After a fun and sweaty workout session with Mark Jenkins this week, he said he had to get going for his next training session—which happened to be with Mary J. Blige.
Blige is just one hip-hop star on a long list of celebrities Jenkins has whipped into shape. That list includes Beyonce, Sean “Diddy” Combs, L.A. Reid, and LL Cool J. And now, maybe you?
After working exclusively with celebs for most of his career, Jenkins is launching a workout class open to the rest of us at CompleteBody’s Fidi gym this Saturday, November 1.
The Mark Jenkins Fitness Method sessions will run on Saturdays for two months. They’ll be two-hour classes with live DJs, meditation and visualization, and guest instructors helping out, like industry veteran Keith Byard, who’s trained Kelly Ripa in the past. (Jenkins is also incorporating a partnership with weight-loss supplement company Isagenix, but that part is optional.)
“I think one thing that’s good about the method is we’re actually trying to address every single body part,” Jenkins says. And I definitely felt that in my session with him, which included plenty of strength training, cardio using a jump rope, punches, and plyometrics, plus some creative full-body exercises that integrated flexibility into muscle toning.
Classes will alternate between focusing on upper and lower body each week, and Jenkins says that since he’s used to prepping stars for music videos, he emphasizes “body symmetry,” focusing on exercises that bring aesthetic results while still helping you gain strength and conditioning. Basically, he wants to trick you into looking like a celebrity (and his huge smile and encouragement during class makes you feel like a star), so are you really going to complain? —Lisa Elaine Held
$20 (or free for CompleteBody members), Saturdays at 1:00 p.m., November 1–December 31, CompleteBody, 10 Hanover Square, Fidi. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org