Fit Six: Jill Wood

Every week, the Louisville Women’s Sports Network highlights a local woman by asking her six questions about her health and fitness routine. This week’s guest is Jill Wood. If there is a woman you’d like us to feature, feel free to email your suggestions.

I am the proud owner of Red Ride Fitness, an indoor cycling/functional training studio located @241Sears Ave, in the heart of St Matthews. I believe in the strength and power of movement and epic adventures at any age. I grew up playing tennis competitively in the east TN area.

My father, Bob Helton, owned the local racket and fitness club there and was my coach and mentor. From him, I learned the importance of cross training and implementing a strategic mix of strength, agility and racket drills. He is a 5 time national championship winner and still moves like a 50 year old at age 80. He is a living, breathing example of the difference the choice of consistent movement will make in your overall health and wellness.

1) What is your weekly training/exercise routine? My weekly training/exercise routine consist of 6 days of serious sweating(teaching spin classes @redridefitness, running 3 times/week, weight training/trx’ing 3-4 days a week, followed by 1 day of active rest(hiking/biking outside or doubles tennis or full rest, depending on how my body feels).

2) How do you prepare for a workout? I prepare for a workout by fueling properly. Breakfast always consists of a banana or Ezekiel bread with all natural peanut butter and a bit of all natural honey. I eat approximately 1 hr/1 hr and 15 min before working out.

3) What do you eat, drink and do for quick energy? For quick energy, I make sure I fuel with electrolytes (Mio w/electrolytes) is easy to add to water. I make sure I maintain a healthy blood sugar level to enhance performance. I always carry Kind or Quest bars with me for an “in between meals” boost.

4) What is your daily nutritional meal plan when training? You cannot perform as an athlete unless you fuel your body properly. I always load with protein first (grilled chicken breasts, tuna packets, seafood), add healthy greens and healthy carbs.

5) What do you snack on between meals when training? My snack in between meals is a banana or a Kind or Quest bar.

6) What are your fitness and health goals? My fitness and health goals are centered around positively touching the lives of others and inspiring them to move. As a business owner, personal trainer and spinning instructor, my goal is to ignite the fire to sweat doing something you enjoy  within others. We all have a hidden athlete within, and I love igniting the discovery or re-discovery of that self enlightenment  in others. Having said that, I still love to compete. I want to play the national “father-daughter” tennis tournament with my Dad within the next two years. I will run the mini again this year with a team from Red Ride Fitness. During the toughest times in my life, I have always found my “strong” again through movement. I believe fully in the importance of strong mind, body and spirit. I think age is just a silly number. I believe we can be trailblazers into our 80’s if we choose continued growth through the right type of movement, vs decay from remaining sedentary. Growth is the key and surrounding yourself with those who challenge you and inspire you to strive to give it your all.