Where and when were you born?
What is your profession?
Registered Nurse for past 7.5 years and a part time personal trainer at Red Lerilles gym where I train.
Were you involved in sports or fitness prior to bodybuilding and how did you get started with weight training?
High school basketball, softball, and track; I used to play around on my brothers bench press in the garage as a kid and make use of the ankle weights and ab machines that my dad would buy for my mom. High school basketball weight training was my first organized experience. Independently lifting at the campus gym while in college was when I became passionate and deeply interested in learning about weights; and after college I was able to afford to work with a personal trainer for a year and learned good form and technique.
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?
One of my best friends, Clarence Broussard, planted the seed in me when I met him and began training at Red’s in 1999. When I heard his love of the sport through his experiences I became interested. He encouraged me that I had the capability to compete. After I went to my first little local show I knew it was something I wanted to try.
Can you give me your competition history?
Mostly local shows.
2001-Body By Joe first annual bodybuilding championships 1st LW and overall; Bayou State bodybuilding championships 1st LW and overall; Louisiana state championships 2nd LW
2002-NGA Louisiana natural championships 1st LW and overall
2003-Louisiana State championships 1st LW and overall; Southern States 7th LW
2005-Southern Classic 1st LW; Jr. Nationals 1st LW
Which contest has been your biggest success; which has had the most meaning to you?
Jr. Nationals is the answer to both questions. Yet every contest has had a lot of meaning and played a role in my ultimate success as a bodybuilder.
Please tell me something about your training routine (ie: how many days per week / training split /cardio, etc.)
On average 5 days weight training (as I work weekends at the hospital)
The split changes but on average m-legs, t-chest tris, w-back bis, th-shoulders abs fr-legs. I try to prioritize my legs and give them additional training since they are my less developed body part. Not weakest just not as well developed or should I say least genetic body part. Cardio offseason-no set schedule. Precontest cardio this past year was 30 to 60 mins 6/days week at about 6 weeks out on the stair climber.
What is your favorite exercise in the gym and which one you don’t like so much?
There are a few favourites but to pick one I guess the deadlift. Leg press is one of the most challenging excercises for me.
Which body part is your best in your opinion?
My right bicep in my opinion and I think everyone elses.
If you don’t mind would you give me some stats (best lifts and some body measurements)?
Well I don’t know if I could manage these lifts now but actually about 6 weeks ago I lifted 70#DB on incline DB press; precontest training I squatted 315# on the smith machine and bench pressed 185#. My proudest lift is a 1 arm 110# DB row for 8 r eps on each side during precontest training. I am a 112 pound lightweight competitor so my measurements are not that impressive; my arms I think are like 13.5 inches.
What do you enjoy about training for competition....what do you enjoy about the 'off season'?
I just love the training; the focus and drive of the training with the results along the way.
Off season is a challenge right now; but I guess I try to enjoy the rest of life during offseason; and maintain a sense of balance in life.
Please describe a typical day in the life of Jennifer Chehardy.
Well, for the past year: Saturdays and Sundays are spent at the hospital 7-7 working as an RN on an ortho neuro floor. Mornings during the week are spent training clients at the gym. Weekdays are time for house work and me time. Evenings during the week have been reserved for my training. It may be time for a change in schedule soon.
Please tell me about what you do when you don’t work out (hobbies, what do you do to relax?, etc.)
I love to hang out at the local coffee shop, CC’s, drink coffee, read and socialize.
What do you enjoy most about the bodybuilding/fitness lifestyle?
I love being in shape to inspire and motivate others; to empower another with the concept to believe in yourself and take chances on your dreams.
Tell me something interesting about yourself, something people may be surprised to hear.
I love to read the Bible every day. It is the instruction manual of life that I “try“ to follow although I must humbly return to it every day because it is not easy; some days I’m strong in faith and others I am weak; but my faith is what keeps me going; kind of like training; and my faith and training go hand and hand.
What are your competition goals or personal future goals?
I hope to compete next year in a national show. I am in the process of establishing some new goals for my life. I am a single 30 year old woman with a world of possibilities open for the taking; direction is the question for me right now.
Jennifer does not not do sessions or wrestling of any kind. Please don't ask!!