Where and when were you born?
---I was born in Aurora, IL on November 20, 1977.
What is your profession?
--- Personal trainer, Sessionette
Were you involved in sports or fitness prior to figure and how did you get started with weight training?
---I was a cheerleader in high school and during my senior year I started to lift weights a bit to get stronger to catch the girls in the basket toss.
Was it a goal for you to compete in figure 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 lifted casually for 10 years before I got serious about nutrition and strength training. My physique started to take the appearance of a figure competitor, and during show season, I kept getting asked when I was competing. I looked into what all this competition talk was about and thought it would be a good goal. My husband actually said that I would compete in bodybuilding one day, but I didn’t pay much attention to the comment. As it turns out, I would only compete as a figure competitor for one year before switching to bodybuilding!
Can you give me your competition history?
2008 NPC Mid-Illinois Bodybuilding Championship
1st Place Figure Tall Class
2008 NPC Midwest Open Bodybuilding Championship
1st Place Figure Tall Class
2008 NPC Grand Prix Bodybuilding Championship
1st Place Figure Middle Class
2008 NPC Illinois State Bodybuilding Championship
3rd Place Figure Middle Class
2008 NPC Junior National Bodybuilding, Figure, and Fitness Championship
16-20 of 33 competitors, Figure E Class
2009 NPC Illinois State Bodybuilding Championship
3rd Place Figure Middle Class
1st Novice Heavy Weight Women's Bodybuilding
Overall Novice Women's Bodybuilding
1st Heavy Weight Open Women's Bodybuilding
Overall Open Women's Bodybuilding
2010 NPC Junior National Bodybuilding, Figure, and Fitness Championship
1st Heavy Weight Women's Bodybuilding
2010 NPC USA's
1st Light Heavy Weight Women's Bodybuilding
Overall - Earned IFBB Pro Card
Which contest has been your biggest success; which has had the most meaning to you?
---My biggest success would be earning my Pro Card at the USA’s in 2010. As far as most meaningful, I have learned a great deal about myself and the sport at every show. Each one had its own lesson to be learned!
Please tell me something about your training routine (ie: how many days per week / training split /cardio, etc.)
---I lift 3 days per week and do cardio 6 days per week right now, which varies in intensity, duration, and mode.
What is your favorite exercise in the gym and which one you don’t like so much?
--- I am always asked how much I squat because of my leg development, but I actually cannot squat much because I have scoliosis…I am not able to put a heavy enough load on my back to fully tax my legs. For this reason, I would have to say I don’t like the squat for me personally. Which one do I like…….too many to choose from! I love to lift!
Which body part is your best in your opinion?
---I would have to say my legs are my best body part.
If you don’t mind would you give me some stats (best lifts and some body measurements)?
Bench - 155 for 10 reps
Leg press – 810 for 15 reps
Curl – 35 for 10 reps
Bust – 36B
Waist – 27”
Hips – 38”
Quads – 24”
Biceps – 13”
What do you enjoy about training for competition....what do you enjoy about the off season'?
---I like the structure of training for a competition, but also watching the changes take place in my body and knowing that I caused those changes. I love experimenting with new training and nutrition techniques and watching to see what happens.
---Off-season I like to eat more and lift heavy! I always weigh out my protein even during the off-season, but I will have a few cheat meals per week. I like to maintain a reasonable off-season look.
Please describe a typical day in the life of Jennifer Scarpetta.
---I will describe today because no day is typical in the life of Jennifer Scarpetta!
12am – 1am answering emails
1am – 3am Muscle Worship Session
3am – 5am answering emails
5am – 9am sleep
9am – 10am answering emails
10am – 11am workout
11am – 2pm shower, breakfast meeting with manager, answer more emails
2pm – 8pm Custom video shoot for a client
8pm – 9pm grocery store
9pm – 11pm more emails
11pm – 12am Muscle Worship Session
I basically workout, flex and answer emails all day long… where I do it is another story. Today I am in Vegas at Maryann Badgers house, tomorrow L.A. and the next day San Diego.
Please tell me about what you do when you don’t work out (hobbies, what do you do to relax? etc.)
--- I take 5 minutes of me time on the couch! Then I answer more emails…
What do you enjoy most about the bodybuilding/fitness lifestyle?
--- I love feeling empowered by being able to change my body so drastically and so quickly. I also take joy in watching others do the same and by me being able to help in that process, whether it is training, nutrition, or posing guidance.
Tell me something interesting about yourself, something people may be surprised to hear.
--- I used to be a printing press operator whose staple diet consisted of Twinkies & Twix
--- I walked around for about 2 weeks with a collapsed lung thinking I just needed to go to the chiropractor.
--- I lived out of my Beretta for about 2 months, then in a 2 bedroom apartment with 6 people above a guy only known as foil guy, then a small town outside of Rockford called Rochelle, a farm house, and now Chicago! ---all comments courtesy of Jason Scarpetta
What are your competition goals or personal future goals?
--- My goal is to take top 3 at a Pro Qualifier to get to compete at the Olympia this year. I will be starting with the Toronto Pro on June 17th, 2011 and the Tampa Pro on June 24th, 2011.