Jordan Hertner – CTV Morning Live Traffic Specialist

It’s Sunday morning, what are you most likely to be doing today?

Sleeping in! A sleep in for me is around 8am these days, nothing beats waking up naturally. Then it’s coffee, ‘epic breakfast’ and a documentary in my sweats.

If you didn’t do what you do for a living, what would you love to do?

I have always loved to cook but as I have gotten older, the kitchen has become a place for me to really decompress and just be. I couldn’t keep up with the hustle of a restaurant chef, so maybe a home chef or a cooking class instructor. This question has me thinking of what I’ll whip up next…

What music is on repeat on your playlist when at the gym or keeping active?

I may be from the country but you won’t find country music on my playlists. My go to music is old school hip-hop, rap, and a touch of reggae. Some of my favourite artists are Dre, Kanye, Busta, Em, Snoop…(ah, so much goodness).  If I need more of a cardio boost I go for upbeat remixes, can’t go wrong with Justin Timberlake, The Black Eyed Peas, and Rhianna.    

If we were to peek in your gym bag right now, what would we find?

Please don’t, it needs some love. BUT if I am being honest, besides my shoes and water bottle there are some random bobby pins, pre-workout, a skipping rope, and probably a lone sock.

What’s your favourite thing about the YEG community?

The people and the views!

You don’t have to look far to see and feel community in Edmonton. We have so many small grass roots initiatives that have started here just because go-getters saw a need – I’m always inspired by them.

We are so lucky to have the river valley, get out and experience it! I get out and walk and do stairs often but there is so much more to experience. This winter I needed to get out of the house, so some friends and I bought wood and went to Hawrelak park for a winter campfire. It was a different but special way to spend a Friday evening.  

Where is your dream vacation destination?

Oh, this is a tough one because there are so many places I would like to visit but my happiest place on Earth is at the cottage in Muskoka with my family. I would choose that 10 times out of 10.

What’s your routine like for early mornings?

First things first, COFFEE and of course aqua. I typically have my lunch packed and my outfit steamed, so I am out the door pretty fast. Before I was on the morning show, and soaking up every minute of sleep, I used to love to hit up 6am hot yoga, it always started my day with a fresh slate.  

What is at the top of your bucket list?

I really want to do a weeklong survival course. Not so glamorous but I think it would be incredible to get out in the elements and learn some new skills.

Who would you consider one of your major inspirations?

A lot of my inspiration comes from my mother who has always made fitness a priority. She used to be a personal trainer and now teaches classes in her community and in the basement of her house. She has shown me healthy eating habits but also how important it is to enjoy and indulge, so a lot of inspiration has just become habit because of her.

What is your favourite way to stay fit?

Group fitness classes are my go to. I live for them! My absolute favorite is body attack; I feel like I work harder and am more ‘in the zone’ when I have someone pushing me. If you ever feel like you don’t ‘fit’ in at the gym or you don’t know what to do, start with a fitness class and go at your own pace (if you need to, stay at the back). Once you get the feel for the class, you start to feel more comfortable and before you know it, you are part of your own little gym community.

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