No matter where Jess Sims appears — either in the studio or in an on-demand class — she is motivating people to get fit so they can feel good and conquer anything they put their mind to.
"I just want to help people live happier and healthier lives," the fitness guru exclusively tells Morning Honey while talking about her partnership with ACANA Rescue Care for Adopted Dogs. "I just want them to feel more confident. I talk about a bunch of different pillars of wellness – so there is hydration, nutrition, there’s sleep, there’s recovery, there’s movement, there’s mental health, and then there is community, and I think that by talking about those seven pillars, by being vulnerable myself, when I am struggling with something, those are the things that I hope to model."
Sims wants others to know that she is not perfect, either — and that's OK. "I think that that is something that is really huge is when I talk to a lot of people, they say, 'I fell off track, I went on vacation and I am off track.' I am like, 'Let’s change the way we talk to ourselves because when you say you’re off track, one, that implies you did something wrong, and there is nothing wrong with vacations.' I just got back from Mexico, and I ate all of the tacos, all of the tequila," she shares. "If we’re taking care of our body and mind most of the time, then you’re living a great life."
Over the years, the blonde beauty has learned new things about people who take her classes, and she admits that is one of the best parts about her job.
"That’s my why. I have a whole arsenal of whys, but when I wake up in the morning, and I get a DM from someone who said, 'I have four kids, I completely lost myself, I was a college athlete and I thought I wasn’t an athlete anymore, and I have been taking your classes since this last year and I just want to say thank you' or 'I lost a loved one this past year and the only thing that gets me out of my head and into my body is your class. Those are stories that I live for and keep me going," she says. "I could be having such a tough day myself, but then I am like, no, I am going to use my tough day because I know someone else out there is taking my classes is also having a tough day and we’re going to get through this together."
Sims is aware that she is living the dream — and it's something she never takes for granted. "I didn’t even know what Peloton was 10 years ago and so just to see how much we have grown in the last year," she says. "I don’t take my job lightly at all. I take it very seriously because I understand the impact specifically this past year that myself and my fellow instructors have had, so it’s an absolute dream come true."
In her downtime, Sims can be found hanging out with her two rescue dogs, Sienna Grace and Shiloh, whom she feeds ACANA, as it's "so, so important" for them to get the right nutrients.
"Sienna had some food sensitivities, and I just wanted something clean, and then in comes ACANA and tells me all about their Rescue Care for Adopted Dogs, and it was just the perfect synergy," she notes of the collab. "It was the first company in the U.S. to have a food line specifically for rescues, and it’s just an honor. What I love about ACANA is that they are part of the Forever Project, and the Forever Project is full of just resources, so when you get this food, you just don’t get nourishment, but you also get a master class that I am doing with one of their in-house vets, and they have training tips on the website and there are just so many resources."
An added bonus is that Sims gets to be outside everyday since she has to take her pups out for a reprieve. "Especially in the last year, I have realized it’s a privilege to be able to walk your dog because it forces you to have better boundaries that work, it forces you to get fresh air, and it forces you to get exercise as well," she says.