“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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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