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Fitness and Nutrition During Transitions

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This week we have one of our own joining us! Jayne Smith is not only a WAG coach but also a coach training assistant for the WAG Coach Certification, which is basically a digital mentor who guides students through the training.

In this episode, Michael talks with Jayne about the different transitions she's been through in her life, going from a collegiate gymnast to retiring and gaining 30 pounds before finding CrossFit and competitive weightlifting. Jayne shares how each experience affected her personally and from a nutrition aspect.

Jayne shares how some of the hardest transitions for her were the ones when she wasn’t working toward something competitive. She opens up to listeners and discusses the physical and mental challenges she went through during these times and, ultimately, how she found her passion and career as a WAG coach! You’ll gain a lot from her stories and inspirational journey.


  • 4:45 Welcome Jayne
  • 5:25 Starting Gymnastics at Age 6
  • 11:20 Highlight of Her Career 
  • 13:00 How Her Experience as a Gymnast Shaped Her
  • 15:30 Mindset and Experience Around Nutrition Early On
  • 16:45 Relationship With Food in College
  • 21:15 What it Was Like Mentally, to Gain 30 Pounds
  • 22:45 Getting into CF and Weightlifting 
  • 25:15 Starting WAG Nutrition Coaching
  • 27:05 Biggest Lesson When Finding WAG
  • 29:00 Journey to Becoming a Coach
  • 35:30 Transitioning Out of and Back into Competitive Weightlifting
  • 40:00 Life Without Sport as a Priority
  • 43:00 Trouble Finding Balance With Nutrition & Intuitive Eating
  • 50:15 One Piece of Advice for Listeners

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