Lee Ann Jolly, Ph.D.
Hi! My name's Lee Ann. I've spent my entire adult life studying the human body and designing group exercise specific workout programs that are unique, variable, and FUN. Now, I want to bring that to your living room.
I love the camaraderie and energy that's part of teaching live classes in a gym setting. My biggest desire is to share that experience, along with my skills and workout programs, with those that I don't have the privilege of getting face time with. With MWLA, my goal is to bring the challenging (but still FUN) side of fitness to your living room, gym, or wherever you prefer to get your workout in.
My journey to MWLA began in 2017. For the previous 12 years, I had designed group exercise specific workout programs that were structured more like personal training, where classes built upon themselves over time and evolved. I also completed my Ph.D. in physiology and found that our class guests really enjoyed LEARNING about why we were doing certain exercises and how their bodies would respond to those exercises, from the cellular level all the way up to what we see physically in the mirror. I observed that many live classes and online programs were either lacking variability (repeating the same sequences over and over to the same music) or felt random (exercises spliced together sporadically without intention).
I set out with a new goal in mind to offer guests a workout experience that was methodical and intentional without compromising on the fun factor. After developing and trademarking several signature programs, as well as gaining accreditation through NASM, AFAA, and ACE for these programs, my husband Burke and I founded our parent company, Jolly Bodies, and trained a core group of coaches to instruct our workouts in live classes at our home gym. Through our coaching staff, we were able to spread our formats across our facility by offering close to 50 individual classes per week. We knew it was time to start sharing our rad workouts with those we don't see on a weekly basis. And with that, MWLA was born.
Why MWLA is different...and why that WORKS.
Ask anyone who knows her - when it comes to program design, Lee Ann is a stickler for knowledge, technique, and a big fat challenge. She's also not ashamed to admit that good music is often times the only thing standing between her stopping early and finishing the dang thing. Each MWLA workout (we call them "sweats") is designed by Lee Ann every week. Her MWLA sweat sessions are designed the same way as she designs her live classes. Lee Ann learned early on in life how to sniff out problems and find solutions thanks to spending her entire 20's in research as a Ph.D. student and post-graduate studies. She applies this insatiable need to problem solve into her workout designs, filling the void from what she thinks is missing from many current exercise programs.
Problem 1: Not enough variability: Snooze fest 2000. Nobody wants that from a workout. We create programs that aren't repetitive, but aren't chaotic.
Problem 2: Chaos. We won't repeat the same sequences over and over, however that doesn't equate to performing 100 different multi-joint exercises in an hour at the speed of light. If you like doing burpees with minibands around your arms and legs followed by 1 legged squats on a BOSU, audition for the circus. Consistency trumps chaos.
Problem 3: Lack of education. We don't follow trends. We follow science. We've got degrees, certifications, and over 13 years of experience to back us up. We utilize tried and true methods behind every design that incorporate old school strength training techniques to contour and lean out the body.
Problem 4: Lack of bona fide strength training. When you're starting from scratch, there are many different ways to improve strength! However, it's only a matter of time before your body begins to adapt to these methods and become more efficient. Increased efficiency is GREAT because it means you are becoming stronger, however we can't expect to continue to see further results if we always use the same weights. Many existing programs focus solely on muscular endurance (chasing the "burn" with 2 pound dumbells for many reps) or power (plyometrics/high intensity interval training). With MWLA, we're going to focus on improving muscular power, strength, and endurance by incorporating a number of methods in a split program format without being too variable. This means that we'll tackle different aspects of resistance and cardiovascular training together so that over time, the program evolves with you!
Problem 4: Stale sounds. Music. It can be a maker or breaker for your experience in live classes. For MWLA, you'll get the same playlists we use in class to pump you up. Even though we won't be working out together physically, we'll all be singing the same tunes to our workouts. And we think that's cool.
If all of this sounds good to you, we think things are gonna work out between us. Literally.