Meet the team at Break the Stigma Fitness!
Founder & Owner
Jennessa Lea is the Founder & Owner of Break the Stigma Fitness and Fit Cannabis Girl. She is a public speaker, activist, advocate, entrepreneur, brand ambassador, model and sponsored cannabis athlete! With cannabis, fitness, and nutrition, she lost 110lbs, ended a ten year span of over 20 pharmaceuticals, and worked herself out of a wheelchair Ehlers Danlos Syndrome brought into her life. (You can read about this at length here!) Because of her success, she opened the first cannabis friendly fitness facility, Break the Stigma Fitness, in Wheat Ridge Colorado, July of 2017! She also started a cannabis inspired active wear clothing line to help promote a healthy lifestyle with cannabis and fitness called Fit Cannabis Girl! It is her mission to medicate, educate, motivate & inspire as many people as she can reach, to regain control over their own health and wellness through cannabis, fitness and nutrition! She wants to remind everyone: YOU have the power! If YOU want it, YOU can achieve it!
Fun Fact: Jennessa was able to go from #wheelchairto5K in less that 2 years with cannabis, fitness and nutrition!
Canna Coach Lia
Since moving to Boulder 3 years ago, Canna Coach Lia has improved her physical and mental, as well as spiritual, health by studying mindfulness, cannabis and fitness as ways to achieve a healthy, balanced life. Wanting to share what she has learned with others, she founded You Canna Be Well, a ‘canna-coaching’ or consulting service that works with individuals to help them better understand cannabis, by educating them about the medical and recreational benefits of cannabis, while demonstrating that cannabis smokers are hard working, trustworthy good people. Also wanting to break the stigma about exercise, she began teaching Huff & Puff HIIT, a 420 friendly, highly intensive interval training class that is fun, challenging, catered to the individual and prove that exercise doesn't have to suck when done with friends and dabs in a fun environment! In addition, Canna Coach Lia is an ACE Group Fitness Certified Instructor!
FUN FACT: "In August I accomplished the marathon part of the High 5 Race Challenge: 5 races in 5 months from a 5k to a full marathon, powered by pot, to shatter the stereotype of the ‘lazy stoner’. And to prove I could to myself."
Canna Coach Gabby
Gabby is a 200 hour certified vinyasa teacher through Kindness yoga and daily yogi of four years! Since, Gabby has become a healthier, more confident person. Looking for a more natural way to help with anxiety Gabby turned to cannabis and has since become a believer in the power cannabis has to help and heal the body and spirit. With her passion for yoga and the healing abilities of cannabis, Gabby seeks to empower students to get out of their comfort zone and embrace who they are. She sees yoga as more than just poses but as a way of life that can be taken off the mat to help people lead a more relaxed and healthy lifestyle.
Canna Coach Amber
Amber started practicing yoga her senior year of high school (2012). She noticed it helped immensely with her anxiety and mood, soon she couldn't get enough. After joining a studio and practicing nearly everyday, she decided teaching and training was something super appealing and began to seek out schools. She attended Discovery yoga in St Augustine, Florida. She specialized in Kripalu style
Yoga, similar to hatha Asana sequences. Amber specializes in teaching you how to understand your body from the inside out, proper alignment, and breath work.
Shortly after beginning to teach yoga, she was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Not long after that she moved from Florida to Colorado and started her journey with cannabis. Amber also works with cannabis outside of yoga so she is very informative when it comes to different consumption methods and strains.
Canna Coach Kelsey
Born in Boulder, Kelsey was raised as an athlete with a focus on healthy nutrition. Kelsey earned her Bachelor’s degree in Integrative Physiology from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2012 with a specialized focus on exercise physiology and nutrition. She has taught CrossFit, bootcamp, yoga, barre, kickboxing, boxing and HIIT classes. Kelsey has been a personal trainer and nutrition coach for 4 years. Her love for health and fitness is apparent in everything she does, and she is so excited to involve cannabis with her health coaching.
Canna Coach Schakara
Coach Schakara is a native to Colorado. Growing up with an athlete background, Schakara was dianogsed at a young age with A.D.D, P.T.S.D and Depression. Being dependent on percription drugs, Schakara being to suffer from Anxiety. In college she decide to make a change and focus on her spiritual journey. She was seeking a healthy lifestyle and started to fall in love with fitness and nutrition. Along with working as a promotional model for cannabis companies. Schakara is a nutrition coach and a group fitness instructor. Her background varies from HITT, Booty Barre, Elite, Flow Yoga and Kickboxing. Schakara has a degree in Human Growth and Development. Her passions are helping others with their self growth and healthy lifestyle journey. Along with educating the community about the health benefits of medical cannabis.