Ep 72: CRNAs Balancing Fitness and a Busy Life with Jamie B and Jamie C

Jamie Bailey, CRNA and Jamie Chamberlain, CRNA are the motivated women running a popular social media fitness account that promotes the balance between working and working out. They joined us on the podcast to share their story, tips for beginners, and how they stay motivated even when they aren’t.  

Click the timestamps below to help you navigate through the many topics we discussed.

On This Episode:

After long hours and a lot of time on your feet, the last thing you want to do is think about a workout. Trying to balance work, life, and fitness can feel overwhelming. It’s a struggle we all deal with, right?

That’s where two CRNAs are trying to make an impact. Jamie Bailey, CRNA, and Jamie Chamberlain – also known as JB and JC – are starting to become the faces of fitness for nurse anesthetists thanks to a popular Instagram account. The two women began sharing their journey on the Instagram account Balancing.Fit by posting pictures of their lives in scrubs, with family, and in the gym.

Knowing how much we can all use a little motivation, especially right now, we decided to catch up with the two CRNAs for this episode of Beyond the Mask. We wanted to hear their journey and how their relationship began, which is a great story, but we also needed to know what the secret is to staying motivated every day.

That’s probably the biggest challenge we face because long days and physical shifts can wear you down. These ladies use each other for accountability, but how successful would you be trying to work out before 5 AM like they often do? We’ll try to get their secret for that.

Maybe the most important thing is how to get started. Whether you’ve never worked out a day in your life or just took some time off from fitness, JC and JB will give us tips to help take those first steps. And they’ll also tell us why you won’t see them discussing food and eating very much on their account.

This conversation comes at a great time because we’re all making changes to our daily routines and our lifestyle as we continue to battle the COVID-19 health crisis. Why not use this as an opportunity to focus on a healthier lifestyle.

Thanks again to JB and JC for joining the show and for all they do for CRNA fitness.

Check out the episode at the top of the page and use the timestamps to help you navigate through the many topics we discussed.

2:00 – We’re excited for this conversation.   

2:22 – Welcome in our guests today.

2:55 – Give us some background on yourself and how long you’ve been doing this.   

4:29 – How they started working out together.

5:35 – The early morning workout schedule. 

6:07 – What time do you go to bed?

6:57 – What’s the key to getting started down this fitness path?

8:18 – Working out in the morning changes your entire mood for the day.

9:14 – What’s the key to staying motivated?

10:27 – Do you hold yourself accountable?

11:18 – Strong Instagram following

13:57 – What eating routine do you have?

18:14 – It’s important to make it fun.

19:07 – What fitness person motivates them?

21:28 – What’s the Sweat App?

22:53 – Do other CRNAs connect with you?

24:13 – What’s the best way to get started if you haven’t worked out in years?

26:09 – Sharon shares a story about a friend who went from smoking to breaking a running record.

27:42 – A final message from the Jamies. 

“You know how busy we are as CRNAs. It’s hard to find free time to even hang out with your friends sometimes. So we kind of combined those two things and became really good friends. “

-Jamie Bailey, CRNA





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