I’m Kersten, NASM Certified personal trainer, health magazine writer and I love the active lifestyle.
I love anything and everything outdoors. Since moving from a country with 5 months of snow to warm and sunny California, I can be outside even more often, which is something that I’m really happy about.
I prefer to workout outdoors whenever possible, but most of my workouts can be done indoors as well.
There is no need for a gym membership. You can and will get into shape without that.
All You Need is 30 Minutes
For oh so many years, main form of exercise was running. I used to run for hours every day. While I loved running, it took a lot of time and left me no time to do other things. And it also got boring…
Now my workouts rarely last any longer than 30 minutes.
I simply take my kettlebells or a sandbag to a park close to my house and workout with them, do some sprinting or put together a high intensity bodyweight workouts. If they’re intense, they work–you don’t need to go to a gym!
Try out any of my workouts and see for yourself! You’ll learn that 30 minutes or even less is absolutely enough to get sweaty, get your heart pumping and boost your fatburn.
Staying Active Outside of My Workouts
My workouts are short, but I love to stay active outside of my workouts as well. If I have time, I love to take long walks, ride my bike and do other fun things outdoors. Playground and beach workouts are really fun too!
Being active should never be drudgery.
Does Working Out Outdoors Give You Results?
As a personal trainer, I get that question often. The answer is, without a doubt:
It sure does!
About 95% of my own and my clients workouts are done outdoors, using just bodyweight or simple equipment such as medicine balls, kettlebells, dumbbells and jump rope.
If we have the chance, we also use battle ropes, tires, pull up bar and alike, but they are not mandatory.
My clients, even the ones who have been skeptical in the beginning, have seen great results in improving their strength, mobility and endurance and – what’s most important for almost all of them – they do lose fat.
Sprinting, jumping, squatting, pushing and pulling among other similar movements that we in our workouts are natural to our bodies and therefore, give the best results.
Why Urban Jane?
Urban Jane is a combination of old and new, ancient and modern.
I’m a girl who trains outside, sometimes takes barefoot walks and most of the time, eats Paleo-inspired, whole, non-processed foods.
But I’m also a girl who loves her kettlebells, spends quite a bit of time on Instagram and is known for her colorful nail designs.
I’m enjoying my life by combining best from both worlds.
That’s me in a nutshell, but if you are interested about learning how I found my way to health and fitness world, keep reading.
I’ve been physically active all my life. I was in my high school’s track and field and basketball teams. I used to be the biggest fan of track and field, never missing any olympics or world championships from TV. In high school, I may have even skipped my classes to stay home and make sure I won’t miss the best parts of Sydney Olympics in 2000…
Health and fitness was definitely my passion; however, after graduating from high school it never crossed my mind to study sports or fitness.
I guess I figured that I need to study something more “meaningful” than that. I cannot really explain why but back then I thought that fitness is okay as a hobby, but for “real living” I should do something else.
So I went to study linguistics, spent 11 years in academia and received my PhD in 2014.
It was a fun time. I got to study and live abroad, travel quite a bit for the conferences and meet new people. But linguistics was never really my true passion. My true passion had always been health and fitness.
When I moved to Berkeley in 2012 as a part of my PhD program, my life changed in so many aspects.
Just before moving there I had developed a bad depression. When I think of it now, there were two major reasons: studying and working on something that I didn’t enjoy and being in a wrong relationship.
I constantly made myself to do things that I didn’t enjoy because they seemed like good things and I was supposed to like them–or that’s what I thought.
Meeting all those fun people in the Bay area and hearing their amazing stories made me realize that I do have a choice. I can make a change.
To get over my depression and move on with my life, I had to stop doing the work I didn’t enjoy and quit the relationship I didn’t feel comfortable in.
Together with a professional help, it was running and exercising that kept me sane and helped me through the hard times. I was always happier when I worked out.
When my friends and family members started to ask my help in creating them exercise or meal plans, I was more than happy to do it and even happier to see that my advice was actually helpful. People loved their results.
I started to realize that through fitness I can create value to other people while enjoying it myself.
In spring 2014 I signed up for NASM Personal Trainer Certification program. I was extremely excited when the study book came in the mail! I studied several hours every day, passed the test and am now working as a personal trainer and devoting almost all my time to health and fitness.
DISCLAIMER: I am not a licensed medical professional. All views expressed on this website are based on my own personal research and experiences. Please consult your doctor with any medical issues before beginning a training program.