From dancing professional ballet to teaching exercise and nutrition classes, to competing and placing in figure competitions, fitness has always been a big part of fitness expert and wellness coach, Janine Delaney’s life. Whether you are in your 20’s looking to put on some muscle, your 30’s looking to get your figure back after having kids, or even looking to shed those last few pounds as you enter your 40’s, she’s been there and knows exactly what it takes to make those changes in your life.
At the age of 49, Janine started her social media brand a little over one year ago and has successfully spread her words of encouragement and inspiration to nearly 2M followers across the globe.
She is a full-time Psychologist, wife of 20 years and mother to two teenage daughters. Janine is living proof that age is just a number and we are only as old as we allow ourselves to feel.
Women Fitness unveils its April Special Interview with the inspirational woman, Janine Delaney, who can make heads turn with her jump rope stellar performance.
Janine you are a doctorate in psychology, a qualification that must have involved relentless dedication and hard work. What attracted you towards this field of education and what role has it played in your own life?
Getting my Doctorate in Psychology is one of the accomplishments in life I am most proud of. It was not always easy and there were times I felt like giving up, but I pushed through. One of the best pieces of advice I received was from my father, who told me my education was an investment in myself and something no one could ever take away from me. His words were what kept me motivated.
I choose the field of Psychology because of my fascination with the power of the human mind. To this day I remain a firm believer that our physical and mental well-beings are closely interconnected. We must take care of both in order to be our best. Understanding this connection has helped me get through all life’s challenges and also allowed me to live in the moment and be grateful for my blessings.
You have been a professional ballerina, are an exercise and nutrition specialist, a fitness influencer and hold multiple titles in NPC Figure Championships. With these feathers in your cap, share your journey up the hill?
I love adventures and my life in fitness has certainly been a roller-coaster ride. It started as a child when I fell in love with ballet pretty much as soon as I was able to walk. From that moment on, I spent every waking moment escaping into my world of dance.
I danced professionally for many years and when it came time to give that up to pursue my education, I decided it was time to share my love of fitness with others and started teaching exercise classes. It was a great way to inspire other women and let me still feel connected to my childhood passion. Eventually as I grew a family of my own, I ventured into more individual endeavors and competed and placed in several figure competitions. I even joined an adult soccer team at the age of 45 without ever having played a team sport when I was younger. I am not going to say my foot skills were very good, but I was able to help out my team by being the fastest runner and running anyone off the field.
Then, just two years ago, as I was approaching the age of 50, I had the crazy idea to venture into the world of social media. My goal was to show people that age is just a number and you are only as old as you feel. The rest is history.
Being a home maker, a mother to two teenage daughters and an entrepreneur how do you balance juggling between these multiple roles?
Great question and the answer is with great skill. It is not always an easy task, but I remember to try and live in the here and now and prioritise what is most important. I tell my daughters “Sometimes we have to work hard, but then we have a chance to play hard”. It’s all about keeping balance. Organization and planning are critical components of finding the time to fit everything in.
How would you describe your role as an aerobic instructor back in 80’s?
The 80’s were such a great time to be involved in the fitness community. It was the time where people were finally recognizing the importance of taking care of themselves and diet and nutrition advice were hot commodities. I loved teaching and the energy I was able to pass on to my students. I will admit that I did look sort of funny with my leopard bodysuit, leg warmers and wavy permed hair, but everyone in my class had a great time and always came back for more. It was a memorable and invigorating time in my life.
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