Fitness Trainer


“Officially” born in Cologne, this German girl grew up just outside the big city. Jana is 100% “Kölsche Mädche”! Jana (pronounced ‘Yana’) started competitive gymnastics at a young age. She tried to get into other sports but she always wanted to “flip around and challenge her body”. In her last competition in gymnastics, she made it to the finals… what a send-off! (Editors note: at any moment Jana could come out of retirement, she still does flips in the gym).

Jana has stepped into the Rep1 environment and become a big part of the team very quickly. Her vast knowledge and her personal experiences with gymnastics have given her an excellent grasp on how the body moves.  You will surely notice that as she talks you through an exercise. Jana can always be seen ripping around Kitsilano on her bike that needs its chain oiled. Just don’t try to keep up to her in the bike lane… she is very competitive!


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Want to read some random facts about Jana? Read on:

What is your favorite piece of fitness equipment?
I love the bands because they’re so versatile and I can come up with so many challenging and interesting exercises for all fitness levels. Other than that, probably the mat because I can both flip and sleep on it. 
One of your early life accomplishments was?…
In 6th grade I scored first place in an athletics competition where all of middle school participated (I even beat the 9th grade kids!). I was super tiny until 8th grade so I looked super funny on the podium next to the 9th grader guy that scored first with me. 
If you could be anyone else in the world who would it be?
I never thought about that, I’m pretty okay being me! If it doesn’t have to be a person, I would totally be a lion. Just sleep and eat all day while having the best haircut in the world. If I had to choose a person, I suppose it would be David Guetta because he lived the golden ages of pop music and EDM and played shows when smartphones were not a thing and people still lived the moment. He’s kind of retired but still rich, tours the world, and seems to have an awesome personal trainer.
If you weren’t a personal trainer, what would you do?
Either a professional gymnast (even if there’s no way of making a living) or a PE teacher. I was about to become a PE teacher actually (my second degree) but I realized as lovely as they are, kids can get pretty annoying, so I decided to keep coaching kids as a hobby.
What was your first job? And what did you learn at that job?
Teaching gymnastics to kids age 6-13. I learned that I like teaching and spreading the joy of movement and flying through the air. I also learned to be patient and to come up with metaphors and analogies to explain concepts. Finally, I learned that kids can be brutally honest.

What is the one ‘cheat’ food, or drink, that you can’t avoid?
Anything sweet! I’m pretty sure I couldn’t survive without chocolate. I would also never say no to a glass of Kölsch (Cologne Beer) or Radler.
Your favorite Superhero is?…
Not to be cheesy, but that’s probably my dad. Even though he’s not the best with words, he’s always been my biggest fan and supporter – to this day. What I admire most is his ability to find a solution (often very creative and practical) to any problem, and his persistent work ethic. His life lessons have shaped the person I am today, and I am very grateful for that (just identifying sarcasm and talking about feelings may have fallen a little short).
What was your favorite toy as a kid?
I loved all kinds of stuffed animals and had quite an impressive collection. My favorite was a big orange mouse. She went on some adventures with me from early on and never got lost.
What is the one thing that nobody knows you can do?
I’m actually pretty good with handicrafts and DIY stuff.
Your favorite vacation spot is
The French island of Corsica for sure! It is the perfect destination for a summer vacation, because it has nice mountains for hiking and climbing, beautiful beaches for that Caribbean feeling and super cute old towns with ancient buildings. It also brings back a lot of childhood memories.

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