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Name: Jodi Amerosa
Month: October 2012
Residence: New Hartford, NY
Occupation: Medical Sales Rep / Fitness Model
Weight: 120 lbs.
Waist Size: 24"
Best Lifts: Squat (155 lbs.)
MP: What sparked your interest in health and fitness?
JA: I have always been involved at a young age with anything athletic. When I was in middle school, I had a teacher approach me and tell me that she thought I would be great at running track because I had such long legs! I never even considered anything like it. I took her advise and I was addicted to. Then in high school I started dance and cheerleading and that moved on to college. After college I continued to train, but really didn’t know much about dieting or training! I was approached by a trainer at the gym I went to, and he had asked me if I had ever thought about competing in Fitness. I had no idea what he was even talking about, but I thought why not take him up on the challenge! I have been hooked ever since.
MP: Your first figure competition was 8 years ago but was a major turn-off for you. Describe this experience.
JA: OMG! It was the worst experience ever! I had no idea what competing in figure was all about, and had a trainer at the time whom also had no clue! I was so skinny because of the diet he had put me on! I actually didn’t even belong on that stage. I didn’t even know how to pose and went up there completely blind! I was so scared that I couldn’t even smile because my mouth was quivering so bad. There were only four girls and I came in third. I had no confidence what so ever!! After that experience, I said to myself never again!
MP: How were you able to get past this stage fright?
JA: A few years later I was approached again by a different trainer, and I explained to him my very first experience. He asked me to just give him a chance to get me stage ready and we would pick a show when I felt ready. I started to see a difference in my body, and started to feel a little more confident. I seeked out a posing coach that helped me be more comfortable on the stage. Not only that I started speaking with other competitors and really realized that every single one of them were just as nervous going up on a stage in a bikini, and being judged. So I sucked it up and decided to give it another whirl.
MP: Three years ago, you competed in the Arnold and placed 3rd in your very first national show. What did this experience mean to you?
JA: I decided to just go big and compete at the Arnold for my very first National show! I thought what a way to overcome my fears and see where I really stood as a Figure competitor! I went into the show with no expectations, and what an experience it was! It was nothing like the local stages!! I was shocked to make the top ten and qualify for the finals, and even more shocked to place 3rd! My confidence was built back up, and from that day decided to proceed in competing.
MP: You recently got into CrossFit. What sparked this interest? Why is CrossFit such a good workout?
JA: I really just wanted a change from the everyday training. I had been researching CrossFit for awhile, but was really not sure about it. They had recently just opened a CrossFit gym in my area, and I decided to check it out. I tried a few of the work outs, and really liked the new challenge. I was sore every day after each work out, and realized I was utilizing muscles that I never knew existed! I liked the intensity and challenge of each work out. I need a new goal on top of the competing, and think if I can become better and stronger at CrossFit, then maybe I will have the chance to compete in it! I really believe it might just be the next best thing!
MP: In your opinion, what is the most important aspect of nutrition for women looking to lose fat and build lean muscle?
JA: I truly think that every woman is different. Every woman’s body acts differently to a nutrition program! My biggest issue with trainers, is when they have a group of clients and they put all of them on the same nutrition program! That just does not work! For example, I have a problem gaining weight, so I have to eat more healthy carbs than the average person. I do believe that you have to eat a low fat and healthy diet to obtain fat loss.
MP: How do you keep yourself lean all year round? Is more a token of your training or dieting?
JA: I stay close to contest shape pretty much all year around. I might go up or down maybe 10lbs. I work out 5-6 times a week, weather I plan to compete or not. Mentally I just feel better and I have more energy when I eat clean and keep the junk out of my diet. Don’t get me wrong I do allow myself cheat meals to keep me sain, and plus it gives me something to look forward to.
MP: If you could pick only one exercise that has had the best reward for you, what would it be and why?
JA: I would defiantly have to say squats and lunges. My legs have always been skinny, and I noticed a huge difference in my hamstrings, glutes, and quads after I started incorporating these into my routine! I also love the challenge to see how heavy I can go!
MP: Have any advice for aspiring female fitness models?
JA: Absouletly! Don’t give up!!!! I almost gave up after my first show, and now I am so glad I didn’t. You can really change your body if you put your mind to it! You just have to make that decision and stick to it. It is not easy at first, and don’t expect changes over night!! Do it for yourself and nobody else!
MP: What is the one supplement you would recommend over and over again?
JA: Actually the only supplements I take is a pre-workout drink that is either Amino energy or Superpump. I rely on whole foods for everything else I need.
MP: Outside of working out and modeling, what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
JA: I am extremely busy! My full time job is a medical sales rep, so I travel all over the place. I love to travel and just hang with my husband and friends. I really am a home body, and love to just chill out with my two dogs.
MP: What goals do you have for the future, both personally and professionally?
JA: I actually just started to promote myself as a fitness model, and right before this interview found out that I would be featured in Fit and Firm magazine this month. I hope to continue on the fitness path and plan to compete more this spring. I am also focused on my career as a medical rep. I want to show women that you can everything you want! Both career and Fitness modeling! There are so many women out there that have a family, career’s, and still have the time to work on their fitness and nutrition goals. Anything is possible if you are willing to put in the hard work.
Morning- Chest and Triceps:
4 sets of incline barbell/ 6-10 reps
4 sets of decline dumbbell flyes/6-10 reps
4 sets of pushups/12 reps
4 sets of bench dips/ 12 reps
4 sets of Decline Dumbell Tricep extensions/ 6-10 reps
4 sets of Close-Grip Barbell Bench Press/ 6-10 reps
3 sets of Cable one-are tricep extension/ 12 reps each arm
Evening : CrossFit
Squats: 4-5 sets
Deadlifts: 4-5 sets
Lunges with dumbbells or bar: 4 sets
Hamstring curls: 4 sets
Leg extensions: 3 sets
Seated smith machinge:3-4 Sets
Wednesday- CrossFit only
4 sets pull-ups/ 6-8 reps
4 sets Bent Over Row/ 6-8 reps
4 sets Cable Rows/ 10-12 reps
4 sets Hip extensions/ 12 reps
4 sets Inverted rows/ 6-8 reps
3 sets Barbell Shoulder Press/ 6-8 reps
3 sets One-Arm Side Laterals/ 12 reps
3 sets Front Raises/ 12 reps with 3 second hold at top
3 sets Pushups/ 8-12 reps
3 sets Reverse Flyes/ 12 reps
3 sets Arnold Dumbell Press/ 6-8 reps
Meal 1: 6x egg whites/ ½ cup oatmeal with cinnamon
Meal 2: 1 cup greek yogurt with Almonds/ 1tbs peanut butter
Meal 3: 6 oz chicken/ 1 cup wheat rice/ 1 cup of any green veggie
Meal 4: Rice Cakes with peanut butter
Meal 5: 6oz Steak with 4oz sweet potato
Meal 6: 1 cup low fat cottage cheese