Amateur Fitness Competitor of the Week: Jeanne E Colesanti

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How Did You Get Started?

My husband was into lifting weights at the gym while I was more of a runner. He encouraged me to begin weight training and before I knew it, I was joining him at 5:00 in the morning, pushing weight along with him. Whatever he did, I followed.

Seven years later, we felt like it was our time to put our passion aside and be a "normal" family. Extremely reluctant to do so, we instead decided NOT to give it up, but to redirect our passion towards competing which is when I began doing NPC shows.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

Since muscles adapt quickly and naturally fight growth, my workout routine changes every 6-8 weeks. We’re constantly changing exercise variations too: free weights to cables or machines with each body part. This keeps our muscles guessing, shocking them and keeping them sore.

A typical routine begins:

    Day 1: Back/Hamstrings/calves 4-5 exercises/bodypart

    Day 2: shoulders/triceps/abs

    Day 3: resting

    Day 4: chest/biceps

    Day 5: quads/calves

    Day 6: cardio optional/abs

    Day 7: resting

Cardio prior to Meal #1 and if close to competition, 6 days/week and an additional 1 hr. session before meal 7.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

Working closely with a professional trainer, John Mier with Premier Physiques, has enabled me to increase my overall development via his knowledge of applying healthy nutrition, resulting in muscle growth while simultaneously maintaining a lean physique during the process.

Being a difficult gainer, his nutritional creativity, creates the physique I present on stage. Like my workout routine, my nutrition varies as well, especially approaching a competition in order to suit specific needs at that time. However, I generally consume 6-7 meals/day. Beginning with: 8 egg whites/1 yolk or 2 scoops Optimum Whey Protein Powder, with 1/2 cp to 1 cp oatmeal.

Meal 2-5: some type of lean meat with sweet potato or brown rice. Some day’s white potato or rice.

Meal 5: may or may not include the carbohydrate.

Meal 6: 8 egg whites 1/yolk or 2 scoops protein powder as meal one, of course exempting the oatmeal. Then at least 1 gallon water/day.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

Optimum Whey Protein, Universal Animal Pack, Optimum Amino Fuel and Solar or EAS Glutamine.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

Fitness improves my self esteem and overall mental clarity. I also, thrive on the challenges of competing. It motivates me to see others striving towards the same goal. In addition, fitness is extremely rewarding realizing that through adequate nutrition and proper exercise, whether being a mom of 2, like me, or a student, all can achieve results and witness change, improving not only their physiques, but more importantly a completeness of good health!

It’s through the discipline of fitness that strengthens inward and outward body parts, therefore ultimately increasing one’s longevity.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

To become a pro and continue to share and motivate others with this passion of mine!

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Stay real and true to yourself! Don’t change so much that you loose yourself in the process. There are too many of the same sizes, same faces, same hair, or the same “cookie-cutter, carbon-copy” type of images that so many women in this profession get tempted to duplicate.

Adding individuality, uniqueness and quality over quantity to the sport will be even more admiring and inspiring to others. It’s very simple, “set yourself apart and find your place within your own and be confident!”. If you get that, then you’ve already won.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Cory Everson, Monica Brant, Davana Medina, and Amber Littlejohn. Those are the ones who've made an impression to me.