Amateur Fitness Competitor of the Week: Jessica Ziegler

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  • Name: Jessica Ziegler
  • E-mail: jessikah1985@yahoo.com
  • Age: 22
  • Where: Buffalo, NY
  • Height: 5'8"
  • Weight: 150 lbs
  • Years Bodybuilding :1
  • Favorite Bodypart: Abs
  • Favorite Exercise: Quads
  • Favorite Supplements: multivitamin + protein

How Did You Get Started?

I had played some sports in highschool but once I got to college I fell into a bit of a slump. I was drinking often and rarely working out. I started feeling depressed about how I had let myself get so out of shape but didn't have the motivation to do anything about it.

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Jessica Ziegler.

One of my co-workers told me about her trainer (Terry Stokes, www.hardbodyfigure.com) who specializes in training figure competitors. Competing seemed like a far fetched idea considering my current lifestyle but I didn't have much to lose so I decided to give it a whirl. Terry whipped me right into shape! High intensity workouts and a clean diet really transformed my body.

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When I started training I figured I would just compete for the experience. But as the show got closer my mentality changed completely and I wanted nothing less than 1st place. After 12 weeks of hardcore training and dieting, I actually won 1st place! Winning and knowing that all my hard work paid off in the end is an indescribable feeling. Now I'm addicted and what started as an "experience" has become a lifestyle. With the help of my trainer, Terry, I'm excited to see how far I can push myself. Sky is the limit!

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What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

Terry designed workouts that incorporated plyometric exercises, circuits, supersets and olympic lifting to reduce the amount of cardio needed to get down to my goal of 9% bodyfat! The workouts were intense but shorter than traditional pre-contest workouts which was convenient considering my work schedule. An example of a workout is:

Working out this way aloud me to exhaust every muscle group so that doing cardio right after was much more affective and less was needed.

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What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

My diet depended on what my current bodyfat was and how far away the show was. Eating small portions more often is always a key component. A sample diet looks like this:

  • Meal 1 - oatmeal + egg whites

  • Meal 2 - protein shake, apple + veg

  • Meal 3 - chicken, vegetables + sweet potato

  • Meal 4 - protein shake, apple + cottage cheese

  • Meal 5 - chicken, vegetable + sweet potato

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What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

A multivitamin so I don't get sick! And I used Lipo6 in the final weeks for energy.

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Why do you love Bodybuilding?

Being in shape gives me confidence. Eating healthy and working out really helps with stress and anxiety. People are their own worst enemy and they set limits and boundaries for themselves. When you push yourself to the next level and accomplish things you didn't know you were capable of, the feeling is unexplainable! Also, I think learning about nutrition + training is fascinating.

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What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

Make a career of it! I'm training for two NGA shows and one NPC shows in the spring which I'm super excited about! I would love to earn my pro card and land some magazine photoshoots! One day I want to compete at nationals!

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What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Don't get discouraged! Hard work pays off in the end and you don't get results overnight. This is something I struggle with too. I want results NOW,NOW,NOW. And I get frustrated if things don't go the way I want, but it takes time and patience to see results.

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Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Valerie Waugaman is beautiful, and she's a gladiator! Monica Brant- Peckham, Amanda Savell. Jamie Eason isn't a figure competitor but she is gorgeous! As far as bodybuilders go... Jay Cutler is massive. Phil Heath is looking good. I'm going to the Arnold for the first time this year so maybe I'll have some more to add later...

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