Jen Brickey is the head strength and conditioning coach at Concord Academy and owner of Fusion Workouts in Newtonville, Massachusetts.
With over 10 years of experience in the fitness industry and a D1 basketball career, Jen is improving performance of young athletes and inspiring women around the East Coast.
What were you like as a little girl?
Shockingly, shy and quiet.
Who were your idols?
My Mom and Michael Jordan.
Why did you want to play sports?
I wanted to be around my brother, so I started playing baseball and basketball.
Were you a natural or did you have to work for it?
I was a natural, but I worked hard too.
Were there any limiting factors that held you back?
No, I was fortunate to have an amazing support system behind me. It took me a long time to realize this.
What practices/beliefs had to be put into place to work toward your goals?
Every day I tried to get better as a basketball player. I would go to the court after school and had a system: Warm up, dribbling drills, shooting drills, then strength and conditioning.
What was your proudest moment as an athlete?
There were a lot of moments, but probably earning a full D1 basketball scholarship because it showed me hard work pays off.
What was it like transitioning from playing sports to working in fitness?
It was hard. I had to realize most people don't train like D1 athletes or move like 22 year olds nor do they want to. My fire and passion that made me successful as an athlete has helped me in the fitness field and fuels my love for coaching and working out.
Being a former D1 athlete has helped me relate to my athletes and help them understand what is expected of them and help them be successful on and off the court.
What values do you bring from playing sports into your fitness practice?
- Being on time, which means 5 minutes early.
- Hard Work
- Creating Habits
How has your hard work helped you serve others?
I try to be a role model to everyone I coach. I always try to bring energy, enthusiasm and work hard, so others can follow.
Energy is contagious and effort is a choice so I always bring it.
If you could give your 16 year old self one piece of advice, what would it be?
Enjoy the journey. Don't take everything so seriously. Laugh and have fun.