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Jennifer Dietrick grew up in Pennsylvania, but never was a fan of the cold weather. So 8 years ago she decided to move to sunny California, where she could wear her favorite outfit every day, a bikini.Jennifer has always been involved in athletics and now is currently a IFBB Pro bikini competitor along with being a personal trainer/prep coach, nutritionist, Propta director/examiner, body double, and teacher.
Q: What sparked your interest in the fitness industry?
JD: I was a competitive gymnast and track & field athlete as a child. I still had the same drive to train and compete as a top level athlete. I also love learning and teaching about health and training. My favorite class to learn and later to teach was Anatomy & Physiology.
Q: Why did you decide to start competing in NPC competitions?
JD: After doing some research, I felt the NPC had top level athletes and the opportunity to turn pro. They also run their shows very well.
Q: What is a typical day in the life of Jennifer like and what kind of training does it entail?
JD: A typical day is training clients, writing or reading about health and/or training, cooking plenty of food, and training--the best part! My training includes weights 4-5 times a week and sprints/bleachers, gymnastics, and/or plyometrics 1-2 times a week. I include plenty of stretching on a daily basis and the occasional yoga class to keep my body in alignment.
Q: I know that in order to be in this sport you have to have a strict diet, but do you incorporate a cheat day for the week or not? And what is your favorite cheat food?
JD: I don't have a cheat day, but a cheat meal 1-2 times a week. My favorites are pizza and ice cream, although eating pizza is usually only done when I'm visiting family on the east coast(it tastes much better there!).
Q: When you switched from figure and fitness division to bikini division did you have to adjust your diet and training?
JD: For fitness and figure, I followed an 8 week diet with a lower carb intake than the off season along with no cheat meals. I also did cardio for an hour 5 times a week along with my other training. For bikini, I eliminated the cardio and keep my off season diet. I do eat a very clean diet year round which allows me to train at an optimal level. Also, the 2 weeks prior to the show I do not have any cheat meals and cut down on my sugar and sodium intake 5 days before the show. I also have been taking HMB which has enhanced my natural leanness.
Q: How did you feel after earning your pro card at the 2009 NPC Team Universe Championships?
JD: I had an overwhelming amount of emotion that came over me. I wanted to be a pro athlete ever since I was 12 and I was so thrilled to achieve that goal that I was crying.
Q: What would you say is your most memorable experience you’ve had while competing in this sport?
JD: I would have to say it was turning pro and feeling that emotional energy running through me. It was also the weekend of my birthday, along with a time in my life with a lot of positive changes.
Q: What is your favorite part about competing? Or do you enjoy the whole process of it?
JD: I absolutely love the training! Even at a young age, I was one of the few gymnasts who loved strength & conditioning as much as trying the new flips. I also would have to say that stepping on stage to show my physique is just as exciting.
Q: Do you have any advice for women out there just getting starting in competing in the fitness industry?
JD: My advice would be to enjoy yourself, dedicate yourself, and enjoy promoting a healthy lifestyle.
Q: What are your future goals and how do you think HMB can help you achieve those?
JD: My goals are to compete in the 2010 Bikini Olympia and continue to help others reach their goals. Taking HMB will continue to help me in recovery and leanness to refine my physique in preparation for the Olympia. It will also help my clients to reach their personal health and fitness goals.
Thanks for your time today Jennifer, and we are truly happy that you are a part of our team.