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How did you first get started in the bodybuilding/fitness game?

My interest in training first peaked while I was going through a divorce in 2002.  I’m a goal-oriented person and decided I wanted to better myself and surround myself with people who had similar goals.  It was then that I joined the Lexington Athletic Club and started lifting.  In 2009 I started competing in the NPC bikini division.

Was there a defining moment that got you to start training at a whole different level?

Just a few months ago I started training with Team Bombshell, this was my defining moment!  I saw drastic changes in about three weeks and am still working on making improvements.

What are ways you stay motivated?

It depends on what day it is.  Sometimes it’s the music on my ipod, a compliment in the gym or even a criticism that fuels my fire;)

In your opinion what is the biggest hurdle you or most people have to overcome in regards to their fitness career and goals?

I think you are your own worst critic. It’s so easy to get caught up in focusing on what you need to improve that you overlook your strengths and the progress you’ve made.

Why do you think some people are able to overcome this hurdle, but others are not?

With this sport in particular, I believe mental toughness will make or break you and oftentimes people give up too soon. In addition, I believe a solid support system is important and not everyone has that.

If you had to ratio the importance of training, diet and rest, what would the percentages look like and why? (e.g. 20% training, 30% diet, 30% rest)

I would say 45% diet, 35% rest and 20% training.  A clean diet is a must!  Rest is important to grow muscle and to aid in recovery.  But I think you can see results with almost any program.

How useful do you think supplements are? Do you use supplements?

I have used supplements in the past and I think they can be very useful in assisting you to achieve a desired goal, it just depends on what you are trying to accomplish.

What is your current top supplement?

I don’t have a top supplement but prefer Beverly International and Optimum Nutrition products.

In general what does your current training routine look like?

Currently I lift 5 days/week and am doing cardio 6 days/week.
Monday – Legs, Tuesday – shoulders/arms, Wednesday – plyometrics, Thursday – back and Friday – glutes.

What is your current diet routine?

I eat 6 meals a day with 3 snacks because I lose weight easily:(

How do you feel about ketogenic diets and extreme diets in general?

I loved doing a ketogenic diet. I felt great on that diet and didn’t have many cravings. I don’t consider that “extreme”. I think it’s important to mention everyone responds differently. In regards to drinking liquids for cleansing or not eating enough calories to function…I’m not in favor of diets like those.

How did you get those awesome arms of yours?

By hardly working them! Seriously, my triceps tend to become bulky so I’ve cut back on training arms.

If you were to upload your arms to our muscle voting site (http://vote.ratemyarms.com/) right now, what do you think you would rate?

Ha! I’m a bikini competitor… I have thin arms, not big guns, I wouldn’t rate well.

How did/do your family and friends feel about your training?

I date a national level bodybuilder, so obviously he is supportive. Most of my family have attended a show and understand and support it more than they did in the beginning, though they still believe this lifestyle is too regimented with 530 a.m. cardio and only one cheat/week.

Can you give us a brief summary of your competition history?

Some of my competition highlights are; 2009 Bluegrass Muscle Classic – 1st place and Overall, 2009 KY Muscle – 3rd place and 2011 NPC Southern KY Classic – 1st place and Overall.

What are your fitness/bodybuilding plans for 2011?

My next competition is the 2011 North American Championship, September 3 in Cleveland, Ohio. This will be my first National Show as a Bombshell and I am excited about the changes we are making to my stage appearance. I would like to line up a few photo shoots and obtain more exposure through interviews like this.

The RateMyArms team would like to thank you greatly for taking the time to do this interview. Do you have any last words for our readers?

Thank you so much for allowing me this opportunity to promote myself. If you are someone reading my interview and trying to get motivated….there will always be less than perfect circumstances, so get started now! There is no such thing as instant gratification in this sport, be consistent and believe in yourself!

I’ll leave you with a favorite quote: “Self-improvement is the name of the game and your primary objective is to strengthen yourself, not to destroy an opponent.” ~Maxwell Maltz

All the best in your future fitness goals,

XOXO Jess

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