Jaimie Bernhardt Interview
MP: What sparked your interest in health and fitness?
JB: I was in college when I started to fitness journey. It was when I met my boyfriend who is a national level bodybuilder. At the time I didn't know much about bodybuilding and he introduced me to the sport and I was hooked since then
MP: Did you find it hard to adjust from the typical college lifestyle to the fitness/bodybuilding lifestyle?
JB: Not at all. When we met he would never go out and drink. He would invite me over to watch movies all the time, he was getting ready for North Americans. I liked the way I felt after working out and eating right I didn't miss the college scene at all
MP: How did your experience at the Arnold Classic inspire you to lead a future in fitness and fitness modeling?
JB: After attending my first Arnold Classic I just wanted to dive right into the sport. There are so many beautiful women in the sport it was very inspiring My problem was it is very hard for me to gain weight so the size would take time. In the meantime I considered modeling and from my first shoot I was i published. I knew from that first shoot that fitness modeling was my path
MP: What shaped the earliest transition your saw in your body the most: training or nutrition?
JB: It is definitely a combination of both. Nutrition was the hardest part for me. I grew up eating pizza and candy all day and still managed to be stick thin. I wasn't much of a meat eater so that was an adjustment. As far as the training I love every minute i am in the gym. My boyfriend challenges me and pushes me to train harder. I love to lift heavy
MP: Which do you enjoy more? Constructing and following a meal plan, or sticking to your workout routines?
JB: Sticking to my workout routines! It comes natural to me to workout. I'm naturally athlete. The meal plan is just as important as training. It's a struggle that I always face but I enjoy the results
MP: What is the most important aspect of nutrition for women looking to lose fat and build lean muscle?
JB: Eating every two hours with lean protein and complex carbs depending on the time of the day and when you train. Consistency is key!
MP: How often do you work out a week? And what do you do (cardio, weights, yoga, etc.)?
JB: I try and workout 5 to 6 days a week. I lift 5 days a week but I combine crossfit and cardio in between lifting days
MP: What was your most memorable photo shoot? Which magazines were you first featured in?
JB: My most memorable would be my first photoshoot with Satio photography. It was so thrilling to see that I can model and follow the same foot steps as my idols. I was featured in maxim magazine American curves and planet muscle just from that first shoot
MP: Have any advice for aspiring female fitness models?
JB: Dont give up! I have been promised so many opportunities that never came. It's apart of the industry. I just keep my head up and know that there will be plenty more opportunities in the future.
MP: What is the one supplement you would recommend over and over again?
JB: I really love Prosupps DNPX it's a thermo that gives me really good focus. There are many times where I am tired or distracted and DNPX always gets me through my workouts
MP: Outside of working out and modeling, what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
JB: I love spending time with my family boyfriend and dog. I worked as a pet nutrition specialist for 7 years and other than fitness dogs are my passion. I like to do activities where I can bring my dog whether it be hiking long road trips, just being outdoors
MP: What goals do you have for the future, both personally and professionally?
JB: Personally I would love to get married and have children. I am in no rush but it is very important to me. Professionally I would love to further my modeling career, more publications and covers. As far as competing I took a year off to play lingerie football and I plan to compete again and get my pro card!
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