Jenny Schneider doesn’t consistently rank among the top players on the United States Tennis Association circuit by being a slacker.
Although she works full-time as an audiologist in Buffalo, New York, Schneider maintains a rigorous practice schedule. “I work very hard during the day and make sure I bring the same dedication to my tennis game,” she said.
To stay in top form, Schneider typically plays six nights a week. To ensure that she can carve out time after work, Schneider begins her workday at 7:00 a.m. She’s home in the late afternoon to have dinner with her family and tuck her children into bed before heading out again after 7:00 p.m. to play tennis. She rarely arrives back home before 10:30 at night.
As the mother of twin 5-year-old girls and a 3-year-old boy, Schneider finds ways to incorporate her kids into her practice and play. “They’ll come to the courts with me, and we’ll play for an hour before my regular practice,” she said.
She also trains with them off the court, carting them in a buggy behind her on 25-mile bike rides and jogging with them for the first mile of her regular six-mile runs.
Schneider has created for herself a life that is holistic and integrated so that each part of her day supports the other.
“The key to mental and physical health is doing what you love. During periods of time when I wasn’t playing tennis and training, I lost my energy; I didn’t perform as well at work and wasn’t the kind of mother I wanted to be,” she said. “Having balance in life is so important, and it’s what I hope to instill in my kids.”