Where and when were you born? I was born in a very small town called Tracy, Minnesota. (It is next to Walnut Grove from TV show- Little House on the Prairie!)
What is your profession? I am a Registered Nurse. I have been a nurse for almost 10 years in Emergency Medicine. I am currently working on classes for my Masters to become an Emergency Room Nurse Practitioner.
Were you involved in sports or fitness prior to bodybuilding and how did you get started with weight training? I have also been extremely competitive- I love all sports. During my childhood I felt more like a boy- I played ruff and even liked to tackle in football! I was a competitive cheerleader, volleyball and ran track! It was not until I joined the Military that I picked up my first set of weights!
Was it a goal for you to compete in bodybuilding/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? Can you give me your competition history? I actually was asked to compete about 8 years ago 1998. I had no idea what it all entailed. I competed at the state and then to a National level in Fitness. In July of 1999 I did the USA’s. I could not figure out why one minute I would have a 6 pack abdominals and then the next minute I was washed over. I was so tired. I figure I was holding water (stressing) and tired because of dieting and training. I did a photo shoot the day after with Muscle and Fitness and could not keep my eyes open! A week after I returned home I knew something was wrong! I was so surprised to learn I was almost 3 months pregnant! Everyone figured my fitness career ands modelling was done! I was determined to prove them wrong!! I trained all the though my pregnancy. I tumbled until I was 6 months pregnant when I started to feel the pull in my stomach- but they still could not keep me off the tramp. I still did flips on the tramp until I was about 7 ˝ months along then I began seeing stars! I knew I had to stop – but not the weights and treadmill. I actually did the treadmill the day before Jordan was born and felt something was wrong- the baby had dropped and I was ready to give birth! During my pregnancy I kept my off season competition diet and just added the fruits and milk servings my baby needed. I ate so many protein shakes and bars it was crazy! Thanks to the shape I was in before my pregnancy it made the best pregnancy! I was never sick and my labor was a whole 22 minutes!!!! I was up back in the gym within 4 weeks! YES- babies do awful things to the body no matter what shape you start in. SO – it was crunch time!!! I began using 45lb plates to my sit-ups! It wasn’t until after my birth that I had a real deep six pack! I competed 6 months later in the Washington IronMan in fitness and won the title!! I then did the Emerald Cup in Washington and got runner up twice both in fitness and figure 2001. I then retired to spend time with my baby. I thought I was done until I moved to Texas. In January of this year 2005 I began training again. I was going to return in figure only due to all extra hours it takes to be a fitness competitor- however I did a guest performance at the Texas Lone Star and rekindled my passion for fitness. After almost 5 years I found my self back on stage at the Texas State- both fitness and figure!
Which contest has been your biggest success; which has had the most meaning to you? It was winning the Washington Iron 6 months after giving birth! It meant the most because no one thought I could do it! But it also changed my view on competition greatly. I thought if I could only win- I then would be a champion! I won but it was not the trophy or the win that gave me my feeling of success! It was my journey getting there. It was not the opinion of 6 judges whom determined my path. It God and my determine to set a goal and give it my all. My son also played a huge factor in my vision. He shows me daily what is important in life. I am in this world but not of it. I thank God daily fro my health and the blessings I have! You cannot buy your life- it is a gift! I am so grateful for my healths why not take care of it! I no longer compete for approval but rather I enjoy the journey.
Please tell me something about your training routine (ie: how many days per week / training split /cardio, etc.) I started training in January for the first time with a trainer named Robert Manx from Dallas. He is incredible! He knows how to push me like a drill Sargent and yet has a very caring demeanour. He changes my diet and training depending on how my body responds. We train weights 3x weeks and run track/bleacher 2x a week. My cardio in the gym depends on how far we are form a show and what I have to loose.
What is your favourite exercise in the gym and which one you don’t like so much? My favourite exercise would be back! I just like it! I hate leg extension- something about the muscle burning feeling.
Which body part is your best in your opinion? I am told is it my back or my legs/butt. I don’t agree with the legs and butt. I feel I always need to lean out more for competition but I guess I have more shape than most.
If you don’t mind would you give me some stats (best lifts and some body measurements?)
My off season weight I like to keep is 145-150. I would like to compete between 132-135. I am 5’4 3/4
What do you enjoy about training for competition....what do you enjoy about the 'off season? I really enjoy training. It gives you a goal and a sense of accomplishment. I am always setting new goals in all aspects of my life. I am never really content with just placement. My mother always told me “I can’t” was not in my vocabulary. I want it all and I feel with mind set and determination you can achieve anything in life. Stay focus and set your priority. See the vision, live the vision and you will become the vision. I don’t really like to have an off season. I like to train consistently year round so it is not over whelming to get back on track. I do get to eat more though! I like my carbs and a little treat form time to time on the off season.
Please describe a typical day in the life of Jill Brooks. My life is very busy! I work in an Emergency Room and we work 12 hours shifts, which end up being more like 13hrs! I work typically 4 shifts a week! If I work that day and it is on season I will get up in the o dark hour and do cardio, come home eat breakfast, get my little man up, dress him, feed him, off to daycare, off to the hospital all before 6:30 am. Work my 12 hours, pick up my son, then depending on the day I will either train, or do gymnastics. My son does gymnastics at the same time I am so it is a little mommy and me time! Then we head home, eat, bathe, watch a little television cuddling or a little story time, and then bedtime! If it is not on a day I work. I usually wake up – cook my son a warm breakfast- usually egg whites with cheese and oatmeal. He loves it!! Clean for minute get him off to school- head to the gym to do cardio, eat again head to train with Robert, pick up Jordan to spend some special time together. Then later that eve I will run track, go to gymnastics, or do a second set of cardio. Come home cook dinner- watch TV or play with Jordan… Monster trucks, power rangers, fighting swords, or a game. Give him a bathe and tuck him in…. then prepare my meals for the next day, bathe, and bed!!! Thank God!!!
Please tell me about what you do when you don’t work out (hobbies, what do you do to relax? etc.) I usually do something active like rollerblade with Jordan, play in the swimming pool, girl time with my friends. I usually take a hot bath every night with candles to reflect on my day and prepare me for the next!
What do you enjoy most about the bodybuilding/fitness lifestyle? Everything- I like the NPC world is like a family- I like having a goal and accomplishing it only to get to the next goal. I like that can be a very healthy lifestyle. I love the challenge and the excitement of performing. It gets in your blood and the passion for competing never really leaves.
Tell me something interesting about yourself, something people may be surprised to hear. Most people when they see me our surprised I served in the military especially when I am in 5 inch heels and a bikini. I have slept with an M-16 and shot a bazooka to blow a tank.
What are your competition goals or personal future goals? My goal is to be in the best shape I can get t into and take it as far as I can. I would love to become an IFBB Pro and compete at the Olympia. I am really interested in any modelling I can take part in and to represent a company.
Jill does not not do sessions or wrestling of any kind. Please don't ask!!