Inside the secret (and insanely stressful) lives of Philly fitness trainers
Jayel Lewis recognizes the need to slow down as well. The Bala Cynwyd native is, quite possibly, Philly’s best-known trainer. One flick of her social media feed and it’s easy to see why: She’s stunning, fit as hell, smart and sweet, and she knows how to work the camera. Eleven years ago, when she got her degree in exercise science and nutrition from West Chester University, she thought she’d never use it — no one she knew made a living in fitness unless it was working for a sports team.
Seven years ago, she decided to give it a go; she coached more than 30 clients a week, in the early mornings and after nine-to-fivers got off work. She had, by any trainer’s definition, “made it.” Her rock-star status led to new, higher-level gigs like consulting — advising other fitness instructors on social media and personal branding. And this past spring, she landed a job as the soon-to-open Fitler Club’s director of health and wellness. What that means for her: swanky gym, normal-ish hours, built-in clientele, benefits, and a salary.