How did you start your fitness journey?
I grew up watching my father lift weights, run races and play sports – so I was always athletic and active. When I discovered the figure division of bodybuilding – my husband, Alex, urged me to begin training to compete. I did my first figure competition in 2010 and placed 2nd. I was hooked! I continued to compete on the national circuit until earning my IFBB professional status at the NPC USA’s in 2012.
Throughout my competitions, I made connections with fitness magazine editors and photographers knowing that I wanted to have a larger impact on the fitness world than just competing on stage and winning awards.
I wrote fitness articles for free for online and print publications and entered every fitness spokesmodel contest I could find. It was when Bodybuilding.com selected me out of thousands of women to be their female athlete of the week that I finally was noticed. A few supplement companies read my feature on Bodybuilding.com and reached out to me for a sponsorship. It was NLA for Her that grabbed my attention.
They are a supplement company with honest ingredients and integrity that stands behind and supports women. Being the very first athlete to join their team back when they first started in 2012 simply went in line with everything I stand for as a woman and as a leader in women’s fitness and health.
I continued to compete as a top 10 IFBB professional and entered myself into the Bodybuilding.com 2013 Spokesmodel Search. I placed third in that contest and Bodybuilding.com signed me to their team shortly after.
I continued to write fitness articles and model and eventually established a strong relationship with magazines such as FitnessRx for Women, Train for Her and Strong Fitness Magazine for monthly articles and features. Check out my bi-weekly column, Perfect Form, for Fitness Rx for Women here.
After a little over a year on the IFBB Figure stage, I knew I wanted to become a mom. So, my husband and I decided to start our family in 2014 and my fit pregnancy journey began!
I wrote four fitness and nutrition e-books during my pregnancy, which launched my Jessie’s Girls business and movement. Now, there are thousands of women all over the world following my Jessie’s Girls programs and learning from me at my Jessie’s Girls Training Camps all over the country!
What are your fitness goals?
My current goal is to show my daughter and women everywhere that you can and should love your body at every stage. Eating to fuel your body to have badass workouts and living a “normal” life with balance is the only way to stay fit for life! Being a leader for my Jessie’s Girls and my fans all over the world is a top priority for me – I want to show them that you can be a busy mom, wife and successful business owner and still make time to eat well, lift with intensity and change your life!
What are your best fitness accomplishments?
My best fitness accomplishments are earning my IFBB pro card, becoming a certified yoga instructor, earning my black belt in TaeKwonDo, staying fit during pregnancy, shooting the cover of fitness magazines 6 months after giving birth and inspiring and motivating women all over the world with my Jessie’s Girls training programs!