Jennifer Baker National NPC Figure Competitor Talks With Intense Fitness
Occupation: Full time student
Tell us a little about yourself and how you got started with training?
Well, I have been involved with sports since about age 7 so staying fit and in shape is something that just carried over throughout the years. I ran cross country, track, played volleyball and club soccer here in Dallas for 10years. I actually played soccer in college for 1 year before enlisting in the Army. I recently left the Army after 6 years on active duty, where I was constantly lifting weights and staying active. My husband actually competed in a body building show while we were living in North Carolina and had been telling me that I should compete one day since I already enjoyed training so much. So I did and fell in love with competing!
What is your training philosophy?
I love to train heavy and intense with little rest. This type of training makes me feel like I’m getting the most out of my workouts.
You are currently prepping for NPC Nationals in November, when and where did you qualify at?
I qualified in March at the Ronnie Coleman Classic where I won the Overall in Figure.
Are there any improvements or changes to make from then to Nationals? If so, how are you going about them?
I think there is always something to improve on and everyone should set a goal on what that improvement is going to be. Having a goal not only helps you bring a better package to the stage, but keeps you motivated as you diet and prep for a show. Being so young in the sport I still have a lot to learn and am currently just trying to come in with some more size and a tighter physique. I work with Jeff Dwelle, who is my prep coach, and he makes changes to my routine based on my improvements weekly. Just training hard and staying focused is the most important thing for me to accomplish my goals.
What does your current diet look like?
Very Repetitive LOL!! Most competitors have pretty similar diets, it’s just knowing how much your body needs when paired with your training style and when to take things out or add them in. Everyone is different and needs different things and I trust Jeff Dwelle 100% to make the correct decisions on my diet, which is constantly changing. I currently eat 6 times a day every 2-3 hours. Since I am prepping for Nationals my diet is more strict right now and my meals mainly consist of eating egg whites, oatmeal, whey protein with natural peanut butter, chicken breast or ground turkey, brown rice, green veggies and salad.
What is your favorite cheat meal?
Ribs and French fries!! Followed by chocolate ice cream and strawberries or lemon cake 🙂
Talking about nutrition, what do you feel are the three most important things that someone needs to do right?
I think the most important thing when it comes to nutrition is to simply EAT. So often I see people not eating enough food in an attempt to lose weight. It is very easy to spread 2,000 calories or so over 6 meals throughout the day. I think following the new food pyramid and eating clean is a great start for anyone.
Stay away from fried foods!
And third, portion control. It is important to follow a good ratio of proteins, carbohydrates and fats.
What does your current training routine look like?
Monday- Back and light shoulders
Wednesday- Shoulders and arms
Friday- High volume back training
Sunday- Track day
I currently do 30 minutes of moderate cardio in the morning on an empty stomach 5x’s a week.
What advice would you give to a girl who’s just thinking about breaking into figure?
Don’t be scared of lifting heavy weights, you won’t turn into a body builder! Often times women are afraid to lift the weights necessary to gain lean muscle, because they fear they will get too bulky. I would definitely stress posing and stage presence. It is so important to find a coach early in your prep to help you. Stage presence is crucial in your placing, if you do not have any idea how to pose then you will not be showing the figure you have worked so hard for. And do not be discouraged! It takes people years to build their physique and learn what does or doesn’t work for them. It is all about consistency and dedication!
What do you feel is the biggest sacrifice you’ve made to be in this sport/ industry?
I definitely think the biggest sacrifice is your social life. You can still have one, but it changes tremendously. People don’t understand when you tell them you can’t go hang out because you have to workout or do cardio. When you are dieting you can’t eat out or drink alcoholic beverages so it makes some things hard. Sometimes having to eat every 2-3 hours can make it difficult to be away from the house for long periods of time, but it is absolutely something that can be done. I think it’s important to maintain a healthy social life so I just pack up my meals or shakes and take them with me!
How do you stay motivated?
I like to follow and read about current pros in the industry, it motivates me to one day be at their level. I like to take progress pictures to look back on, this keeps me motivated as I see improvements to my figure that I might not have noticed by just looking in the mirror.
Do you feel supplements are necessary to take your body to the next level and if so, which ones?
What are your future plans or goals in the sport/ industry?
My ultimate goal is to earn a pro card in IFBB figure and to compete well on a pro level stage someday.
What is your favorite motivational quote?
“I train because I can. When I get tired, I remember those who can’t, what they’d give to have this simple gift I take for granted, and I train harder for them. I know they would do the same for me. I train for all of my comrades who have given their lives and disabled vets out there!! Time to Work!” -me
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