Hi! My name is Jackie Miller! I spent most of my life trying to blend in, playing music, reading, and eating – a lot. I’d never considered myself an athlete, having played soccer for 4.5 seconds when I was in 4th grade, and softball for about 15 seconds in middle school. I was a band geek in high school, with the only sport I played being marching band and color guard (I was forced to do laps and I lettered so it counts!!). Starting in middle school continuing on through high school and life, I ate my feelings and yo yo dieted – trying to embrace that I was chubby, but secretly hating that I had no control over my body.
Fast forward to 2013 when I had my son Rainer, and I started to go from chubby to “fat”. I went to Maui at the end of 2014 for New Year’s and couldn’t buckle the seat belt on the plane – I had bruises on my thighs from where the seat dug in. I weighed 310 lbs. After we got back, I evaluated what was important – I wanted to be able to play with Rainer, and walk up stairs without feeling like I was dying. I started with changing my diet a little, and then let a friend talk me into trying CrossFit. I couldn’t do a full squat, let alone even knew what a Burpee was (I still sometimes wish I never found that one out). I’d never even touched a barbell before. After about a year of floundering with my diet, but really loving the exercise, I dialed in my diet with the help of the nutrition coach here at Rise. That is when everything changed. Weight started melting off, and I started hitting PR after PR.
What I learned though, through all of this, is that your mind is your strongest muscle! And I soon realized, I needed to give back to the community that gave me my life back. That is why I became a coach! Specifically, I wanted to help give kids and teenagers the gift that I was never given when I was young – that fitness can be fun, nutrition doesn’t have to be a “diet”, and that your brain is where everything begins! I no longer try to blend in, but loudly and unapologetically be myself, and try to inspire others to do the same. I really believe that fitness can help strengthen the mind, body, and soul, and am passionate about helping teenagers (and adults) unleash a great untapped power they hold inside themselves.
I love the New York Giants, fantasy movies and books, and crafting. When not training or coaching, I love to cook, hike 14ers, camp with my family, and crush mere mortals at fantasy football. I’m always looking for the next fun physical challenge, and am looking forward to my first full backpacking trip, sanctioned powerlifting meet, and Strongman competition this year.