— KH, Georgetown

I started training with Jewel several years ago with a typical goal: to lose 10 lbs and look fit. At that time, I thought my eating and exercising habits were fairly healthy, but I didn’t have the look that I wanted.

As I started working with Jewel, my weekly workouts became more than just counting reps. We started discussing eating patterns, sleeping habits, and stress and Jewel got me to start setting realistic goals for myself like, “lose 2% body fat” or “drink 3 litres of water a day.”

I became less concerned with the number on the scale and more focused on how good I felt, how far I could run, or how much I could lift. I also developed a genuine interest in fitness and nutrition and became a certified trainer myself.

Jewel also helped me to overcome two injuries: a shoulder injury that I had for years and a knee injury sustained during a class at another facility.

Jewel helped me to correct muscle imbalances and taught me some stretches to increase the range of motion. She also recommended a massage therapist to help increase my range of motion. Jewel developed a rehabilitation plan for my shoulder and now, after 17 years, it’s fully functioning!

My knee injury made it so I could hardly walk. I thought that my training days were over. Jewel modified my workouts to incorporate the appropriate strength training and stretches. She also recommended a physiotherapist who prescribed the necessary protocol for inflammation reduction. It was a slow recovery but I am running races again!

It’s ironic, I never did lose those 10 lbs – I have actually gained weight! But, I did lose 10% body fat. Before Jewel, I wouldn’t have understood (or probably even cared) how this would be possible. But after working with Jewel, I’ve gained knowledge and confidence, and lost a negative self-image. I don’t define myself by a number anymore!