Where and when were you born? Houston, TX.
What is your profession? Outpatient Therapy Aide/Personal Trainer and Houston Rockets Power Dancer for 5 yrs.
What kind of activities/sports did you do before you started lifting weights? Martial Arts, gymnastics, track, cheerleading and dance.
How and when did you get involved into lifting weights? High School sports and gymnastics.
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? I’ve always been muscular because of sports and enjoyed working out in the gym. It took me about 8 years to start competing in fitness shows. I knew this was something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.
What was your first competition and how did you place? My first competition was July 10, 2004 at the NPC Texas State Fitness Championships. I placed 1st in Fitness Short class and 2nd in Figure Short class, qualifying for Nationals in both events.
And which contest has been the biggest success for you yet? In November 2004, I won the NPC National Fitness Championships- short class division. It was my 2nd show.
Could you please add a history of all contests that you have entered so far? That’s pretty much it! I’ve competed in 2 shows and turned IFBB Pro on my 2nd competition. I am preparing for the Pro level now.
Please describe a typical day in the life of Jennifer Becerra. Every day is different! If I had to pick a regular day, it would go like this:
6 am: weight training
7:30 am: work
12:30-1:30 lunch: cardio
1:30 – 6:30: work (sometimes ‘til 7:30pm)
8:30 – 9:30 or 10:00 pm: gymnastics center (practicing routine ideas and skills)
10:30 pm: get home and unwind! Get ready for the next day! Make sure all food is cooked! Pass out hopefully before midnight!!! (This is a much calmer schedule than during a Rockets season!!)
Please tell me something about your daily training routine. Currently, I do all weight training in the mornings, cardio during lunch breaks and sometimes after work, and then spend an hour and a half at the gymnastics center.
How often do you train in a week? 5 days a week I do strength training. An hour to an hour and a half of cardio daily. 3-4 days a week at the gymnastics center. Saturday mornings, lunges and sprints outside!
What are the main differences when you train for a competition and in off-season? I try to focus on putting size on during the off- season. Also, this is a time for my body to repair, so I may not work as many days a week. I don’t do as much cardio and I my diet isn’t as strict!
Which body part is your best in your opinion? That’s a hard one! I’d say my arms are much easier to define and look great, but my legs look the best when it comes to being on the stage. I’ve heard a lot of people say my glutes were my best asset!
What is your favorite exercise in the gym and which one you don’t like so much? Lunges!!! They work the best for me! I hate chest workouts! (all of them!)
Please tell me about what else you are doing when you don’t work out (profession, hobbies, etc.) I danced for the Houston Rockets Power Dancers for 5 years and recently retired my skirt so to speak to persue my fitness career! I still dance a lot! I love being with my family, nieces and nephews, watching movies and listening to live bands!
What are your future plans for 2006? Promote! Promote! Promote! I want people to know there’s a new face in the fitness industry! I want to turn heads and for people to ask about who I am. This is the beginning for me and I have a lot of work to do! I will be doing a few guest appearances at the end of the year. I am preparing to compete at the Pro level in 2006!!
Jennifer does not not do sessions or wrestling of any kind. Please don't ask!!