Meet JAY C!
Hailing from West Hollywood, Ca, Jay began his career as a professional musician, touring throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. While on tour, Jay trained and conditioned his fellow bandmates along with other artists. This developed into a passion that led him to pursue a career in fitness. Jay has acquired years of experience specializing in SPX Pilates/Lagree fitness/megaformer, Heavy Bag Boxing, Kickboxing, and suspension training, and training and developing young, group fitness instructors on the west coast. Jay is devoted to helping people recognize potential and talent within themselves. He trains with passion, patience, and intensity. His classes are lively, upbeat, and, of course, accompanied by a pretty stellar music selection, if he does say so himself.
How/ Why/ When did you fall in love with Megaformer workout?
Why: The touring lifestyle that I experienced during my music career was taking a toll on my health. I was an out-of-shape, beer-bellied gypsy looking for solid ground. I was floating by, taking random hired gigs playing bass for young pop artists to pay my bills, until, one day, I passed a Petco that was holding a pet adoption. I immediately fell in love with a big, half-Boxer, half-Ridgeback dog and knew I had to take him home with me. I needed a way to support myself and my new son, Barney. So I whipped myself into shape both physically and financially!
How: At the time, I was dating a girl who told me about her new favorite workout: Pilates Plus (what they used to call the Megaformer workout). She suggested I apply for teacher training at a few studios seeking male instructors. I was transitioning away from my music career, and I thought fitness could be an interesting new hobby, since it’s also about making people feel good. So I took a few classes, trained to be an instructor, and fell in love with the machine. I’m happy to say I’m still smitten with the Megaformer machine and workout… but I can’t say the same about the girl!
When: Circa early 2009.
What are 5 things we don’t know about you?
Born in Jersey/raised in Vegas/had first fake ID from Hawaii.
I am double-jointed in my arms and hips.
I am a pretty good fencer.
My favorite movie is Forrest Gump.
My metabolic age is 13.
You recently moved here from LA…What’s been your favorite thing to do/ new discovery in New York?
Walking through Central Park and playing chess in Union Square.
What can we find in your gym bag?
My shaker with protein powder, a pair of hand wraps, a pad lock, my cologne (Vintage by John Varvatos), Men’s Dove deodorant, and some J. Crew Fiber to keep my hair as good as it can get.
What songs are you obsessed with this summer?
Sebastian- Love in motion ft. Mayor Hawthorn (Skrillex remix)
Bag Raiders- Shooting Stars
Jay-z/Kanye- Who gon Stop Me
Frank Ocean- Thinkin’ bout you
Justin Bieber- Die in your arms
What makes your class different?
I like to inspire my clients through great quotes and bad jokes. I also try to choreograph my fitness routines to the songs on my playlist. I think it’s fun and motivating to correlate the exercises with the rhythms—I like pairing isometric holds with the songs’ breakdowns and pairing faster, cardiovascular motion with the songs’ climaxes. You can take the guy out of the groove, but you can’t take the groove out of the guy! (See? Bad joke.)