Coach Jasmine is busy. Like really busy. She’s a full-time grad student, graduate assistant for the Georgetown Women’s Basketball team, and personal trainer (not to mention just a human being so has to eat/sleep/live life). So, when Jasmine adds something to her plate, it has to mean something.
Cut Seven is that meaningful thing for Jasmine. “I have been obsessed with Cut Seven since the first workout. Like literally, I wanted to be there every single day.” And we’re happy to have her – not just as an athlete but now as a new coach! Jasmine, the feeling’s mutual – we’re obsessed with you too.
YOU GREW UP PLAYING A TON OF SPORTS. WERE YOU NATURALLY DRAWN TO IT?
My dad is a huge golfer, so when I was younger, he put my brother and me into golf. My dad and I are really close (he’s my best friend), so I decided that I wanted to play golf too and I was actually pretty good! I played competitively and traveled. By the time I was eleven, I had been to at least 30 states just playing golf.
I stopped playing golf competitively when I was thirteen because I wanted to branch off and do my own thing. I picked up lots of other sports like soccer and dance, but the one that I loved the most was lacrosse. One of my English teachers, who put me into the fitness world, was the first person who taught me how to play. I ultimately found myself going to college to play (Division I) lacrosse (at Bryant University).
YOU MENTIONED THAT TEACHER THAT GOT YOU INTO FITNESS. CAN YOU TELL ME MORE ABOUT HER?
She was my favorite teacher. She was the lacrosse coach the year before I started, so she literally took me to the school gym and taught me before I tried out for the team. She’s continued to be a huge influence in my life and we continued to have a great relationship beyond middle school.
After college, her gym (she runs her own gym in Long Island) was the first one where I started personal training. She gave me two of my first clients – a mother and a daughter – and I eventually started coaching my own classes there.
WHEN DID YOU DECIDE THAT PERSONAL TRAINING WAS SOMETHING YOU WERE INTERESTED IN?
My passion for personal training grew when I started teaching more group fitness classes with folks of all different fitness levels. I know the impact that your coach can have on you, especially when you are just starting. You’ll never forget your first coach!
And now, when I get clients who tell me “I can’t do this,” I always try to ask them “why?” And maybe the answer is that they have an injury and that is something we work on. If it isn’t an injury, I want to focus on progression and showing them where they can start. I had a client who, when we started, told me she couldn’t do a push-up and today, she’s doing plyo push-ups!
THAT’S AMAZING! SO YOU MOVED TO DC FOR GRAD SCHOOL?
Yup! I am at Georgetown in the Sports Industry Management Master’s program. I am also a graduate assistant for the Georgetown Women’s Basketball team. I am responsible for team culture and player development off the court; so, anything that has to do with them as a human beyond just being an athlete, to support their holistic development. Their success as an individual and as a team off the court, has a direct impact on their successes and performance on the court.
This is my second season with the team. Since March we have been virtual and have dedicated a lot of time to team bonding. but we’ve done many different bonding activities to get to know each other – learning more about their families, where they grew up, where they come from, & their why – all through Zoom. Once we are back on campus, I am excited to see what their dynamic will be like with all of the Zoom bonding!
IT CAN ONLY GET BETTER IN PERSON. IS THE TEAM ASPECT WHAT DREW YOU TO CUT SEVEN?
Yes! I was super new to DC and we don’t have anything like it in Long Island. It was the energy with the lights, the turf, and all of the athletes and coaches pumping you up. One of my biggest fears graduating college was: “What am I going to train for?” I didn’t have lacrosse anymore, so having the team at Cut Seven and being pushed is what I needed.
NOW AS A COACH, WHAT DO YOU WANT YOUR ATHLETE’S TO TAKE AWAY FROM YOUR CLASSES?
Mindset is the most important when attacking a workout. You’re training your body, but also your mind. How you think is how you are going to act. Once you train your mind, everything else will follow. If you believe that you are going to take it to another level, you will.
5 THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT JASMINE:
- She is addicted to all things pumpkin. If it has pumpkin in it, she’s tried it. (This is her season, y’all).
- As a kid, she performed in a Disney World show as a dancer.
- She got Tiger Woods’ autograph once, but it rained so it washed off!
- Jasmine interned for The Washington Football team.
- She had a short-lived career as a cheerleader for one day.
Action Shots courtesy of Suzanne Tylander
Headshot courtesy of Tim Coburn