SouLift Celebrates: Jenifer Kendall


State your Name and/or Nickname please:  Jenifer Kendall AKA JK

Words to live by? Don't take life too seriously, you never get out alive.

What is your fitness background?  Does 12 years in the Army count?  I've completed a half marathon, several 5ks, 3 sprint triathlons, one OCR, a 335 mile bicycle ride from Pittsburgh to DC, and a power lifting competition.  I completed my ACE Certification in September, 2017.

How long have you been training at SouLift Fitness?  Since February of 2016.

Take us back to your first day at SouLift… How did you feel? How do you compare it to workouts today?  I joined as part of a booty-camp.  It had been a few years since I had worked out and the muscle pain was excruciating.  I was so sore the first week or so.  I don't remember feeling that bad during real boot camp.  Nevertheless, I continued.  And I got stronger.  And I wanted to push myself harder, faster.  It was the beginning of my gym addiction!  I was actually hesitant about joining the gym, because I wasn't sure that I could do the things I'd seen everyone else doing.  I always say that it took me a year to get strong enough to get STRONG.  I'd like to say that today's workouts are easier, but the truth is, you get stronger and the weights get heavier.  I live sore.


What’s your favorite part of SouLift? my favorite part?  Good grief....  The gym family that we have is amazing, the atmosphere, the comradery, watching people do things they thought they weren't capable of, doing things I thought I wasn't capable of.  I love all the parts really.  I should've just led with that - I love all the parts.

What is your cheat meal go to?  PIZZA.  ALWAYS PIZZA.

Tell us about a moment you felt most proud of yourself during a workout.  Oh goodness, I'm usually proud that I dragged my butt out of bed at 4:30am.  Honestly, there are lots of moments.  Everyday usually has something to be proud about.

Tell us something we don’t know about you…  I LOVE being in nature, but I HATE when nature touches me.  Bugs freak me out.

Leave us with some parting words…  Henry Ford was onto something when he said, "Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right."  Successes happen when you let go of the fear of failure.

Current Training Goals/PRs?  I'm going to conquer the muscle up. / PRs 250 back squat/ 255 dead lift/ 130 bench/ 130 power clean

How do you use your fitness outside of the gym?  How don't I use my fitness outside the gym?  I'm better at life.  I can move things, lift things, and walk far.  I have a lot more fun because my body is functional.

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of SouLift?  I'm an adventurer, pastry chef, traveler, lover of animals, and supporter of Veterans.

Jenifer now coaches Group Classes, instructs Yoga and is a Personal Trainer with SouLift Fitness. To work with Jenifer and try us for a free week CLICK HERE!