Tell me a little about yourself and your background?
Hello! My name is Jessica. I’m 23 years old. I’m 5”11 ¾ (ok fine I’m 6ft) and no I don’t play basketball, or volleyball, nor do I swim competitively since that’s the first thing people normally ask when they meet me. Fitness is a big part of my life, but it’s not my whole life. I work in public relations and hope to move to a bigger city where I can further pursue this career.
What aspect of fitness do you enjoy the most?
I love the whole goal setting aspect of it. That concept of setting a goal, working your butt off to achieve it, smashing it, and then setting a completely new one. It’s helped me realize that I can do ANYTHING I set my mind to, and that’s awesome.
How long have you been into fitness?
The first time I ever picked up a dumbbell was probably about 3 years ago, but between a relationship, school, and just life in general, I stopped for some time. About a year ago I made it a huge part of my life. I started working out super late at night. I’ve never looked back since.
How did you get into fitness?
Like many other girls who are now into weightlifting, I started as a cardio bunny. I would be glued to the treadmill, and even though I hated every second I was on that thing, I was too afraid to venture outside of my comfort zone. Eventually I became more educated and got some courage and started lifting weights.
What was a turning point for you to take it seriously?
I was going through a very stressful time in my life and the gym was my escape. I would spend many late nights at my 24-hour gym and just focus on myself and what made me happy. Then I just kept going and it lit this passion inside of me that had never really been lit before. Also when I started my Instagram account last year, it really held me accountable and pushed me to be the best version of myself I could possibly be.
How has fitness impacted your life?
I could get emotional if I think about this for too long, I really could. Fitness has brought out a part of me that I never even knew existed. It’s my strength when I feel weak. I was bullied a lot in high-school, and it broke me. Fitness has shown me that I can do ANYTHING I set my mind to, I’ve never felt more empowered than I do right now.
What words of advice or encouragement would you like to give to someone who is just starting out or would like to start but doesn’t know where to begin?
I know a lot of people say this when this question comes up, but just…start. I’m someone who firmly believes that in order for anything new or extraordinary to occur, you have to get out of your comfort zone. The weight floor with a bunch of buff dudes is someplace I NEVER thought I would be but I did and it’s the most awesome feeling. I would also say do a TON of research. Bodybuilding.com was like my bible, I swear. Every night I would look up all the different workouts and proper form and then just get in the gym and try it out!
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