She attended the University of Kansas where she eventually became a Division I hammer thrower.
“I think I'm very good at helping people find their way. This show offers me a platform and place to reach them.”How does Widerstrom's approach differ from past trainers? I don't feel like I have to break someone to help them.
“The show has had such incredible trainers who have put their stamp on it,” Widerstrom said. When you're able to be vulnerable, that creates a window for them to be vulnerable back.
Best known for her role in the NBC's long-running and hit series, ‘The Biggest Loser’ where she serves as a body coach, the enthusiastic trainer not only guides the participants through a well-planned exercise regime, but also provides the required emotional support to them during their journey to a fitter body.
Behind all this popularity is the story of her foray into the world of fitness.
Her television experience also brought her considerable exposure and mainstream popularity. Growing up with parents who were pretty much into fitness, it comes as no surprise that Jen too became interested in physical activities at a young age.
After leaving the show, she once again focused on her career as a fitness trainer and adopted an even more stringent regime by adding Pilates and Cross Fit to her workout. As a school student, she competed on the diving, gymnastics and track teams.Let's just get this out of the way: New “Biggest Loser” trainer and Naperville North High School alum Jennifer Widerstrom used to be a gladiator on “American Gladiators.”Widerstrom — or “Phoenix,” as she was known on the rebooted NBC series that also featured MMA fighter Gina Carano as a gladiator — was responsible for tackling and intimidating contestants during challenges. I would be laughing and taunting (the contestants) sarcastically — I'm from Chicago, I don't think I was mean. (‘Biggest Loser') is about me getting to be who I am.”Widerstrom was born in Downers Grove but raised in Lisle.She credited “American Gladiators” with helping prepare her for “The Biggest Loser: Glory Days,” which premieres Thursday.“It gave me a taste of the industry” Widerstrom said over the phone last week. The only time I was mean was when some of the girls would play dirty and try to pull my top down: ‘You want to play dirty? While attending Naperville North, she participated in gymnastics, track and diving. I operate under a 12-hour policy: But if you cancel within the 12 hours, I charge the full fee because I can’t reissue that time slot to another client," says Holly Perkins, a strength and conditioning specialist. “Trainer friends of mine have even been invited to bachelor parties. Our clients share info they don’t share with others, and it becomes very personal.” “Let people live their lives,” Holder says. “I dated a client way back, and when the relationship went south, the training stopped. The training always ends with the relationship.” “That’s totally normal,” according to Nike Training coach Joe Holder.Her growing popularity as a fitness trainer led her to a very exciting opportunity: a chance to appear on the NBC’s reality show ‘The Biggest Loser’ as a trainer! Both her parents encouraged her dedication to fitness and motivated her to choose a career in this field.