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Jada is a fitness enthusiast who has her plate full from teaching P.E. to personal training to prepping herself for competitions. With only a year under her belt as a NPC bikini competitor Jada has set the bar high and plans to achieve her pro card this year. We welcome Jada as the newest member of Team HMB and are excited to find out more about her.
Q: I know that you started really getting into fitness by working at your college rec center, but in high school or growing up did you participate in sports or anything else fitness related?
JK: I did not play any sports growing up! I started in dance classes when I was about 6 years old and continued with different forms of dance until I was about 12 years old. In middle school, I was on the cheer squad and danced on the Drill Team in high school. In college, I continued dancing and was a member of a hip hop team and my schools dance team. Good times :)
Q: What made you decide that you wanted to take that next step and actually compete in the fitness industry?
JK: Something clicked in me on my 28th birthday. It was like this switch went off and every excuse that I had previously didn’t matter anymore. I was ready to put in the work and just didn’t look back. My husband started looking for coaches for me the next day and 2 weeks later I had a coach and started training.
Q: To get into the shape you’re in what does your training schedule and nutrition plan look like?
JK: Training and nutrition vary a little during competition prep and the off-season. The main differences are increased cardio and no cheat meals during competition prep. Here is an example of my training schedule…
Sunday- Back, biceps, rear delts + 30-45 minutes of cardio
Monday- Cardio split day!! 35 minutes cardio in the AM + 1 hour cardio kickboxing at night
Tuesday- Abs + 20 minutes of cardio in the AM + 35-45 minutes of cardio in the PM
Wednesday- Legs!! I usually do 3-4 supersets or 3 giant sets + 40 minutes of cardio in the PM
Thursday- Chest, triceps, shoulders + 1 hour cardio in the PM
Friday- Abs + 20 minutes of cardio in the AM + 35-45 minutes of cardio in the PM
Saturday- Legs again!! I will usually do a circuit of 6-7 different exercises per set and repeat 3-4 times + 30 minutes of cardio either right after my lift OR I will come back later to complete the cardio.
*During off-season, I will cut my cardio down and switch up the order of my workouts i.e. change up the days that I work certain muscle groups.
Here is an example of my nutrition program. There is about 2.5-3 hours between each meal and I drink about 3 liters of water per day.
Meal 1- 5 egg whites with 1/3 cup quinoa or 1/3 cup oatmeal plus one cup of black coffee
Meal 2- ½ apple and 1 scoop whey protein
Meal 3- 5 oz. chicken breast + 4 oz. yams + 1.5 cups green beans
Meal 4- 4 oz. tuna + ½ cup chopped onion and red bell pepper + ½ cup chopped spinach
Meal 5- 1 scoop whey protein
Meal 6- 5 oz. tilapia + 2 cups salad (chopped tomato and onion) + 2 Tbsp olive oil + 1.5 cups asparagus
*During off-season I will add in wheat bread and tortillas sometimes with my breakfast.
Q: Do you give yourself a cheat meal or are you always 100% on your diet? If you do get a cheat meal what do you like to indulge in?
JK: I definitely give myself cheat meals! You need that break every so often. During competition prep, I will have one cheat meal per week until I am about 4 weeks out from a show. During the last 4 weeks, there are no cheats!! During off-season, I have one to two cheat meals per week depending on what’s going on in my life. If I have a birthday party to go to or something like that, I will use that as one of my cheat meals. And, just to clarify, “cheat meal” doesn’t mean go crazy and eat everything in sight! It just means that I am enjoying something a bit different than the diet . :) My favorite cheats are vanilla cupcakes, kettle corn and chips and salsa! I LOVE my chips and salsa…
Q: Do you find it hard to balance being a wife, P.E. teacher, personal trainer, and NPC bikini competitor? What do you do to make sure one of those isn’t lacking?
JK: My life is a balancing act! The key for me is keeping my priorities in order- God first, husband and family second, then training, clients and work follow after! Fortunately, my husband and I are both very motivated and goal driven people. We both have many things in life that we choose to make time for. We do our best to be busy or away from home at the same times so we don’t miss each other and we have designated “date nights” every week. Honestly, there are some days that you just can’t get everything in but I have learned that it’s okay when that happens! At the end of the day, I have to be proud of what I have accomplished and when I keep my priorities straight, I can get it all done and feel good about it.
Q: What do you feel is the most rewarding part of competing and what motivates you to compete?
JK: The most rewarding part of competing is getting on that stage! You have worked so hard for weeks on end and now you have the opportunity to show off your hard work. That first moment on stage is priceless. There are a few things that motivate me to compete. The first is the example that I can be to other women! I love when I get feedback from friends who are inspired to compete or make steps towards changing their bodies for the better. The second thing that motivates me is the competitive aspect. BRING ON THE TROPHY. I’m coming to win.
Q: What advice do you have for other women that want to compete in the fitness industry?
JK: I think that every woman should try competing at least once! You will be challenged in a way that you have never been challenged before. If you commit to the process, you will transform your body and bring it to a level you have never seen. My advice is to take the process day by day. Focus on the workouts and meals that you have to get through that day. When the day is over, celebrate that you finished it well. Then, when the next day comes, do it again.
Q: Are there any particular people who have been a role-model for you and inspired you to take the stage?
JK: I have had a photo of Amanda Latona in my kitchen since my very first show! Since then, I have added Jessica Putnam, Jennifer Dietrick and Missy Coles to my collection of inspirational women. These ladies are very different but each bring a beauty and grace to the stage that I love!
Q: What has been your best moment thus far in your fitness career?
JK: My best moment so far was my first place win at the Tournament of Champions in September of 2010. It was just a glimpse of what it will feel like when I win my Pro Card!
Q: What’s one thing people would be surprised to learn about you?
I watch Food Network religiously! HA! My favorite show is “The Best Thing I Ever Ate.”
Q: What are your future goals and how do you think HMB can help you achieve those?
My short term goals are earning my IFBB Bikini Pro Card and continuing to encourage and inspire others around me to be their best!! Long term goals include opening my own fitness studio, creating my own brand of fitness DVDs, and hopefully writing a cookbook! HMB will help me to achieve my competitive goals by allowing me to bring my best package to the stage.