New Wellness Coach Profile: Meet Jessy Hamawi

Friday, November 4th, 2011
This post was written by Jessica Fornarotto

Here we take an inside look at a wellness coach, the choices made on the road to success, and the challenges ahead.

Jessy Hamawi, wellness coach, nutrition consultant, and certified personal trainer.

HIN: What was your first job out of college and how did you get into wellness coaching?

Jessy Hamawi: I went to Bradley University hoping to go to medical school right after. It wasn’t until my senior year that I realized I had a passion for nutrition and fitness. I started working as a personal trainer and fitness instructor at major health clubs in Peoria, Ill. Currently, I am the club manager and nutritionist on site at Club Fitness. Being in the health field has definitely made me aware of and conscious about one’s health. There are many diseases that can be prevented and even controlled if we take better care of our bodies. There is an alarming rise in obesity, hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, and other controllable diseases. I believe that if you eat healthy by cutting out the unhealthy fats, excessive sugar and salt from your diet, and make exercise part of your daily life, you can make a difference in your overall health and prevent diseases.

Have you received any health or wellness coaching certifications? If so, please list these certifications.

I am a certified personal trainer as well as a kick-boxing instructor. It wasn’t until I almost graduated with my nutrition bachelor’s that I decided the importance of combining my love of exercise and healthy eating. I am currently a grad student concentrating on human and sports nutrition. Coaching comes naturally with the support and guidance of a personal trainer in order to make positive changes and bring balance to your life.

Has there been a defining moment in your career? Perhaps when you knew you were on the right road?

Every time I talk to my clients, whether it is during a consultation for weight loss or fitness training, I know that I am on the right path.

In brief, describe your organization.

Club Fitness is a multi-personal training facility where our certified trainers provide customized workout plans. Our personal trainers choreograph and oversee the entire workout routine to ensure proper form and goal achievement. We also teach the proper way to fuel the body, whether for weight loss or an athletic event. The members learn the proper combination of complex carbohydrates and lean protein to speed up the metabolism.

What are two or three important concepts or rules that you follow in wellness coaching?

Listening and helping my clients in achieving their nutrition and fitness goals and desires.

What is the single-most successful thing that your company is doing now?

Our club is successful at its multi-personal training approach. Also, we have a great weight loss program called “25 to 3,” in which our members are encouraged to lose 25 pounds by following a healthy well-balanced meal plan along with three personal training sessions per week.

Do you see a trend or path that you have to lock onto for 2012?

Focusing on health and decreasing or preventing chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension or other cardiovascular diseases, through combining exercise and nutrition.

What is the most satisfying thing about being a wellness coach?

Educating others about what it takes to achieve a healthier lifestyle, the importance of fitness and healthy eating. It’s not just about what a person looks like and what they need to do to be a certain way, but about what I can do to help others feel better about themselves. I want to help everyone in any way that I can. In regards to training, I’m most proud of reaching my goal to become a more fit and healthy person. About three years ago, I was not happy with how I looked and felt. I decided to start dedicating my time to taking better care of myself, and within a year, I had made drastic changes to my physique. Since then, I’ve had a positive and rewarding journey.

Where did you grow up?

I was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon. I attended high school in Lawrence, Mass. and college in Peoria, Ill.

What college did you attend?

I obtained my Bachelor of Science from Bradley University and my master’s from Eastern University.

Are you married? Do you have children?

I am not married and do not have children.

What is your favorite hobby and how did it develop in your life?

I have a few hobbies, one being hiking. Besides it being an amazing outdoor exercise, I enjoy the scenery. I also love cooking. My favorite part is substituting ingredients to make the recipe healthier.

Is there a book you recently read or movie you saw that you would recommend?

One of my favorite documentaries is “Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About his Father.” This movie has left such an impact on me.

Any additional comments?

There is a beginning point for everyone. All it takes is for that switch to flip to begin your journey. Take it one day at a time and do not beat yourself up if you have the occasional “slip-up.” It’s not about having fitness consuming your entire life, but it’s about enhancing it. Realize that self-love improves not only your life, but also the lives of others around you.

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