at the same time. 


Alright, I know this was a long one but it had to be done. It's important to take the time to plan things out, to get you moving in the right direction.

And the time is NOW!

In New Year style...Cheers To Happy Moving, my friend :)


What's Happening with JBird

I have chosen the Dynamic Workout Series to propel us into 2019. It's playful, energizing and has every thing you need to start off the new year with a bang!

Your Featured Workout of the Week
Dynamic: Mobility, Core & More

Be prepared to work your body from head to toe in this FUN routine. No equipment is needed, so log in and get ready to move!

Members: click HERE to go directly to the video library.
Non-Members: click HERE & come play with us for FREE!

Dynamic: Mobility, Core & More Workout Video

Class Schedule:
I'm Baaack and raring to go! Class days/times below:


Barre Fusion
Mondays        10:00am-10:55am
Wednesdays  11:00am-11:55am
Saturdays          8:45am-9:30am

Saturdays.         9:40am-10:20am

At The Central Bucks YMCA - Doylestown

Did You Miss The Resolution Window Too?

I know you weren't expecting me until Sunday and I hate to come unannounced but I had a thought and wanted to share.

More like a confession.

I'm sitting here in our public library because I was looking for a quiet place and, in all honesty, avoiding being surrounded by the still-need-to-be-desperately-taken-down Christmas decorations at our house.

After being on a mini-hiatus from work for nearly 2 weeks, I was dusting away the cobwebs in my brain and began to think. 

"I feel like I need to make a grand gesture here" being the New Year and all. But...

I'm not ready to dive in.

I know. If you read my newsletter from this past Sunday you may be thinking "But Janine, you said simply take 10 minutes for yourself and think about the positive changes you want to come in 2019."

And I meant it.

You are worth 10 minutes. Hell, you're worth a WHOLE lot more.

But what if, when I asked you to do that, you couldn't. Your brain, like mine, was still in mommy mushy mode and to make a realistic intention for your months going forward was unrealistic in itself.

I realize most everyone else is posting on social media these BIG ideas they have already committed to conquer, but until today I didn't even have time to pee by myself, let alone be fully engulfed in a resolution that was "supposed" to start yesterday.

I don't want to sound like a hypocrite. I really thought it was possible to just take 10 minutes but... I got interrupted. 

With pen & paper in hand (to write down my goals), I snuck into the closet, locked the door, closed my eyes for a moment to think, and then...."Mommy, where are you? I need you...." KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK "You in there?"

So I am here, telling my truth.

I didn't have the 10 minutes the other day, but I do today and making it happen.

First on my list:


Lesson learned from the above!



I may not always be able to make the deadline, but I won't let it stop me from moving forward and making progress.

If you ran into the same problem I did this past Sunday, it's okay. But now that the kids are back in school, let's get down to business. Our business. Our goals and no one elses. The ones which will put a smile on your face and in turn, put a smile on the people around you. Because without carving out time to simply be one with yourself, you lose yourself.

Let's be in it this year. Actually, let's be in it as much as we can possibly be.

In what?

In the present.

Not looking so far down the road, we lose sight of the progress we are making today. Giving ourselves a pat on the back for small accomplishments, feeding off that positive energy and letting it propel us forward into each & every day.


So, I ask again...what positive changes would you like to see for YOURSELF going forward, in this thing called Life.

With Love,


Well, That Was A Whirlwind! Now What?

I hope you had the happiest of holidays and are ready to ring in the New Year. But before we do, we have some business to take care of.

I realize you are most likely trying to still pick up the pieces from the holiday hurricane and all you want to do is sit down and that's just fine.

I get it. 

This is what our living room looked like, after Santa's gift were opened.


I'm not going to push you or go on a rant about getting your butt back to the gym, just yet. Although, moving even for just 15 minutes a day would make you feel better. But we'll get to that next week.

Right now I just want you to start dreaming of your fitness goals for 2019.


Now this is important.

This is just for you.

So find somewhere quiet right now. Somewhere where no one can find you.


If you are anything like me, you are headed to the closet, hoping no one else uses it for a hide & seek spot in the next 10 minutes.

Do whatever it takes.


Because you are important. Important enough to take 10 minutes away from everything and focus on what YOU NEED for 2019. ready?

The most important question, to get you started off on the right foot is...

What do you want to get from your fitness program in 2019?

Look to be more specific than lose weight or toning up. They are totally valid thoughts but the more specific you are, the easier it will be to go after your goals.

Now, you may not know exactly how to get what you want but today I just want you to focus on the "what" you would like to see change for the positive in the months ahead.

Listen, this isn't a final exam or anything. There is no stress to this question. I'm just here, starting the conversation, so we can get you moving in the right direction.

Now shoot me an email and let me know what you've come up with at

We are stronger in numbers and I am here to support & cheer you on, so...


Looking forward to the days ahead and seeing you shine.


I Love Flying High With You 😍

I'm up to my eyeballs in wrapping paper & bows and still have a ton of baking to do, but I didn’t want to let this moment go by without expressing my gratitude.


I am beyond appreciative to have you as a part of the JBird community. 

And being the time of the year to give thanks to those who make a difference in your life, I am here saying “Thank You”.



Thank you for letting me be a part of your life and your fitness journey.

Next week, we’ll start to get focused on the New Year but until then enjoy being in the present with your family & friends.



To close 2018 find time to....Live, Love & Laugh to your fullest.




Wishing you the happiest of holidays!


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The BEST Ab Workout EVER!

I’ve said it before and I’m sayin’ it again.

The Best Ab Workout is...LAUGHTER!


Last month was all about quality over quantity and realizing you will get better results from your workouts if you focus on the details.


And I am still saying “Amen” to that. But this past week I was talking with a student of mine and it occurred to me, once again, how important it is to find the joy in it all.


Yes, you are going to be eating more than usual this month.


Yes, you may find yourself working out less during the next few weeks.


Yes, you will feel stressful moments with the unpredictability of this season.


But let’s flip this puppy upside down and instead of thinking of the “whoa is me” things, let’s focus on those which will have a positive impact.



Enjoying the gift of giving.

Thinking fondly of holidays past.

Making new memories with family & friends.

And, my favorite, the laughter and love shared by all.

So this is a friendly reminder to balance out how much craziness is swarming around you right now by truly take the time to breathe & soak up all the goodness.


With LOVE,


What's Happening with JBird Fitness

Your Featured Workout of the Week
Barre Express: Abs (of course!!)

Even though I am wishing the most laughter filled holiday season for you EVER, I couldn't resist giving you an ab workout video for this week. And this one is super FUN & QUICK. So you will have time for both ;)

Members: click HERE to go directly to the video library.
Non-Members: click HERE & come play with us for FREE!

15 minte Ab Workout Video
Group Fitness Class Schedule Bucks County YMCA Doylestown

THIS WEEK'S Class Schedule:

The holidays may be upon us but the gym's still open & I'm still teaching.

I would LOVE to see you in class.

Be sure to look at the schedule below, as I am subbing a ton this week!

At the Bucks County YMCA of Doylestown

Monday       10:00am-10:55am     Barre Fusion
Tuesday       11:15am-12;10pm     Vinyasa Yoga
Wednesday 11:00am-11:55am     Barre Fusion
Thursday       9:00am-9:55am      Interval/HIIT
Saturdays      8:45am-9:30am      Barre Fusion
Saturday        9:35am-10:15am    Pilates

Looking Back & Feelin' Good

I started teaching back in the days when the only things on the group fitness schedules were Step and Body Conditioning. 


The fitness industry has grown tremendously since then and I’ve been riding the wave ever since. 


But it’s fun how life takes us full circle. 


I can vividly remember standing at the barre during my very first year in dancing school.


The owner of the studio would come down, fix our little feet in 1st position and tap us on the tush to get us to keep our tiny butts from sticking out.


When I make adjustments in barre class these days, I am immediately thrusted back in time to those days at the barre.


And it makes me smile.


I feel lucky.


Lucky to be able to pass along my love for dance and also help students feel stronger & more in tune to their body.


My 4 year old mind fell in love with movement during those very early years.


Curious…when did you first discovery your ability to move your body in a way that made a positive impact on your spirit?

I know you're super busy but shoot me a quick one liner reply at 

The more we know about each other, the better I can serve you and help build on that positive connection you have with your body.

Until next week....Breathe. And enjoy this holiday season.

With Love,

What's Happening with JBird Fitness

It's not a coincidence that the featured workout series this month is barre-centric. Like I said above, it has influenced my fitness training from the beginning. But most importantly I have seen it transform my students. It influences your movements on a daily basis, it enhances your posture and when you're done with a barre workout, you feel like you worked hard yet you have peacefulness which radiates from your body.

It's the BEST way I know how to keep you moving this month in the MOST positive way possible.

So without further ado...

At-Home Barre Workout

Your Featured Workout of the Week
Barre Express: Arms

Don't be fooled by the name. The main focus is arms but you will move your whole body in this quick 15 minute workout. So grab a pair of light weights (2-5 lbs) and get ready to go!

Members: click HERE to go directly to the video library.
Non-Members: click HERE & come play with us for FREE!

YMCA Doylestown Barre

Class Schedule:
Live in the Bucks County area and need a boost in energy to get you through the holiday season? Come play with us! Times/days below.

Barre Fusion
Mondays        10:00am-10:55am
Wednesdays  11:00am-11:55am
Saturdays          8:45am-9:30am

At the Bucks County YMCA of Doylestown

3 Words To Wrap Up 2018

We’ve come a long way.


2018 has been a year filled with inspiration & challenges by looking through the lens of the present world you live in and focusing on how to stay fit & healthy in your own unique way.


Weaving fitness into your lifestyle to maximize your energy, feel great in your body and stay connected to everything you love has been our goal from the get-go and we are well on our way.


The next few weeks are undoubtably going to be busy, so from here until 2019 (I can’t believe I just said that!!!), I am going to keep my messages short & sweet.


I will be keeping 3 words in my mind to wrap up the year and they are:

Yoga Fitness Inspiration

Your fitness journey is yours to create & have FUN with and I am honored you have shared your experience with me.


With Love,


What's Happening with JBird Fitness

Your Featured Workout of the Week - Barre Express: Total Body
As I mentioned, this month is always a busy one and I want you to have options to workout at-home but still get the benefits of exercising like you had time to go to the gym or your favorite fitness studio.

Barre Express: Total Body will only take 15 minutes but will keep you energized and ready to go for this holiday season.

Members: click HERE to go directly to the video library.
Non-Members: click HERE & come play with us for FREE!

Barre Total Body At-Home Workout Video

Class Schedule:

Barre Fusion Doylestown YMCA

If you do have time to hit the gym and live in the Bucks County area, I'd love to see you in class. Times/days below.

Barre Fusion
Mondays        10:00am-10:55am
Wednesdays  11:00am-11:55am
Saturdays          8:45am-9:30am

At the Bucks County YMCA of Doylestown

Holiday Fitness Guide

It’s here.


With Thanksgiving behind us the December holiday season is knocking on your door…and it’s not a subtle knock.


You: Eehhhhhh!


Stop, Don’t Freak Out. You’ve Got This!

You just need to take a deep breath, do a little re-organizing & change your mind.



Yep, I need you to stop thinking you are going to be able to workout like you have been.




I know I am usually here to encourage you to workout more, but not this season.


Nothing worse than planning a workout, getting swamped and then getting frustrated or disappointed in yourself for not checking it off your list.


Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want you to hang up your spandex and wait to dust them off in January. I simply want you to be realistic with your time and give yourself goals you KNOW you can achieve.


The good thing is you have been working with me the past couple of weeks on being more efficient & effective with your workouts. So even though you need to shave some time off of your fitness schedule to fit holiday events, shopping, etc… into your days, you won’t be slacking off by any means.


In fact, you will be working smarter, getting more done than you would have before and still feeling great in your body during this busy time of the year.


So for the first time ever, you are going hear me say “take setting your expectations high off the table and let’s be realistic”


Think about the best week you have EVER had getting your workouts in. Was it 6 days? Was it 4?


Now, cut it in half.


Let your main focus be on how WELL you are working out, not how much.


Yep, less will be more for the next several weeks. 


Your first task to get the job done is a mindset shift.


Preparing yourself mentally for the changes to come, excepting the inevitable yet keeping a positive outlook, knowing you can have your cake & eat it too.


Yes! Your can stay fit and enjoy the holiday season. But you have got to be willing to make some changes.


Your Focus for the End of 2018:


  • BE CREATIVE with your workout schedule. Just because you normally workout Monday, Wednesday, & Friday, doesn’t mean “oh well, this week I can't exercise Monday or Friday so I’ll bag it”. You need to look at Tuesday and/or Thursday. How about skipping the gym but working out at home instead? That will save you at least 30 minutes. Be creative, not stubborn with your time. 

  • GIVE IT EVERYTHING YOU HAVE. Your concentration on exercise form is going to be your best friend this upcoming month. Get more bang for your buck, while you commit to working out at your highest level of effort possible, in order to save time & feel great in your body.

  • ENJOY EVERY MOMENT. Thinking positively & being fully present while you are working out will help you relax into the holiday season stress-free, happy & staying on your health track.

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Like I said, "You've got this!"...and now you can open your door with a smile.



P.S. If you missed the exercise technique tips, click on the pink highlighted exercises here for details on The SquatThe Push-Up or The Tick Tock. (once you are on the Blog page scroll down for pics & descriptions)

P.P.S. If there is a different exercise you would like guidance on, by all means, email me at . I'd be more than happy to help.

What's Happening with JBird Fitness:

Your Featured Workout of the Week - Precision: Yoga
This workout video is the perfect send off for this month of giving thanks. Each breath you take will move you in new directions allowing you to appreciate your body in all it's glory. The bonus: it will also help clear your mind & enable you to concentrate on everything we talked about above. All you need is 15 minutes to start the season of right.

Members: click HERE to go directly to the video library.
Non-Members: click HERE & come play with us for FREE!

15 minute Yoga Workout Video

Class Schedule:

3 days of FUN FUN FUN! If you live in the Bucks County area, I want to see you in class this week. Days & times below. 

Barre Fusion Bucks County YMCA Doylestown

Barre Fusion

Mondays        10:00am-10:55am
Wednesdays  11:00am-11:55am
Saturdays          8:45am-9:30am

At the Bucks County YMCA of Doylestown

Workout In Record Breaking Time

I totally thought we had another week to tweak, adjust and go deeper into our form and then I looked at the calendar.


Thanksgiving is THIS WEEK!


I’m realizing it’s early this year, but I feel like it came up on me out of no where.


So here’s the deal...we need to ramp things up. Like NOW! No messin’ around. Just pure unadulterated exercise form to function, so we can keep moving & still have FUN this holiday season.


You ready?


Say YES!


You got your feet wet last week with the break down of The Squat (click, if you missed it). Now I am going to go over two more moves.


The Push Up & The Tick Tock.

To get the most bang for your buck, we are focusing on the push up. But I am going to admit something to you...I hate push ups. I love them because they strengthen the upper body & core at the same time but they are NOT my favorite. Even though I consider my midsection pretty strong, my upper body historically has been my weak point. And this, my friend, is exactly why I (you...we) need to do the uncomfortable thing of working on things we don't excel at. So without further delay, I present...

The Push Up - version 1 on the knees / version 2 on the toes

  1. Spread your fingers out & place your hands wide.

  2. As the elbows flair out, lower your chest down to a challenging depth.

  3. In the down position your elbows should line up directly over your wrists. If not, re-adjust for your next rep.

  4. Pressing through the whole hand to come back up to your start position.

  5. Do 10-15 reps. Rest for 60 second. Repeat for up to 3 sets.

In class I often see people dropping their heads, like they are bobbing for apples. Keep your vision on the floor about a foot in front of you and keep your neck in line with the rest of the spine.

For some more tweaks, check out the mindful thoughts below.

How to do a Push Up

Be Mindful:

  • Think of a push up as a moving plank, therefore your abs should stay firm, without restricting your breath and your torso should move as one unit.

  • Shoulders away from the ears, by sliding the shoulder down and along the spine, keeping your heart open to your thumbs but the ribs continually drawing inward

The Tick Tock

  1. Lie on your back with your arms out in a Wide V and feet off the floor, knees bent or legs extended.

  2. Slowly move the legs on a diagonal to the right then back to center.

  3. Repeat to the left.

  4. Continue for a count of 16-20 reps.

When the legs are moving to each side, keep the opposite shoulder grounded. This may limit how far down the legs go but don’t fret. The goal is not to go as low as you can go but more to keep control of the legs and engage in the core as you bring the legs back to center.

More mindful tips below...

Ab Exercise

Be Mindful:

  • The legs can be bent at any angle. The bigger the angle or more extension in the legs, the more challenging the exercise will be.

  • I stated “slowly” above because you want to avoid momentum taking over. No one's saying to move like a 🐢 but simply stay engaged through each and every rep.

  • Keep Breathing! Ideally, inhale as the legs go out to the side & exhale as you bring them back to center. But don’t get hung up on it. Just Breathe...

Between The Squat, The Push-Up & The Tick Tock you now have a mini workout ready-to-go. Put them together, as a 3 set routine and you will have hit the whole body in minutes. 

See, no need to skip a workout or reply no to any celebrations this season. 

You really can have your cake and eat it too!


What’s Happening with JBird Fitness:

With the holiday week here you’ll need every opportunity available to save time and get things done. So your featured workout of the week is Precision: Total Body. 15 minutes to get a full body workout in and burn the calories before they fill your belly.

Members: click HERE to go directly to the video library.
Non-Members: click HERE & come play with us for FREE!

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Doylestown YMCA Barre Fusion Class

Class Schedule:

Calling All Bucks County Peeps, plus your family & friends visiting with you this upcoming week! With Thanksgiving on Thursday this year, my classes are going on as usual. So you have three opportunities to play with me in person and I would LOVE to have guests come see what we do for FUN! All are welcome :)

Mondays        10:00am-10:55am
Wednesdays  11:00am-11:55am
Saturdays          8:45am-9:30am

How Many Times Do You Go To The Bathroom a Day? Your Guide to Doing It Right!

"Let’s Do This!"

We'll get to the bathroom talk in a moment, but first...


This phrase, "Let's Do This!", is one I hear myself saying over & over again.


So I was wondering…why do I say it? And I am realizing now it’s because I want you to be mentally prepared when you start moving and also stay mindful throughout your workouts.


Engaging your muscles in a thoughtful way rather than going through the motions or mimicking the moves of others makes a tremendous difference in your fitness training. And, like I talked about last week, can save you time.


If you missed last week’s newsletter, click HERE. But for now, I want to get us effectively moving right away.


Last week I mentioned diving into form & technique with some foundational exercises, so this week we are going to start with The Squat.


You do squats all day long and you don’t even know it. 


Thinking, “Janine, I haven’t really been working out, so you’re wrong on that one.”


Well I hate to have a potty mouth, but in the past 7 days, even if you haven't been to the gym, you've done at least 40-50 squats. You see...recent statistics show the average person goes to the bathroom 6-7 times a day. And we are not even including every time you sit down in a chair and get back up.


Interesting right? Not only do you need this exercise for a great butt. But you need it to go pee-pee or poopy. (Can you tell I have a 4 year old? 😆)


So let’s break it down.


The Basic Squat

  1. Stand tall with your feet shoulder width apart or slightly wider. 

  2. Imagine there is a chair behind you.

  3. Sit, pushing your hips back and allow your torso to hinge slightly forward without rounding your back.

  4. Elbows can be bent with hands together (like the picture) or you can extend your arms forward.

  5. With your body weight staying back toward your heels, press up to the starting position.

  6. Repeat 15-20x, then rest for 30 seconds, completing up to 3 sets.

When I am teaching or training a client, the #1 mishap I see is people not pushing their hips back but take a look at the picture and then...

Read the "mindful" tips below for some other technique tweaks. They will not only help you see results faster but they will also help prevent injuries down the road.

How To Do A Squat

Be Mindful: 

  • Knees should stay over the ankles and not go past your toes.

  • Keep your legs parallel, without buckling inward.

  • Heels should stay on the ground.

  • Only add weights/barbells or combine with upper body weighted work once you have mastered the Basic Squat


Mindset Tip:

  • Just because the name of an exercise has the word “basic” does NOT mean it’s easy. It simply means it is a foundational exercise. Even if you have been doing squats, like me, for 20+ years, it’s important to check in with your technique every moment possible. 


Be Proactive to see Positive Progress.

I took the picture above with my iPhone, nothing fancy about it and you can do the same to check out your own form. Take a pic, then take a look. Go through the lists above and see if there is anything you can improve upon.

Let me know how it goes and if you have any question don't hesitate to reach out to me at

Next week we will work on our technique with another exercise, but until then focus on your squatting form...on the potty & off.

With Love,

What's Happening with JBird Fitness:

Your Featured Workout of The Week - Precision: Cardio Sculpt
As I said last week, the Precision Workout Series is the highlighted videos for the month of November but this week, in particular, I want to highlight Precision: Cardio Sculpt. It's a full body 15 minute workout that starts with...The Squat. Perfect after our form check above.

Members: click HERE to go directly to the video library.
Non-Members: click HERE & come play with us for FREE!

Class Schedule:

If you missed the news, I have added an additional class, Mondays at 10:00am, to my schedule at the Bucks County YMCA in Doylestown, PA.

The questions is usually "What is Barre Fusion?" My answer: Expect to see movements from barre, yoga and traditional body conditioning but come, willing to do it all in an unexpected way. 😁


Barre Fusion Bucks County Doylestown YMCA

Mondays        10:00am-10:55am
Wednesdays  11:00am-11:55am
Saturdays          8:45am-9:30am

Workout Less, Get More Done!

Even though we gained an hour today with daylight savings time, we are heading into the busiest time of the year which means time is tight. 


You may be questioning whether you can keep up with your fitness program, knowing the next two months is going to be filled with holiday preparations, extra hours shopping online & off and celebrations galore.


And I am here to tell you, Absolutely! Yes!! YOU CAN!!!

But to get the job done, you will need to use your brain power to tap into your muscles with more engagement than ever before.


See I am a bit of a nerd when it comes to understanding body mechanics (how the body moves) and I have learned through the years how much of a difference it can make, to getting the results you want in less time.

Fitness Tip

And I want to pass along this info to you, so you won’t need to compromise your fitness program this upcoming holiday season, nor will you need to miss out on any of the festivities.

Trust me when I say, with the end of 2018 coming to a close, time will be on your side.


Sound good?




We will begin to dissect and hone in on your body positioning & movement with some foundational exercises next week but...

To get you started now, I have chosen the Precision Workout Series this month to be the JBird Fitness Featured Workout Series.


The videos in this series are exactly what you’ll need to jump start the season off right and teach you how to get in the BEST frame of mind to be effective in just 15 minutes and feel GREAT in your body.

Details & links to the workouts are below.


Get Moving. Be Engaged. And See Results.


With Love,


What's Happening with JBird Fitness:

Your Featured Workout Series This Month: Precision

Workout Videos

Get your game face on and dive right into this series to experience what 15 minutes of JBird can do for you. Thinking it's not enough time? Try it! See for yourself how focusing your energy in the right direction can help you get results and save time. 

You have 4 workouts to play with, so Get Moving!

Members: click HERE to go directly to the video library.
Non-Members: click HERE & come play with us with a FREE trial.


Class Schedule:

If you live in Bucks County I would LOVE to see you in class. I started teach at the YMCA in Doylestown a year ago and the members have been rockin' it ever since! What to expect? A JBird Fitness Workout Series in 45 to 60 minutes with me standing by your side, cheering you on. Schedule below,

Bucks County YMCA Doylestown Barre Fusion

Mondays        10:00am-10:55am
Wednesdays  11:00am-11:55am
Saturdays          8:45am-9:30am

Beat The Halloween Treat Temptations...Before It's Too Late!

Beside Fall being my favorite season, it brings the excitement of Halloween. Well, at least for the kids. As a parent I have fun too...

...but the over excessive amounts of tootsie rolls, mini chocolate bars and candy corn puts me over the edge and my willpower is challenged to its highest degree.


The candy corn is like a drug. You can’t just have a few.


And let’s not even talk about the minis. Those little bites of chocolate basically become a King Size + chocolate bar after you have said to yourself “one more won’t hurt”.

20 pieces later...

Halloween Candy Fitness

I know you know what I’m talkin’ about.


So what can you do?

I’ve got 4 ideas below for you and I urge you to set them in motion immediately after trick or treating has wrapped up to tame your temptations.


What to do with leftover Halloween candy?


  1. Create an advent calendar - I have been doing this for a couple of years now and if you have little ones, it's a great way to get them involved in a project and explain they can’t eat the whole bucket at once. As a gift a few years back, a cousin of mine sent us a fancy decorative advent tree for the holidays but you can simply use some old party cups (you’ll never use, because they won’t match your next theme) and top each cup with a #’d piece of paper. Then once the calendar is filled...

  2. Donate Your Candy - Whether it’s just you or you get your family involved in packing it up, labeling and mailing it off, sending a donation gift is always a win-win. It puts a smile on the faces of those who receive it and you feel good for sharing your fortune. Don’t know where to send it? Check out Operation Gratitude at for details.

  3. Bring It To The Office - Last year we had an over abundance of candy, so I made Ryan (my husband) bring a bowl to work. He said it was gone within a few days. And thank goodness...I don’t think anyone at my job (the gym) would have appreciated the sweets as much LOL!

  4. DIY Trail Mix or Freeze It - This one only works if you have self-control (so, I’m out on this idea but still think it's worthy of sharing) If you won’t be tempted to scarf down handfuls of trail mix or dive into your freezer at midnight, these ideas mean you get to keep your candy (I mean the kids candy) but save them for fun days like hiking trips or when you have parties at your place. Unwrap any chocolate pieces, mix them up with healthy nuts and dried fruit and you're good to go. Or put the unwrapped pieces on a tray (this will help keep them from sticking togteher), freeze them, and then place into a ziplock to use on top of sundaes or to throw in milkshakes on special occasions.

Pick one or mix and match what works for you & your family.

Again, I won’t be doing #4 because I would be the first one tip toeing down the stairs at an ungodly hour to nosh on a frozen snickers. But whichever one you decide works for you, do it!

Rather than feeling like a waste or soon to be extra unhealthy calories in your belly, Halloween will be satisfying & FUN for all!


P.S. The picture above is of me last year, after we accumulated more candy than ever before. I was determined this year to have a game plan for the excess and wanted to pass along my ideas, as I knew I couldn't be alone.💋

What's Happening With JBird Fitness:

Your Featured Workout Video Series For The Month of October: Kick It!

I decided to highlight the Kick It! Workout Series this month because it's not the "usual" workout you normally see on

If you didn't know, I have been having a secret love affair with kickboxing for some time now. So much so, I take martial arts classes on a regular basis and have even taken fitness certifications to back it up. Since it's the season to dress up and be someone/something different, this workout series fuses together my specialties of Dance, Barre & Yoga with my inner desire to be a ninja warrior.

So GO! Have FUN and Be Fierce!

Members: click HERE to go directly to the video library.
Non-Members: click HERE & come play with us with a FREE trial.

Kickboxing Barre Workout Video

My Class Schedule:

Exciting News! I am adding, yet again, another class to my schedule at the Bucks County YMCA - Doylestown. Now you can come play with me 3 times during the week. WaHoo! And if you come on Halloween you'll get to see me all dressed up.  What am I going to be? You'll have to show up to see ;)

Barre Fusion Bucks County YMCA

Barre Fusion
Mondays       10:00am-10:55am
Wednesday   11:00am-11:55am
Saturdays.        8:45am-9:30am

Love Your Body. How? The Secret's Below...


I started my fitness career in group fitness because...


  1. I loved how exercise made me feel.

  2. It made me happy to see other people smiling after an amazing workout.

  3. I felt connected to & supported by the other people in class.


I soon found myself teaching 25+ classes a week to satisfy my craving for group fitness.


That was in my single days, when I had more time just for myself.


Even though it’s not as often, I feel like lucky to still have the opportunity to teach. And I do take time to go to the gym and take other instructor’s classes.


But it’s not always on my terms.


Life’s responsibilities have changed in the last 10 years and I’ve had to get creative with my needs & wants in my fitness routine.


Sure, I’ve got a ton of tools in my back pocket to workout on my own but that “thing” I miss from being with other people keeps knocking on my door.


“Hello, anyone else out there feel the same way?”


“Yes, I’m talking to you”


Do you miss being a part of something? Knowing other people are feeling the same? Want to reconnect to your body and also be inspired by the energy of others, but don’t always have time to get to the gym?


Good because I know a place you can go without even having to leave your house or compromise your priorities.


As I said, one of the top 3 reasons I got into teaching fitness was how happy it made me to connect to other people.


As JBird Fitness continues to evolve, I am starting to realize how important it is for all of us to have a “door” to walk through, a place to chat before or after we exercise and to spread the positive energy we are creating.


So I am inviting you to be a part of the JBird Fitness Community Group.


It’s a closed Facebook group, created to inspire you to keep moving and feel a positive connection to your body.


The cliche, "we are stronger in numbers", is a cliche for a reason.


When you have a community of people around you, supporting you, cheering you on, you are more likely to keep going, making sure fitness & moving your body is a priority.


In the past I have found myself aimlessly scrolling through social media, smiling at pics & messages friends have posted but also getting distracted by negative vibes too. I am making it my mission in the next few months to not only fill my newsfeeds with more positivity, but yours as well.


A couple of weeks ago I stated “change, positive change, takes time to be nurtured”.


The best way to make positive change in your life is to surround yourself with positive people.


Join us!

Click the image above and start surround yourself with people who only want the best for you and will keep you on track with your fitness goals. Including me!


If you are already a member of the JBird Fitness Community Group, thank you. Thank you for putting yourself out there, giving it your all even on the days you didn’t think you could and continuing to support, encourage & share your experiences on JBird.


I am grateful. I am proud. I am forever inspired. 

With Love,

Fall Fitness FUN! Workout below…

Picking different exercises and styles of movement to use while you are working out has the power to wake your body up and keeps life interesting. So, let’s take ourselves out of the usual & play. 

To get you started I have put together four moves you don’t normally see together because I want you to be efficient and savvy at the same time.

By combining moves from Bootcamp class, Barre, Sports Conditioning, and Yoga you will have the advantage of working stamina, strength & mobility all in one quick workout!


The workout is below and can be used as an add-on to your already existing workout program or you can schedule yourself to do this sequence for 15 minutes, 3x this week.


The choice is yours.


Enjoy and have FUN with it!



15 minute Total Body Fusion Workout
Complete one full round of each exercise then repeat 2 more times.
(click the video to view the demo of exercises)

1. Bootcamp - Shuffle Forward, Touch Down Squat, Shuffle Back, Touch Down Squat (1 minute)

2. Barre - 2nd Posiiton Plié with Slide (optional: Passe Balance) (30 seconds Right / 30 seconds Left)

3. Sports Conditioning - Alternating Plank Walks  (1 minute)

4. Yoga - Bridge (hold for 30 seconds then rest; repeat 4x)

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Want more exercise ideas and inspiration? 
Piece together the routine above with this week's featured workout video, play the tunes from my latest Spotify playlist while you are working out or come play with me in person!

Your Featured Workout of the Week
Kick it!: Cardio
Be prepared to SWEAT, as you kick, punch and hustle in this heart pumpin' workout. Keep a towel & bottle water nearby ;)

Members: click HERE to go directly to the video library.
Non-Members: click HERE & come play with us with a FREE trial.

Quick Cardio Kick Workout Video

My Latest Spotify Music Playlist

It's named Barre October '18 but don't let the title fool you. This playlist it GREAT for any workout and even just to turn on & UP in the background while you're cookin', workin', and playin'.

Never used Spotfity? No worries. You can listen for free. Just click the playlist picture and ENJOY!

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Class Schedule:
We have been rockin' it in class the past 2 weeks and I plan on keeping the momentum going. Join us!

Barre Fusion
Wednesdays 11:00am-11:55am
Saturdays       8:45am-9:30am

Bucks County YMCA - Doylestown