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About the Blog
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.Along with a focus on living an active and healthy life, my blog follows regular activities with my husband Spencer, our dog, CooperJada, and most recently, we are expecting baby #2!


About the Blogger
I’m Jess Allen, an NSCA-CSCS (National Strength & Conditioning Association-Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) and personal trainer in Chicago, Illinois. 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.

While I was coaching, I obtained my certification as an NSCA-CSCS (certified strength & conditioning specialist) in order to continue to learn and grow in the fitness field.


Coaching was a natural transition out of life as a student-athlete and also afforded me the chance to meet my future husband. You can read more about our story HERE

Life as a coach’s wife means moving when opportunities arise, so from Creighton University, came Purdue University, then Washington State Universityback to Creighton, then University of Illinois, and most recently to Northwestern 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.

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.

Reebok CrossFit Nano 4.0

I used to rely on running for most of my workouts. In fact, my very first race was the Portland Marathon! Not the brightest idea to open up your racing career with 26.2 miles.


Now, I realize how important intensity is over duration. I typically train using HIIT and CrossFit style workouts 4-5x per week. If I’m training for a race, I’ll add 3-4 days of running.  I tend to get bored on the treadmill, so I have created an assortment of running workouts and home workouts.


top 5 body weight only workouts

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.

CrossFit Couples WOD

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!

Stroller Fitness Omaha

I would love to hear from you, so feel free to contact me via email blondeponytail@hotmail.com or find me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or YouTube.