Posted 27 January 2012 by Interview:

Jill Gardner

What sparked your interest in training?

I've been active most of my life.. Gymnastics, Winter Guard & Soccer so when a friend of mine asked me to join a local gym with her I couldn't say no! In no time I was so comfortable in the weight room & loving the results! & there's just something about the sound & the smell of the iron! I LOVE IT!!!

How do you stay motivated?

Knowing that I have inspired others really motivates me! Facebook is another great place where I can stay in touch with my fitness friends & check out their progress & photos.. that really helps too!

What types of cardio have worked best for you?

Spinning! I love spin classes! Such high energy & great music! It never gets boring!

What does your diet consist of?

Chicken, veggies, oats, fruit, cottage cheese, protein powder.. & the occasional cheat meal.. I LOVE cupcakes!!!

Meal Plan

Meal 1: 1/2 cup oats mixed with almond milk, 1 scoop Dymatize ISO-100 chocolate whey protein & 1 tsp. almond butter. 1/2 cup egg whites & veggies scrambled. Throw in some crushed red pepper flakes to give it a little kick.

Meal 2: 1 cup low sodium low fat cottage cheese or fat free greek yogurt with 1 cup berries or grapefruit

Meal 3: 1 cup clean baked ziti (recipe on my Facebook page) with 1-2 cups steamed veggies & crushed red pepper flakes

Meal 4: Quest Protein Bar- at the moment I am so in love with the PB&J! or I will have one or two of my homemade protein bars.

Meal 5: Chicken breast & steamed veggies (again I have some yummy recipes on my FB page especially for the chicken!)

Meal 6: Egg white & veggie scramble or a protein shake. I love ON, Dymatize, About Time & Intek!

Pre workout I usually have an ABB speed stack. Great pick me up after a long day!

How do you deal with cravings for junk foods,
sweets and salty food?

Once I started eating clean the cravings went away but I will still cheat once in a while! I have always had a big sweet tooth so I love to try & clean up a really dirty/naughty recipe!

What are your top 3 favourite exercises?

Shoulder press, leg press & anything triceps!

How much rest do you take between sets?

Not long I like to keep my heart rate up! That’s why I love circuit training it’s great for that!

Do you listen to music whilst you train?

Absolutely!! Rihanna, Linkin Park, T-Pain, Lil Wayne, Britney Spears, 80’s pop, just to name a few. & I love a good remix!!

What is your training routine like?

I like to mix it up so I don’t get bored. This is an example of what a week of training looks like for me..

Mon: Chest
Tues: Back & Triceps
Weds: Legs & Pilates
Thurs: Shoulders & Biceps
Fri: Rest
Sat: Spin, Power Pump (group weight training class) & Abs
Sun: Legs

Do you set short and long term goals?

If so… what are they? When it comes to training & eating right I just take it day by day.. Eat Clean & Train Hard!! Long term: I would really like to get my Personal Training certification. I’m working on that now actually!

What are you most proud of?

I ran my first ever 15k in March 2011, the Gate River Run! That was mentally & physically tough! I wasn’t sure that I could do it but I trained hard for it & really pushed myself. We are capable of more than we know. You just have to want it & dig deep!

Have you had any obstacles or setbacks
towards achieving your goal physique?

Yes! Cupcakes! lol just kidding ;-) If anything it's me.. I have to keep a positive mindset & stay focused every single day! I’ve learned how important it is to keep a clean diet. Abs are definitely made in the kitchen!!

How do you measure your progress?

I like to go by how my clothes fit. I try to stay away from the scale.. I can be a bit obsessive about the numbers!

Who are your favourite, athletes or fitness models?

Erin Stern, Jamie Eason, Shannan Penna & Dana Linn Bailey (interview with Dana) I just LOVE those girls!! I was lucky enough to meet all of them this past September at the 2011 Olympia! What a great experience!

What supplements would you use/recommend if any?

I’m not big into supplements. I just like a good multi vitamin along with a good, wholesome, clean diet!

What tips would you give to any woman wanting to get a feminine, CutandJacked physique like yours?

Be patient & consistent!!! It takes time & dedication! Lift heavy without compromising good form! Be prepared when it comes to meals and keep it clean!!

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Born: 1979 Weight: 140lbs. Height: 5'7"

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