Fitness Coach, Podcaster, Writer, Mum and #1 Supporter of Empowerment of Women over 40
I'm Jessica Cooke and this is a little bit about me...
First up, I have a gorgeous family; my husband Joe and I have two kids, Arthur & Emily, who I had in 2013 & 2015, who I love so much. They are the absolute light of my day and make life so much more fun.
I love drinking coffee, and have two Miniature Schnauzers called Buster & Ozzy, who I love so much and are such funny little guys.
I live in Renville Galway, right beside the sea and a big forest, so I try really hard to sea swim once a week even though the weather makes it so tough! I love to be out in nature and feel happiest when laughing and having fun with my family out and about. On saying that I love being in my house and I love to close the front door and feel that lovely feeling of warmth, cleanliness and safety wash over me.
I had a complete breakdown in my twenties. I was extremely unhealthy at the time. I was overweight, drinking too much alcohol and a big smoker. I look back very kindly at that person I was back then, as I had very little confidence, was a complete people pleaser and didn’t really know how to take care of myself. Panic attacks, anxiety and stress were a big part of my life back then.
I chose a career in empowering women to get fit and healthy, because once I had recovered from my breakdown, I got really into fitness and health, and like many, I wanted to share what I had learned and help people that were struggling themselves.
I started to teach classes for women, in Leisureland Galway and they were so successful I rented out my very first studio in Barna, Galway and 'Jessica Cooke Health & Fitness' was born!
I had many successful years as a Personal trainer before my kids were born, which led to a few very stressful years once they were born!
I moved into a bigger studio, moved into a new home, rebranded my company to 'Inspire Fitness', took on a team of people and all it all happened way too fast and all at the same time.
Once I got past those first few stressful years, Inspire Fitness was really successful, and we changed many women's lives here in Galway, and something I will always be so proud of.
But then COVID hit…
So I moved online. I shut down the studio, and started back coaching clients, online for the first time. (I don't think I even knew what Zoom was before Covid).
It was such a huge success and I fell in love with it. It was the most wonderful rewarding experience. It was like an awakening.
I realised I didn’t want to own and manage a gym, I wanted to be coaching clients again!
I must say here, when Covid first hit, I started getting out the wine every night. I think it was my fifth night of drinking when I turned to my husband Joe and said ‘I’m at a crossroads Joe, I can keep drinking and wait until Covid passes, or I can rise up and be a leader and help people get through this time.. I’m so glad I made the choice to lead!
I’d like to wrap up my story by telling you that I have struggled massively with comfort eating and also with alcohol for many years of my adult life. Alcohol at weekends only, but I only ever drank to get drunk. And I used to eat my emotions which has caused me to massively fluctuate in weight.
I don’t drink anymore, or comfort eat and rather than a void being there, which I was so afraid of, it has been one of the most rewarding and brilliant things I have ever done in my whole life.
My whole career is now dedicated to sharing all these tools that I have learned. To empower women to transform their lives through fitness. To empower women to feel great in their clothes, feel fit and healthy with so much energy and positivity in their lives… without calorie counting, dieting or weighing themselves.. or spending hours in the gym... oh and I must ay here, I love, love, love the workouts I design for my clients and do, in realtime with them. They transform you from the inside out and I've been developing the secret sauce to my workouts for over 14 years now.
Big love to you,
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Oh yeah I did a vintage cosmo-style quiz...
1. IF YOU COULD EAT ONE FOOD FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE WHAT WOULD IT BE:
Pasta.. I just LOVE pasta
2. THE BEST TITLE I HAVE IS:
a. Fitness Coach
Wife and Mum
3. MOST LIKELY TO BINGE-WATCH:
a. Love Island
b. Downton Abbey
c. The Voice
4. MY GO-TO OUTFIT IS:
a. A dress & heels
b. A tracksuit
c. Jeans, T-Shirt & Blazer
d. Anything from Penneys
5. MY FAVOURITE THING TO DO AT WEEKENDS
Go on adventures with my family. Ideally outdoors in nature or exploring a big city.
6. MY DRINK OF CHOICE IS:
b. Pint of beer
c. A hot chocolate
d. A glass of wine
7. SOME DAY I WANT TO:
Write a book and spend the rest of my days in a special place in Spain
8. I WOULD DESCRIBE MYSELF AS:
Loyal, kind and caring, and impatient
9. MY FAVOURITE THING IN A FRIEND: