An Interview with Jill

Jon: Let’s get started. Tell me about your experience with back pain.
Jill: When I was 14 I didn’t have a bedroom and I slept on a pull-out sofa in my parent’s living room (life in Jersey City). This was when I first experienced back pain.
When I was in my 30s and 40s I would be crippled with back pain for weeks at a time. One day, my daughter asked if we could join the Atlantic Club (a health club). One of the perks of being a new member is you are given a free personal training session, and the trainer I got was you!
You told me I had back pain because my core muscles where weak. This was confusing because I thought I had strong abdominal muscles because I did sit-ups. You told me the most important core muscle is the butt muscle and you were very blunt about how weak mine was!
You wrote me a detailed exercise plan, and I’ll never forget bracing and bridging while on my lunch break in my office trying to get my butt muscles to “turn on”.

Jon: I feel like your story is very common; people suffer with pain (back pain, knee pain, shoulder pain, etc.) and don’t know what to do about it.
Jill: So true! I went to countless doctors, physical therapists, chiropractors, and personal trainers. No one ever told me my butt muscles where weak. Often times, I would get varying diagnoses and treatments and I would feel better for a day or two, but the pain and tightness would always return.
It can be very confusing, and the amount of information we are privy to is overwhelming. What I’ve found works best is to keep it simple and not over think things, which is really difficult when you deal with pain everyday. I guess what I am saying is just do core exercises, and that’s it! It so simple!

Jon: I am a big fan of keeping it simple!
Jill: When I first came to you I wanted to address my L4-L5 herniation and my spondylolisthesis and this and that, and you had to reign me in. Just do core exercises is all you told me.

Jon: What tips would you have for someone who suffers with back pain?
Jill: Do core exercises until your butt muscles are sore. If you have trouble with commitment, come to Core Fitness. Core Fitness is so much fun, and the environment is extremely motivating!

Jon: Is there anything else you would like to ad?
Jill: I talk to people all the time about their exercise routines and they are all injured! It drives me up a wall!
I work without pain. I stand long hours without pain. I sit long hours without pain. I play tennis three times a week without pain. If you stick with a consistent core exercise routine, you can cure yourself. I know because I did!

Jon: Thanks for taking the time to sit down with me!
Jill: You’re welcome!

Jon has more than 40,000 hours as a personal trainer and can be reached at or 732-475-0142.

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Read about Jill’s success story here.