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Teen Amateur Of The Week: Up And Coming At You!

She may be new to the game, but Jess is in it to win it. This New Zealand teen has a competitive side that grows with every rep. She sets achievable goals, crushes them, and moves on!

Name: Jess McCarthy
E-Mail: jmccarthy@hotmail.co.nz
BodySpace: JessM92
Location: Hamilton, New Zealand
Age: 19  Height: 5'5"  Weight: 114 lbs
Years Bodybuilding: 6 months

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How Did Your Fitness Journey Begin?

I played netball, basketball, and volleyball in high school and competing in school events like triathlons, cross country, and multi-sport. I enjoyed participating in these sports, but never felt I was good enough to make it far in any of them.

A few years ago, in my final year of high school, I started getting work experience at a local gym and was introduced to bodybuilding. I was hooked immediately. I've always been the competitive type, and after watching some of the trainers compete at regional and national bodybuilding championships, I instantly set that as my new goal.

I'm currently studying sports and leisure, which has helped immensely with dieting and training. Everything I learn I can relate to myself and my competition training.

I've been training at the gym for the past two years, but started specifically training for my first competition in February. After four months of strict dieting and training, I competed in my first competition in June at an NABBA show in shape class. This was an amazing experience that gave me a huge confidence. Now, I'm training to compete in the NZIFBB bikini class at the end of September.

What Workout Regimen Delivered The Best Results?

I found a five day a week workout plan that increases to six for a month or so before I compete to ensure I have my routine and poses down.

Day 1: Upper Body


Day 2: Cardio/Abs


Day 3: Kickboxing


Day 4: Legs


Day 5: Cardio/Abs


Day 6 & 7: Rest
What Nutrition Plan Fueled Your Body?

I'm a very busy person who's quite fussy with my food, so my meal plan isn't huge on variety, but it works for me. Depending on how far out I am from a competition, I'll vary my meal plan.

Meal 1: Breakfast
Meal 2: Lunch
Meal 3: Snack
Meal 4: Dinner
Meal 5: Pre-Workout
Meal 6: Post-Workout

What Supplements Gave You An Edge?
Breakfast
Pre-Workout
Post-Workout

How Did Your Passion For Fitness Emerge?

My passion for bodybuilding emerged from the competitive streak inside me. Once I knew what was achievable, I wanted to do it, get better, and see. I love bodybuilding because I love the way it makes me look, feel, and the positive effect it has on my body. It allows me to de-stress and puts me in a positive mood. Seeing results from the hard work you put in is an amazing feeling. I love having a sport so different from everyone else's.

What/Who Motivated You To Be A Fitness Guru?

What motivates me most is knowing the hard work I put in will help me look and feel amazing. When I see the achievable results, it motivates me to work hard and achieve my goals. It's really encouraging when others tell you how good you look and notice the hard work you put in. This gives me an extra boost of motivation on those odd days when I feel less motivated. I know I have a long way to go, but this is what motivates me to work hard.

Where Did You Go For Inspiration?

After seeing my first competition, I instantly knew bodybuilding was something I wanted to do. Whenever I'm looking for inspiration I think back to how good I felt when I first stepped on stage. It's inspiring looking at others transformations and seeing what they achieved. This gives me an extra boost on days when I need it.

What Are Your Future Fitness Plans?

I'm currently training to compete in the NZIFBB bikini class and I'm aiming to make nationals by the end of 2013. No matter what happens, I'll be proud of what I achieve.

What Is The Most Important Fitness Tip?

You get out what you put in. You may not be there yet, but you're one step closer than you were yesterday. Always be proud of what you've achieved.

Who Is Your Favorite Competitor?

I'm reasonably new to the bodybuilding scene, so I don't know many competitors besides Jess Pendergrast, who's someone I look up to in New Zealand. She has worked really hard to be where she is at such a young age.

How Did Bodybuilding.com Help You Reach Your Goals?

I love getting on Bodybuilding.com, checking out the forums, and reading various advice from others. I'm inspired by people on here who have worked so hard to get where they are today. It's an awesome place to share your goals and results with like-minded people. One day, I hope to be inspiring people like Jamie Eason does.

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Mettadown

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Mettadown

Way to rep NZ

Oct 23, 2012 5:38pm | report
 
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Hell yeah. NZ FTW. omnomnom

Oct 23, 2012 8:15pm | report
 
  • Body Stats
  • ht: 5'10"
  • wt: 209.44 lbs
  • bf: 10.0%
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Go kiwis!

Oct 23, 2012 10:14pm | report
 
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Nice work Jess, all the best for the NZIFBB comp.
Keeping us Kiwis proud!

Oct 24, 2012 12:39am | report
 
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I wish I knew some girls like this!

Oct 24, 2012 1:42pm | report
 
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No girls in your gym????? lol

Oct 25, 2012 11:11pm | report
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JessM92

Thanks for the lovely comments everyone =)

Oct 24, 2012 6:58pm | report
 
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Turbozilla

Mouth watering.......opps I mean good job! :)

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fredzz1003

nice work jes :)

Oct 25, 2012 10:06am | report
 
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transporter45

Way to go, hopefully you will inspire more girls to get into bodybuilding

Oct 28, 2012 4:45am | report
 
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COPFFEMT

Looking good!! Hopefully you motivate more teens to get involved!!

Oct 29, 2012 6:47am | report
 
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Ryena

LOve it!

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