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We sat down with fit mom and bikini competitor Jada Kelly to find out what’s in store for her the rest of the year.
Q: Now that you’ve had two beautiful boys, how has it changed your training? And what did you do to lose the baby weight?
Jada: Training has changed a lot just due to the time limits! Before kids, I could spend as much time as I wanted in the gym. Then with 1 small child, I could still figure out how to get in an hour and a half or the occasional 2-a-day with no problem. I would spend about an hour lifting 2-3 major muscle groups then finish up with 30 min of cardio.
Now, with a 5 month old and a year old, nap times and a full time job it takes strategic planning to get to the gym. I currently get 4-5, 45 min workouts in every week. I am focusing right now on full body circuits with plyos in between. I do my best to maximize the time I have by using circuits to build my strength while getting my heart rate up.
To lose the baby weight, I kept my portions in control and I started walking as soon as I was able to do so. I think the ability to lose the baby weight quickly has more to do with how you handle yourself during the pregnancy. I was very aware of my weight gain and did my best to make good food choices during my pregnancy.
Q: What’s next for Jada Kelly? Are there any competitions in the near future?
Jada: OOOOHH, that’s a good question. YES, there are competitions in the future! I am looking forward to competing again in March 2015.
Q: When will start training prep for your contest? And what do you think is a good time to start your contest prep diet?
Jada: I will be handling this prep a bit differently. I usually do a 12-week, very strict, super intense contest prep. Now, like I said a little earlier, I just don’t have the time to do it that same way. My goal is to start prep in October and lean out slowly over the following 6 months. Training will begin the first week of October. My contest prep diet (aka no salt, no sugar, no diary) will begin officially in January. Starting in October, I will eat 90% with no salt, sugar, or diary but will still allow myself 1-2 treat meals (no limitations except that portions are controlled) per week. I found that my body responds well to the 90% clean eating with 1-2 treat meals and I feel good doing it that way.
Q: What’s your favorite clean meal you make while on your contest prep diet? And do you have a very specific nutrition plan during prep?
Jada: I have 2 favorite meals…my breakfast tacos (2 small corn tortillas, 5 egg whites scrambled, chopped onion and cilantro with a dash of salt free hot sauce) and a seared ahi salad (4 oz seared ahi tuna, 1-2 cups of mixed greens, 4 oz. of sautéed zucchini, chopped red onion, 1 Tbsp of olive oil and 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar). My nutrition plans are pretty specific. I usually work with coaches and they help with specific portion sizes and guide me through food choices that will help me reach my goals.
Q: What’s your favorite part about the whole process?
Jada: My favorite part about the process is walking on stage at the show!! It is the moment that all the hard work pays off. I truly do enjoy the entire process. I love seeing my body get better and better. I love knowing that with each workout and with each meal, I get closer to the best me possible.
Q: What’s your favorite body part to train and why?
Jada: I love training legs and any muscle group in the legs. I actually really enjoy my leg workouts because there is so much variety. There are so many different types of squats, lunges, leg presses, kickbacks…the list is endless so the workout is always challenging and the combination is always new. Besides the fact that leg day is enjoyable to me, I LOVE the way consistent training makes my legs look!
Q: What kind of music do you get down to while you’re training?
Jada: Haha…I don’t switch up my music very often. I think I had the same “workout” playlist for almost a year until I realized how old it was and my husband made me a new one! I really like a lot of positive music with a good beat so I end up listening to a lot of top 40 radio type of songs. LOL. Currently I have Katy Perry, Pharrell, and a few Michael Jackson classics on my mp3 player.
Q: What kind of cardio do you incorporate into your training?
Jada: When I am training for a competition, I do about 80% interval training and 20% steady state cardio. My intervals times vary as well as the machines I use. My favorite is a treadmill interval that includes sprinting, jogging, walking lunges and traveling side squats.
Q: What is your biggest athletic accomplishment thus far?
Jada: My biggest athletic accomplishment is placing 5th in 2011 at the USA Nationals in Las Vegas. 2011 may seem far off, but that was the summer before I got pregnant with our first child and my very first time on a national level stage. To earn 5th place in my class of over 30 women, encouraged me and also confirmed that I was on the right track. I can’t wait for the opportunity to compete at that level again, in hopes of placing 1st!!
Q: What are the future goals for you and how is HMB going to help you achieve them?
My first future goal is to get in shape for a fitness photo shoot by my 33rd birthday this December! I started supplementing with HMB again last month once I finished breastfeeding. HMB is such an important part of my supplement routine. It helps me get leaner faster by preserving muscle that is already there and allowing my muscles to recover faster after my workouts. My next goal is to compete by April 2015! I know that with consistent workouts, a clean diet and HMB, I will compete again and bring my best package yet.
Thanks for taking the time to keep us updated on your training and contest prep and we wish you the best of luck with your 2015 season!