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New Trainer Spotlight: Who is Juniper Black?

Did you find yourself a little confused when booking your workouts for May? Probably… and that’s totally okay – you aren’t losing your mind (yet)!

Yes, the lovely (and highly qualified)  Trainer Juniper is taking over Tuesday and Thursday morning circuit classes! We are so excited to welcome her to the Honest Team, and hope you will extend the same – because hey, the Honest Family is ever-evolving!

We wanted to take the edge off, because I know some of y’all out there are Paisley loyalists. 😉 So, I took some time out of Juniper’s busy schedule to find out a little more about her. Read on, my people:

Tell us a little about yourself. Where’s your hometown? Do you have a large or small family? How long have you lived in the Pacific NW?

I grew up in small town in Eastern PA, where all of my extended family live in town or in the surrounding towns. (My parents live across the alley from my grandparents; my sister is a 5 minute walk away; my Aunt is a 5 minute drive away; and so on). My grandmother says that the members of our family all inherited the German “Stay Put” genes, except for me – I got the recessive Native Wandering gene. I came out to the PNW for the 1st time in 1994 on the Amtrak “Empire Builder” line.

Epic! Train travel! What got you into fitness?

I have always been fascinated with Martial Arts. I used to watch Kung Fu Theater every Saturday (and then Creature Double Feature on Sundays). Even my favorite cartoon was Japanese Animé that we somehow got on regular local tv channels in my small town.

Becoming a fitness trainer & group X instructor evolved from connections I made through my Martial Arts training.

So, you’ve been at this for quite some time, what are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far?

  1. Our industry tends to feed you the idea that you should be detached from your clients;  I’ve found that the opposite is more effective (and rewarding). I don’t know how you expect to help someone shift their habits to a healthier lifestyle if you don’t know anything about how they live their life. If a client invites me to something, I do my best to attend. I’ve gone to birthday parties, art openings, and performances. Once, I even went to see Def Leppard at the Tacoma Dome because a client really, really wanted to go. (It was a good show!)
  2. I’ve been a Licensed Massage Therapist as long as I’ve been a trainer (both since 2000). Doing both professions simultaneously has aided and strengthened how I do each of them.  I feel very fortunate that I’m able to draw on the knowledge from one discipline while I’m performing the other.
  3. The way I train these last 8 years is vastly different from how I trained when I first started in the business. My goals as a trainer made me want to give my clients the ability to be active no matter where they are at in their fitness journey.

What was your weirdest job (prior to becoming an Honest Trainer, ha-ha)?

I don’t know that I’ve had any weird jobs…I’ve had a lot of cool jobs, though. I used to build structures out of Cobb (mud/straw/clay mix) – I did several benches, an art installation in the Pearl, and a 6 foot goddess statue for the Women’s Temple (this would have been around 1998-2000).

I also lived on Kauai for a while, where I worked on a baby greens and ginger farm. Some people used to harvest greens naked, when they felt like it.

Definitely cool! What is your favorite food?

Indian – anything and everything. (I also worked in an East Indian restaurant when I lived in New Mexico for 6 months (‘94-’95)

Yum, Indian food is definitely my comfort food! I never feel crappy after eating it. Where is your favorite place to visit?

Portland in the summer is my favorite place in the whole world. But just to visit: anywhere with a nice Coastline and easy access to the ocean.

I know you are a busy gal, but what do you like to do in your spare time? Any creative outlets?

In my spare time I ride motorcycles and teach Motorcycle courses for the State of Oregon. I also wrote a novel last year and am currently searching for an agent. I garden a lot and enjoy being outside as much as possible. Doing the stairs at Mt. Tabor is a favorite spring, summer, and fall activity.

Man, those stairs are no joke! Kudos! How do you manage stress in your daily life?

My grandmother told me, “The things you worry about the most always matter the least.” So whenever I find myself feeling stressed about something, I say this to myself.

I freaking love that! Grandparents are amazing. Since summer is quickly approaching, which do you prefer – hiking or swimming?

Because we’re in the PNW: hiking. It’s too cold to swim outside here.

Okay, here’s a fun one…. would you rather be a tiny elephant or a giant hamster?

Tiny elephant — my brain would still be plenty big.

Ha! Great answer. Thanks for your time and such thoughtful responses.  I look forward to working out with you on Tuesday and Thursday mornings starting this May! Be sure to introduce yourself if you see Juniper around the studio and welcome her by checking out her classes ASAP! 

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