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Amateur Fitness Competitor of the Week: Jessica Wright

Amateur Fitness Competitor of the Week: Jessica Wright! - Pics and info and more!

How Did You Get Started?

I would have never stepped foot on stage if my husband (boyfriend at the time) had not taken me for the first time to a local bodybuilding/fitness competition. As a matter of fact, after pre-judging of my first time competing in figure, he proposed! I was no stranger to lifting since my father was a power lifter and I was a high school and collegiate volleyball player.

My mother has been an inspiration as well. She and I completed our personal training certification together. Five years ago, I would not have guessed that I would be on a national level stage, but last year I missed my Pro Card by 1 point at Jr. Nationals, I'm still in shock!!!!

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What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I had to work the hardest to bring out my legs. Here is the workout plan that worked best for me:

-> Heavy Leg Day:

-> Light Leg Day: (usually 3 days apart)

-> Shoulders/Chest:

-> Back:

-> Cardio:

    Now this is where it gets good! I have a love/hate relationship with crazy cardio workouts. My husband loves to push me through an intense sprint session including 100 yd sprints, 50 yd sprints, and suicides on the football field. I also love running stairs and bleachers.

    Sample Bleacher/Stair Workout:

    • 5 sets of touching every step
    • 5 sets of touching every other step
    • 5 sets of 2-footed hops on every other step
    • 5 sets of stair walking lunges
    • 5 running laps up/around and back down stairs
    • print Click Here For A Printable Log Of Cardio.

    There is this really, really steep hill that I almost die trying to run up, but I still go and go up and down at least 5 times. I highly recommend hill running for a tight, hamstring/glute tie in!

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What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

    Meal 1:

    • 2/3 c of oats
    • 4 egg whites

    Meal 2:

    • 4 oz tuna
    • 10 banana peppers
    • 8 asparagus spears

    Meal 3:

    • 4 oz chicken
    • 1/2 grapefruit

    Meal 4:

    • Spinach salad with tangerines
    • cucumbers
    • balsamic vinaigrette dressing

    Post-workout meal:

    • 4 oz yam
    • 2 oz flank steak
    • 3 oz chicken

    Before Bed:

    • 4 egg whites or tuna
    • 8 asparagus spears

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

Supplements that have given me the greatest gains include Glutamine and BCAA's. I drink my Xtend in powder form with glutamine mixed in throughout my training session.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I can't think of a reason not to love fitness. It adds a certain joy to my life. Fitness makes me feel good inside and out. As a Special Education Teacher, I work with a variety of students with disabilities. Each of my students has something unique or an area where they excel.

To motivate the unmotivated learner, I have to stay motivated myself; fitness does that for me. I thank God for giving me a healthy body and mind. I am thankful for the strength and ability to compete.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

As far as my future plans, I will continue to travel and compete in the NPC national shows. I try to focus on one show at a time; and bring my best to each one. My goal at the moment is to win my class this year, but I celebrate all of my victories, big or small, and keep on chugging to the next show.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

My best advice for other competitor is to take it a day at a time and never forget to have fun! The diet/training takes a toll on us; but keep the joy in your heart or you will burn out fast. Set small goals and celebrate each one as you succeed.

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Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

I have lots of favorite competitors. Of course, I have to mention all of my local competing buds, Jennifer Gates, Tabitha Smith, Kira Neuman, Claire Davies, Craig and Becky Hall, Jack Wilkerson, and all the others at JP's Premier Fitness. In the pros, Gunter is my favorite male bodybuilder. I admire all of the ladies in fitness and figure, each one brings something great to the sport. In the past few years, Valerie Waugaman has been my favorite figure competitor.