Jen Sinkler

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Jen Sinkler
Born August 10, 1978
Oskaloosa, Iowa
Education University of Northern Iowa
Occupation Strength coach, Model, Author, exercise instructor
Height 5'6
Weight 148 lb (67 kg)

Jen Sinkler (born August 10, 1978 in Oskaloosa, Iowa) is a fitness magazine writer, personal trainer, and former American women’s national team rugby player for the sevens and fifteens.

Rugby career[edit]

Sinkler began playing rugby in 1997 as a flyhalf at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) in Ceder Falls, IA, where she was awarded All-American honors in 1999, 2000, and 2001.[citation needed] Sinkler earned the Most Valuable Player award at the Division 2 collegiate national championships in 2001, where UNI won the final against University of Nevada, Reno 52-10.[citation needed]

Sinkler went on to play rugby with the Minnesota Valkyries from 2001 to 2007 and served as captain from 2004 to 2007; with Philadelphia Women in 2007; and then the Keystone Griffins in Philadelphia from 2008 to 2009. She represented the Midwest All-Star Sevens Team from 2001 to 2006, and then the Northeast Union All-Star Sevens Team (NRU) in 2008 and 2009. Sinkler also played for the Midwest Under-23 Fifteens Team from 1998 to 2001, the USA Under-23 Fifteens Team from 1999 to 2001 and the Midwest All-Star Fifteens Team from 2002 to 2005.[citation needed]

Sinkler made her debut for USA Rugby Fifteens Team in October 2000 against the New Zealand Black Ferns during the Canada Cup, having been called up temporarily from the USA Under-23 Fifteens Team due to injuries suffered in the senior side backline. She would become a permanent addition in 2003, until her retirement from international fifteens after serving as a traveling reserve in the 2006 Women's Rugby World Cup in Canada.[citation needed]

Sinkler made the U.S. Women’s Sevens Team for the first time in 2002, and played until her retirement from international sevens following the World Cup in Dubai 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens in March 2009.[citation needed]

Sinkler was named Goffon Rugby’s (now Goff Rugby Report) Readers’ Player of the Year in 2004.[1] She has been featured in articles about rugby in the New York Times[2] and the New Yorker,[3] as well as a number of local publications.

Fitness career[edit]

From 2003 until December 31, 2012, Sinkler served as the editorial director of fitness content for Experience Life magazine. On January 1, 2013, she launched her own website where she covers fitness, food, fashion and general health topics.[citation needed]

Her advice has been featured in a number of national magazines, such as Shape, Self, Paleo Magazine [4] and Oxygen,[5] as well as websites such as Yahoo,[6] Huffington Post, Greatist and FitFluential [7]

She was named to Greatist’s list of "The 100 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness"[8] in both 2014 and 2015, and one of their "15 Must-Read Trainers Rocking the Web in 2013";[9] as one of Shape magazine’s "50 Hottest Female Trainers in America 2014"[10] and their "Top 30 Motivators for 2013";[11] and was listed as one of Huffington Post’s "20 of the Best Fitness Experts Worth Following on Twitter" in 2013.[12]

In March 2014, Sinkler released her first ebook, Lift Weights Faster,[13] a collection of more than 130 conditioning workouts designed for greater fat loss, increased athleticism, and better overall health. The sequel was released in March of 2015.[14]


  1. ^ Goff, Alex (2004-12-31). "Readers' Player of the Year: Jen Sinkler". Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  2. ^ Vecsey, George (2009-10-10). "Sports of The Times - American Players Celebrate Victory for Rugby -". Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  3. ^ Friend, Tad (2009-10-26). "Scrum Again - The New Yorker". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  4. ^ Lauren Bedosky. "Toward a Fitter Future - An Interview with Jen Sinkler - Paleo Magazine". 
  5. ^ Kawamoto, Jon-Erik (2015-06-20). "Step Up Your Cardio". Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  6. ^ Rushlow, Amy (5 January 2015). "Loose Workout Clothes Are In (Yesss!)". Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  7. ^ Jen Sinkler. "3 Tips for Staying on Track with Your Fitness". FitFluential. 
  8. ^ Staff (2015-01-07). "This Year's 100 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness". Greatist. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  9. ^ Staff (2013-08-20). "15 Must-Read Trainers Rocking the Web in 2013". Greatist. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  10. ^ Shape Editors (2014-04-10). "The 50 Hottest Female Trainers in America 2014". Shape Magazine. Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  11. ^ Charlotte Hilton Andersen (2013-01-04). "Top 30 Motivators for 2013". Shape Magazine. Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  12. ^ "20 Of The Best Fitness Experts Worth Following On Twitter". The Huffington Post. 2012-11-01. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  13. ^ Sinkler, Jen. "Lift Weights Faster 2: The Complete Conditioning Program". Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  14. ^ "Lift Weights Faster 2 - The Sequel". Retrieved 2015-03-17. [permanent dead link]

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