Where and when were you born? Born in Las Cruces, New Mexico and grew up in a military family, moving every couple of years. However, Florida is my home state.
What is your profession? USMC/ Aviation Electrician
Were you involved in sports or fitness prior to bodybuilding and how did you get started with weight training? I played several sports in high school to include: golf, soccer, and JV football. I started lifting weights at a local gym during high school.
Was it a goal for you to compete in bodybuilding competitions right from the beginning or was it something that grew in your mind as time went on and you saw the progress in your body? After a few months of training, I decided to learn more about bodybuilding competition and chose some local shows to train for. They were the NPC Spacecoast and NPC Jr. Florida. After I joined the Marines, I went back to basic powerlifting and bench press contests.
Can you give me your competition history?
1992 NASA National Powerlifting, Benched 165 lb. (American Teenage Record)
1993 Powerlifting Competitions/ Bodybuilding contest on Okinawa, Japan
1994 NPC Las Vegas Classic 3rd LW
2000 5th Annual Far East Okinawa Japan, LW and overall
2001 NPC Virginia Natural Bodybuilding 1st LW and overall
2001 NPC Jr. National 2nd LW
2002 NPC Bodyrock 2nd LW
2002 NPC USA 5th LW
2003 NPC USA 3rd LW
2003 NPC Armed Forces 1st LW
2003 NPC Virginia State 1st LW
2003 NPC Team Universe 1st LW
2004 NPC Nationals 3rd LW
2005 NPC Nationals 2nd LW
Which contest has been your biggest success; which has had the most meaning to you?
All contest meant allot to me because I had supportive people in my life which helped me attain each goal. The most successful contest I feel is the 2000 Far East. First, the challenge was for me to come down from 190 lb (pregnant with my second child) and with in 18 months, get on stage as a LW and I did it! Second, I finally realized I had the potential to compete at the National level, something I never dreamed I could do. But now, it’s reality.
Please tell me something about your training routine (ie: how many days per week / training split /cardio, etc.) My ideal off season training consist of training 5 days a week with weekends off to spend with the husband and kids. (I say ideal due to different military training tasks or travelling to conferences or inspections which may change my routines around a little.)
What is your favorite exercise in the gym and which one you don’t like so much? My favorite exercise are rows…one arm, t-bar, barbell or smith machine, and pulley rows! This exercise is an awesome way to add thickness to your frame! I like all exercises, but the most energy consuming and most focusing (to reduce the chance of injury) would be squats.
Which body part is your best in your opinion? I think my body is symmetrical and balanced and doesn’t lag in any areas. Over the years I’ve tried to improve the separation in the quads and each year they have come in better and better. My shoulders are full and round, my biceps have awesome peaks, my triceps, chest, and back come in striated, my quads /hams are thick and muscular…I feel I’m genetically blessed to have the basic foundation to build a solid physique!
If you don’t mind would you give me some stats (best lifts and some body measurements)? Personal Best Bench is 265 lb
What do you enjoy about training for competition....what do you enjoy about the 'off season'? Pre-contest is always surprising! When you train hard and heavy in the off season building up the quality muscle and then dialing in your physique for a competition, it’s amazing to actually see the results of your efforts. I enjoy the off season because I love to train HEAVY!
Please describe a typical day in the life of Jamie Troxel. Life as a Marine sometimes is never typical….unit pt, rifle/pistol qualifications, conferences, swim qualifications, etc. Other than those days, here is my typical day: Wake up at 0300 start cardio 1 hour /15 abs(before husband and kids wake up) eat breakfast, get kids up feed them breakfast and get ready for school, drop them off at daycare and work by 071 5, work out during lunch, pick kids up by 1715, feed them dinner, go over homework, get them ready for bed, and prep food for the next day. When the kids soccer season begins, it will be added to the evening schedule as well. Pre-contest I add more cardio sessions after they go to bed.
Please tell me about what you do when you don’t work out ( hobbies, what do you do to relax?, etc.) I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and kids. We enjoy playing soccer, going to the beach, and bowling. I also like to get away on motorcycle rides with my husband.
What do you enjoy most about the bodybuilding/fitness lifestyle? I enjoy wearing the sport! For most women (some men too) your bodybuilding physique is an inspiration for them to decide to get fit or strong and hopefully they will continue a healthier lifestyle and make their own personal fit goals as well.
Tell me something interesting about yourself, something people may be surprised to hear. I’m a competitive roller skater. I skated solo, pairs, and figures when I was young, but in 2003 I returned to skating and I won (National Qualifying) Eastern Regional Roller Skating 1st place figure and solo dance. My daughter also qualified for Nationals in the figure competition at age 6.
What are your competition goals or personal future goals? My goal is to become the 1st IFBB Professional Bodybuilder in the Marine Corps. Currently, my future plans are to return to the 2006 NPC National’s to accomplish this goal. (As long as my husband and my assignments don’t affect the training preparation)
Jamie does not do sessions or wrestling of any kind. Please don't ask!