I am Ananda Jenny, a 34-year old Amsterdam based Personal Trainer from The Netherlands. From an early age, I have practised many different sports and always felt the passion to express myself through physical training. At 18, I found my first real love: boxing. I practised boxing for several years and developed my skills through extra competition training in both The Netherlands and Barcelona. A wrist injury in 2009 made me decide to stop, and look for other ways to challenge myself physically. This has led me straight into the weights room. There, I found the challenges I was looking for and I am hooked ever since!
Before becoming a Personal Trainer, I was an Account Relationship Manager in corporate business events. As a result, I know from experience how much workload and stress an office job can bring. Purely out of true passion, I decided to expand my knowledge further on training, nutrition and health. The more I learned about fitness and applied it, the better I saw what strength training could do for my body. I also started paying more and more attention to my diet. At first it was a challenge looking for the right structure that fitted well into my busy life.
By far, my most important discovery was how incredibly big the influence of food is on the result. I had seriously underestimated this!
I always was under the impression my diet was pretty healthy, but looking back now, I can see there was so much more room for improvement. I found the results that I always wanted for myself in a combination of the right physical training, nutrition, mental training and rest. The right balance in these things made me feel better and better from the inside. I felt more energetic, could push harder during my workouts and became stronger, fitter and felt more confident. Finally I felt good, and my body started to look like I always wanted!
The never ending interest, curiosity and enthusiasm I feel for everything that has to do with both the body and the mind, has given me the courage at the time to give up my permanent job and to go with full conviction for what, looking back, I have always felt in my heart. I have never regretted that moment, and since then my life only got better and better. I now get to help others in the area’s I love so much! I am living my dream!
Training for more than 20 years now, I can honestly say I am not only a fitness professional from knowledge, I am also an expert from experience.
Over the years I’ve tried many different training techniques and types of training myself. I prepped for photoshoots [one of them was for Reebok, one I am still really proud of!] and worked at international fitness expos multiple times, of which one was the largest fitness expo in the world [the FIBO in Germany]. I tried a lot of different diets and ways of eating. And yes, I’ve also tried a lot of stupid stuff too haha! But hey, knowing what doesn’t work, is information too 😉 I feel very fortunate to have crossed paths with a few extremely skilled, passionate and knowledgeable trainers and coaches I highly respect. Working with them and learning from them has given me so much more tools to work with. It feels good to be able to use that extra knowledge to the advantage of the people I now coach and train myself. I find it special to still be in good contact with almost all of them. That is something I sincerely enjoy, because one of the best things in life is sharing knowledge and ideas with like-minded people who share the same passion!
One of my favorite quotes is “If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, then I can achieve it”, words spoken by boxing legend Muhammad Ali. I am a strong believer of the power of the mind, and that by having a strong mind, you can achieve anything you want in life. From this perspective, I help the people I coach and use their own personal triggers from within to achieve their health and fitness goals. I feel that too often, not enough attention is being paid to the reason why we do what we do, and whether that contributes to our ultimate goal or not. While this is key! It has always fascinated me how the mind works. Why we as humans do what we do. And how we can use it to our own benefit. How we can make our own thoughts work for us, instead of against us. I’m convinced that if you find the answer to the why, you set yourself up for nothing but success!
Often what I see, is that many people for different reasons haven’t been taking good care of themselves for months, years or even decades. When they decide that it is time for a change, but don’t really know how, that is usually when they come to me for help. They want to feel better again. They want to feel good. I want to help people feel good about themselves, because I haven’t always felt good about myself. I want to help people feel strong, because I haven’t always felt strong. I want to help people feel confident, because I haven’t always felt confident.
Whatever it is that is going on in your life, working on yourself will always make you feel better!
It always has done that for me, and still does. That is why I want to help others to do this for themselves!
Next to my daily Personal Training and Coaching sessions, I am always eager to learn more! I continuously keep on expanding my knowledge on physical training, nutrition and personal growth by following courses, seminars, programs, reading books, listening to podcasts and watching documentaries and videos.
Another thing I love to do next to my daily activities is modeling. I see the human body as a beautiful thing, inside and out. The way it works is amazing. The way it can look from the outside is amazing too! In my personal opinion, the body is something that may be celebrated and seen, especially when you have worked hard and are proud of it!
On my social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram I don’t only show the ‘pretty pictures’, but also the ‘behind the scenes’ moments on how my clients and myself achieve our goals to provide an honest view of the journey as a whole.
I hope that by sharing everything, people can see that the challenges they encounter themselves are very normal, that we all have them, that we are all insecure sometimes, and that that’s OK!
I strive to share information that others can use for their own benefit, to inspire people to take action, to let others know that there is always something you can try because you never know if it might work for you, and that you will succeed as long as you continue and do not give up!
Becoming the best possible version of myself and staying true to myself is the red thread through my life and what I strives to do in all areas, improving a little each day. Helping others to do so for themselves is what gives me joy!