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Fitness 360: Jen Jewell, Fitness Jewell

She once fell off the fitness wagon, but the beautiful Jen Jewell didn't stay down long. She lifted herself, lost 50 pounds, and earned a WBFF pro card. This is a story you don't want to skip!

Some people seem like they were born to live the life they're living. Jen Jewell is a perfect example. She didn't stumble into fitness or find it after years of inactivity.

Her love for weightlifting began when she was in high school. At 16, she saw a picture of Monica Brant and knew that fitness was her future. At 17, she knew that someday, she'd compete in a fitness competition.

Her first job was as a personal trainer and aerobics instructor. Jen seems fated for the fit life.

Although she's always been active and concerned with her shape, Jen also dealt with a tragedy that caused some unhealthy life changes.

The story of her fitness journey is rocky, but it has a pro ending.

Read on to find out more about Jen's wake-up call, her transformation, her training plan, and the realization of her high-school dreams.


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Jen Jewell's Training Program

Jen Jewell's Training Program

Jen Jewell's fast-paced, circuit-style workouts are a brutal challenge, but they're also fast and fun. Spend a week in her shoes and follow Jen's split!

Jen Jewell's Nutrition Program

Jen Jewell's Nutrition Program

Jen Jewell's nutrition philosophy is pretty simple: Find balance. No calorie-counting or food-weighing for this fitness queen! She stays ripped year-round through moderation and clean eating.

Jen Jewell's Supplement Program

Jen Jewell's Supplement Program

Before she gets on stage, Jen Jewell has to look her absolute best. To get there, she trains hard, eats right, and follows an air-tight supplement plan. Learn more about what Jen uses to take her physique to pro level!


Full-Circle Fitness

Throughout high school, Jen was active and worked as a successful personal trainer. When she moved to southern California for college, she brought her fit lifestyle with her. But things changed when tragedy came knocking. "My best friend was killed in a car wreck. I was in SoCal, I didn't have any friends or family nearby, and I was alone," Jen says. "I don't want to say I got depressed, but I was not my full self."

Like most of us, Jen has stumbled along the way, but she has her feet planted firmly now in the WBFF.

To deal with her pain, Jen made new friends, started going out for dinner and desserts, and stopped training hard. "I wanted to take my mind off the fact that I had just lost my best friend."

All the food and socializing added up. Over a year or two, Jen went from 118 pounds to more than 160. "It just slowly crept on," she says. "My body fat was up to 35 percent."

At first, she didn't really pay attention to the weight she had gained. But when Jen stepped on a scale at the doctor's office, she realized she needed a change. "When I saw the number, I thought, 'Oh, that's why I have to buy a size 11 now.' I didn't need bigger pants because my legs were super muscular; I was just kind of a beefcake."

So, Jen got serious about her diet and her training. Because she was a personal trainer, she knew she had to start taking her own advice. "I stopped going out to eat every night. I'd just save it for the weekend," explains Jen, "and I only had dessert once per week."

Instead of going cold-turkey and putting herself on a strict contest-prep diet, Jen knew that she needed a nutrition plan that she could maintain.

She also kicked her training up a few gears. Instead of getting on the same elliptical for an hour like she had been doing, she made every minute count. Her change back into the fit body she'd had before was gradual. "It took 3-5 years for me to get down to 22 percent body fat," she recalls.

When she got there, Jen decided to do a contest. "I told myself I needed to do a show. I'd wanted to do one since I was a teenager. I knew that if I didn't try, I'd regret it forever." She set the date to begin her preparation exactly 12 weeks out from a show. And thus she began her career as a competitor.

"It's been an interesting journey," Jen says. "I want to be my best me, so I'm always striving to be the best possible version of myself. Being strong, fit, and healthy is important to me."

Now, with her online training business, Jen provides personal training to people all over the world. "I get emails from people in Australia who say they've gotten great results from my leg workout. It's really exciting for me and is a huge motivation factor."





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You are simply amazing !!

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Thank you very much!

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She really is a gem. inspiring x1521548

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Thank you! I appreciate the thoughtful comments and honored to inspire in any way :)

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Top effort!

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gawd ****

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Way to go in turning it around. I love the way you were able to take it all the way and to even be able to do what you love for a living! You remind us of the importance of being consistent in positive behaviours. Thanks for being an inspiration!

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Thank you very much for the feedback and thoughtful comments- not to mention that encouragement! Consistent efforts have been key to yielding results!

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You re an absolutely amazing woman and a role model for al others

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Thank you very much for the kind remarks- I appreciate you taking the time to check out my 360!

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A true Gem :)..Very inspiring..

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Thank you very much- honored to be considered any form of inspiration for you or others that are working on their fitness, too!

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Great read, I love Jen and all the WBFF girls!

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Thank you! Hope you checked out the workout section, too- I have a full week of workouts that you can download here from bb.com, too! :)

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wow! Glad to know it is not an over night process. I get frustrated sometimes because I don't see fast results.

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Throughout my experience (in both my own fitness journey and working with countless clients across the globe) when it comes to results, the reoccurring theme is consistency...set your goals (short and long-term benchmarks work well and help hold you accountable) and then get after it with your plan of attack. Each step forward in the right direction- doing a few extra sets, choosing a healthy meal when you would normally grab a dessert, etc., are all a bit of progress and steps in the right direction. Stay focused and get after it! Results are yours :)

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Page: bookmarked!
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Awww! Thank you SO much for the thoughtful post and feedback! Thrilled that you loved this feature- hope you give the workouts a try, too, as there is a solid week of workouts that you can download here from bb.com, too!

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My favourite!!!!!! Truely

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Thank you very much!

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HOW TALL ARE YOU?

5'2 !

I DIDNT KNOW THEY STACKED PERFECT THAT HIGH!

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Thank you very much- always a work in progress! And yes, I'm somewhere around 5'2"

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Really enjoyed the video and its overall well round view of moderation and enjoyment being the way forward not some extreme view with lots of dos & donts.

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Thank you very much for checking out the video- thrilled that you enjoyed my take and overall approach to health and fitness. Restrictions or having too extreme of views on what to or what not to do doesn't work so well for me. Balance and moderation- while having fun- is my favorite :)

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