Jenna Potter: NPC Bikini Athlete and 2 Time National Qualifier Talks With Intense Fitness
Health and Wellness Coordinator – Verizon Telecom
2011 NPC OKC Grand Prix – Bikini Class A – 2nd (qualified for national level)
2012 NPC Ronnie Coleman Classic – Bikini Class B – 2nd (qualified for national level)
Tell us a little about yourself and how you got started with training?
A co-worker was training for her first figure competition. Her results inspired me to change some of my eating and workout habits. I started seeing unbelievable results and I was hooked! I decided to enter my first competition and 12 weeks later I was qualified for national level competitions!
What is it that you enjoy the most about training?
I really enjoy being able to compete against myself each day I train. Every workout is an opportunity to challenge myself and take it to another level. Part of what keeps me motivated is my competitive drive to better my workouts each and every week!
Can you take us through a week of your training routine?
Right now, I am about 8.5 weeks out from a competition and my trainer has switched up my routine from my last prep. Last prep I was doing a lot of straight sets to try to build muscle and bring up certain muscle groups. Now, I am doing more circuit training and focusing on muscle groups to give me better shape and taper. I work upper body and lower body splits, twice a week along with morning cardio.
How often and how long do you normally spend doing cardio?
My cardio sessions can vary depending how close I am to competition and how I am looking. My sessions can go anywhere from 20-60 minutes and usually 5-6 days a week.
What does your current diet look like?
Right now, my macros are about 65% protein, 10% fat, and 25% carbohydrate. My diet consists of egg whites, oatmeal, chicken breast, turkey breast, steak, broccoli, brown rice and lots of asparagus. I do use protein shakes (Muscleology Nitro-Pro) twice a day as part of my diet. I’ve recently added Macadamia Nut oil to my diet and I’m loving it!
What is your favorite cheat meal?
I don’t think there is enough room on here for all of them! Haha But if I had to choose one I would probably say pizza!
How often do you change your routine up so your muscles do not adapt to one style of training?
I usually change my training about every 4 weeks, but it can change week to week depending on my progress during a prep. I am really enjoying the intense workouts I am doing right now. It’s a big change from what I was doing in my last prep.
What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about breaking into the fitness industry?
Find a good trainer who knows the industry and do your research! I have a background in health and fitness, but I can imagine trying to take on the competition world successfully without the help of my amazing trainer, Greg McCoy.
What do you feel is the biggest sacrifice you’ve made to be in this sport/ industry?
I have been extremely fortunate to have a wonderful support group and career that allows me to grow in this industry. I have sacrificed some parts of my social life, but now I just have to be more creative when it comes to spending time with my friends and family!
How do you stay motivated?
I think my biggest motivation is #1 my health and #2 seeing changes. I work out to stay healthy and give my body what it needs. Seeing my body change from week to week or even month to month keeps me motivated to keep going. Watching my body change into what I’m trying to mold it into is the biggest reward I could ask for!
Do you feel supplements are necessary to take your body to the next level and if so, which ones?
I feel that supplements are necessary when you’re on a restricted diet and you need them to “fill in the holes” in your diet. I think a quality multivitamin is must for anyone, competing or not. I think some of the most important supplements for competitors are whey protein, BCAA’s, fish oil, a quality thermogenic (only during a competition prep), and a good pre-workout can be beneficial, also.
What are your future plans or goals in the sport/ industry?
In 2012, I plan to compete nationally and my goal is to get my pro card! I would also like to network and increase my exposure in this industry. I would love to become a sponsored athlete and break into the world of fitness modeling. I have set high goals, but I believe with a lot of hard work and determination, the sky is the limit for me!
What is your favorite motivational quote?
“My choice; my responsibility; win or lose, only I hold the keys to my destiny.” – Elaie Maxwell
“To change the future, change your choices.” – Felicia Romero
If some wants to connect with you, where can you be found?
Is there anyone who you would like to thank?
I would like to give a shout out to my sponsor Muscleology Sports Nutrition and Complete Nutrition, my trainer/coaches Greg McCoy and Tawna Eubanks, my boyfriend and biggest fan Kiel, and my amazing friends and family that have supported me from the beginning. THANK YOU!