Running is a way of life. As you all know, Triathlon taught me everything about life, sport, community and mindset. Today, I chat with Jess Sims, a close friend of mine who has exploded in the NYC fitness industry and now resides at Peloton as a tread instructor.
Running is a way of life. As you all know, Triathlon taught me everything about life, sport, community and mindset. Today, I chat with Jess Sims, a close friend of mine who has exploded in the NYC fitness industry and now resides at Peloton as a tread instructor. _In this episode we chat about:Running as a way of lifeThe science of running How to finish your first 5km Myths of social media as a fitness influencer How to make it in the NYC fitness industry and much more...
Jess is an educator and fitness instructor based in New York City. She grew up in a mixed household in Peabody, MA, a city just north of Boston, to an Italian mother who instilled the importance of helping others and black father who inspired her work ethic through a shared love of sports at a very young age. She was a natural athlete and leader from the start, participating in various sports from lacrosse to soccer to basketball. She held the title of team captain across three sports in high school and continued to become the captain of her collegiate basketball team for three years.
Her education career started with Teach for America in Houston, Texas which led to becoming a Teacher, Operations Director, Assistant Principal and ultimately Principal at Harlem Village Academies. Her self discovery through educating diverse students has fueled her passion of connecting to communities that often times are overlooked and under resourced.
In 2016, Jess left her Masters degree and career in education behind to pursue her first and obvious love: fitness. Since leaving her education career, she has gone on to teach boxing and HIIT (high intensity interval training) at popular boutique studios in New York City and has been featured in a number of media outlets ranging from broadcast appearances (Live with Kelly) to print and digital publications (Women’s Health, Men's Health, Self, Wall Street Journal) to brand partnerships (ASICS, Reebok, Nike).
In Fall 2018, Jess joined the Peloton family as a Tread instructor, teaching running, walking, bootcamp, strength and stretching classes to over two million subscribers worldwide. She just recently launched family content to the Peloton platform for kids five and older, blending her passions for health and wellness through interactive movement and education.
Jess’ purpose is to be of service to others. By teaching the importance of the connection between the mind and body, equipping caregivers and children with the tools needed to build healthy and active lifestyles, and making it all accessible to all communities and backgrounds, she plans to do just that.