Where and when were you born? I was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in October.
What is your profession? I install computer systems in Pharmacies.
What kind of activities/sports did you do before you started lifting weights? Running was my main activity but after two marathons, I was over running. I’ve always lifted weights. I’m a busy body and like to do almost any sport. I also enjoy riding mountain bikes as well.
How and when did you get involved into lifting weights? I started lifting back in high school. I have learned quite a bit over the years. Thankfully, I haven’t done any damage training the wrong way in the past.
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 just remember when I was very young; I would sit in front of the television and dream about being a bodybuilder or fitness competitor. Then I discovered figure and really liked the look. I never dreamt I could conquer the diet but with the coaxing of a few friends and a wonderful trainer, I discovered I could do anything I put my mind to.
What was your first competition and how did you place? Red River 2003 in Norman, OK. I competed in the short class and placed 2nd in my class. I was hooked from that point.
And which contest has been the biggest success for you yet? Red River October 2005. It was such a great feeling toting that OVERALL trophy around.
Could you please add a history of all contests that you have entered so far? Red River Bodybuilding Show Norman, OK, October 2003 2nd Short class; Oklahoma Bodybuilding show June 2004 1st Short Class; Junior Nationals in Chicago June 2004, 15th B Class; Red River Bodybuilding show October 2005 Figure Overall.
Please describe a typical day in the life of Jill Smith. Eat, work, eat, train, eat. In the off-season I start my day with egg whites, oatmeal with brown sugar or cream of wheat. It usually goes down hill from that point throughout the day. I do continue to drink a ton of water though. I will have to say I love to eat in the off-season so I have to do a lot of cardio to keep me from being a whale.
Please tell me something about your daily training routine. My job travels me quite a bit so I’m usually out and around the country so I have to find gyms where I can and it is a challenge. I’ve jumped rope a few times for cardio. LOL
How often do you train in a week? I train 4 times a week sometimes 5.
What are the main differences when you train for a competition and in off-season? Well for one, I have less energy in competition mode. I am definitely more organized when training for a show because I have to be a step ahead at all times since I travel during the week.
If you don’t mind would you give me some stats (best lifts and some body measurements)? I didn’t have a clue about my body measurements until Gina Davis Pro (IFBB) was painting me for the show a couple of weeks ago and was curious about my body measurements. Here they are: Bicep 11”, waist 25”, hips 36”, chest 36”. I don’t keep stats on how much weight I lift because I’m not a power lifter. I push myself but don’t keep track.
Which body part is your best in your opinion? Glutes and Hamstrings
What is your favorite exercise in the gym and which one you don’t like so much? I absolutely hate and can’t stress to you enough how bad I hate Leg Extensions, but on the other hand, my fave is lunges. I just like the way I feel the next day. Weird I guess but I feel like I accomplished something after I do them.
Please tell me about what else you are doing when you don’t work out (profession, hobbies, etc.) Decorating is one of my favourite pastimes. I’m an accomplished pianist and love to play Elton John music.
What are your future plans for 2005/2006? My trainer and I have thought this through and decided the USA show in Vegas July 2006 is going to be the hot ticket for me;)
Jill does not do sessions or wrestling of any kind. Please don't ask!