My Journey To Become An IFBB Pro!

My name is Rosemary Jennings and I would like to share with the avid readers of Bodybuilding.com my journey leading up to my Pro status.
My name is Rosemary Jennings and I would like to share with the avid readers of Bodybuilding.com my journey leading up to my Pro status.

I remembered when I first started bodybuilding 10 and a 1/2 years ago I had set goals leading up to the Ms. Olympia. After 4 years of hard training I started out on the competitive stage to pursue my goals. Little did I know that my first goal would have been accomplished 4 years later.

When 2002 opened up I decided I would take on the challenge and compete at the NPC USA which is a very competitive show in that you have to win the overall in order to become a professional. I set out on my path and on April 22, 2002 started my dieting and bumped up the training and cardio for 12 weeks. I had only 20 pounds to shed so I gradually cut back on my calories and choice of food intake. I supplemented my diet with Glutamine, BCAA, OKG, HMB, Creatine, Vitamin C and E, Calcium, ZMA, Omega 3 Fish Oil and Flaxseed Oil. I was very determined to become an IFBB Professional at the USA and was mentally, physically and spiritually focused on my journey. As the days grew closer and closer and I saw the transformation my body was taking on I felt it deep in my bones that I would accomplish my goal at the USA.


With Victor Martinez (left) and Melvin Anthony (right)
at the 2002 Show Of Strength Expo!

On July 27, 2002 in sunny Las Vegas at 100 degrees I left the hotel room very focused and headed over to the venue where the show was being held. At prejudging when I was called out in the top three it gave me a very strong feeling that I would be the next IFBB Professional. The buzz around the arena was that I was the winner but I had to be realistic and could not take anything for granted. At the evening show it all happened... I was announced the middle weight winner which felt great but I still had to go for the overall title so after the heavy weight winner was announced I was 100% sure that I would be awarded the overall title and my PRO status.

It feels great to be a PRO and the fact that I have a mind and body connection, I am not anxious nor do I put timing on my growth, and my body, which is my temple, is a gift from God that just keeps on growing spiritually, mentally and physically.

Stay focused and train hard. God Bless!