Gwenn Jones: Fitness Bio
Certified: Personal Trainer, Yoga Instructor, Mind-Body Specialist, Auburn Yoga Studio director
As an ex-San Francisco native, and current Auburn, California resident since 2004, I’m Gwenn Jones, owner of Auburn Yoga Studio.
Passions and certifications include:
Personal Trainer, Yoga instructor, Group fitness instructor, Mind-body specialist.
My entire family was active as I grew up. I favored dance and tennis. Retaining those passions as an adult with a full time job became a challenge and a half.
I cut back. That was tough so I joined a local aerobics class which helped maintain my activity level and expend the young energy of my 20s. With exercise science crossing a tremendous threshold in the late 80s, little by little the public heeded the need for improved health. Group exercise to rockin’ music caught on like a wildfire and was fun as hell!
Eventually the challenge fizzled. I approached the facility manager with a new idea. With my background, I was given a chance to begin my own class regime, as a trial. Privately, I was also studying for a personal trainer’s certification from the American Council on Exercise (ACE). The time was ripe to bring some “muscle” to the facility’s program. And, I planned that fitness coach to be me!
Inserting a combination cardio and light strength training program began hot. No strength program had existed prior. My new concept created a large and happy following in less than a month. As a result, the facility’s class offerings expanded nicely. Client registrations grew, more instructors were added.
Every night was filled with exuberance, laughter, and grateful students who learned some basic anatomy, discovered their own capabilities, and extended their personal thresholds. This 3,000 square foot room was electric.
The following year I tested for and attained my two national certifications from ACE. Promoting higher health and fitness education was my goal in addition to solidifying my employment. I began quarterly health newsletters for all City of Burlingame offices and all recreation center education programs. My FitGrams were well-received and continued from 1995-2004. Delving into wellness content creation and marketing for my venue was a rewarding challenge. The facility kept me around!
In 1995, San Francisco State University extended an invitation to instruct their “HealthStart” fitness classes. A short stint, the program was exclusive to SFSU professors and staff. For me, this was an honor. At the same time, a large San Francisco transport company hired me as their in-house fitness consultant and personal trainer for their new corporate gym. Roaming a new, state-of-the-art gym was pretty dreamy.
My invoices now read Bay Bridge Fitness, for my city of sentiment. This decade was a turning point as a level of respect and awareness shined for fitness professionals and the industry of exercise science.
And my trial period? It lasted a blessed 11 years.
As the Bay Area became overcrowded and overpriced, I relocated to Auburn in 2004. I continued teaching in two health clubs. The big year was 2008. I opened Auburn Yoga Studio (after receiving a third ACE/YogaFit Worldwide instruction certification). The joy of the trees and the country amaze me each day, as do my dedicated students.
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Testimonials & Client Reviews
Used with permission
“We attend Monday morning Soft Yoga with Gwenn, and have since 2008. We are new in the area and tried out many local classes before finding Gwenn. Her teaching style individualized the level of yoga taught to the skill level and the physical limitations of age that we bring to the class. The years we have been attending have built up our strength, flexibility and stamina to the point where back aches have receded into the past, and skiing, jogging and mountain biking have become easier and easier.” – Sam & Dick, Meadow Vista, CA
“The yoga classes I’ve taken are a perfect compliment to my other exercise routine. I have built a new relationship with my body through yoga. I’m more flexible than I have been in YEARS. I have lost weight and I’m getting stronger in a very positive direction. Believe me when I say yoga can change your life!” – B.Stewart, Auburn, CA
“My wife and I have been going to Auburn Y & F for since 2010 and we haven’t felt this good in years. No more back and joint pain in the mornings when we wake up. Gwenn is a wonderful teacher, helping correct our body positions while doing the exercises and giving us alternatives if our abilities are not quite up to doing the full position. We go twice a week and would go more often if we had the time. I recommend it to everyone – young and old, in good shape or just starting to exercise.” -B & L, Meadow Vista
“After supervising the fitness classes and instructors since 1990, I can honestly say that Gwenn’s contributions to our department, students and staff are unsurpassed. Dependable and dedicated to her students’ needs, she creates a loyal following and makes her classes a pleasure to attend. In addition to her excellent teaching, Gwenn keeps up on the latest fitness/nutrition news and is an invaluable writer for our fitness newsletters.”
-Tricia Pinney, former Fitness Department Supervisor, Burlingame, CA
“Gwenn has a high level of consistent, positive energy, always striving for improvement in herself and others through inspirational methods of motivation, a strong sense of confidence in setting and reaching goals and objectives, is always investigating new ideas and implementing those worthy of her high standards in mental and physical health.” -David D., Los Angeles, CA
“In knowing Gwenn Jones since 2000, I have had the opportunity to know her both professionally and personally. Gwenn is dedicated to her students, gives 100% in every class, and is one of the most professional and dependable trainers I have ever had the pleasure of working with. She will do whatever it takes for her students and her character is one of integrity and loyalty. She does a wonderful job, her students love her, and she is an asset for any company.” – Linda O., Fitness Club Director, Napa, CA
“I started taking the classes with Gwen for health reasons. My Cholesterol was very high and my doctor wanted me to get aerobic exercise at least 3 times a week, preferably 5 times a week. After I started the classes, I learned a lot of different moves and used them at home too. There was always something new to learn. For example, I did not know you should hold your stretch for at least 10 seconds until I came to class – it’s really important. I really enjoyed Gwen’s classes, as there was a good camaraderie too.” – Gerald J., San Francisco
“While attending Gwenn’s sessions, I have increased my knowledge in the area of fitness by learning the proper way to exercise using a variety of methods, and practicing better nutrition habits. Her demeanor is uplifting and there is always energy in the air! She takes a lot of time and care in her program.” – Laurell J., San Francisco
“I took Gwenn’s class because I wanted to be in better shape, and she is a fun, high energy instructor and is good at what she does. She always encouraged, but never pushed harder than a person was ready for.” -Pat M., San Francisco
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