Amateur Fitness Competitor of the Week: Jennifer Reece

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  • Name: Jennifer Reece
  • E-mail: jenniferreece@hotmail.com
  • Age: 29
  • Where: Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Height: 5' 6"
  • Weight: 145 Lbs., Contest: 130 Lbs.
  • Years Bodybuilding :5
  • Favorite Bodypart: Abs
  • Favorite Exercise: Legs
  • Favorite Supplements: Whey Protein

How Did You Get Started?

Throughout my life I hadn't really been involved much in sports until I got to a University. It was there that I joined the women's rugby team and started hitting the gym. I had always admired the great physiques of the women in the pages of Musclemag and Flex but never knew how to achieve that kind of muscularity.

When I graduated from the University of Windsor I happened to meet a few people who were into competitive bodybuilding. They "told" me that I was going to do a competition. I decided to try it and immediately fell in love with the sport. At my first competition I competed at 115lbs and took 2nd out of three girls. I realized I had some serious work to do. I also decided that I would like to give fitness a shot.

I enrolled myself in gymnastics and began competing in fitness. I won my first fitness competition earning myself the title of Ms. Southwestern Ontario. After that I was hooked. I have had my boyfriend Fouad Abiad (Canadian National Champ) at my side pushing and supporting me through out my competitive career which has helped me get to this level. He's also my trainer which helps me immensely.

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What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

Although I compete in fitness I tend to train more like a bodybuilder. I train heavy and hard. I am in the gym six days a week training one body part per day. I always separate my quads from my hams which has really helped me develop my legs. Now that I am preparing for a competition I am incorporating more supersets and drop sets.

Gymnastics practice is a must for me. I am usually with my coach twice a week and even more when close to a show. Over the years I have incorporated yoga into my training regime which helps with flexibility as well as mental calm and focus. I have found it invaluable to my performance.


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What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

After years of diet experimentation I have found that a low fat, moderate carb, high protein diet works best for me for competition prep. My body tends to be stubborn when it comes to fat loss. I really have to work hard to look good up on stage. I can put on size fairly easily but need to follow a strict diet regime with a few good cardio sessions a day. However, I do love the off-season when I can eat treats like cheesecake once in a while!

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

I have always used a good quality whey protein to supplement my diet. I also use glutamine for muscle recovery and of coarse a glucosamine/chondroitin combo for my joints. Gymnastics is tough on the body! I try to always take my vitamins as well. During the off season I like to do a cleanse once or twice a year. Just to help the body detoxify.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I fell in love with fitness for many reasons. It not only looks good but it feels great to be healthy. I know competing can be hard on the system but with the proper precautions one can remain in good health and be in top shape. I have found fitness to be very personally rewarding.

I have accomplished things I never dreamed possible. I have earned myself some titles including Ms. Fitness Canada - Tall 2004. I have also achieved some very personal goals. I was never a gymnast as a child and to set out to do something this hard as an adult has been a real learning experience for me. It is frustrating at times but I am proud of myself for every goal I attain big or small. It brings a confidence that carries over into other aspects of life. It is also great to know that I have helped to motivate other people to compete or even to shed off that few extra pounds.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I am currently training for the Canadian Nationals July 1st in Edmonton. I am aiming to earn my pro card this year and then move on from there. One step at a time. I am very excited about this year after having all of 2005 off. I am also going to be doing a few more photo shoots this summer. I am always trying to further my modeling career and maybe one day break into the movies and/or T.V. I am not sure where my path will take me but I am excited for the future.


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What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

I would tell them that competitive fitness is a realistic sport in that you have to acknowledge your limitations and work with your strengths (words I heard once from a great trainer) but on the other hand never let anyone else tell you that you can't do something. Only you know yourself. If you work hard enough at your goals you can make them a reality. Surround yourself with positive people!

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

I have always admired Monica Brant, Jenny Worth, Jen Hendershot as well as Tanji Johnson as athletes. I give credit to all the women who have worked their way to the top of the sport. It's not easy but they do make it look that way!