Posted 13 June 2011 by Interview:

IFBB Pro Bikini Jessica Jessie

How and when did you start training?

I have been competing exactly one year. I have been athletic my whole life and grew up doing beauty pageants and modeled as a little girl. I played soccer since I was 4 and received a soccer scholarship to Virginia Commonwealth University. I also was captain of my high school soccer, volleyball and cheerleading teams. I was a professional NFL cheerleader for the Washington Redskins and after graduating college, I was intrigued of the anatomy of the body and what the body could do so I furthered my education and since have became a master personal trainer and nutritionist. After my first NPC show in New York I knew I was made for this. To be an IFBB Pro athlete is a mixture of EVERYTHING I'm passionate about.

Are you or have you ever been a cardio bunny
and avoided the free-weight section?

Ha! Are you kidding me? I used to do 1-2 hours of cardio a day. I used to be a fashion and catalog model for a living! I was terrified to touch weights or eat 1 meal a day, much less six meals a day that I eat now! In other words I'm now known for my booty now and I used to have a pancake booty!

How long do you spend in the gym during
a typical workout?

I train before sunrise. I do my cardio first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. After cardio I stay at the gym with my food cooler eat meal 1 to refuel for my lifting of the day. During this time I also chug a serving of SAN "Launch!" this gives me a pump to lift way more then I ever could on my own.

How do you manage to stay motivated?

I always take time to thank God for everything I have been blessed with. I realize my time is now, if I want this I can have it! If I don't go for it now in my prime I may regret it when there is nothing I can do about it! I take pride in being a role model and helping other women go after their dreams. I know I have a lot of loyal and dedicated fans that I don't want to disappoint and are counting on me to not only be the best, but to bring in the best J.J. Can be! I also never want to be coming home from a show depressed. I know this is a subjective sport. I'm ok with where the judges want to place me, what I'm not ok with is knowing that I didn't give it my all, that I played around too much that I didn't give myself enough time. This is a feeling of failure and I have learned if you give it your all, everything seems to fall into place. That's pretty motivating if you ask me!

What types of cardio have worked best for you?

Running and interval training.

What is your training routine like?

I do cardio everyday Saturday's I do a fun activity and Sunday is always very light (just enough to break a sweat). I do 3-4 sets of each exercise with anywhere from 12-15 reps each body part gets 3 - 4 different exercises

Monday: leg/booty
Tuesday: shoulders/chest/triceps
Wednesday: plyos
Thursday: back/biceps
Friday: booty
Saturday: fun cardio
Sunday: light cardio

What does your diet consist of?

I eat 6 meals a day. Each meal consist of carbs, protein and veggies or fruit

What are you most proud of?

Being a good person and that I'm well liked. I'm never bitchy or catty. I make friends everywhere I go. I like to make others feel good about themselves. I want to see and help everyone any way I can to be the best they can be.

What are the biggest obstacles or setbacks have you had to overcome in your life?

I was kicked off my college soccer team and lost my scholarship. This was my life and who I was. I made poor decisions, couldn't keep my grades up and I paid for it. I felt like my life at the time was over. I got my head straight and did graduate with a B.S. in Criminal Justice.

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

I do exactly that. I deal with it. I put on my big girl panties and think how bad do I want it. Somedays it's easy and others I want to cry! It comes down to willpower! Ask yourself if the girl on stage next to you is eating that?! ;)

What are your top three exercises?

  1. Plank: It works the TVA one of the few exercises that works to strengthen what we know as the girdle of the body.
  2. Hack squat: It is the exercise I hate the most and is the hardest for me to do. I know this gives the quads an amazing shape
  3. The traditional squat: You simply can't have one of the best booty's in the business with out doing these.

Who are your favorite figure competitors,
athletes or fitness models?

Jessica Jessie for bikini of course! Before I started competing I loved seeing Marzia Prince in the magazines since she seems to only be modeling. I think Cherly Brown is so beautiful and I look forward to see fellow FMG sisters Heather Dees and Alea Suarez rise to be the top pro figure competitors. Adela Garcia is what being a pro is all about! Hands down she is who I look up to and her energy is powerful, just seeing her makes me happy!

What 3 tips would you give to any woman wanting to get a feminine, CutandJacked physique like yours?

  1. Your diet is number 1! You can live in the gym, but if you don't eat clean your wasting your time.
  2. Trust your coaches. When you think you know your body better, that's is the second your whole prep will start to crumble.
  3. Have faith whatever it is you want in life you can have! All you have to do is set the goal, know why you want it and give it your all! You don't strive for success. You strive for excellence and success will follow! ;)

What is the number one philosophy you live by?

Competing is just a part of my life. Just that, "a part of my life". It does not define me.

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