Introducing NASM Ambassador: Jackie Kaminski
NASM and HYLETE have been partners for years due to our mutual passion for fitness, wellness and fostering a supportive community. We are excited to further our partnership by introducing our newest female NASM Ambassador, Jackie Kaminski. Jackie is a registered sports dietitian with a Master's degree in Sports Nutrition and Exercise Physiology. Learn a little more about Jackie's health and fitness journey below.
Can you tell us a little bit about where you’re from? How did your life growing up influence your career?
I was born & raised in South Florida, so I am the literal definition of a beach bum! I can’t live away from the water for a second.
I’ve been an athlete my whole life. I started as a gymnast, which really instilled a sense of discipline and hard work ethic from a young age. Unfortunately, when I was about age 12 or 13 I had a bad knee injury that put me at risk for a complete knee replacement if I were to continue with gymnastics. While it broke my heart to say goodbye to the sport, I also knew I wasn’t in any position to become an Olympian (and at the time I really didn’t want knee surgery). I was so accustomed to training several hours a day, 5-6 days a week, so I quickly got involved in tennis, played volleyball in high school, dabbled in cross fit, and now train kickboxing and boxing.
Due to my addiction to an active lifestyle, I quickly realized how much nutrition played a role in my ability to feel good and perform well. Once I started college, I discovered dietetics and quickly grew to love the science of nutrition and sports. From that moment, I knew exactly what I wanted to do, and it has led me to where I am now.
Why are you passionate about your fitness?
As mentioned previously, fitness has always been a part of my life. I love to test myself and my body to its extremes. I do not know what it is like to not constantly be active, and quite frankly I go crazy when I’m forced to not exercise (as in an injury or I’m sick). However, I have seen firsthand through my own experiences how vital fitness is to health and longevity. My stress levels are low, I rarely get sick, and I don’t think I’ve ever felt so good in my life. Moreover, the science in support of how it can cure and fix so many metabolic diseases, prolong lifespan, and prevent injury is overwhelming. Not exercising leads to a quicker death, and I plan to be here for a while -- so I'll never stop being active.
Why are you passionate about training and sharing your knowledge with others?
I love helping people become better versions of themselves. Nothing is more rewarding than when a client comes back to you saying you’ve “basically changed their life”. My goal is to not just fix a problem but prevent future ones from arising as well. I love to educate people on how to incorporate healthy eating and fitness into their life without having to make extreme changes to their lifestyle or engage in something that is unrealistic for them to commit too long term. I’m here to make lifestyle changes, not just prescribe a “diet”.
What made you decide that you wanted to become a NASM Certified Personal Trainer?
So, I am not a certified personal trainer, I am a master level nutrition instructor.
What does being a NASM Master Instructor mean to you?
To me, it means NASM has trusted me to be a reliable source for individuals looking to learn. It means that I am a trusted and reliable source, and it is my responsibility to uphold that expectation and continue to grow my knowledge base so I can help others grow as well.
Which NASM training course have you found to be the most impactful for your career?
I only have access to the NASM CNC. However, I will say that it encompasses a very comprehensive curriculum for individuals looking to become a nutrition coach. As an RD, I am very pleased with the information that is in the CNC to help individuals looking to obtain a nutrition certification.
How does the right performance apparel and gear impact your training?
Anyone who’s a high-level athlete or active individual knows that if you’re trying to level up your training, the right training gear is ESSENTIAL! Quality is the most imperative. I invest so much money in the right shoes for the type of activity I’m doing to prevent injury and maximize my athletic ability. I need the right clothes so I'm comfortable and have full range of movement regardless of what I’m doing and how long I’m doing it for, and I need durability since I practically live in gym clothes. Overall, I would say the right training gear elevates my workouts, while the wrong gear can really screw it up! So as aforementioned… quality is ESSENTIAL.
What is your favorite HYLETE product(s) and why?
The Era Sports Bra because keeping the girls in place during training is CRITICAL! This bra is super comfortable and durable. Absolutely love! The Eclipse Gray Tempo Capri is my favorite bottoms! I love side pockets because I’m always in workout gear so somewhere to keep my phone (especially on runs) is really important to me. Also, how soft, and flexible the material is! Really light and breathable to make any workout feel great!
What made you want to be a brand ambassador for HYLETE's partnership with NASM?
I really love HYLETE’s community of trainers and coaches. The brand isn’t just about looking good in athletic gear or promoting a specific aesthetic like the majority of other fitness apparel lines; it encompasses a community of educated individuals dedicated to helping people live healthier lives. I love the authenticity of the brand, and how inclusive it feels.
How do you overcome adversity/challenges? What’s your formula, if there is one?
For me overcoming adversity or challenges really boils down to being patient and trying to decipher the problem in front of me. I always try and look for ways to compromise or introduce solutions that help not only me, but the individual or party that i'm having challenges with. At the end of the day, overcoming adversity is about being flexible and learning to adapt. I have always been able to achieve my end goal, but I’m adaptable to the process that leads up to it.
What advice would you give to someone who is pursuing a career as a certified trainer?
Network and align yourself with the individuals in your field who inspire you the most! Never stop learning and build a community of people who always challenge you and inspire you to keep growing.
What is your favorite workout?
Anything that fits the criteria of “full body death day”. Or at least that’s what I tell my trainer and I quite literally die at the end of the workout. On a more serious note, I love kickboxing/boxing! I could do that all day.
What is your favorite healthy food?
I love seafood! So, any fish (preferably salmon, shrimp, or scallops) with a vegetable side is my favorite! Or another favorite of mine is bison burgers.
What is your favorite cheat meal?
I choose savory over sweet any day. My idea of a cheat meal is a nice burger or juicy steak & mashed potatoes. Which ironically, I consider pretty healthy still lol.
However, it all depends on my mood! Fruity desserts are a go to if I’m craving something sweet. Like a berry cobbler. Or a big bowl (or 2) of cereal -- likely a special K or granola type cereal.
Currently I’m in fight camp with my boxers, so I’ve been pretty much on the same diet as them. The other night I ate an entire pint of ben & jerry’s dairy free ice cream. Does that count as a cheat meal?
What is your favorite quote?
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent” -- Eleanor Roosevelt
What is the last book you read?
The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck
What has been your favorite place to travel?
It’s a hard tie between France, Spain, and Amsterdam.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
You know that movie jumper? Where he looks at a place or thinks of one and can just teleport there? Yeah, that superpower. I’d save so much money on gas… heck! Wouldn’t even need a car either.