#25 – Impact Your Fitness with Jennifer Schwartz
Jennifer Schwartz is a brand owner, muscle specialist, and the proprietor of the fitness studio in Alexandria, Impact Your Fitness, as well as the virtual fitness studio, Movement Pathways. She has developed a love for health and fitness as a competitive soccer player. Following a career as a college athlete and youth soccer coach specializing in injury care and prevention, she created her innovative full-body approach to injury recovery and strength training. Jennifer holds a Master’s of Science, Health and Fitness Management from Globe University – Wood bury and is the host of the Think Fit Be Fit podcast..
Today, Jennifer joins me to share her journey from face-to-face studio sessions to virtual services for her clients. She shares why she refers to herself as a brand owner and how the philosophies she uses to help her clients achieve their fitness goals can also apply to business strategies. She reveals what a muscle specialist is and how her expertise helps her clients achieve things they never thought possible. She shares why she chooses particular guests for her podcasts and why the human element is essential for all businesses. She also shares the adaptations required to take her business to a virtual space and the most important thing you can do to improve your business and fitness.
“Change your view on exercise, and your exercise will change.” – Jennifer Schwartz
This week on Hypnotic Language Hacks Podcast:
- Why Jennifer uses the term “brand owner” when referring to her business
- What being a muscle specialist means and how it works
- The processes and techniques Jennifer uses to help her clients
- How the services Jennifer provides went from face-to-face to online
- Jennifer’s mission to help people improve their relationship with movement and fitness
- How Jennifer’s work helped one client achieve something they didn’t think was possible
- Adaptations Jennifer needed to make to take her services to a virtual space
- Why the human element is an essential part of your business
- Why Jennifer chooses the particular guests she has on her podcast
- The number one thing you can do for your fitness and your business
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#25 - Impact Your Fitness with Jennifer Schwartz
– [Jennifer Schwartz] Physiology. And then, on the other side of that, something totally different, marketing. These are systems. These don’t exist as one singular, like, thing. Physiology is the interaction of systems. So you can’t manipulate those systems without asking better questions of your body. And it’s the same thing with, like, the New Year’s habit, like that rabbit hole. You can’t achieve much without having the right systems in place. In order to get there, you have to ask good questions.
– [Jason Linett] You know your business can change people’s lives, but you don’t yet have the right words to inspire them to take action. Imagine the changes you will create in your business as you tap into the secrets of ethical influence and positive persuasion to not only better serve your clients but also to supercharge your financial freedom. I’m your host, Jason Linett, and welcome to the Hypnotic Language Hacks podcast.
I help entrepreneurs and business owners, just like you, to close more premium sales. And no, this isn’t about tricking or manipulating people, not at all. It’s about helping your prospects to appropriately sell themselves under your products or services. Please hit subscribe and get all the episodes now at jasonlinett.com. It turns out there’s a very interesting mindset that I have taught to my clients and my audiences for a number of years now and imminently to practice what I preach is one that I live by as well. The mindset is the way you are here is very often the way you are everywhere else. Now, we can wrongfully use this mindset as perhaps a diagnostic tool that if you’re somebody whose personal relationships are maybe not going well, we might be able to start to make some assessments, some judgments, some guesses as to how their business might not be going so well either. I tend to say let’s use our diagnostic tools, though, to get ourselves
out of problems, rather than deeper into problems. Here’s a simple example. It would be the thought that if perhaps you’re having an issue with productivity or even personal accountability in something that you’re currently doing, find another place in your life to create that skill almost as if like an asset. And I share a personal example here. To remind my story back about eight years ago, I was a bit overweight. I was rather out of shape. And business was going well enough but clearly, not as well as it could. As my guest in the conversation are about to listen to says, I was kind of playing small at that specific point in time. So, what’s interesting inside of this time frame is that as I started to eat better, as I started to focus my fitness on building a skill and getting better at something, my business substantially started to take off year after year. So yes, you are about to listen to a conversation in terms of impacting your fitness. However, as you listen through this fascinating conversation,
you’re going to hear mindsets in terms of personal change, business growth, scalability of your success, there’s a lot to be noticed inside of this conversation, which before I officially introduce Jennifer Schwartz, I always feel the need to point out that even I’m thankfully surprised to see that she’s still speaking to me. That deserves a little bit more explanation. Our backstory together goes back about, really, I’d say, about 9 or 10 years ago, I believe, where I was previously renting an office in Old Town, Alexandria and I had a space open. And I put an ad out there to say, you know, “Who wants to sublet?” And Jennifer responded. It was a perfect fit. Her work perfectly complemented the work that I did. And within about two weeks after her signing the lease, I announced that I was finding another office and I left, which imminently meant that space was hers because she got even more space for that. And here we are having a conversation once more as I’m skipping town once again.
But what you’re about to hear inside of this conversation is, again, a dialogue in terms of really productizing a service. And even more importantly, taking something that many people could go that only could work in person. And looking at how, inside of this conversation, as she leads with the brand, as she leads with the business, and by doing so, letting it become that ethical responsibility to share what she does with her clients. A little bit more about Jennifer. She developed her love for health and fitness while growing up as a fierce competitor on the soccer field. Throughout her years as a college athlete and youth soccer coach, she learned the value of injury care, injury prevention, and fitness. So nowadays, Jennifer Schwartz takes a full-body approach to injury recovery and strength training. Incorporating her love for learning and functional anatomy to aid her clients. And in order to maximize performance and health, she focuses on muscle function and movement mechanics in almost every session. She has developed a unique approach which is a combination of strength training
and injury recovery programs for athletes and really people of all levels. And again, to be somebody with a very specific specialty, and wait till you hear the conversation about being in a market with a service that people are not necessarily yet looking for, and in terms of how she really jumped on that opportunity to launch her own global brand. By way of a podcast, by way of her online programs, she, now, have clients all around the world. As always, when I have people here on Hypnotic Language Hacks as a guest, we’re looking for those opportunities to look for those transformational moments where somebody looked at something, shifted that thinking, and then could not go back to the old way of operating. So as you listen to this conversation, yes, there are some wonderful insights in terms of your own fitness. If you have a need for this service, definitely reach out to Jennifer. I’ve seen the benefits of the work that she does. But here we go, this is Episode Number 25, “Impact Your Fitness with Jennifer Schwartz.”
Before we get started today, if you want to easily grab people’s attention, naturally build authority, and organically have your prospects wanting more from you even before you’ve made an offer, I’ve created a step by step program to help you to do just that. It’s called Business Influence Systems. And this is your opportunity now to visit jasonlinett.com to get a free behind-the-scenes tour of the exact hypnotic persuasion strategies that you can ethically use to better start up or scale up your business. If you want a proven framework to boost your confidence, attract premium clients, and inspire more people to take action with you, get Business Influence Systems now at jasonlinett.com. All right, so we’re here with Jennifer Schwartz. And Jennifer, let’s kick it off right. For those that don’t yet know you, could you give a brief introduction of who you are and what you do?
– Hello. Thank you so much for having me.
It was such a pleasure to reconnect and be a part of this. My name is Jennifer Schwartz. I am a brand owner, business owner. I am a muscle specialist and an overall just… You know, I’ve been making my own path for about 11 years here in this small corner of the fitness and physical rehab industry. I have a studio in Alexandria, Virginia. I have a awesome fitness virtual studio, and we help people with old injuries and people that can’t quite find the right solution even though they’re active and consistently exercising. We help people who are, you know, more athletic in that way.
And we also have a amazing podcast that is just my creative and the thing that I really look forward to every single week. And that’s called Think Fit. Be Fit. podcast.
– Awesome. And I’m sure we’re going to circle around back to nearly all of that. I’m sure I’m going to say this too in the introduction that we’ll record afterwards that you and I have a bit of a history here. And that somehow, I’m now connecting that we only tend to connect when I’m leaving.
– That’s so funny.
– You had subleted an office for me years ago and then I announced, “Hey, I’m going to move to this other location.” And here we are, and I’m about to close the shop and moved down to Florida. I loved the way that you introduce yourself in terms of, again, a different mindset around business. Where so many people tend to lead with what their exact service is, you lead with that of being a brand owner and a business owner.
– Was that an adaptation?
Was that a different way of thinking that developed later on? Or is that, kind of, where you started in terms of how you think about what you do?
– Man, I’ve always thought of myself as more of a brand owner because I’ve always sold something that’s not on the mainstream. And I think there’s a psychology to that where I’d rather have… I understand that more people are going to buy into the personality and the brand before the service because my services are so unique. My approach is so unique. The virtual studio, even though the fitness industry is a multi-billion dollar industry, we’re still doing something unique in that industry. So, for me, I just look at it as the psychology of buying into a personality.
– Yeah, we’re about to fill in the loop in terms of exactly what it is that you do. But I would love to kick off with a bit of a metaphor here that… And I forget who first sent this to me years ago, that in business, we’re often in a world where perhaps there’s an audience that’s already hungry and that we just have to respond to that desire. But then again, very often, if we’re more of a niche-specific specialist business, we have to first convince the audience that they’re hungry to then fill that specific need. And I kind of see you also fitting into that category that… Let’s just kick this off right. For those that don’t know exactly what you mean by muscle specialist, can you expand on that?
– Okay. So, I am a muscle activation techniques specialist. And I am at the highest end of that certification called the Rx Full Body Process. And so, this is a manual therapy and it works alongside physical therapy, chiropractic. I work with people in the most athletic conditions to people
preparing for surgeries. And what we do essentially is we use this bodywork technique to help the muscle and the brain communicate better. Some people really like the analogy that it’s like we’re tightening the battery cables of the muscles and being able to tell the muscle or have the brain in the muscle communicate faster so that the muscles are better supporting the joints and correcting or rectifying different muscle imbalances that might surround things like traumatic injury, arthritis, disc injuries of any kind, nerve injuries. When we have any type of trauma, overuse, or injury in general, the communication becomes dampened in an effort to protect the joint or
the soft tissue. Similar to if you had trauma as a child and you have trouble feeling a certain emotion, your brain builds in protective mechanisms. And it’s very similar to the muscle system. And so, I correct those with this technique.
– Yeah. So then, just kind of give us a walk through what that user experience would be. How exactly does that play out? Just kind of paint a picture for us.
– Yeah. One session goes anywhere from 50 minutes. I can do two-hour-sessions in person if needed. And we start with movement assessments. And what’s really interesting about this technique is that we are assessing motion in a very holistic way and looking at the joint one by one, each joint, how it moves, how motion is controlled around it, how motion is created around it.
And this all has to do with the muscles, okay? And so, we do standing assessments. We do assessments on the table, again, to get that, like, really detailed, one by one. Like, if we look at motion as a big, you know, conglomerate, we’re looking at each piece one by one and doing some reverse engineering as to, like, where the muscle imbalances are. And we are doing that devoid of the actual complaint area. So if you have a tight shoulder, I have the freedom to look over the entire body and say, “Oh, wow, I think that shoulder tightness is actually coming from your ankle.” And it actually can play out like that in one session. And we can correct muscle imbalances at the ankle or the hip and create more balance in the shoulder. And so, we use muscle testing, we use a palpation technique,
which is the manual part. You know, I’m touching near the tendons. And then, we use muscle testing over and over and over again. So I might do this from… In an hour session, I might do this on eight muscles, like three times. Or I might do this on 30 different muscles on both sides of the body, left and right, or front and back. And it’s all in an effort to, again, like, stabilize the whole entire unstable movement or unstable joint to bring balance into the entire muscular system and therefore that equals better posture, less pain, less tightness, and it’s immediate. It’s like, within that hour, somebody will feel a difference, and as we do more it becomes a very sustainable way to build that strength,
that neuro-muscular strength to support the body and the joints.
– What I love inside of this conversation is how that was very clearly a description of, you know, the muscular nature of the body, how it’s always about balance, how there’s also so many embedded metaphors inside of that. There’s a phrase in terms of personal change that the way you are here is the way you are everywhere else. And to look at a simple physiological example of here’s the person who hurts their hip but then starts to walk in such a way to overcompensate for that hip, and now, the left foot is hurting. And there’s really no amount of care to that foot that really would get to the root cause of that issue. And it’s where for us, as business owners, we would often look at some marketing campaign, something that we’re doing that isn’t quite going well. And yet, really it’s often this reflection of everything else. So, it’s where I meet so many people who are business owners like you and like me that as we get into, you know, the nature of the body in terms of how
we respond, it kind of trains us to look at this whole holistic system in terms of how you go about the process of change. So, looking at the nature of what you do, which, correct me, began as a very much in-person service, can you kind of walk us through what some of that journey was to now take that to a global audience?
– Oh, man, I love marketing. I do. I love teaching. I love coaching. I love the fact that I have a special unique view, and that it needs to be taught.
– If I want success in my in-person practice, which I wanted 10 years ago, and I have it now. Like, sustainable in-person success even after 2020 is pretty remarkable. And that’s because I dedicated so much of my time to explaining this to 10-year-olds and 12-year-olds.
– Yeah. I want to pause you there because what you just said…
– It’s very literal.
– Yeah, but what you just said is really… I’d say the cornerstone of what is going to make a business successful in the long-term, what you said, it needs to be taught. That when we start to shift our thinking in terms of what our product, what our service may be, that it now is your ethical responsibility to let people know that this thing exists.
– Where it changes the dialogue that we’re now doing that of service. You know, anyone who’s been in business has heard the phrasing that, you know, newspapers and magazines and even other podcasts have a really difficult problem. They need to have quality content every single day, every single week. So, therefore, you’re doing them a favor to send them that press release, to send out that message. And there’s people out there that, in your industry, might be, let’s say, chasing the wrong issue. So, where did that come from, in terms of that mindset shift that it needs to be taught, it needs to be, let’s say, would the word line up of advocacy? – I think so.
I’ve seen and have seen and have been very connected to the injustices that the physical therapy, rehab fitness tell people to chase around, essentially. Like, the marketing messages are of that they are in scarcity, meaning that they want people to feel lesser than to become a client. And that happens in the fitness industry a lot. And it makes me very upset. – I am flashing back to a time that I did a consult with a personal trainer and it rained through the whole experience. In the end, he goes, “Well, you basically failed that.” I go, “I didn’t know it was a test.” Where it was like this almost nagging, this putting down of the individual versus, again, if we look at even from a practitioner’s
standpoint for personal change, anyone coaching, look at all your clients as good to great, and then suddenly it just changes the dynamic of everything you do.
– Yeah, I just got chills because this is a very, very important thing to put a pin in. The human body is supposed to move. And so, when we tell it, “You’re moving bad, you’re a bad mover.” It’s just wrong. It’s just wrong, you know? So, I really saw that injustice and I feel very validated in the mission to bring on these new perspectives. And one of the things I often say in my writing, in my newsletters, and whatnot is, “Change your view on exercise and your exercise will change.”
– And the last thing I want my clients to do is walk away from a virtual…
one of my virtual products or one of my in-person sessions and say, “I was supposed to hurt after that.” Or you know, the last thing I want is for them to shame themselves around exercise and around movement. The key is empowering people with good questions, high-quality information, and a way for them to apply it. Whatever industry, I really…
– Now, when you say good… – I do believe that. – …questions, like, what specifically do you mean by that? – I think, when we talk…so like, physiology. And then, on the other side of that, something totally different, marketing. Right? These are systems, right? These don’t exist as one singular, like, thing, you know? Physiology is the interaction of systems. So you can’t manipulate those systems without asking better questions
of your body. And it’s the same thing with, like, the New Year’s habit, like that rabbit hole. You know, you can’t achieve much without having the right systems in place. In order to get there, you have to ask good questions. That’s what I meant by that.
– Yeah, which I like that. If again, looking at that holistic approach as to what needs to happen, what has to occur, and by going in, it’s where, from the metaphorical standpoint, when we talk about language patterns in terms of hypnotic influence, the easiest, sort of, breakdown of everything is that you’re either in the meta-model, which is where you’re gathering information, or you’re in the Milton model were you’re then putting that information to use. And the easiest lesson for someone to learn is if, at any point in your process, whether it’s your actual service or whether it’s the actual sales and marketing aspect if you catch yourself not knowing what you should be doing, it means you’re in the wrong model.
You needed more information, you needed to be asking more questions because that’s what’s going to shape that dialogue better than what’s the clever thing I can say that’ll make you buy for me. The same as, here’s, you know, this one person’s favorite exercise but there may be hundreds of other ways of activating the same group of muscles.
– Is there a story that comes to mind of working with somebody where it was almost more, you said, got the chills from, whereas almost more of that epiphany structure that suddenly they were able to do something they didn’t think was possible before?
– Yeah. I’m thinking of one particular client that…we were in-person for a long time, and I was so happy to support her in person with muscle activation techniques. She pretty much had weekly sessions and very much the D.C. lawyer type. And you know, I’m never going to… I love my D.C. lawyers.
These are my clients, right? – I hear you. That and D.C. realtors really built my business years.
– Yeah, exactly. Yeah, yeah, yeah. So, we had these weekly sessions and she’s in her mid-60s, and we have many epiphanies over the years. I remember one day, she came in, she was like an 8 a.m. client. She would come in, and she’d say… One time she said, “You know, I was at dinner last night and I realized that I’m 64 and every single one of my colleagues is on, you know, lifestyle disease medication,” which would be high blood pressure, cholesterol. And she said, “I’m on none.” And she was just so proud of herself and that’s one of my favorite moments. But then watching… Our relationship had to evolve and change over 2020, like many of my clients. And I was already in the virtual space before 2020.
I created my signature product, my membership product in 2018. And so, I was already thinking about these clients, and because it was designed after my best clients, like this product, this membership product. I wanted to empower them outside of our sessions with exercise and the right types of exercises. And you know, watching her go through the coaching program, which is, by the way, three virtual sessions, and then like a library, right? And watching her adapt and learn and apply… I mean, she could barely operate the Zoom camera. You know the type. And you know, she’s like, “Got it on two different screens.” And she can barely, like, operate. And going from that, and also going from feeling reliant
on my hands, right, to reliant on her own body and putting the steps together of the…it’s called “Movement Pathways.” Putting together the steps and the sequences and the thought process of the system and then getting emails from her and text that said, “I am doing this every day. I feel amazing. I’m running. I’m biking. And thank you.” And to me, I get excited just talking about it.
– You brought up a theme there which is one I know we’ve talked about here on Hypnotic Language Hacks before that of duplicating yourself, that of the ability to become this, I now, say self-referential, to your best clients where now, here’s someone I’m meeting with later today that, you know, wanted some help in terms of writing for his website. And rather than just, kind of, jump in cold and say, “Let’s see what happens.” It instead became, “Okay, here’s the module in Business
Influence Systems, go through, write a first draft, and then only pay me when we can then meet together and punch up what’s there.” So, I’m looking at your service where… I would always argue the statement that it cannot be the exact same by going virtual, yet the results can be the same. So we have to think. So, I’m curious to ask, what are some of those adaptations that you had to make in order to take this in-person service and bring it, again, to a global audience.
– Faith is a big one. And, yeah, that’s a big one for me. Being really uncomfortable in front of the camera, I’d say, is a big one. Being comfortable with the hours it took to put this together and test it and record data, that’s the nitty-gritty stuff, I’d say. Like, I think the time commitment, the other adaptions I had to make.
You know, going online was, by itself, a big… You know, back to that faith piece, you know, investing in the right system to go online was a really big step. Not playing small, I think, is another one. I think that’s also faith-based, you know?
– What do you mean by not playing small? Could you expand on that?
– Just knowing that it could be global and it could take off, you know? And my membership product is global. I have several clients in, of all places, France. And Oregon, in California, people I’ve never met in person.
– So you know, seeing… I did the… So, it’s called Movement Pathways. And Movement Pathways, at first, I had to design it to get my hands on as many people, not my hand, my teaching in front of as many
people as possible. So, I was hosting live workshops and filming them. And the last workshop we did was right before the country shut down. And it was full of people I had never met. And that’s pretty magical when you think about it. Because the other workshops, we’re kind of full of like athletes I had worked with, my clients, and I was not fully, fully 150% in until I got that class of people I’d never met before and saw the whole system worked for them. So, I’d say, you know, really investing in the development stages was a big one too.
– Yeah, I love that. Especially, there is a metaphor that I’ve used for years that if you look at everything as being a muscle, you realize that, at first,
it’s going to be a little weak, it’s going to be a little shaky, and then, over time, through appropriate, let’s throw in, rest and nutrition, that’s when it gets even better. So that willingness to, you said it more positively, I’ll use my fun phrasing, the willingness to suck on camera so that eventually, it’s like, “Oh, wait, I know what I’m doing. I can turn this thing on and it works.”
– My gosh, yeah. You really have to put the reps in. And podcasts have really taught me this too, that the human element is such an important part of your brand and your business. I tell that to my…because my podcast guests are usually people that are stuck in the research lab, they are not fitness influencers. I don’t want fitness influencers on my podcasts. So, I actually have to convince these people to come on because they’re shy or, you know, podcast shy, I guess.
And I always say, “You guys, like, podcasts, all this media that we’re consuming right now has a human element to it and it is forgiving and it’s actually part of the thing that people are going to enjoy about consuming.” That’s my opinion.
– Yeah. And we’re coming up on time here in a moment, but I want to go back to this exact topic here, that going after the people that you wanted to highlight versus that, you know, “Oh, this person has a million followers, let me follow, you know, their, sort of momentum there.” But building something that these are the voices, these are the audiences that you want to also spread the awareness of, right? What was the thinking behind that?
– Because I believe in these nuanced… I want to highlight nuanced conversation. I want to highlight the beautiful small changes in the human body and physiology
and biology and how beautiful it is in the universality of that stuff. Like, that is just my… I mean, that’s my poetry. The body is my poetry. My movement is, you know? Walt Whitman is, you know, one of my heroes because of his poetry dedicated to movement and body. And I just love it. And so, to find those nuanced conversations, you have to be on the same wavelength, and I am fully just behind the idea that we need those voices for these learning purposes. I don’t vibe with the influencer model. So, you know, for me, it’s also a thing of, like, I know what I want to talk about and I know what a good podcast is going to be and it’s these nuanced things.
– Where we really host these programs so we get to have conversations with people that we want and just millions of others happen to get to listen to.
– That’s also… Yeah, it’s also just…it’s fun. It’s fun to hang in this way.
– It’s one of the biggest things that we have that opportunity now to not just find a community but also to build our own, which I’d encourage anyone, go back, and re-listen to this entire conversation again, which, yes, we got into the specifics of muscle activation, we talked into the specifics of the body and fitness, but how so much of this dialogue fits into the nature of our relationships, in terms of the nature of our businesses and how we interact with all of this. So, Jennifer, thanks for coming on and sharing that. How can people best get in contact with you? How can they find you?
– Okay, well, thinkfitbefitpodcast.com. That’s us on the, you know, internet and socials. And I am at impactyourfitness.net.
And my virtual studio is launching, but we also can be found at movementpathways.com. And then, Instagram, I love hanging out on Instagram, guys. I love showing you my workouts. I love talking at the camera, whatever that’s called, the stories, @Jennifer_Simone_Schwartz. And that’s where you can find me.
– Awesome and we’ll link to that all in the show notes over at jasonlinett.com. Any final thoughts for the listeners as we wrap this one up?
– Yes. As far as, you know, fitness, I think, the number one thing, and this comes into marketing as well, is believing in your body’s ability to change is the number one thing you should start with. People ask me all the time, “Where do I start?” And I was like, “Well, it’s a belief in your body’s ability to change.”
So, in the marketing sense, it’s, you know, belief in your message, in your mission, and that it can and that it deserves to be in people’s ears and eyeballs and brains. Yeah, that’s what I would leave with.
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