20 December 2018

Fitness queen Jenna Louise home for Christmas and Club Lime's Summer Throwdown

| Wendy Johnson
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Club Lime in Canberra is the first gym Jenna belonged to. Photos: Supplied.

Jenna Louise is on a fitness mission. Indeed, she’s been on a mission for years and there are no signs of her slowing down.

Jenna will be in Canberra this Saturday, with her fiancé Scott Evennet, to host a ‘Summer Throwdown’ fitness session at Club Lime. And those who sign up to participate better get ready ’cause there ain’t gonna be any excuses for not movin’ during this one-off fitness event.

You see, Jenna is a personal trainer, mindset, performance coach, Ninja Warrior Athlete and fitness model (whew). Scott’s a former military commando and fitness coach (whew). The couple are famous for their six packs and the myriad of fitness stuff they’re right into. But don’t be afraid, the fitness duo is holding Throwdown for folks of all ages and fitness levels, with the major aim of having fun.

Born and bred in Canberra, Jenna now lives in Sydney but will be home for Christmas. After Club Lime’s Throwdown, she’s looking forward to digging deep into her beloved Mum’s pavlova and her Nanna’s lattice strawberry slice. “I burn calories to eat calories,” laughs Jenna, who openly admits she adores food and is a sucker for chocolate. “I train the way I train so I can eat the way I eat.”

Jenna trains at least twice a day, sometimes in her own studio. And, more often than not, you see her trying to train with Dutchie, her French bulldog who sometimes just gets in the way.

Jenna with Dutchie, her French bulldog.

Dutchie is also famous in her own right and even has her own Instagram page…check it out here. She loves to get in on the action, often causing Jenna to get a bad case of the giggles which can prevent her from getting that final ab crunch in. “Everyone loves Dutchie,” says Jenna. “She’s often around when we’re training.”

Jenna loves Sydney but loves coming home just as much. “Canberra will always have my heart. I can’t stay away for long,” she says. “It’s such a beautiful place and, of course, my family’s here.”

Club Lime is the first gym Jenna officially joined after she left school and wasn’t too sure what she wanted to do. “I’m an active person so thought I’d become a member,” she says. “My passion for the industry stemmed from there and it was at Club Lime that I discovered I wanted to pursue a full-time career in the fitness industry.”

Jenna’s career has taken her to many places and given her many new opportunities.

She’s appeared on the cover of magazines like Oxygen and Women’s Health and Fitness. She was selected for Channel 9’s smash hit, Australian Ninja Warrior (seasons 1 and 2—Scott was on the show too). She was the first female F45 Playoffs Champion. She now travels a couple of times a year to exotic places like Bali and Hawaii holding fitness retreats. “It’s amazing,” says Jenna. “Not only are the places beautiful, the people you meet from all over the world are beautiful.”

Jemma modelling at FASHFEST, Canberra’s biggest red-carpet fashion event. Photo: Martin Ollman.

Jenna has modelled on catwalks, even coming home a couple of years ago to throw her support behind FASHFEST, Canberra’s largest fashion event. She modelled for three labels, including Red Corner Boxing. “It was so crazy busy,” says Jenna. “I had to do such quick changeovers from one label to another and then there was hair and makeup. I met a whole new group of really great people.”

The last while has been a whirlwind for Jenna and includes getting engaged to Scott. Moving to Sydney from Canberra was a big decision. After 13 years in her public service job, she found herself travelling more and more to participate in special events and make appearances through the fitness industry, including regularly to Sydney. “I bit the bullet, quit my job and moved,” says Jenna. “You only live once and I need to be near the opportunities I’m most passionate about, learning from new people who keep me at the top of my game. I always say I’ll never get to the top because there’s always so much to learn.”

So what are Jenna’s tips for those who want to start moving but aren’t sure how to start?

Group fitness is always energising, says Jenna.

“Join a group training session because any type of group training will help you fall in love with moving. It will also educate you and give you confidence to go into a gym by yourself,” says Jenna. “With group training, you get contagious energy from everyone in the group and it helps build a mindset of moving. It’s good for you, your body, your bones, your life.”

Club Lime’s Summer Throwdown will be held this Saturday, 22 December, 8:30 am to 10:30 am, at Club Lime Platinum CISAC, 100 Eastern Valley Way, Bruce. It’s free for members and $20 for non-members. All fitness levels and abilities are welcome. Limited spots are available so sign up ASAP on Facebook.

Jenna works out twice a day at a minimum. Photo: Marceau Photography.

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