In order to best care for those you love, you must also take care of yourself. As a health consultant, Jenna Lento, co-owner of Fit Mamas, saw many clients putting themselves last on the priority list. The physical and mental ramifications were unmistakable and she knew she needed to do things differently when she became a mother.
Born in the Toledo area, Lento moved eight times due to the hockey career of her husband, Evan Rankin. In 2015, the couple made their way home. Jenna explained, “[W]e loved this city…our family and friends are here, and Evan wanted to retire with the Walleye. We believe [the Toledo area] is a great place to raise a family.”
The University of Toledo alumni strived to balance her career and passions. Jenna pursued journalism as a reporter for 13ABC and as a weekend anchor for WTOL 11. She worked as a health consultant and instructor at Pure Barre, cultivating her dedication to wellness. She was compelled to found Fit Mamas because she saw the frustration new mothers faced in finding time for their workouts: “If you see a need in your community, you fill the need.”
Lento recounts that when she realized she was expecting, she created a list to prepare. Balancing multiple careers, Jenna knew adding a new baby would create major shifts in her schedule. She understood from experience that her health must stay a priority on her list, but finding the right combination of fitness and child care proved challenging. Jenna decided to start Fit Mamas to allow moms with little ones to combine childcare with fitness.
Jenna recruited Libby Langenderfer, a long time friend, to help her see her vision through. With the support of local businesses, Fit Mamas meets for workouts and group outings where mothers can bring their little ones along in strollers.
Classes are held at Fitness4all in Perrysburg, though in better weather classes take place at parks and other child-friendly venues. The “stroller workout” allows participants to run, walk, march and complete high-intensity bursts while baby sits snug in his/her stroller. As all parents are aware, baby doesn’t always sit quietly, but Fit Mamas is a “judgment-free” group.
Q & A with Jenna Lento
What’s your favorite activity to do with your family?
I love exploring the Toledo Zoo with my husband and little one. We are so blessed to have such a beautiful zoo and we really enjoy making memories there.
Best holiday memory from when you were a kid?
Every Christmas Eve, we put on our best clothes, attended mass and always had a big beautiful dinner (thanks to my mom’s cooking).
What’s your go-to activity when you have a few minutes to yourself?
I usually dig into a good book. I love reading non-fiction books that inspire me to be better. I’m kind of a self-help junkie. There’s always room to improve and grow.
What is your favorite Toledo hangout?
It’s too hard to pick one! I really love our coffee shops and restaurants.
Describe Toledo in a sentence?
The city of Toledo delivers opportunity and is the foundation you want to raise a family.