Spinning in the morning, boxing at noon, Zumba at night. Lexington trainer Jana Hare's typical day is anything but typical.
"It's not always three classes a day," said Hare, pointing out that she doesn't want to come across like a psycho gym rat with no balance in her life. After all, it's not all cardio all the time. Sometimes she lifts weights and listens to classical music.
But she does teach fitness classes six days a week — in multiple areas of fitness including boxing, Bodycombat, beginner/intermediate sparring, mixed martial arts cardio, Zumba, Hip Hop Hustle, AquaFit, strength training, dance aerobics, spinning, and aerial yoga — reaching hundreds of Lexington fitness buffs.
"It is my full time job, and it is my life," said Hare.
Hare's can-do attitude and upbeat presentation have made her one of Women's Health magazine's five Next Fitness Star finalists.
The contest, in its third year, provides the winner with a opportunity to create a workout DVD and contribute health and fitness stories to the magazine.
Hare stood out among thousands of applicants, said Jen Ator, Women's Health Fitness director, certified trainer and mentor for Next Fitness Star competition.
"Her energy and passion is contagious; whether she's leading a strength workout or cardio kickboxing, she brings an incredible level of knowledge, encouragement and general excitement about working out," Ator said.
Hare also excels at helping people feel they can really change their lives through exercise, Ator said.
"Jana pushes you to your limit, not to show she's a powerful and dominant trainer, but to show you that each and every one of us has more potential than we ourselves have realized."
Hare loves working with new people and making adjusts to her routines so newbees can be challenged and confident, she said.
She remembers some women in her Zumba class who were timid at first.
"They were scared to death," she said, "now they are whipping their hips like Shakira."
Hare, who was born in Cookeville, Tenn., and has a master's degree in exercise science, came to Lexington with her husband, Dr. Justin Hare, who works for University of Kentucky. She hopes the Next Fitness Star will be a stepping stone toward her ultimate plan.
Hare, whose Instagram handle is DumbbellBombshellFitness, wants to take over the fitness world. She's working toward a fitness empire like business woman/trainer/soon-to-be reality star Jillian Michaels who sweated into the public consciousness as the screamer who cared on The Biggest Loser.
Hare has been to a couple of events and photo shoots with the other four potential Fitness Stars. She liked it.
"I don't give 100 percent," said Hare, "I give 200,000 percent."