As Mind Body Manager of the Exhale Spa at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel, Jessica Schreiner might have one of the coolest gigs around. She gets to hang out a beautiful Miami Beach hotel all day and teach fitness some great fitness classes! We caught up with Jessica for a Quick 10 interview, but you can also follow her on Instagram – @jess_schreiner – or come take class with her at our STAY FIT 305 x Exhale – Art Basel event on December 8th – tickets available here.
Tell us about yourself – where are you from and how did you find your way to the 305?
I grew up in Plainfield, Indiana – a town outside of Indianapolis. Drawn by the city, beaches, and weather, I attended the University of Miami as an undergraduate and never looked back.
How did you get your start in fitness and as an instructor?
Fitness was always a part of my lifestyle – I dabbled in everything from yoga to running, barre to spinning, pilates to CrossFit. I never saw myself as an instructor until I finally completed my 200-Hr Yoga Teacher Training. I started teaching because I wanted a side-hustle as a mental escape from my day job … and now, it is my day job!
What is your favorite part of being a fitness instructor?
The ability to make an impact on someone’s life. I love to connect with my students, to learn about them and what they are here to accomplish. To get them out of their comfort zones and push them beyond their perceived limitations. It is gratifying beyond measure.
How do you stay full of energy throughout the day?
Mucho cafecito! Oh, and I never skimp out on sleep. I balance my days with time to recharge and prioritize time to rest.
How would you describe your classes?
Fast-paced, high-energy, sprinkled with powerful poses and smooth transitions. I make the most of every minute so not only do you maximize your workout, but there’s no time to think. You’ll be surprised what you can accomplish when you get out of your head and into the moment.
Tell us a little bit more about your specialty as an instructor.
While you can catch me for Yoga and HIIT classes, Barre is my specialty. I love it because it’s a safe, total body workout that you can do for a lifetime. I’m extremely hands-on to get you in the proper form so you’ll truly maximize the burn in each exercise.
Other than where you teach, where is your favorite place in Miami to train?
When I’m not in class at Exhale, you’ll find me bouncing around other studios on the beach. Flywheel, Barry’s Bootcamp, or JetSet Pilates typically make the list.
Besides fitness, what’s one thing you’re passionate about?
Travel! I have a hard time staying put when there’s so much more to see, taste, and experience. So maybe you could also say I’m passionate about good food.
What is a long-term goal you are working towards or would love to achieve?
Yoga was my first love – I plan to complete my 500-Hr Yoga Teacher Training
How do you practice mental health in your everyday life?
Truthfully, this one doesn’t always come as easy to me. I try to practice acceptance to prevent my mind from being captured into the despair from the past or fear of the future. By accepting things as they are, I don’t get caught up in the criticism I read, or that uncomfortable conversation I just had, or the time I wasted sitting in traffic, or the guilt of skipping a workout. Tomorrow is a new day, what a gift!