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Jen gives us the details, along with the incredibly fit celebrities you might not expect. We had a full-fledged psychology testing; question quiz. You have to sit with a psychiatrist, and, by the way, there were gladiators that were picked but did not pass their psych tests and did not get the job. Then, an incredible series of events that rocketed her into the national spotlight on American Gladiators. Jen also gives some really surprising details on what that show was like behind the scenes. Jen, thanks so much for taking the time to us today.
I was in college and I was watching American Gladiators. I do apologize Jen widerstrom feet sorry, not sorry. How did that come about? How did you end up on the American Gladiators reboot? Dude, I mean, talk about dream come true.
I dressed up as an American Gladiator for Halloween since I was a kid through I was college and beyond. To say that I was a fan is an understatement. What had happened is I was bartending in Chicago, not using my degree and just drinking a lot.
I had a blast, by the way. I did one fitness modeling photo shoot for optimum nutrition. I thought I was a millionaire because they gave me bucks or something for to own all the rights to all the photos. This is great. Fast forward, I got anwhich I for sure thought was a total joke and hoax that my friends that were in Chicago because I have really funny friends. They wanted me to come audition. Yes, I am. How do you think about that? I got anything you want? I have to ask.
What was your audition like? Because it just purely based on a photo shoot they called you in.
What did you have to do? First, I had to do a take. I had to do the questionnaire, show forms of identification because they do a background check, and then I had to show videos of me doing skills. I was repping out pull-ups. I got four and I started to struggle. Then I cut my take to me running on a track. Then I tried to make myself…It was like the sizzle reel, right? It was enough to at least get me an audition in person. In person was a little bit different. Then we had like the VO2 max test.
They checked your heart. They did EKGs. Then I remember — biggest mistake of my life, also one of the best decisions — Gina Carano, who I had no idea who she was. At that time inshe was the woman. The female leader figure, like mega queen in MMA. She was the first one that was out there, showed a lot of strength and was super hot. I had no idea though. That sounds terrifying. That sounds absolutely terrifying. I had no idea who she was. I did college sports. I will be fine. I just was doing what I thought a wrestler look like.
I have no idea but I was strong. I think they just threw us in some apparatuses. She hit me so many times, I just took it. I just think I was resilient and capable enough, especially on rings and wall, which are very difficult upper body events for women. I think because I did gymnastics for so long I felt very comfortable, and it just kind of worked out. The other thing, Dave, as this turns into a very long-winded answer, I sucked. They just want to use me. They are making a show, they need to make it entertaining.
They need people who can move Jen widerstrom feet who can also be entertaining, who can play to the camera. I honestly think, Jen widerstrom feet, I always joke that the reason they picked me was because I was the most beatable. I bartend.
When I would compete, sometimes the contestants were bigger than me. You say you were bartending at the time but you were also clearly still training. You were a college Jen widerstrom feet. Fitness was…. Eh, kind of…. I did sports as a. I did gymnastics growing up, and in college I ended up being a nationally competitive hammer thrower.
I was very strong and I had a lot of foundation. By the time I got done with college, I was eating and drinking the same, and not really working out very much, and relied on years of muscle to try to keep me in one place. I definitely started to get chubby. It was actually the thought of Gladiators happening made me really clean my act up and get my shit together because I was never training. I was looking and researching this.
I was looking back at the old American Gladiators footage, watching on YouTube, watching the stills. It was…. Oh, no. I was not doing the morning cardio but I was doing bodybuilder stuff. Got you. I need to look good. I was winded, I was not in shape. We are not cardiovascular beings. From about zero to six to eight seconds, I am really, really powerful and you better watch out.
After that, forget it. Three burpees in a row felt like a lifetime to me with that kind of training. I looked like in shape but I was in poor, poor shape. We have a lot of people listening who are Crossfitters and they can do stuff across all type of domains.
We also have a lot of powerlifters, and weightlifters, and strong men athletes…. Those are my people. This is my Jen widerstrom feet. I was under the interpretation that you were in this fitness career trajectory even before Gladiators.
It sounds like Gladiators was the springboard to that part of your career. I think it was a springboard to TV. We were filming in LA, then the show gets canceled. My folks were great. Stay in LA, see what you can do. Just give it a shot, whatever that looks like. I had all this money saved and I had not enough.
I started my fitness career not untilthe year after Gladiators. I tried to be the greeter at a gym. It was called Pulse Fitness Studio. I just want to greet people. I eventually had the courage to start teaching group classes. It was like treadmills, and dumbbells, and bands, and stuff, so a little bit of a circuit vibe. I started teaching and I would have two, maybe three, people come to my class. Within a year, I was at capacity like, plus people in my class.
It started just to pay the rent. I started having fun, and I started to realize that I had this greater purpose in me as a coach. I just love the way…fitness to me was a conduit for such greater things.
When people were consistent and feeling good in the gym, they were feeling better about themselves. They would make better eye contact, they would walk a little taller.Jen widerstrom feet
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