I met Jessica Paxson backstage at the 2006 Body Rock and was immensely impressed with her beautiful, fit look and sparking personality.
2006 will be Jessica's Olympia Figure stage debut! Congratulations Jessica!
[ Brenda Kelly ] How are you feeling about your Olympia debut?
[ Jessica Paxson ] I can't believe it is almost here! I am really excited and nervous all rolled into one. I have a lot of new emotions I am experiencing since the Olympia weekend is also my wedding weekend!
I will be married Sunday Oct.1 2006. The day after I compete in the Olympia! My fiancé is USA light-heavy runner up, Peter Putnam and this really adds to the excitement of competing in my first Olympia! I truly feel blessed!
[ BK ] How did you qualify for the 2006 Figure Olympia?
[ JP ] I have been an NPC competitor for a little over 2 years. I have been going to the gym since my senior year in high school (2001), but I really started training at the age of 21 when I decided to compete. I was a competitive gymnast; I danced in a dance company, cheered, and was on a competition cheerleading squad.
I turned pro at the 2005 Jr. Nationals by winning first place in the C class.
[ BK ] Are you doing anything differently to prepare for the Figure Olympia show with your training or nutrition?
[ JP ] I am not doing anything different. I wouldn't feel comfortable making drastic changes to my preparation for a show as big as the Olympia.
[ BK ] Do you have a trainer or coach helping you prepare for the Figure Olympia?
[ JP ] I train with Mike Davies and he usually has me training one body part a day with a lot of supersets and plyometrics when I am training for a show so this will stay the same.
My cardio sessions are usually 5 mornings a week and 4 nights a week. I try not to do anything very strenuous (i.e. running) because I don't have a lot of muscle in my legs and I don't want to lose what little I have while getting ready for this show. I think my best body part is my shoulders!
[ BK ] What is your Olympia Contest nutrition program?
[ JP ] I usually eat 6-8 meals consisting mostly of chicken, tilapia, tuna, egg whites, protein powder, cream of rice, oatmeal, sweet potatoes, and asparagus.
[ BK ] What is your body prep presentation plan for the Olympia stage?
[ JP ] I use the tanning bed to get a base tan, but I am trying to get away from doing that because it is so hard on the skin. I use Jan Tana for my competition tan.
[ BK ] Do you have a special role model or inspiration for your Figure Olympia training?
[ JP ] I am inspired by all of the women that compete. The dedication and discipline it takes to compete is amazing. The women who have children that compete especially inspire me. How do they do it?!! Of course I couldn't even dream of doing what I do without my faith in Christ. I can do all things through Him!
Jessica Paxson Bio
Date Of Birth: 3/7/83
Born/Grew up in: Dayton, Ohio
Current Residence: Knoxville, TN
Height: 5'4 1/2
Current Occupation: Personal trainer at the Rush Fitness Complex and I run an online personal training business with my fiancé, called Physique Pros Personal Training and Consulting.
Healthy: I like grilled chicken with a serving of cream of rice.
Cheat Food: Mexican! Chips and salsa and fajitas!
Favorite Music: I love all kinds of music... it depends on my mood. Usually something I can dance to.
Favorite Hobby: I enjoy reading, just relaxing with my fiancé, and playing with our three boxers, Puncher, Piston, and Pixie.
Visit Jessica at: www.JessFit.com