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Hey Jada, thanks for taking time out of your crazy mom life to answer some questions! First off, for those that don’t know you, where did your fitness adventure begin?
Jada: As a kid, I was in dance classes and cheerleading, but my journey in the gym didn’t really start until I was in college! I was on a dance team and my coach put us on a lifting regimen. I started working at the student rec center about the same time and realized that I loved learning about fitness, pushing limits and strength training. That was in 2001. Haven’t stopped learning and growing since.
How have your workouts changed since having your kids?
Jada: My workouts have become extremely efficient. I usually have no more than 60 minutes for a workout (including the warm-up and light stretching at the end). Planning is a must and creativity with balancing cardiovascular training and strength training keeps it interesting. Another thing that has changed is how I view my workouts. The time that I have by myself at the gym is almost sacred!! Most of my day is filled with little ones asking me for everything. It doesn’t matter if I have to wake up super early, I will do it without complaining because the time is so precious and necessary for me to feel balanced.
What advice do you have for moms who claim they don’t have time to workout?
Jada: We make time for the things that are important to us. So first, realize that YOU are valued, amazing, special, and your HEALTH is of the utmost importance. Then, put a realistic plan together and follow it. Plan week by week, changing the plan as your needs change. Maybe the first weekly plan will map out 10 minutes of movement per day because that’s all you can commit to doing realistically. Do those 10 minutes and do them well. The following week you will want to add more time. Believe me!
What does a typical training week look like for you?
Jada: Ideally, I train 6 days a week and rest 1 day. Currently, I am training legs 2 times a week, shoulders once per week, back once per week, triceps and biceps once per week and a full body circuit type workout once per week. Every workout is different. I love to use resources like Instagram and twitter to find new workouts for the muscle groups I am working on any given day.
What are your 3 favorite exercises that you recommend others to give a try?
Jada: Top 3 right now….
1. Goblet Squats- great for the glutes!!
2. Burpees- I used to be horrible at burpees. I have been adding them in every workout so I can get better.
3. Barbell Military Press- sexy shoulders make or break a dress!! This move has helped to shape my shoulders over the years.
As they say, abs are made in the kitchen… What foods do you keep in the house to keep a clean eating lifestyle?
Jada: OH, that is so true! I keep fruits, vegetables, chicken breasts, mahi mahi, tuna, organic canned beans, corn tortillas, brown rice, oatmeal, gluten free bread, almond milk, water, olive oil and hummus in the house pretty much at all times. When choosing fruits and veggies, I don’t worry too much about natural sugar content unless I am preparing for a show or a shoot. My rule of thumb is basically that I can eat fruits, veggies and protein any time I am hungry. I always add a complex carbohydrate to breakfast and lunch, dinner I usually double up on the veggies. You know, many times it’s about what you DON’T have in your house that can make you a successful eater. I choose not to buy empty calorie snack foods to store in the house. When the temptation isn’t there is makes my go-to snacks of carrots and hummus or apples with almond butter so much more appealing.
Great advice about keeping the temptations out of the house! Do you have any specific go-to recipes you would like to share?
Jada: Tacos are my thing! I usually have grilled chicken breasts already prepared so if I want tacos, it’s a quick fix. I usually take 2 corn tortillas and heat them on the stove. While they heat up, I slice up about 4 oz. of chicken breast, sprinkle with cumin and chili powder and heat in the microwave for 30-40 sec (you can heat over the stove too). I chop up red onion, cilantro and red cabbage, enough for the 2 tacos. Once the tortillas are ready, I add the chicken then salsa and a squeeze of lemon. Next comes the cabbage, onion and cilantro. Finish it off with hot sauce and it’s an awesome lunch in about 10 minutes flat.
My other breakfast staple is avocado toast with egg whites. I eat this EVERYDAY because it’s so satisfying. I start with cooking the eggs omelet style (not scrambled). While the eggs are cooking, I toast the bread (gluten-free for me) and get ¼ avocado. Once the bread is toasted, spread the avocado on like butter. Put a dash of hot sauce on the avocado. Lastly, add the egg whites on top of the avocado. So great with a cup of coffee!
Both of those meals sounds delicious! Besides having your diet on point, do you utilize any supplements to aid your training and physique?
Jada: YES! Supplements are awesome because they act as that extra edge in your training. To start my day, I take a raw multi-vitamin, omega fatty acid supplement, HMB and probiotic. This combination sets me up for success! About 30 minutes before my strength training workouts, I take Clear Muscle, which is basically the liquid form of HMB (BetaTOR). Before cardio vascular exercise, I take Top Secret Nutrition’s L-Carnitine with Green Coffee Extract, which acts as a natural fat burner. Because my days are busy and I am always visiting different sites for work, I will use a gluten and dairy free protein powder supplement and make shakes for an on the go snack or a post workout snack.
Do you have plans to step back on stage sometime soon?
Jada: I am looking at an NPC show for April 2017. But honestly, I’m enjoying the process of pursuing the best me ever without the pressure of a show. I love it because I feel like I am understanding what balance is and loving how that looks and feels.
How will your nutrition and training change in order to get ready for that show?
Jada: It will change slightly. My goal this past year was to do life very close to what I think “show ready” looks like. I have a great foundation set and the transition to being show ready should be the smoothest I have had to date. My eating will change slightly as I will be more aware of specific portions, natural sugar content and timing the closer I get to the show date. Training won’t change much. My goal is to always go hard and leave it all at the gym. I will add 2-3 HIIT cardio sessions per week starting 1 month out from the show.
After all that hard work what do you normally indulge in post-show?
Jada: I will most likely have a really big burger and garlic fries.
You are an inspiration for so many moms out there… What inspires you to continue to lead a healthy fit mom lifestyle?
Jada: OH you are too kind!!!! It is an honor to be an inspiration to others because so many others inspire me! There are 2 main things that keep me going. The first is my kids. I want to be the mom that runs, jumps, wrestles, climbs and does everything with her boys. I have to be at my best to continue to play J My other inspiration is knowing that I am encouraging someone else by just living out my fitness journey. Someone is always watching. I don’t think that in a conceited way, it’s just the truth. There is always someone watching you. Looking for encouragement, looking for someone to show them that they can do it too, looking for someone to show them that it is possible. I want to be that person for as many people as possible. So I give it everything I have and I share my journey…the good, bad, great and ugly. Then I get up and do it over again. I’m so thankful.
That is great advice for any one out there! Thank you Jada for sharing all of these wonderful tidbits!
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