Name: Jill Dunn
Weight: 100 lbs contest, 115 lbs off
Years Competing: 3 years
How did your fitness
I've always been athletic and was very involved in high school sports. After high school, life slowed down and I got out of shape. I didn't lead a healthy lifestyle and ate poorly. I decided to make changes, got a gym membership, and quickly fell in love with working out. My friend was impressed with my drive in the gym and suggested that I compete because fitness came naturally to me. My first competition was in November 2010. I took third place and was instantly hooked on the competition life.
What fitness regimen delivered the best results?
I lift heavy six days per week. I train shoulders twice per week and glutes three times per week. I train abs 2-3 times per week in the offseason and increase the intensity during competition prep. For abs, I pick 3-4 different exercises and do four sets of each. I switch up exercises for variety. In the offseason, I do three HIIT cardio sessions per week that involve sprints or plyometrics. I increase the cardio as I get closer to a competition.
My current program uses periodization. I used Jim Stopani's Shortcut to Size as a guideline and tweaked it to fit my goals. I cycle different rep ranges weekly that include 12-15, 9-11, 6-8, and 3-5 reps.
What aspects about fitness fascinate you?
The capabilities of the human body fascinate me. When I set a goal, watch changes occur, and build strength, I'm taken aback at the amazing process.
What/Who motivates you to live a healthy lifestyle?
I'm motivated to live healthy because of the way it makes me feel physically and mentally. I didn't always live healthy. I'm now more energetic, happier, and motivated than ever. I love having a positive impact and inspiring others to live a healthy lifestyle.
Where did you go for inspiration?
I love seeing progress with each competition. I always take progress pictures and am fascinated at the changes that happen to my body. Seeing how far I came is motivating and makes me push harder. I have a great group of people in my life who are a source of support and inspiration.
What are your future fitness plans?
I plan to continue competing and working to attain my pro card. I'm currently in the offseason and am working to improve so I can transition from bikini to figure. My next competition will be in 2014. I want to become a full-time trainer and competition coach to inspire others.
What is the most important fitness tip?
Dieting is the key. Without a clean, proper diet, you will not see results from your hard work.
Who is your favorite fitness competitor?
Dana Linn Bailey represents beauty and strength. She's strong and feminine. I love watching her on stage and look at her photos for motivation. She has an amazing physique and personality. She's funny, humble, genuine, and always takes time for her fans.
How did Bodybuilding.com help you reach your goals?
Bodybuilding.com is where I get the majority of my supplements. I've been a BodySpace user for three years. It's a good way to network and track progress. I enjoy the articles, recipes, and workouts. The exercise directory is an amazing tool. I go to Bodybuilding.com for new workout ideas and incorporate them into my program.
Jill's Top 5 Gym Tracks
- "Lux Aeterna" by Clint Mansell
- "Till I collapse" by Eminem
- "Not Afraid" by Eminem
- "Remember The Name" by Fort Minor
- "Levels" by Avicii
- 2013 WBFF Orlando Fitness Weekend - 4th Place Figure Short
- 2012 WBFF Texas Championships October 2012 - 3rd Place Figure Short
- 2012 NPC Big Sky Championships - 5th Place Bikini Short
- 2010 NPC Northwest Championships - 3rd Place Bikini Short
To my sponsors, eFlow Nutrition and Max Out or Get Out Apparel, for the continuous support and belief in me. These companies are nothing short of amazing and I'm proud to represent them!