My name is Sara and I’m a Fit Jewess.
Let me be the first to welcome you to the community.
I hope that you find what you’re looking for, but in the event that you don’t, please
reach out and shoot me a message and I will personally respond to you as soon as I
come out of this handstand.
Just kidding. I can’t do a handstand yet.
Or a pull-up.
Also, I’m not a fitness expert.
In fact, I have quite a bit of fat, I sometimes eat nothing but cake for dinner and on
occasion, I even go two days in a row without working out.
I know… scandalous.
So who do I think I am to call myself “fit” and why did I start Fit Jewess?
I’m so happy you asked 🙂 .
Growing up, my favorite sport was sitting on the couch with a good, thick novel. During
PE class in high school, I was that kid who sat on the sidelines (good thing my teacher
liked me!), and for the most part I avoided summer camp because it was 88% sports.
And I hated sports.
When I was 21 years old and moving from Canada to the US, I realized that it would be
an opportune time to make a physical change in my sedentary life.
I needed to add activity to my routine because it simply wasn’t healthy not to.
I had read an article about functional fitness and thought that it might be something I
could get into… So when I arrived in California, I decided to give it a shot and scheduled
an intro class.
The first movement in our workout was a 400m run. I explained to the coach that there
was no way I could run 400m, so he cut it down to 280m. But the time I reached 150m, I
was out of breath, I had slowed to a crawl, and I needed to use my inhaler.
By the time that intro class was over, I was head over heels in love.
I told anyone who would listen:
“I’ve never tried drugs… but I think that this is what it feels like to be high.”
And thus began my journey to a healthier lifestyle.
Over time, I began to make changes to my eating and sleeping habits and had an incredible
I now love working out, enjoy planning my meals (no, I didn’t say prepping
them) and no longer need to convince myself to do right by my body.
As I got more and more involved in the fitness industry and found myself making friends
with athletes from all backgrounds, I realized that I was sorely missing the company of
fellow Jewish gals.
I also realized that I couldn’t find a resource that addressed fitness-related issues
from a Jewish perspective.
I mean, let’s be honest… We have more holidays than weekdays (at least it feels that way),
there is a big emphasis on food in our culture, and our grandmothers won’t stop telling us
that we need to eat more.
Well, except for my grandmother. She’s always asking me how my diet’s going. I love you, Bubby!
So, I decided to change that. And Fit Jewess was born.
Fit Jewess has a two-fold mission:
1. To provide women and gals across the world with tips, guidance and inspiration
to help cross the divide between our fitness goals and current lifestyles from a body
positive, weight-neutral perspective.
In other words, to prove to matzah balls and potato latkes that we can and will be
fit despite our culture-specific idiosyncrasies.
2. To serve as a community of like-minded Fit Jewesses that supports, encourages
and cheers on one another.
After all, only we truly know what it’s like to be fit, female and Jewish.
This is me and this is what I’m working on.
Just like everyone else here, I am a constant work in progress, and I know that
this is a lifelong journey.
The mitzvah of “v’nishmartem me’od l’nafshoteichem; and you shall guard yourself
very well”(Deuteronomy 4:15) is not one that is fulfilled at a specific moment in time and
is then forgotten about. Rather, it is a continuous commandment, one that we are obligated
to fulfill at all times.
I will never reach an ultimate goal because as I grow and develop, my goals will change.
Yours will too.
And now, my friend, I invite you to join me and the others on our journeys as we
discover the lifestyle of a Fit Jewess.