Talk about a radical career change. Jackline Daneshrad worked as a chemical engineer for Intel – after getting bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and French – when in 1992 she decided to become a health and fitness professional.
In the many years since making that dramatic career change, she has taught an amazing array of classes at SMC Community Education and other venues, among them Total Body Workout, Cardio Salsa, Stretch and Release, Mat Pilates, and Barre. She even taught Chair Salsa in rehabilitation facilities to those who are recovering from strokes or injuries from accidents or other causes.
“Before coming to my class, some of them wouldn’t respond to stimuli, but then they responded to the beat of the music,” Daneshrad said. “It’s very fulfilling for me.”
Daneshrad has been teaching fitness classes at SMC Community Ed for 17 years, and also at other venues, including the Bay Club in Pacific Palisades for 19 years and its Santa Monica facility for the last year, the Jonathan Club and Malibu Senior Center among other venues. She is also a personal trainer specializing in Strength, Core, Toning; Functional Training; Flexibility; and Balance and Injury Rehabilitation.
She holds a Group Exercise Teacher and Personal Training Certifications from ACE (American Council on Exercise) and many other certifications and workshops in related fields.
What do you like about teaching Total Body Workout & Cardio Salsa at SMC Community Education?
I love teaching at SMC Community Ed because I get a good cross-section of the Westside population. Not only have I built a strong following but I also get to meet new students each semester and receive very good feedback on students’ progress, which is very fulfilling.
What kinds of students do you get at SMC Community Ed?
My classes are inclusive of all ages. I have young adults, college students, professionals, business people, young retirees and homemakers. Some students drive 45 minutes to get to my classes. While teaching, keeping in mind that the students are at various fitness levels, I offer modifications for each exercise to accommodate all levels.
What is your idea of a perfect day?
A perfect day for me is not to have a very early morning class, having my morning cup of coffee while checking my emails, going to my classes and clients, and hearing that I gave a great workout, that my students are very happy and had fun in the process!
What is one of the best compliments you ever received?
One student told me that I changed her life through my classes. Apparently, she was seeing a physical therapist three times a week and after taking my classes regularly she didn’t need to go to PT anymore. She saved a lot of money and time. Not only did she become stronger, she met other students that became her good friends. Her social life is much improved as she had lost her husband recently. Her last quote was “Your seriousness of purpose, professionalism and care for your student/client is commendable and second to none.”
What was the last picture you took with your phone?
I took a picture of a red colored succulent plant yesterday after I voted. That is precious.
What books are on your nightstand?
The Good Fight, A Perfect Life by Danielle Steele, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, and Shape magazine.
Is there anything you would like to add?
When I was going to school my passion was chemistry and I excelled in it. As a chemical engineer working for Intel Corp., I was promoted twice in four years through two pregnancies. When we moved to L.A., I followed my passion for fitness. I love teaching! Every day when I teach it feels as if I am enjoying my hobby rather than working which makes it fun for me and my students.