Where and when were you born?
I was born in the Midwest in the mid 60’s.
What is your profession?
I’m a medical professional on a technical level…no white nursing uniforms I’m afraid.
What kind of activities/sports did you do before you started lifting weights?
As a child, I was very athletic and interested in gymnastics.
How and when did you get involved into lifting weights?
Oh gosh, that started very early for me Andy… My first experience with any type of training in earnest, was at 18 y.o. in a local gym with what was then, the newest Nautilus equipment. I still recall how the owners would make up a chart for each member and follow them around, recording their loads and giving instruction. They eventually went out of business, but that was my first experience with lifting. I have been in and out of the gym since then, but have been training more seriously the last two years.
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?
I was always a competitive child, and I knew right away, after my first exposure to weight training, that I could do something with my body---I just had no idea what, or how to go about it.
What was your first competition and how did you place?
I won my middleweight class and qualified for Nationals on my first time out. I would have liked to have had more competition experience however, as I felt it was not as challenging as it could have been and my class was not very large.
Please describe a typical day in the life of Jennifer McNew.
Having somewhat recently relocated from NY to the Midwest, I am enjoying having a yard, garden and basically my own space and dirt to play with now… something I never had there. I work several hours a week at an unrelated job, so my free time is spent either in the gym, food shopping, or cooking.
Please tell me something about your daily training routine.
I like to keep things very simple in the gym and stick with the traditional exercises. I also enjoy working with kettlebells.
How often do you train in a week?
Six days during season, 5 off season, usually 1 ˝ hours total.
What are the main differences when you train for a competition and in off-season?
Diet… off season, I allow indulgences in my favorite foods, but when it’s time to be good, I am.
If you don’t mind would you give me some stats (best lifts and some body measurements)?
I really try not to pay too much attention to the poundages, but concern myself more with progression and what I see in the mirror.
Which bodypart is your best in your opinion?
It would be a tie between my abs and back…
What is your favorite exercise in the gym and which one you don’t like so much?
Traditional Deadlifts are my absolute favorite exercise, bar none.. Squats would be a close second. After those, I suppose would come ab work and bi’s.
Judging in Women’s Bodybuilding has always been criticised in one or the other way. Please tell me your honest thoughts about today’s judging in Women’s Bodybuilding.
I think the judges believe they are doing justice and judging fairly, however, the sport of WBB in general, has seen better days. It’s sad to me really. So many women are simply doing what they love, and are gifted at, and not getting the recognition or prize money they so deserve.
Jennifer does not not do sessions or wrestling of any kind. Please don't ask!!