Jenna Wolfe is a renowned TV journalist, fitness expert and personal trainer. She’s been sharing her passion for fitness and fun in America for the last 20 years, most recently at NBC’s Today Show where she was the first lifestyle and fitness correspondent. Jenna shares with us all the ways she lives up to being a Beyond Mom plus how she makes time for the gym whether she can leave the house or not! Get motivated by this power mom who is impacting the wellness world through her brand, website and social media.
What makes you a Beyond Mom?
Motherhood, the most important, beautiful, awe-inspiring and exhilarating thing known to woman, is only a fraction of what I do. I’m also a certified personal trainer, a TV gal, radio host, author, I manage my website, I’m helping build fitness software for Microsoft, I sit on the advisory board of health apps… all of that is what makes me a Beyond Mom.
What are the parts of you that have grown and expanded since becoming a Mom?
My heart has opened up in ways I never knew it could. My life used to revolve around MY needs, MY wants, MY thrills. Now I have two little people who depend on me for everything and while it’s the hardest job I’ve ever done, it’s also the most rewarding. I love every drop of sweat I pour into motherhood.
What relationships help you stay connected to yourself?
My relationship with my partner and wife, Stephanie is the most important one in my life. She is my rock, my foundation, my best friend, my sounding board, my diary and my partner in crime. Together we are raising these two little people. She gives me the space to make mistakes and the freedom to inject my style into both our relationship and our kids.
Do you have a ‘Beyond’ dream that you are pursuing?
Besides hosting SNL, I’d love to host a talk show that combined fitness and fun. Think Ellen meets Oz.
What wellness activity can you not live without? What is one thing you do daily that balances you?
If I can get a good sweat on every morning, I can handle anything. When I don’t get a good workout in (and a good workout is one where I leave everything in the gym), I’m not at my best. And if I can’t get to a gym, I bring the gym to me. The other day, I couldn’t leave the apartment because my little one was sick, so while she was playing with her toys, I knocked out 1000 mountain climbers right next to her, 100 at a clip. Game.
How does style influence the way you stay feeling ‘Beyond’? Who is currently your favorite designer?
I actually don’t know that much about fashion and style. I know what makes me feel strong. I know what gives me confidence. I know what gives me comfort. My style ranges from a white t-shirt, blue jeans and pumas, to a great workout outfit (grey/orange are my favorite colors this week).
Favorite Spots that Embody The Beyond Mom:
Peacefood Café, The Fhitting Room, The South Street Seaport. Riverside Park in the 60’s, any gym that has a large, open classroom with windows and mirrors (My athletic brain goes nuts coming up with creative workouts)
Beyond Cocktails and/or Food:
The Chicken Verde salad from Rex Coffeehouse on 56th and 10th. Best. Lunch. Ever. Also the best coffee in town.
A Jenna Pyramid (100 calories in 10 min with 10 different exercises). My site has tons of exercises that I’ve put together.