Fitness Amateur Of The Week: Kendra Is Living Fit Like Jamie Eason!

Kendra started with Jamie Eason's LiveFit Trainer and built a stage-worthy bikini body. See her plan of attack to reach the next level and earn those marvelous IFBB credentials!

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How did your fitness journey begin?

Before my senior year of high school, I gained 20 pounds on top of my 150-pound frame. I attempted to sign up for the U.S. Army and was told that I had to lose 10 pounds before they'd allow me into the Delayed Entry Program. At the end of my senior year, I lost 10 pounds and was accepted into the U.S. Army.

When I arrived at basic training, I remember thinking I would use the opportunity to lose weight and run without eating much, but it didn't go over well. Drill sergeants sat next to me in the DFAC and wouldn't let me leave until I ate. After dieting and training in basic training, I came back slimmer but not enough to meet Army standards.

I promised to meet my height and weight requirements before I left basic and AIT and pushed myself hard. I graduated AIT at 150 pounds and was very happy. My first duty station was in Camp Hovey, Korea, and although I was a physical fitness beast, I started descending down a path of poor nutrition, weight gain, and got taped by the military again.

"There's no turning back. IFBB figure pro is my future."

When I made the decision to end my unhealthy lifestyle again, I found out that I was pregnant with my first son. After my son's birth on August 16, 2007, I knew I had to really push to get back down to my healthy weight of 150 pounds.

I served four more years in the army stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, kept my weight consistent, worked out, and maxed my PT test. In 2009, I realized that I didn't have a goal in the gym, so I sought out a personal trainer. After a few workouts, I didn't learn much, saw minimal changes, and left the personal trainer. In October 2010, I got married to the love of my life and we had our son on August 3, 2011.

I couldn't wait until my son was born so I could get back into the gym and hit it hard. I was on Bodybuilding.com a lot throughout my pregnancy to expand my knowledge. I found Jamie Eason's LiveFit Trainer and knew it could provide the structure I needed. On Jamie's trainer, I got my pre-pregnancy physique back in 8 weeks. At the end of the program, I had the best body of my life and the most knowledge about fitness and nutrition ever.

I possessed the ability to change my body with a proper nutrition, cardio, and weight training. I decided to become a certified personal trainer and pass my knowledge onto others who struggle with weight problems. After talking to others and seeing my mom compete in bikini shows, I decided to compete and push my body to its limits.

I started with my coach, Terrance Williams, and did an assessment. He said I could be ready to compete in 8 weeks at the Texas Shredder in Austin, Texas. With his expertise and my family's support, I made it through the first contest prep and won my height class. There's no turning back. IFBB figure pro is my future.

What fitness regimen delivered the best results?

Day 1: Cardio/Chest/Back
  • Stairmaster Stairmaster Stairmaster
    30 minutes
  • Pec Decks Pec Decks Pec Decks
    3 sets of 15-20 reps
  • Cable Flyes Cable Flyes Cable Flyes
    3 sets of 15-20 reps
  • Incline Dumbbell Press Incline Dumbbell Press Incline Dumbbell Press
    3 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Pull-Ups Pull-Ups Pull-Ups
    4 sets of 8-10 reps
  • Lat Pull-Downs Lat Pull-Downs Lat Pull-Downs
    4 sets of 15-20 reps
  • Standing Pull-Downs Standing Pull-Downs Standing Pull-Downs
    4 sets of 15-20 reps
  • T-Bar Rows T-Bar Rows T-Bar Rows
    3 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Seated Rows Seated Rows Seated Rows
    4 sets of 15-20 reps
  • Deadlift Deadlift Deadlift
    4-5 sets of 8-10 reps


Day 2: Shoulders/Abs/Cardio
    • Stairmaster Stairmaster Stairmaster
      30 minutes
    • Dumbbell Lateral Raise Dumbbell Lateral Raise Dumbbell Lateral Raise
      4 sets of 15-20 reps
    • Military Press Military Press Military Press
      3 sets of 15-20 reps
    • Alternating Dumbbell Front Raise Alternating Dumbbell Front Raise Alternating Dumbbell Front Raise
      3 sets of 12-15 reps
    • Upright Rows Upright Rows Upright Rows
      3 sets of 15-20 reps
    • Reverse Pec Decks Reverse Pec Decks Reverse Pec Decks
      3 sets of 15-20 reps
    • Dumbbell Flyes Dumbbell Flyes Dumbbell Flyes
      3 sets of 15-20 reps
Circuit
  • Hanging Leg Raise Hanging Leg Raise Hanging Leg Raise
    3 sets of 20 reps
  • Incline Crunches Incline Crunches Incline Crunches
    3 sets of 20 reps
  • Ab Roller Ab Roller Ab Roller
    3 sets of 20 reps


Day 3: Legs
  • Smith Machine Squats Smith Machine Squats Smith Machine Squats
    3 sets of 15 reps
  • Lateral Jump Squats Lateral Jump Squats Lateral Jump Squats
    3 sets of 15 reps each leg
  • Weighted Walking Lunges Weighted Walking Lunges Weighted Walking Lunges
    3 sets of 15 reps each leg
  • Single-Leg Press Single-Leg Press Single-Leg Press
    3 sets of 15-20 reps
  • Leg Extensions Leg Extensions Leg Extensions
    4 sets of 15-20 reps
  • Jump Squats Jump Squats Jump Squats
    3 sets of 20 reps
  • Stiff-Leg Deadlift Stiff-Leg Deadlift Stiff-Leg Deadlift
    4 sets of 10-12 reps
  • Single-Leg Kettlebell Deadlift Single-Leg Kettlebell Deadlift Single-Leg Kettlebell Deadlift
    4 sets of 10-12 reps


Day 4: Off

Day 5: Cardio/Arms
  • Stairmaster Stairmaster Stairmaster
    30 minutes
  • Dumbbell Curls Dumbbell Curls Dumbbell Curls
    3 sets of 15-20 reps
  • Seated Dumbbell Extensions Seated Dumbbell Extensions Seated Dumbbell Extensions
    3 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Cable Curls Cable Curls Cable Curls
    3 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Rope Extensions Rope Extensions Rope Extensions
    3 sets of 15-20 reps
  • Preacher Curls Preacher Curls Preacher Curls
    3 sets of 15-20 reps
  • Cable Kickbacks Cable Kickbacks Cable Kickbacks (shown with dumbbell)
    3 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Hammer Curls Hammer Curls Hammer Curls
    3 sets of 15 reps
  • Dips Dips Dips
    3 sets to failure


Day 6: Shoulders/Abs/Cardio
    • Stairmaster Stairmaster Stairmaster
      30 minutes
    • Cable Lateral Raise Cable Lateral Raise Cable Lateral Raise
      4 sets of 15-20 reps
    • Military Press Military Press Military Press
      3 sets of 15-20 reps
    • Cable Front Raise Cable Front Raise Cable Front Raise
      3 sets of 12-15 reps
    • Upright Rows Upright Rows Upright Rows
      3 sets of 15-20 reps
    • Reverse Pec Decks Reverse Pec Decks Reverse Pec Decks
      3 sets of 15-20 reps
    • Dumbbell Flyes Dumbbell Flyes Dumbbell Flyes
      3 sets of 15-20 reps
Circuit
  • Hanging Leg Raise Hanging Leg Raise Hanging Leg Raise
    3 sets of 20 reps
  • Incline Crunches Incline Crunches Incline Crunches
    3 sets of 20 reps
  • Ab Roller Ab Roller Ab Roller
    3 sets of 20 reps


Day 7: HITT Cardio
Circuit: 3-4 rounds
  • Ball Slams Ball Slams Ball Slams
    20 reps
  • Step-Ups Step-Ups Step-Ups
    20 reps
  • Tire Flips Tire Flips Tire Flips
    20 reps
  • Jump Rope Jump Rope Jump Rope
    20 reps
  • BurpeesBurpees Burpees
    20 reps
  • Box Jumps Box Jumps Box Jumps
    20 reps
  • Walking PlanksWalking Planks Walking Planks
    20 reps
  • Kettlebell Swings Kettlebell Swings Kettlebell Swings
    20 reps
  • Ball Pull-Ins Ball Pull-Ins Ball Pull-Ins
    20 reps

What nutrition plan fueled your body?

Meal 1
  • Egg Whites Egg Whites
    1 serving
  • Oatmeal Oatmeal
    1/4 cup with Truvia
Meal 2
  • Almonds Almonds
    16 almonds
Meal 3
  • Chicken Breast Chicken Breast
    4-6 ounces
  • Broccoli Broccoli
    1/2 cup
  • Rice Cake Rice Cake
    1 cake
Meal 4
  • Rice Cake Rice Cake
    3 cakes
  • Peanut Butter Peanut Butter
    1 tablespoon
Meal 5
  • Grilled Chicken Grilled Chicken
    4-6 ounces
  • Asparagus Asparagus
    1/2 cup
  • Sweet Potato Sweet Potato
    4-6 ounces
Meal 6: Post-Workout

What supplements gave you an edge?


"If it doesn't challenge you, it won't change you. Consistency is key."

How did your passion for fitness emerge?

I have a strong desire to learn as much as possible in this field. I don't think anyone can know it all, but I want to be close. I always had a passion to be fit, but the more I learned the more the passion grew.

What/Who motivates you to live a healthy lifestyle?

My children, husband, coach, and all the people who watched over my journey are the reasons why I stop and avoid unhealthy food. I feel obligated to be successful at the lifestyle I chose and to set the right example for others.

Where did you go for inspiration?

I look at social networks. I also gain inspiration from my gym, husband, and mom. I love seeing other people live the same lifestyle as me. My husband inspires me because he's supportive but hard on me. My mom is almost 50 years old and looks better than me.

What are your future fitness plans?

This is my first year competing. It would be a dream come true to get my pro card and ultimately be Ms. Figure Olympia.

What is the most important fitness tip?

If it doesn't challenge you, it won't change you. Consistency is key. I preach consistency to myself daily. Being a competitor is hard but it's worth it and will pay off in the end.

Who is your favorite fitness competitor?

Erin Stern is my favorite because she's the reigning Ms. Figure Olympia. She's the person I put my pictures next to and strive to be. Ultimately, my goal is to compete, win the title and inspire women to compete and take their physique to the next level.

How did Bodybuilding.com help you reach your goals?

Bodybuilding.com was the only site I knew of when I was a fitness novice. If it wasn't for the articles, workout programs, and supplement reviews, I wouldn't be where I am today. Jamie Eason's LiveFit was my lifeline when I decided to change my body.

Kendra's Top 5 Gym Tracks

  1. "Holy Grail" by Jay-Z (Feat. Justin Timberlake)
  2. "Hold On, We're Going Home" by Drake (Feat. Majid Jordan)
  3. "Give It 2 U" by Robin Thicke
  4. "Love More" by Chris Brown (Feat. Nicki Minaj)
  5. "Type Of Way" by Rich Homie Quan
Competition History
  • Texas Shredder 2013
  • Ronnie Coleman Classic 2013
  • Dallas Europa 2013