Owner and Fitness Coach
After graduating high school and completing the military service requirement in Finland, I decided to explore opportunities in the USA. I took the chance that was given and received a soccer scholarship to the University of Montevallo in Alabama. At the age of 20, I really had no idea what was in store for me, the adjustment for a new lifestyle was a challenge and the learning curve was steep. Looking back at it all, it has been an amazing journey. I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion, started working as a personal trainer (2004), got married a year later, graduated with a master’s degree in Sports Science at United States Sports Academy (2012), opened Fitness Functions (2013), my son Henrik was born 2015 and in 2018 he will have a little brother, Isak.
I have attained several certifications during my many years in the fitness field. I am a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach through the National Strength Conditioning Association, Certified Personal Trainer through American Council on Exercise, a Certified Functional Movement Screening Specialist and Certified Selective Functional Movement Assessment Specialist. Needless to say, I take gratification working in the wide-ranging field of fitness, wellness, sports, and nutrition.
The philosophy and the training sessions at Fitness Functions are based on my personal experiences. I used to believe that you had to push yourself to the limits and train long hours to get fit and stay healthy. I have come to realize that is not the answer! I set out to cut the workout time spent in the gym and still get the same results with a lot less stress on the body – FIT30 training sessions were born! With only 30 minute sessions and purposeful intensity your body can achieve great results. Although exercise is necessary it is not the most important thing in life. If you are like me, I would rather save time for other stuff in life – enjoy great food, good nights sleep, and have fun with loved ones.
Jenneth Lardner, BS, CPDS
I have been a part of the Fitness Functions Team since 2015. I’m Certified with the National Sports Performance Association as a Program Design Specialist and have a Bachelors in Exercise Science. I’m passionate about weight lifting, functional health, and helping my clients discover their strengths.
My clients love their improved energy levels, find their potential, and enjoy their life to the fullest. I help clients achieve a balanced lifestyle that incorporates all dimensions of health and fitness. I understand how hard it is to get time to work out, but it’s so important for you to train with an expert who understands exactly what you need and can fit it into your life.
I spent my days enjoying all the sports I possibly could when I was younger and focused on basketball and martial arts. I’m always up for new activities – my determination and curiosity never lets me turn down a challenge or opportunity for new experiences. Time and time again, I’m reminded of the positive effects exercise has on my own physical and mental well-being. My appreciation for what our bodies and mind can achieve is ever increasing.
As a Personal Trainer, I want to share my enthusiasm, encourage a happier and healthier lifestyle, and help you realize what your body is capable of. I believe that with the right training program, a bit of determination, and support, anyone can achieve their goals.
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” -C.S. Lewis
Owner, Nutrition, and Fitness Coach
My personal journey to a healthy life, which led me to becoming a nutrition coach, began over 10 years ago.Like a lot of women, I started out eating low calories (aka. starving), popular diets and diet food, and diet pills. None of what I was “supposed to do” was helping – I started to think it was impossible for me to lose weight.
I was constantly hungry, lacked confidence, embarrassed by my body – I hated seeing how unhealthy I looked in photos and cried when nothing in my closet fit and when I’d try on clothes in dressing rooms, only to feel even more depressed.
Today, I look and feel better than I could have imagined 10 years ago – even as a busy mom and small business owner. My success didn’t happen by luck, good genes (not even close!), or a quick fix diet. No, I actually made a resolution to lose weight, on New Years 2008. This started out as a diet, but as my journey went on, I learned how to change how I lived my life, how I viewed food, and how I treated my body.
Consistency, determination, and a change of mindset helped me find my new life and healthy body.
I’ve spent years diving into nutrition, habit change, and fitness for my own journey – I became a certified nutrition coach through Precision Nutrition and have completed TRX Suspension Training and TRX Sports Medicine Training courses.
After I became a mom in 2015, my focus on healthy nutrition and lifestyle habits changed. I not only wanted to look and feel my best, but I also want to raise my children to love food, movement, and a healthy lifestyle. As a nutrition coach and a mom, my passion is to help other women learn to feel confident – in their body, in their life, and in their food choices.
What and how you eat should not be complicated. I can help you lose weight and fit in your life by learning vital skills for a healthy lifestyle, practicing simple nutrition habits, and discovering what works for YOU and YOUR LIFE.