By: Jordan Rose Wiehebrink

When it comes to personal fitness, I hate feeling like I have to go to a gym to exercise.  I don’t wake up in the mornings and think to myself, “I just can’t wait to work out today”, so I have to incorporate activities into my lifestyle that are unusual and unique to avoid getting bored with them.  I also personally favor exercises that benefit mental health as well physical health because it’s so important to me to have both a healthy mind and body. 

Because of this (and crime in Louisville), I decided to attend a women’s self-defense class and really enjoyed it! The class provides tips on how to avoid dangerous situations, and techniques on how to get yourself mentally and physically prepared to handle one if it does happen.  Most importantly, I would say that it gave me the confidence to know that I can protect myself if necessary, while also giving me a really good leg and arm workout!

St. Matthews Martial Arts offers a monthly women’s self-defense class (usually the 3rd Wednesday of every month).  The sessions are typically $20 for a 1 hour class, but they are offering a discounted class of only $10 if you mention this YPAL blog post! The discount is valid for the next class they will be offering, which is Wednesday, September 17th at 6:30 p.m. If you are interested in attending or want additional information about the class, you can visit their Facebook page at



Health & Wellness Q & A 
Favorite Workout: Running outside with my rescue pup, Hooch
Healthy Lifestyle Goal: Start incorporating more hot yoga and Pilates into my fitness routine 
Proudest Fitness Achievement: WhenI stopped ‘dieting’ and started focusing on eating healthy instead
The reason I work out: To take care of my body
Favorite way to fight stress: Curling up with a really good book and a glass of my favorite wine

Brief Bio:

Jordan Rose Wiehebrink is a Graduate Admission Officer at Bellarmine University, and Ph.D. student in the Education and Social Change Program at Bellarmine University. She was born and raised in Louisville, KY and is a member of the Fall 2014 Cohort for the Emerging Leaders.

About the Series

The YPAL Healthcare Blog Series, sponsored by Norton Healthcare, is part of the new Healthy YP Initiative, which will focus on the health and well-being of our Louisville Young Professionals. This blog series will feature various young professional bloggers in our community sharing their stories on health, wellness, nutrition, fitness and healthy lifestyles. 


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