Jaquelyn Roberts Interview
[ Q ] I've read that you're an Aries, the (figurative) battering ram. Aries' motto is "Ready, fire, aim!" It may be backwards for others, but you'd rather figure out what to do while you are doing it. Impulsive actions, however, can bring you your share of trouble. Is this accurate in describing you? Impulse, stubborn, "Fly by the seat of your pants" type? Any regrets about your past; things you did or didn't do that you would have liked to?
[ A ] Here is my motto: "Aim, Ready, Fire!" I aim for a goal, prepare myself and I am ready to fire!! I guess I am not the typical Aries, I usually think into things a little too much!
So impulsive doesn't describe me, but I cannot hide that I have used the word stubborn to describe myself at times!! I have no regrets about my past, everything that I have or have not done has made me the person that I am today!
[ Q ] What's the motivation that keeps you going? The one (or however many) things that keep you going when you're starting to go crazy from cardio and dieting?
[ A ] I love the way a healthy, toned body looks! Hard work and dedication pays off in more than one way; a sexy body, a healthy body and a longer life to live! Cardio doesn't bother me too much, I actually enjoy getting on the treadmill or elliptical and sweating off some stress!
It's the diet that is tough! I remind myself how a great diet makes a body look amazing by flipping through the pages of an Oxygen Magazine and seeing how great all the woman look in there!
[ Q ] Tell me a little bit about Tri-fit obstacle course competitions, how you got introduced to it, and why you decided to do it.
[ A ] The Women's Tri Fitness obstacle course is amazing! It consists of a 10 ft. wall to climb, monkey bars, a 20 ft. cargo net, hurdles and much more! It pushes you to your limits, mentally and physically. When you race across the finish line you feel accomplished for pushing yourself so hard!
The competition also consists of grace and physique, a fitness routine round and fitness skills (bench press, box jump ).
A good friend of mine, Callie Marunde, who is also a strong woman competitor introduced me to Women's Tri Fitness. She competed and when I saw the video from her show I was ready to jump into the competition! I participated in track and cross country in high school so the Women's Tri Fitness competition allowed me to get out my competitive edge!
[ Q ] What kind of American Bodybuilding and Optimum Nutrition products do you take? What do you recommend for beginners, and are the guidelines for seasoned competitors in terms of supplementation the same?
I also use ON's Fish Oil for daily supplementation. When I am on the go and don't have time to make a protein shake I'll grab a Ready-To-Drink. The great thing about supplements is they are perfect for beginners as well as seasoned athletes!
[ Q ] What is your nutrition regime like? Does it vary much between your off-season and on-season? Has it changes now that your modeling career has picked up and you could be called for a shoot at any time?
I eat lots of greens and berries and my other carbohydrates consist of yams, brown rice and oats! The biggest thing that changes for me when prepping for an upcoming event is cardio. Because I keep my diet fairly consist on and off-season, cardio is what scares away the extra body fat!
[ Q ] What is your training regime like?
[ A ] I lift and do cardio five times a week. If I have an event getting close I try to do six days of cardio. When I train for Women's Tri Fitness my training intensity goes way up!! I lift hard but I also work on plyos as well as sprint workouts. It pushes me to my limits!
[ Q ] Will you ever move onto figure?
[ A ] I actually competed in two NPC shows in 2006. Placing second at the Empire Classic in Spokane, WA and first at the NPC Northwest in Tacoma, WA. Now my goals lay within different federations.
[ Q ] What are your expectations for the FAME worlds?
[ A ] First off, I am crossing my fingers that I will be able to compete at the FAME worlds!! My husband and I just recently found out that we are moving to Japan in July. He is being re-stationed there. With so much to do before the move, my competition time is limited and may have to be put on hold until I am settled in Japan. Japan won't keep me away from competing, you have my word on that!
I feel so blessed to even have the opportunity to compete amongst pro athletes, therefore I am hoping and praying that everything will work out and allow me to step on stage in Toronto! My only expectation is to be there in optimal condition, the rest is up to the judges!
[ Q ] I saw in your BodySpace on Bodybuilding.com that you're both a personal trainer and a pre-school teacher. How do you balance the two? Where does normal life/competition fit in?
[ A ] Balancing teaching and personal training into my day requires a lot of energy! I make sure to get 8-9 hours of sleep each night because with teaching, training and training myself I usually don't get home until 9pm!! This is my normal life! Competition, dieting and training is a part of me therefore I make time to do it just like it's another job! I don't buy the "I don't have time to work out" excuse, so don't ever let met catch you say it!!!
[ Q ] What is your most memorable accomplishment to date?
[ A ] I have a few!! Graduating college, being the Jan. '08 Oxygen Cover Model, and winning my FAME pro card!
[ Q ] If you could give one piece of advice to someone who needs that little extra push in the gym or their diet, what would it be:
[ A ] You only have one life to live, do you want to live with the pain of regret?! Remember that no goal is out of reach, push yourself and do the things that you have sought after.