Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it is better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring
- Marilyn Monroe
how did ugly runners get started?
I'm Jess, the founder of Ugly Runners, and I'm a fitness and mental health professional based in London. I have been incredibly fortunate to have spent almost a decade teaching, educating and presenting fitness in over twenty countries and working in some of London's most amazing Fitness Studios. I am a Master Trainer at 1Rebel, a Global 'Icon' for fitness brand PoundFit and a Nike Ambassador.
In my opinion I am always a student first and teacher second so am always learning from the brilliant people I have the pleasure of working with and knowing. In addition to fitness, I have five hundred hours of Yoga teacher training, am a Psychotherapist Postgraduate in Training and a student member of the BACP.
Physical and mental health are my passions and my profession and so creating a community to nourish both seemed inevitable. Ugly Runners is a safe, supportive, inclusive and FUN community.
We celebrate diversity and beauty in imperfections. In a world of filters, pressure and masking our emotional or physical struggle, Ugly Runners aims to lift that stigma and recognise that life - and runs - can both get a little bit ugly. And that is more than okay - it's human!