Division you will compete in: Bikini
Height: 5’ 5”
Weight/Competition Weight: now: 136 / competition: 116
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City: Eastchester, NY
Years as a vegan: Since 2013
Why you became a Vegan: To better my health, save the animals and raise awareness
2015 Naturally Fit Games – 2nd place, Bikini Open
2014 OCB New Jersey Natural Open – 3rd Place, Bikini Novice
2014 OCB New Jersey Natural Open – 5th Place, Bikini Open
What drives you to compete: To prove, to myself, that I could transform my body and push it to new limits. More importantly, I want to show everyone that all this could be done while consuming a vegan diet. I want to show that animals do not need to be harmed in the making of muscles. I’m motivated by the fact that I am training for something bigger than myself!
What do you see as the biggest advantages of being a vegan athlete: Amazing recovery time! I also have tons of energy throughout the day and my workouts!
What types of supplements if any do you use?: Protein Powder (my favorite is Vega Sport Chocolate!), BCAAS, CellBlock 80, Creatine, L-Leucine, Glutamine, L-Carnitine, multivitamins
How would you describe your diet while preparing for a competition: Strict, less calories than normal, lots of veggies, big salads, and protein from tofu, seitan, Gardein Chik’n and protein powder, to name a few. LOTS AND LOTS OF WATER!!
Favorite food in your prep diet: I LOVE my oatmeal mixed with protein powder and topped with berries for breakfast! I look forward to it even when I’m going to bed the night before! Another favorite is my cocoa, pb2 “pudding” for my night time snack…so GOOD!
How would you describe your training for a competition: Weightlifting 5 times a week, cardio 2 times a week (normally a mix of interval training and HIIT). As I get closer to my competition, those cardio days increase in time and in the amount of days as well.
Favorite exercises: I LOVE back day: lat pull downs, seated rows, upright rows. Other favorites are dumbbell & barbell bicep curls. I also have a love/hate relationship with all types of different squats.
How many hours a week do you spend training?: 12-15 hours
Today I am most proud of: How far my husband and I have come in the past couple of years. It wasn’t an easy journey but it was sure worth it for where we are today- mentally, spiritually and physically. I am grateful EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. for the amazing life that we now live.
Personal website or blog: jillianleighfitness.com