I quit my job. I was an Associate Professor in Kinesiology at The Pennsylvania State University and I quit my job. I was teaching courses that I loved; a core science, Neural Control of Movement, and an applied practicum, Group Fitness Exercise Prescription. I was researching topics that I cared about: high intensity interval training, the prevention of overreaching, and exercise adherence. Despite all that, after 12 years of instructing undergraduates and writing journal articles, I believed I could have more of an impact outside of academia, so I quit my job.
I quit my job three months ago and moved to New York City. Harlem to be exact… and I love it here! If you are familiar with the town of State College, there are few places less similar than my recent two residences. I relocated to what I imagined to be the fitness capital of the world with the hope to build my own brand and bridge the gap between collected data and fitness fiction.
I quit my job and my family, friends, and acquaintances have been incredibly supportive. It was a risky decision and I am not sure my plan will succeed… but it was not as crazy as it could be for a couple reasons. I am single. I do not have children. Maybe meeting a guy and being a step mom is in my future?!?! Regardless, the point is that making a life change this drastic was absolutely more feasible without dependents.
I quit my job at the university to move to a big city and as a result had to leave the thing I am most proud of to date… FITOLOGY… a Les Mills group fitness and cycling studio. Eight years ago, I had another bizarre idea; open an exercise facility with no business experience or personal savings. For some reason, a few incredibly strong women supported the dream with financial as well as psychosocial support for it to become a reality. I fully appreciate the unique environment we created with a premiere product, elite instructors, and motivated members. One thing I did not appreciate immediately was how much the community cared about quality training. They continually inquired about how to maximize their fitness potential with programming and nutrition questions. Witnessing these individuals improve their quality of life by making educated decisions drove me to attempt this dialogue on a larger scale.
I quit my job, so what can you expect from me now? I am going to write a weekly blog with a focus on using science to support or refute hot topics in exercise and eating. I am going to be a monthly guest on the Chase Your Better Podcast. I am going to try posting regular material on Facebook and Instagram (even though I am not a fan of social media). I am going to continue performing research studies with Les Mills International. I am going to instruct fitness classes at Exceed and New York Sports Club. I am going to pursue all opportunities to communicate with as many people as possible.
I am not going to quit talking about the benefits of smart training. I am not going to quit using exclamation points in every email. I am not going to quit telling you what works even if you want something faster and easier.
I hope you will follow me. I hope you will hire me if you want consulting, programming, or healthy-lifestyle help. And I really hope you will ask me questions!
Thank you for reading!
Jinger (with a “J”)