Author: Jennifer Van Barneveld (Coach JVB)

Toxic People – Get Rid Of Them

One of the biggest struggles my clients constantly encounter is guilt from “friends” just for choosing to be a better version of themselves. Of course it’s not just my clients. It’s almost everyone that wants to take their fitness goals to another level. Even me! While I certainly encourage a periodic dieting break while “on plan” to be used with friends, family, or loved ones so there’s plenty of room to enjoy food freely without getting negative commentary about your health choices… There are always others that are scheming to derail you or belittle you simply because they can’t take charge of their own life. So my advice when it comes to those people who belittle your goals and ambition: GET RID OF THEM. They’re TOXIC. Because when you do get rid of them, it’s still not fast enough. Having supportive people in your life is so important and when they fit my “Triangle Of Safety”, then I know I’m in good company. i) People that are truly happy for your success. ii) People that …

Learn The One Reason Why Most Women Want to Participate In A Photo Shoot

I have come to the conclusion that the majority of women I meet or coach have some kind of burning desire to participate in a photo shoot to see themselves in a light just like many of the gorgeous models they have always admired. But the question becomes…will they ever admit to this desire? This may be a bold statement but I can back it up. I’ve been in the fitness industry for more than a decade helping people achieve leaner physiques, a healthier relationship with food and most importantly themselves. I have learned what makes women succeed and accomplish their goals and, at the same time, also learned the things that can hold them back from succeeding and reaching their goals. The one thing that all my success stories have in common is that they have accepted and acknowledged that they are capable of living an extraordinary life. So what does that mean exactly? It means that these like-minded women have looked deep within their soul and acknowledged that their wants and desires are …

How Yoga Can Help New Moms & Their Postnatal Recovery

I am not a Yoga Expert but I have participated in a few yoga classes and have really enjoyed them. I know a lot of new moms who have practiced yoga throughout their pregnancy as well as postpartum to help with recovery, strength and stress levels. And from what I’ve noticed anyone who starts yoga, continues yoga… So I┬ádecided to interview my dear friend, Julie Hinton, Elite Yoga Expert and Mom of 2 beautiful children. Julie helps me to uncover the many amazing health benefits of yoga for New Moms. Here is what Julie has to say; Yoga is a great way to help new moms get physically and mentally back on track after 40 weeks of pregnancy. With all the joy your new bundle brings, you will also undoubtedly feel heightened responsibility and worry. In addition to its many physical benefits, yoga helps quiet the mind. Yoga helps with postpartum, anxiety, fatigue, and mild depression and will help you through the many aches and pains after delivery. 1. How can a new mom start …

Find Out How This New Mom Of 2 Lost Over 50 Pounds

When my beautiful Tiz Parente came to me a couple of years ago, she was desperate to take charge of her health and also frustrated from years of continuous dieting (trying everything under the sun). And also struggling with weight for as long as she can remember and even more so after 2 pregnancies. Even her very first email to me had the tone of defeat before I even put together her plan. Fast forward to today and this incredible Mom of 2 is a guiding source of inspiration and information for my new clients. Struggled? Tiz did. Frustrated? Tiz was. Overcome her fears and conquered her goals? Tiz did…and just SMASHED IT OUT OF THE PARK! We put together a strategy for initial weight loss using plenty of food flexibility and then, over time, transitioned to strengthening and shaping her body. With over 50 lbs lost, this amazing super mom is also an inspiration for her family in making healthy food choices while also enjoying plenty of food variety and balance. Tiz says, “Jenny …

Find Out How This Mom Lost The Baby Weight & Kept It Off

STOP THE PRESS!!! Words alone cannot describe how proud I am of this Beautiful, Smoking Hot Momma! Jordanna came to me looking looking to lose 10 lbs primarily in her belly and back area after the birth of her daughter. We started with “At Home” workouts but quickly transitioned her to the gym for weight lifting to truly shape her physique. Our biggest obstacle together was emotional eating situations so we worked very closely together rebuilding her relationship with food and also herself. Today she is one of my “Go To” girls on my team helping direct my newer clients with her guidance, experience, and genuine positivity…and that is what makes me most proud in terms of her journey. But let’s not look past the obvious… Holy Moly she looks incredible!!! Jordanna has lost over 20 lbs (more than DOUBLING her goal) including shaving off 8 inches around her belly button and 4 inches around her hips. Even better she looks tighter, leaner, and just all around fit! Jordanna says, “A couple of years ago …

Have You Gained Some Summer Fluff?

Okay, okay, okay…I’ll be the first to admit that I enjoyed the summer as well as the food to go along with the beautiful weather (yikes!). We had weekends full with things to do and people to see – barbecues, pool parties, entertainment parks, my son’s many play-dates…he seriously has more of social life than me. Oh how times have changed. My workout schedule was roughly 4 times a week but with my family being so busy, enjoying the weather, and seeing other family and friends my diet and training took a back seat. Sound familiar? Don’t worry, it’s a common problem and I hear many Mom’s complain about the extra 5, 10 or 15 lbs of “fluff” they’ve gained over the summer. So with September approaching, I’m going to be so bold in saying “It’s time for structure and less social gatherings!!” Yes, I know…all the fun maybe over but it’s time to refocus, set goals and crush them…and that to me can be even more fun, way more rewarding for sure. I created …