Team Member Spotlight September 2017!
Get to know our awesome team member, JEN GERLACH!
We have an amazing, dedicated and talented team of instructors and playgroup captains here at FIT4MOM LSBWK NoVa, and we want you to get to know a little more about each one of them. So for September, we'll put the spotlight on Jen Gerlach, Playgroup Captain (PGC) for our Kingstowne and Springfield villages.
I remember meeting Jen for the first time back in August 2016 at our Springfield Town Center class. She really made an impact on me when she confided that she had tried several ‘other’ mommy and me fitness programs in the area, but none of them made her feel welcome or safe to be herself. This warmed my heart beyond measure and I just knew she too was perfect for our village feel. Find your tribe and love them hard, right?!?!? Krista, my operations manager suggested I speak to Jen about taking over the PGC duties and once I did, it proved to be ‘right’, right from the start. Jen puts her whole heart into our village to ensure mamas and littles are happy and entertained during play groups. Jen, thank you for all you do! Words are not enough 💖
~Shannon L., Franchisee FIT4MOM LSBWK NoVa
Read on to get to know more about Jen and her time with FIT4MOM LSBWK NoVa.
1. Who are the members of your family?
Me, My husband Adam, Kiddos John (4) & Clara (22 Months this month)
2. Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in NoVa?
I was born and raised in Bremerton, WA (across the water from Seattle). My husband is a Seabee in the Navy and we have been in NoVa for 2 years. This is the longest duty station we have had- and our 5th move.
3. What do you do for our FIT4MOM LSBWK NoVa village?
I am a fellow workout mom and Playgroup Captain for our Kingstowne and Springfield villages.
4. Tell us your story about how/why you became a PGC for Fit4Mom LSBWK NoVa.
I first joined FIT4MOM LSBWK NoVa through an event I saw posted by Shannon on FB. I attended my first class with Amber and signed up that day. It was the group that I didn’t realize I had been needing. I get excellent workouts, connect with other moms and my kiddos are connecting and growing too. It’s a whole package you just can’t pass up. I attended playgroups and would offer to help out with events as needed. Krista & Shannon approached me about joining the team and becoming a playgroup captain. I was excited because I enjoy thinking of fun and new activities for the kiddos, and seeing them all enjoy and play together.
5. What is your favorite playgroup activity?
My favorite has been the musical instruments playgroup- it was a very popular one and I will bring the instruments back for future playgroups because they were such a hit. I loved seeing the kids get into making music and dancing. Kids growing and connecting together…nothing else better!
6. What is the BEST thing about being a PGC?
I love being able to get creative and find new activities for the kiddos. It’s fun to see all the moms get in on the action too and connecting with each other and the kiddos. To be able to reach out to other moms and build up the community is a wonderful feeling. It has made a difference in my life so I want to share that experience with others.
7. What is your WHY? Why do you keep doing what you do?
Taking care of yourself is important and especially with little kiddos that are absorbing all that we do. I love how my kiddos are now doing squats and planks like we do in class and how they are seeing the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. I had been going to other mom events before FIT4MOM and I just wasn’t connecting and was feeling down. I didn’t realize how much I needed a village until I found FIT4MOM and the connections all grew and seemed so natural. I want to share that with other moms. It’s so nice to have others you can share stories with and feel like you aren’t alone…you have the support and understanding that is needed.
8. What is one of your current wellness goals?
One thing I am working on is choosing healthier snacks. I love my snacks, especially at night once the kiddos are in bed….It’s getting better but a very SLOW work in progress ;-)
9. What is a fun fact that many may not know about you?
I have 6 tattoos- all fairy tale related in some way…still plans for more eventually.
10. Anything else you'd like Our Village to know?
If you ever feel like you are the only one feeling a certain way or that no one relates to you, just start chatting with a fellow mom. I’ve learned that there is so much more I have in common with other moms than I ever thought possible. I am happy that I have a village where I feel I have developed some lifelong friendships and unconditional support! Thank you ladies!!
Jen, we are so grateful that you joined our team! You provide such creative and enjoyable playgroups for our Kingstowne and Springfield village moms and kiddos. Thank you for being there for our village!
**You can meet Jen at our playgroups on Tuesdays at our Kingstowne location and Fridays at the Springfield Town Center. She is also at class almost every day of the week
Check back in October for our next team member spotlight.
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