Tell me a little about yourself and your background?
My name is Jessica Bogdanov, I was born and raised in New York. I am a former rhyming gymnast, a rhythmic gymnastics coach, a pole dancing instructor and calisthenics instructor. I like to try all forms of fitness, I enjoy learning new things and I’m always up for a challenge.
What aspect of fitness do you enjoy the most?
I enjoy learning new moves, new tricks, new exercises. I don’t like doing the same boring workouts every day. I like to find new ways to test my strength and abilities. I love the feeling of getting a new move or trick after many failed attempts. It’s such a rewarding feeling. It makes you feel unstoppable, like all your hard work and failure paid off! It’s an adrenaline rush, it’s addictive and I always crave for more moments like that.
How did you get into fitness?
Fitness has been a part of my life since I was young. Starting with rhythmic gymnastics, I then picked up pole dancing at the age of 19 and from there I started weightlifting and calisthenics. I don’t like to limit myself to one form of fitness. I think it’s better to be more open and versatile. Plus, it’s always fun to try new things and test your abilities.
How long have you been into fitness?
My father put me into rhythmic gymnastics, after rhythmic gymnastics my friend showed me a video of a girl competing in pole dancing. I thought it was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen so I searched up a pole class nearby and turns out it was a 10 min walk from my house. Since then I took a class every day and became a pole dancing instructor 5 months later. As for calisthenics and weightlifting, I met a group of people who trained on a daily basis and I learned from them. It’s incredible how much you can learn from others and how much better it is to train as a group verse alone.
What was a turning point for you to take it seriously?
I wouldn’t say I had a turning point, I was disciplined from a very young age, so I always took my training seriously. However, I have had many moments where I was depressed and wouldn’t want to train for months at a time. What helped me through those moments was setting a goal for myself. Sometimes when you don’t have a goal you feel lost and unmotivated. I like to set a small goal and once I reach it I make a bigger goal and that will usually help me stay motivated and determined.
How has fitness impacted your life?
Fitness has made me a stronger person, both physically and mentally. I feel like I have learned so much about myself and my abilities. I love having control over my body, I love the feeling of being able to do things I would have only dreamed of doing in the past.
What words of advice or encouragement would you like to give to someone who is just starting out or would like to start but doesn’t know where to begin?
This is one of my favorite quotes, it’s short and simple “keep moving forward”. No matter what just keep moving forward, don’t give up on yourself, don’t expect things to happen overnight or even in a few weeks. This all takes years of commitment, failure and lots of practice. In order to reach your goal, you simply have to start. Once you start don’t stop, keep going, even if it feels like you’re not making any changes, don’t give up on the process. It takes time for your body to start making visible changes. Fitness should be a part of your daily life, find something that really grabs your attention or something you’ve always wanted to try and do it. Find a class nearby, grab a friend and have fun! Fitness doesn’t have to be boring!
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