I recently sat down with fitness competitor Jenn Nash to take a inside look at what it takes to become a IFBB fitness pro.
Q: Tell us more about yourself. Who are you? How long have you been training and what are your goals and aspirations in the fitness industry? You recently won a high level figure competition right?
A: My name is Jenn Nash and I have been training for the last 4 years for NPC competitions, in which I have competed the last 3 years. I have always been active in many sports and from a very young age. I started Martial Arts (karate) at 3 ½ years old and have done softball, cheerleading, track & Field, and now fitness competitions! Competing in fitness was just going to be a hobby, until I got totally sucked in! It’s addicting and now of course I would love to earn my IFBB Pro Card!
Awards: I am still working on winning a NY show!!! I’ve placed 2nd at Eastern in NYC in November 2008 and 1st at the NJ State Championships in November 2008. April 2009 I placed 2nd at the Steve Stone Metropolitan Championships. My next show is April 6th; Atlantic States…back in NYC. I hope to do well there!
A: Actually, I didn’t need to “bring up” anything…it was the opposite! My biggest critique, always is to bring down my legs. I have always had bigger legs and a big butt, since I tend to hold my weight in the lower half…(thanks mom & grandma!!!) My training is pretty intense, but I like it. I like lifting heavy and feeling strong. There’s nothing like being 5’2″ and doing dumb bell chest presses with 35lbs in each hand or single arm dumb bell rows with 45lbs! It’s pretty impressive to most people who don’t compete!
Q: What was your cardio like going into the contest? 2 hours a day or did you do some progressive cardio?
A: My cardio in the very beginning (16 weeks out) was (2) 30 minute sessions per day…then it slowly got longer from there…now I am up to (2) 1 hour sessions per day. My cardio was always different but almost ALWAYS was interval type training. I prefer it like that because it makes the time go by SO MUCH faster. LSD is boring to the max…so having to change the speed, incline, direction, or intensity every couple minutes keeps it interesting! My favorite (although hard on the body) is the treadmill. I know I burn WAY more on the treadmill, plus I like the way I feel when I get off…might be that old feeling I use to get after a hard track practice!!! I guess I’ll always have a “runner” inside of me!
Q: How many weeks out did you start when you began your diet? What was it like the beginning then what did it look like in the end?
A: My original dieting for the season started 16 weeks out from my first competition. By far the longest out I have ever started. But, in the first few years competing I was doing it all myself and guessing so I didn’t know how to put a diet together for 12+ weeks out. I got together with my coach in November and started the diet at the end of December. In the beginning I was eating around 1600-1700 calories per day…chicken, turkey, brown rice, sweet potatoes, green veggies, nuts, peanut butter and supplementing with protein powder. As we got closer and depending on what I looked like the diet was changed little by little.
Q: What are some of the things that you noticed about yourself, your diet and your training as you began to lean out and get that rock hard stomach?
A: My favorite part about seeing the changes is definitely the veins in my arms…especially in my biceps. When I start to see them pop I know I’m getting close! Plus, my body feels like it can do ANYTHING. More burpees? Great! More push-ups? No problem! Pull ups? Handstand pushup? How many do you want? Being able to run fast, lift heavy is the best…must be the athlete in me!
Q: Where can we find more info out about you?
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