Jenn Purdy


Coach Certifications:

Russian Kettlebell Certified - RKC

Precision Nutrition Certified Coach - Pn1

UCanRow2 Indoor Rowing Certified Coach


I grew up with a love of feeling strong and enjoying the freedom of movement. That meant hours of bike riding everywhere in my small New Jersey town and creating obstacle course challenges for the neighborhood kids. I played whatever sports I could find, including field hockey, softball, basketball and track. I played field hockey at Princeton University and graduated in 1993 with an AB in Sociology and African American Studies. 

Fast forward many years 4 kids and several moves, I was looking for a new way to move and be strong again. I tried a group fitness program and jumped at the opportunity to get certified to coach others. 

I was certified as a kettlebell coach and CrossFit Level 1 in 2010, later followed by rowing and nutrition certifications. Since then have enjoyed hundreds of hours coaching individuals and groups to be stronger, healthier versions of themselves. I have coached classes with FitWit, as well as a private boot camp group and my own classes. My clients benefit from my own experience with strength and conditioning training, from a dingy high school weight room in Central New Jersey to collegiate field hockey to local powerlifting and CrossFit competitions. 

My goal is to help clients move well and be strong, confident and comfortable in their own body.

What is your goal? Let's work on it together!

Drinking Athena in Athens! #gabeer #ware


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Why don't you have more class options?

I work full time during the usual business hours. The scheduled classes that fit with my work and family schedule. That said, it has been known to vary based on demand and availability. If it fits your schedule, too, great! Most of my clients do other types of workouts or physical activities throughout the week. Private sessions are on evenings or weekends. 

I'm training for a race. Can indoor rowing help my running (tri race, etc)? 

Yes! Rowing is a good "break" from running because it's easy on the joints but uses similar training strategies as running. Rowing uses the legs, hips, glutes, core, arms, shoulders and back in a full-body, non-impact workout. Just like in running or swimming, workout intensity on an erg can be controlled to meet any training need from light, easy distance to fast, short intervals. We row on most Saturday mornings.

I've never done any weight training. Where should I start?

Start with a private session or two. I can modify workouts in class, but I cannot effectively teach entirely new skills to a novice while also running the class. Of course, everyone learns at a different pace. If you are less experienced, please come and learn! We are a friendly and welcoming place to get started. Send me a note before signing up and we can assess your start-up needs.

I love running and doing cardio. Isn't that enough to stay healthy?

Not really. Running is easy to step out the door and go do, and please do if you love it, but it's not going to build or preserve critical muscle mass, especially as we age. Resistance training (picking up something heavy repeatedly) for 20-30 minutes 3 times a week is ideal to keep the muscle we need to be able to move well, feel good, and have healthy hormones and strong bones. 

Will lifting weights make me look bulky?

No. Lean muscle takes up less volume than body fat. With consistent training and a healthy diet, you'll look and feel better. 

Isn't squatting bad for your knees? 

No. Squatting, or any exercise, done with a mind toward improving movement patterns is not bad for the joints. Always consider your own history of movement, injuries, surgeries, posture, life stress, etc. Some patterns take a long time to build awareness of and correct. We focus on good form before increasing the load.

I'm over 50, I've never been "athletic" and I'm out of shape. Can I really do kettlebells?

YES, you can. Don't wait! It's never too late to work on building your strength, and more critical as we get past 40. We're all here to support each other. My available weights start at 5-8 pounds. We can adapt and scale any movement to make progress from where you are now. 


Jenn is extremely knowledgeable and supportive.  She helps me work towards my goals and keeps me focused on good habits for lasting results.

~Christie H.

My workouts with Jenn are interesting and always a good challenge. Her chill style is perfect to kick off my day.

~ Will A.

I feel strong and healthy when I do kettlebells. I love that I can walk to a neighborhood class.

~ Leslie W.

Jenn is awesome! I have become so much stronger over the past year of doing kettlebells. 

~ Gates D.

Working with Jenn is great. She has tons of strategies and support for those of us who struggle with nutrition.

~Ruth S.

Jenn is an excellent listener and asks insightful questions. She's a great teacher! She models what you're learning, explains why you need to do it a particular way, then helps you perform it correctly. 

~ Emily C.