Who is Jarrett?
Jarrett Arthur is the co-founder of Jarrett & Jennie Self-Defense, M.A.M.A.® (Mothers Against Malicious Acts), Customized Self-Defense for Women, and other specialized self-defense and safety programs for women, moms and kids. Jarrett discovered Krav Maga, just after graduating from college in 2004. It was a life-changing experience. Despite being a nationally-ranked athlete growing up, she struggled with insecurities and self-doubt which fostered a childhood laden with anxiety, depression, and bullies. Jarrett carried that mindset into young adulthood—until she began training in self-defense. She earned her first-degree Black Belt Instructor Certification from Krav Maga Worldwide in 2009, and was in training for her 2nd Dan test when she suffered a major knee injury.
Jarrett spent several years acting as the Program Coordinator for km-X (Sherman Oaks) as well as Lead Instructor for adult (Krav Maga, fight, and fitness) and children’s classes at the Krav Maga Worldwide in Los Angeles. She reluctantly stepped away from those roles in order to develop programs, teaching methodologies, and a training environment focused exclusively on training women and children. Today, 100% of her self-defense students are women and children.
Jarrett’s passion is customizing her self-defense training and education programs to most effectively benefit the emotional, physical, and personal wants and needs of the women and children she works with. She is based in Los Angeles, California.
What does your morning routine look like?
I typically get up around 5am and head straight to the gym for a strength and conditioning workout with my coach.
Morning bird, or night owl?
What’s your go-to healthy breakfast?
I stopped eating eggs several months ago because of a sensitivity I developed. It was hard for me originally to break the association between breakfast and eggs, but breakfast is really just like any other meal of the day. Now I typically eat a lean protein, veggies, and some berries for breakfast.
One is one thing you are insecure about? And if you’ve overcome it, how?
I’m insecure about cellulite I have on my thighs and butt. I’m working on accepting it, but it’s definitely a process.
What is your proudest achievement?
Getting to teach Ellen Degeneres how to defend herself. I had so much fun!
What does a typical day of eating look like for you?
I’ve struggled with disordered eating for most of my life. Emotional eating, binging, restricting, you name it I’ve done it. I feel like I’m just beginning the journey of healing my relationship with food. I’m just starting to make decisions about eating when I’m stressed out that are aligned with my health and wellness goals. It’s definitely a process but I’m finally being kinder to myself. I feel best when I’m grain, nut, dairy, and egg free so that’s how I eat 95% of the time.
Can you give us one idea for adding 5 minutes of exercise into your normal day?
I think sprint intervals are the single most important addition to any workout. Whether you’re speed walking, running, rowing, swimming, jumping rope, biking…add 30 seconds of all out sprinting, followed by 30 seconds of active rest. Repeat for 5 minutes.
What is your ‘go-to’ workout when short on time?
Heavy bag work is my go-to when time is short. It’s an explosive full body workout that stresses muscles, core, and cardio while burning off a ton of stress and dumping some much needed endorphins into your bloodstream. Oh yeah, and it’s super fun to hit stuff!
Who inspires you, and why?
My mom inspires me. She’s one of the strongest women I know and has dedicated almost 40 years of her life to helping women as a breast surgeon. A 35 year breast cancer survivor herself, my mom has been taking care of women and saving lives,for a really long time. She always makes time for her patients and puts them first. Her strength, determination, and compassion are truly inspirational.
What’s your biggest piece of advice for someone who’s trying to jump into a healthy lifestyle?
Take it slow and listen to your body. Jumping into a hardcore new routine or new program, setting strict rules and restrictions, committing to go from zero to sixty overnight is not a recipe for success. Allow some flexibility in your routine for the things that life throws at us. It sounds cliche, but really try to think of the journey to a healthy lifestyle as that of a marathon and not a sprint. Try to speak to yourself as you would speak to your best friend who is just starting out: with kindness and positive encouragement.
What Fit Strong and Sexy means to you:
Being Fit, Strong, and Sexy means that you’re fully in touch with your self-worth. You value your mind, your body, and your heart and you treat them accordingly. You make decisions that reflect that sense of self-worth and you acknowledge your value.
If you want to learn more about Jarrett and her badass work, check out her website here!
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