Meet the Kiawah River Wellness Expert: Jennie Brooks, Founder of Longevity Fitness
Photo by Lindsey Shorter for @longevityfitnesscharleston
We sat down with Jennie Brooks, founder of Longevity Fitness, to discuss her partnership with Kiawah River. A native of Charleston, Jennie brings an impressive training background and a well-traveled understanding of mindful movement. Her pursuits in health and fitness have taken her from world-renowned Pilates studios in Northern California to leading luxury wellness retreats in Tuscany and Croatia. She has worked with Olympians, apprenticed with master instructors and developed a signature style of training that focuses on improving body mechanics to empower the mind to achieve wellness and longevity through movement.
What’s the story behind Longevity Fitness?
I grew up around hospitality done well, as my father worked in the luxury hotel business. I’m also passionate about good health. I wanted to create a hospitality-minded environment to promote wellness and fitness by emulating the boutique hotel experience within a wellness community. I wanted to cater to member needs and make them feel like our community is an extension of their home. I also wanted to make a lasting impact by educating clients, so they can live a high-quality life. In 2015, I opened Longevity Fitness in downtown Charleston – a boutique fitness and wellness studio offering personal training, Pilates, TRX and signature HIIT classes, prenatal and postpartum training, and manual therapy services. We also offer Pilates Instructor Training certifications, continuing education for both aspiring and certified personal trainers as well as college students partaking in our internship programs.
What attracted you to Kiawah River?
Kiawah River is a like-minded development, from its hospitable character to its thoughtful design around the outdoors and wellness opportunities. The developers have done an exceptional job holding true to the ideals they’re promoting. They’ve taken care not to overdo the architecture in favor of showcasing nature. It’s a beautiful sanctuary. The Kiawah River community is well designed to be functional with paths, open park areas and pavilions. It’s perfect for both leisure and athletic focus –there’s something for everyone.
What will your partnership with the Kiawah River community entail?
A year ago, I connected with the Kiawah River project to discuss plan for a swim club. My role is to help with its design by providing insights to make the environment flow for members. The swim club will embody the overarching Kiawah River theme, respecting natural elements that surround the property. Open air windows will enable patrons to take in exterior surroundings from inside.
Will you continue to be involved with Kiawah River once the swim club has been designed?
Yes, we will offer personal training for residents and host a variety of indoor and outdoor classes at Kiawah River, including yoga, Pilates and TRX suspension training. I believe that when you feel good about your fitness activities and environment, you are more likely to continue your wellness journey. We also know that being outdoors in nature promotes a health-minded lifestyle. This is why Kiawah River is the perfect place to become an extension of Longevity Fitness.