Name: Jana Finkbiner
Hails from: Calgary, Alberta
Athletic background! (list it ALL! Go back to little league please!)
Where do I begin? Playing catch with my Dad and finding myself wrapped up in a jujitsu gee while my Dad practiced submissions I guess!
From there, club soccer for about 6 years when I was about 8 years old, Middle and High School Track and Field (100m, 200m, long jump, triple jump, 4x 100m, and 1500m), Middle and High school Basketball as well as very competitive Club teams through High School. I dabbled in racing 5km and 10km runs but ultimately found spinning and group
fitness instructing. That led me down the roads of weight lifting and athletic conditioning. One of my passions is boxing. I trained with some great coaches and alongside some real pros for 2 years.
My favourite: coach, teacher or mentor, what they taught me – give me a shining moment/memory:
My Track and Field coach in Middle School paved the way for me to start believing in myself and understanding the value of hard work and tenacity. He taught me how to challenge my competitive nature into to performance and sportsmanship. His name was Mr. Miller…well we called him Killer Miller!
My boxing coaches Robbie Hannon and Brian Peers opened my eyes to a whole other level of sport, condition and picking yourself up when you get knocked down…literally!
I am the kind of person that really thrives under coaches. Being a coach myself has really only enhanced my own desire to acquire teachers. The more I learn, the more I’m inspired to help others.
Nathan Mallelieu has been a mentor and coach to me. Challenging me, supporting me and always asking me the tough questions.
Glory days! My favourite athletic memory:
Club Basketball with the girls…traveling to tournaments every weekend definitely stands out, but honestly I’m constantly falling in love again with different kinds of training or trying something new so it’s like a constant reinvention!
My biggest athletic heartbreak, and what I learned:
Definitely over-training has been a problem for me and before I know it I’m exhausted and injured. Last year I went into a sparring match against a girl. I was getting ready to fight and I knew I was tired going in. My body felt slow, I was distracted and couldn’t control my anxiety. I got beat up badly which ultimately set me back from having my own debut fight. I was devastated but learned a valuable lesson. Going too hard and not giving your body the proper recovery time will keep you from reaching your goals and your performance will suffer. I learned that rest and proper nutrition is as important as my training. I can’t reach my goals if I can’t put one foot in front of the other. Honour your body and it will honour you.
My family taught me:
My family has really taught me about treating others with love and respect. Putting someone else before yourself and always going above and beyond to be the best part of someoneès day. I try to take that with me everyday into my work as a Nutritionist, Lifestyle Coach, Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer. Family taught me a lot about forgiveness and acceptance. In life you have to get really good at forgiving…practice on yourself
Currently working on (goals, events, PRs, whatever you like!):
Currently I’m spearheading the Drive program and really look forward to taking it all the way! My Nutrition practice at Ntegrated Health is constantly growing and I’m thankful to be coaching so many to their goals. I’m also a new member to the Private Training team and am enjoying working with the members on the field as well as off. My personal goal is to get better, stronger, faster and more accomplished in all my endeavours.
My wish for each of our athletes:
To treat their bodies with respect and admiration. Thomas Elliot said: “You don’t get what you WANT out of life, you get WHO you are.” What you think, what you say, what you do, who you are with, shapes who you are. Life is a construction project, and you can start here:
Nourish your body with clean food and water.
Nourish your heart with strong relationships and a community of people with similar core values.
Nourish your mind by always learning from each other, your coaches and your body.