Where and when were you born?
I was born on July 14th, 1979 in Victoria BC. Canada.
What is your profession?
I am a manager for a company called Thrifty Foods.
Were you involved in sports or fitness prior to fitness and how did you get started with weight training?
I competed in gymnastics until I was 16. While competing in gymnastics we did a lot of ‘conditioning’ using weights. After leaving gymnastics my mother enrolled me into a local gym so that I would stay active. Things started rolling from there and I began teaching aerobics and working at the gym.
Was it a goal for you to compete in fitness 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?
Actually before I started thinking of competing I was considering sport aerobics, and at the time was actually training for a marathon. I had seen pictures in magazines of beautiful physiques such as Monica Brant, Minna Lessig, and Marla Duncan, and really felt that this was the type of body I wanted to achieve since I was beating a dead horse by trying to be tall and thin!
Can you give me your competition history?
I began competing in 2000 with WNSO, but switched to the CBBF (Canadian equivalent of the NPC) in 2001. I qualified for the 2002 Canadian Fitness Championships, where I placed 6th, then went back in 2003 to place 5th, and 2004 I placed 4th. I took the 2005 season off after being injured 12 weeks out from the competition.
While practicing my routine I fell onto the top of my right foot, bruising the inside of my joint, as well as having to have the foot manipulated back into place. At the same time when I fell I also herniated my L4-5 disc and bulged my L3-4 and L5- S1. At the time we felt my fitness days may be over, and I would make the switch to figure, but with determination and perseverance, I feel strong to compete in fitness again.
Which contest has been your biggest success; which has had the most meaning to you?
The 2002 nationals were the most meaningful. It was my first step onto the national stage and I endured some very personal struggles along the way. The fact that I stepped on stage was nothing short of a miracle, and I placed very well among a group of talented women.
Please tell me something about your training routine (i.e.: how many days per week / training split /cardio, etc.)
I weight train 4-5 days per week, do cardio 4-5 days a week (including off season), and do a lot of core stability work for my back. I also practice routine elements, plyometrics, and speed drills 2-3 day per week.
What is your favourite exercise in the gym and which one you don’t like so much?
I love shoulders. Lateral raises being my favourite. There are not really any exercises I don’t like, maybe calves if I had to pick since I find it boring.
Which body part is your best in your opinion?
My back and glutes.
If you don’t mind would you give me some stats (best lifts and some body measurements)?
I compete around 112 pounds, and like to stay around 130 in the off season.
My measurements are:
Arms- 12.5 inches
Legs- 20 inches
Calves- 14.5 inches
Waist- 23 inches
Chest- 37 inches
Hips- 35 inches
I don’t really train to be the strongest person in the gym. Also with my back I have to be careful with how much I load. Last winter I was trying to increase my chest strength and was benching 145lbs. I was inclining 65lb DB’s for 6-8 reps. In all honesty, I don’t feel the contraction as well with heavy training.
As for legs, I do not try to lift too heavy. I do what I can to feel the movement, and for me that could be 2 plates a side on a leg press or one. It doesn’t matter that much to me.
What do you enjoy about training for competition....what do you enjoy about the 'off season'?
I love watching my body change. When I change it happens very quickly, but if something is not working, it doesn’t take long to figure out either. My body is tricky and take a lot of patience! Off season is great too. I enjoy having the ability to improve and spend time with friends having a good meal on a Saturday night!
Please describe a typical day in the life of Jennifer Jewell.
Wake up, cardio some days; get ready for work, work until 4:30 or 5. Change quickly and head to the gym. I will get home by 7 or 7:30 and then eat, answer emails, make phone calls, and watch a program if I’m able. Prepare food for the next day.
Please tell me about what you do when you don’t work out (hobbies, what do you do to relax?, etc.)
I work a lot. I wouldn’t call that a hobby! Lol. I love to watch movies, surf the net, read, clean (I’m Dutch), spend time with my family and friends.
What do you enjoy most about the bodybuilding/fitness lifestyle?
The people I’ve met, including my husband. No one outside of the industry would comprehend the discipline that goes into competing. I love the ability to train no matter how old I get. Coming from a gymnastics background, I had to be at my goal by the time I was 15 or else. Now I can continue on that dream!
Tell me something interesting about yourself, something people may be surprised to hear.
I am very shy when I first meet people. I am very hard on myself to be my best and I love the fact that no one will really know how I hard I work except for me. It’s something I can hold dear to myself and smile inside when someone else thinks otherwise. “What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight - it's the size of the fight in the dog.“
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
What are your competition goals or personal future goals?
I plan to compete at the Nationals for fitness in 2006 and attain my pro card. I’m bringing it in 2006!
Jennifer does not do sessions or wrestling of any kind. Please don't ask!