About Jeri Hirvela
I’m Jeri Hirvela (Jirsa). I’m 5’3″ and used to weigh almost 200 lbs. I now weigh 130 and am stronger, healthier and more fit than ever! I claimed my fitness — I can help you, too!
I grew up riding horses and engaging in activities such as hiking and mountain biking. I didn’t enjoy sports and avoided traditional exercise programs. After graduating from college, getting married and taking a desk job, I went from my teenage weight of 135 up to 198 pounds. Knowing there is a family history of diabetes and stress-related heart problems, I knew I couldn’t continue that way.
I joined a gym with my ex-husband, signing up for the offered personal training. We were both totally bored! We went from sitting at our desk jobs to sitting at exercise machines. We flaked out of our training and spent the next few years trying to find ways to exercise at home and on our own.
I began martial arts in 2003, and slowly began to get healthy and fit. I was starting to feel in shape and less accident-prone. Between 2003-2007, I lost 50 pounds. Then life changed again, and I could no longer continue my training.
The resulting transition found my weight rising back up. I realized I needed to not just make a temporary change, but make fitness a permanent part of my lifestyle. I began pole fitness training July of 2009, and found the exercise that I truly enjoyed, as well as being highly physically demanding. By October of 2010, I was down to 128 pounds, in the best shape of my life, and helping instruct pole students.
I took my new-found fitness passion and left the office world. I became a full-time personal trainer in March, 2011. Everchange Fitness began in February, 2012 as the realisation of a dream to help people appreciate what they can accomplish, and to take control of their own health.