How to be an Instrument of Peace with Jill Rooks

You have heard me say “Live a Life Worth Telling a Story About” a thousand times. My special guest today, Jill Rooks, lives a life that spreads kindness, wisdom, and light in a world that so desperately needs it today. I met Jill way back in 2006 at an IDEA conference in Anaheim, CA, and instantly noticed her energy and spirit. She has been part of my Mastermind program since 2014, and she is a “Soul Optimist!”

In today’s episode, Jill shares:

  • Her weight-loss journey – from addicted to late-night Ben and Jerry’s to Spin Instructor
  • Her story from garage trainer to a 3,000 sf. facility in Redlands, CA
  • The story behind The Energy Lab, her health and wellness facility
  • What she is most excited about in life
  • How she gets her Mind Right these days
  • Her 3 Guiding principles 

My friends, this episode is full of great heart and soul, and you will see that Jill Rooks is a Beacon of Light and creating massive IMPACT in her community and the world. 

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More on the episode:

:43 – Meet Jill Rooks, the Soul Optimist

2:50 – The Energy Lab
Celebrating Ten years

4:05 – From Jersey to California
The Journey

7:58 – Her 60lb Weight Loss Journey.
Losing 60lbs after getting married, learning how to eat, and the start of her fitness career. 

11:15  – Garage trainer to the Energy Lab
Kona, HI Ironman inspiration – The Beacon of Light

17:13 – Joy, Excitement, Movies, Mindset, and Something Noone Knows
Getting to know Jill Rooks. 

29:30 – Three Guiding Principles
Be Kind. Wisdom given by those who have justly gone before us is worth passing on. Trust me, child, I have it all under control.

39:08 – Gym Shoes, Anatomical Change, The Peacock & the Rainbow

44:45 – Why Color?
Jill shares her theme of the year…

47:22  – Why has the Energy Lab flourished during COVID-19?

53:11 – IMPACT with Jill and final words

About Jill Rooks:

Jill Ruth Rooks: A New Jersey native, and one of four kids, Jill’s family moved to CA as she entered high school, where her competitive swimming and water polo passion began. She attended UCSB and completed a degree in Communication Studies. Interested in fitness from an early age, having attended Nautilus Gyms of the ’70s and ’80s with her mom, Jill has since listened to her calling to create a place where people could experience fitness and understand health in an accepting and positive culture. The Energy Lab, a core fitness playground and training studio, is the result of her passion.

Jill’s two kids have grown through her evolution in fitness. She began teaching while pregnant with her son. Having taught at several big gyms and then taking on Group Exercise Coordinator’s role, her two kids got to know the kids’ clubs well.

She can be contacted on IG at @jillruthrooks or website at www.

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Todd Durkin, MA, is a world-renown trainer, coach, author and motivational keynote speaker who trains dozens of elite, high-profile NFL, MLB, and MMA athletes, including two Super Bowl MVPs, one NFL League MVP, Olympic gold medalists, Heisman Trophy winners, and MMA champions. Todd is a 2-Time Trainer of the Year, the 2017 Jack LaLanne Award recipient, the 2018 Canfitpro International Presenter of the Year, a member of the Under Armour Training Team, and a Top-100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness.

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