Fitness Amateur Of The Week: Jessica True

The expansion of the IFBB to include a Bikini division opened the stage for Jessica to compete. Now she teaches the fit trade to the next generation of athletes!

How Did You Get Started?

I started lifting in 2002. My sister and I often worked out together, so for fun we entered the 2003 Bluegrass Muscle Classic as Figure Competitors. We had no clue what we were doing - off the rack suits and no professional spray tans!

Amazingly enough, I took home first place! 2004-2008 I worked out just to stay in shape. In 2009 the National Physique Committee added the Bikini division which was a much better fit for me.

Since then I've done about 8 shows. My career highlights are:

  • Bluegrass Muscle Classic - 1st place Bikini Tall and Overall
  • 2009 Kentucky Muscle - 3rd place Bikini Tall
  • 2011 Southern Kentucky Classic - 1st place Bikini Tall and Overall
  • 2011 IFBB North Americans - Top 15 Class C

Why Do You Love Fitness/Bodybuilding?

I love fitness because it's so rewarding. It's a great feeling knowing you inspire others to live a healthier lifestyle. You also feel proud and empowered as your physique transforms.

What Motivates You To Follow A Healthy Lifestyle?

Until recently I would have told you music, compliments or even criticism. But I just had the pleasure to train a first-time figure competitor. This girl is beautiful inside and out. It's so easy to get a negative attitude when you're tired and hungry, but this girl always had a smile on her face. She was always excited about her progress, never down about things that could've been better. She followed her nutrition and workout regimens to a 'T'. Her attitude was contagious!

What Made You Want To Achieve Your Goals?

I'm a goal-oriented person and it's easier for me to stay focused when I'm working towards something on a particular date.

What Are Your Future Fitness/Bodybuilding Plans?

I have decided I won't be stepping on stage in 2012. During this time I'm spreading my knowledge to other females just getting started in the sport. In 2013 I will debut in the Masters Division.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Fitness Competitors?

If I could offer one tip to those getting started in fitness it would be to never let someone tell you that you cannot achieve your goals. This sport is mentally tough! It involves dedication, long hours, lots of planning and preparation, and criticism (constructive and destructive). Oftentimes a support system isn't there and people give up too soon.

Who Are Your Favorite Fitness Competitors/Bodybuilders?

I admire any competitor that has worked hard to get where they are and remained humble. Some of my favorites are Nicole Nagrani, Jamie Eason and Phil Health.

What Features Do You Use On

The SuperSite has a plethora of information and is my favorite feature. I post progress pictures and stay connected with people who have similar goals on BodySpace. I also order some of my supplements from They have competitive prices and great customer service.