Jillian Salomone

JAY_SULLIVAN_PHOTOGRAPHER_mg_7497Name: Jillian Salomone

Division you will compete in: Bikini

Age: 31

Height: 5’ 5”

Weight/Competition Weight: now: 132 / competition: 120

City: Eastchester, NY

Years as a vegan: Since 2013

Why you became a Vegan: To better my health, save the animals and raise awareness.

History Competing:

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?

RECOVERY! RECOVERY! RECOVERY! My sleep is also 100x better and my energy levels are much higher than ever before!

What types of supplements if any do you use?: Protein Powder, BCAAs, Creatine, Glutamine, B12, D3, Omega-3

How would you describe your diet while preparing for a competition: I follow “Flexible Dieting”. My food intake is more strict than normal with less calories and lower macros, lots of veggies, big salads, and protein from tofu, seitan, tempeh, and protein powder, to name a few. LOTS AND LOTS OF WATER!!

Favorite food in your prep diet: I love my morning oatmeal with almond milk and berries. Also, my protein pancakes/waffles!! 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 3 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 have a lot of favorites- leg, shoulder and back exercises are my favorite: lat pull downs, (all variations), seated cable rows (all variations), heavy dumbbell shoulder presses, RDLs, Sumo Deadlifts, to name a few. I used to hate but now LOVE barbell squats  (especially heavy/low reps). There’s something about feeling that weight on your back!

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 4 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:

 Business Owner of www.jillianleighfitness.com

Co-Founder of www.elevatenutrition.com

IG: @jillianleighfitness