“Since college, Jackelyn started her own fitness magazine, sold it to a start-up, trained for American Ninja Warrior, and is now opening her own gym! Oh and did I mention she’s also a cardio kickboxing instructor and a trainer for Nike?”
It’s Monday Morning and I’m walking to the Capital 360 cafe in FiDi to interview fitness personality Jackelyn Ho. I arrive a few minutes early hoping to grab a table in the workspace but as I walk in, I see that Jackelyn is already there. She looks lean and strong in her work-out tank as she stands next to a table, working on her laptop.
I was a bit nervous about the interview since we had never met, but as soon as we sat down to talk, the nerves went away immediately. Her energy was contagious, and she was extremely personable and super genuine. In fact, before I could start the interview she took the time to ask me about my background and my story, which was cool!
I’ve been following her on social media for the past few years, and it’s been amazing to see what she’s accomplished in such little time. I discovered her through Cassey Ho’s (her sister!) kick-boxing video almost 4 years ago. Since then Jackelyn started her own fitness magazine, sold it to a start-up, trained for American Ninja Warrior, and is now opening her own gym! Oh and did I mention she’s also a cardio kickboxing instructor and a trainer for Nike? This girl is on fire.
But with all that she’s accomplished, she doesn’t hesitate to say that “it’s been quite a whirlwind the last 2-3 years” and she mentions a few struggles in between the successes. As a recent grad, Jackelyn was able to sell her fitness magazine, Fiterazzi, to a start-up, Spright . Things seemed to be going well but one day after she came back from vacation, she found out Spright had to let go of the entire editorial team, which included her.
Though there is a silver-lining. Now that she is no longer at Spright, she can focus on a dream she’s had for a while – opening her own gym. She’s actually wanted to do this for 3 years so I asked her what stopped her in the past from pursuing the idea:
“I was so scared putting in all this capital, running a brick and mortar business sounded super scary. And I actually think I wasn’t mature at that time to take on something like that. But now, I have all this experience and feel ready.”
I was hoping to find more details about the gym but all I know so far that it will be most likely be based in Oakland and featured HIIT style workouts. She promised me though, I’ll be one of the firsts to hear about any updates :).
Opening a gym seems like a perfect transition for Jackelyn since she she already has so much experience teaching. While we were on the topic of teaching, I asked her to describe the feeling she gets when she leads a class and how she maintains her energy. Her answer:
“It’s unreal, you have to turn on this switch even if you are having a bad day. It’s really intense but it’s such a vibrant and rewarding feeling. The personality I portray is me on crack. The only thing I focus on is that every single person in that room is having a good time. That’s just the mode I go into.”
We chatted for a while about motivation, our personal lives, and at the end, I wanted to understand how an entrepreneur finds the motivation, the ideas, the confidence. Jackelyn leaves me with a few words of advice on pursuing your dreams and passions:
“You just like know…your heart knows, your mind knows, your gut knows what you want to do and a lot of us are scared and we are scared of failing. But if you can throw all of that aside, and forget about it, you can do so much more.”
I can’t emphasize enough how much fun I had talking to Jackelyn. She continued to amaze me throughout our conversation and inspired me to think big and take risks. I hope you enjoyed the read and don’t forget to follow her on Instagram and Twitter <3.