The S.B. Questionnaire: Jenny Schatzle

Talking Exercise, Esteem, and Life with Santa Barbara’s Workout Queen

Personal trainer and life motivator Jenny Schatzle at her gym on Carillo Street (July 2, 2015)

I’d recognized the influence of Jenny Schatzle way before I attended one of her transformative workout sessions.

For several months, some of my closest friends were looking healthy and fit, with a bounce to their step and a more positive outlook on life. From Jill to Noel to Tracy, one after the other would tell me that the change was due to Jenny Schatzle. One day I saw a group running down De La Vina Street, shouting encouraging words to one another and high-fiving, as they headed toward Schatzle’s studio. Just like Alice, I decided it was time to follow the white rabbit.

Jenny herself is a force of nature. An enthusiastic ball of energy who’s equal parts prophet, health guru, and motivational speaker, her classes are challenging but oh so much fun! She peppers her workouts (no class follows the same routine) with personal anecdotes lifting everyone’s self-esteem. During the class, everybody welcomes newcomers and shouts your name. After my first 45 minute session, I felt exhilarated, motivated, and exhausted, but left feeling good about myself — and with a big hug from Jenny.

Here, Jenny answers the Proust Questionnaire.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I wouldn’t change anything. I love me, that includes all the quirks and imperfections.

What is your most marked characteristic?

My voice: I’m loud! (And SUPER FUN!) 

What is your motto?

Don’t just change your body, change your life!

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Creating a program that hits the head, the heart, and the gut. Inspiring people to love who they are, the life they live, and the body they have! 

What do you like most about your job?

Helping people get from where they are to where they want to be.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Being present everyday, living every moment, the good and the bad.

What is your greatest fear?


What so you most admire and why?

My business partner, Stephen Stowe, because he pushes me outside my comfort zone. He also pushed me to see my full potential and he believed in me before I believed in myself.

What is your greatest extravagance?

I love going to wellness spa retreats!

What is your current state of mind?

F#%@ing awesome!

What is the quality you most like in people?

Integrity — people who are authentic and genuine.

What is the quality you most dislike in people?

Negativity, judgmental, and complaining without doing anything to make a change. 

What do you most value in friends?


Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

Love it — want more of it. In it to win it. Own it.

Which talent would you most like to have?


Where would you most like to live?

Santa Barbara! I’m from Minnesota I think Santa Barbara is the greatest place on earth! 

What is your most treasured possession?

The letters from clients on my office wall.

Who makes you laugh the most?

My staff and co-workers. We have a lot of fun everyday at work! It’s a beautiful thing when passion and career come together! 

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Sir Richard Branson — not sure if you consider him to be historical right now but he will be one day. Sir Richard Branson is self-made. He followed his passion, did it by his standards, is good to the people around him and enjoys life!

On what occasion do you lie?

Well, Connor (my fiance) and I consider ourselves husband and wife. We call each other husband and wife. We both wear rings but we are not technically married. I’m not sure that’s lying. We really do consider ourselves married — just don’t see a need to have an actual wedding!!


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