Blonde Ponytail began in October of 2010 as a way to connect with other fitness-oriented individuals. Since then, my blog has evolved into a space where I share workouts, exercise tips, healthy recipes and as well as narrations of life outside the gym!
I have a passion for creating innovative workouts that can be performed in the convenience of one’s home as well as the gym. I also like creating recipes that are both simple and healthy. My goal is live a healthy, balanced life with an emphasis on fitness.
I’m Jess Allen an NSCA-CSCS (National Strength & Conditioning Association-Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) and personal trainer in Omaha, Nebraska. I grew-up in Omaha participating in athletics year round, hence my “athlete for life” tag line, before enrolling in Stanford University to play softball.
I earned my B.A. in Psychology while participating on a team that finished 3rd at the Women’s College World Series. Following graduation, I returned to Omaha and pursued my master’s degree in Counseling while serving as an assistant softball coach for Creighton University.
After several years in higher education, I realized my heart and passion was in the fitness industry, so I transitioned to the fitness field full-time in August of 2013 when we moved back to Omaha.
Although my eligibility has long since expired, I still consider myself an athlete. I like to be challenged physically to stay fit and fuel my competitive nature.
Spencer and I enjoy the challenge behind CrossFit workouts and the functional aspects of that training. It’s one of our favorite ways to spend time together.
Life as a New Mom
I added the credentials M.O.M. to my title in June 2013 with the birth of our first child, Jada Ruth. Throughout my pregnancy, I remained active and created many prenatal fitness routines along the way.
Now, fitness is not just an individual journey for me. I want my daughter to see that being fit, active and strong is a way of life and a positive one at that!