Where and when have you been born?
May 13, 1978 Bethesda, Maryland
Where do you live now?
Virginia Beach, Virginia
What is your profession?
Physical Education Teacher
What kind of activities/sports did you do before you started lifting weights? Swimming, Diving, Tennis, Rugby
How and when did you get involved into lifting weights?
I entered into a weight room for the first time when I was a junior in High School. I was the football manager and was always joked about being the girl that could probably lift more than some of the players! I lifted weights throughout my early college years to say fit for tennis, but it wasn’t until my senior year in college that I seriously began lifting and preparing for a bodybuilding competition.
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? I always admired the physiques in Muscle and Fitness and FLEX Magazines growing up and I knew deep down inside that one day I would compete.
Which competition has been your first one and how did you place?
I did my first show in November of 2001, The NGA Mt. Rogers BB Competition. I placed 2nd in the Open Heavyweight Class.
And which contest has been the biggest success for you yet?
VA/DC State Show… I placed 3rd in the Middleweights
Could you please add a history of all contests that you have entered so far?
2003 VA/DC States…3rd Middleweight
2003 Lenda Murray Classic…6th Middleweight
2002 Jan Tana Classic…4th Heavyweight
2001 NGA Mt. Rogers…2nd Heavyweight
Please describe a typical day in the life of Kelly Jennings.
I get up at 5am to do cardio. After an hour of cardio, I shower, eat, and head off to work! I teach Elementary Physical Education all day long and then head home to play with my 2 boxers Zeus and Thor (they need their exercise too!). Once the dogs are worn out, my husband and I head to the gym to train together. After the gym, we head home to make our dinner and meals for the next day. If time allows we will watch the news, read the paper, and relax!
Please tell me something about your daily training routine.
Cardio every morning! My husband and I lift MWF.
Mondays-Chest/Back Wednesday- Shoulders/Arms Friday-LEGS!
What are the main differences when you train for a competition and in off-season?
The different kinds and amount of food I eat!!!
If you don’t mind would you give me some stats (best lifts and some body measurements)?
I really don’t have any amazing lifts to brag about! I focus on training without injuring anything! Arms-14 inches Chest-36 Legs 24 inches
Which body part is your best in your opinion?
My back for right now. Legs when I can finally bring them in!!
What is your favorite exercise in the gym and which one you don’t like so much (if there is any)? Hmmm…I actually enjoy deadlifts, but am not a huge fan of squats. Luckily I don’t have to worry about adding mass on those quads!
Please tell me about what else you are doing when you don’t work out (profession, hobbies, etc.) I enjoy helping others attain their personal fitness goals, so I am working on finishing my personal training and spinning certifications. When we have free time, my husband and I enjoy playing golf together.
What are your future plans for 2004?
I plan on competing early in the year!
The Race for Breath started as a common bond shared between two daughters - Kelly Burke Jennings and Stacy Emanuel - who lost their mothers to lung cancer in the same year. Many people are unaware that lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Lung cancer kills more Americans each year than breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers combined.
The Alliance for Lung Cancer Advocacy, Support, and Education (ALCASE), is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated solely to helping people with lung cancer, and those at risk for the disease, improve the quality of their lives through advocacy, support, and education. Through registrations, sponsorships, and generous donations from companies and individuals, the 1st Annual Race for Breath 5K Run/Walk is aiming to raise more than $25,000 for ALCASE.
The Run/Walk event is open to all participants who seek a challenge, a runner-friendly course or just a fun and healthy way to support Lung Cancer awareness. The race features a very scenic start and finish at the Virginia Beach oceanfront.
Kelly does not do sessions or wrestling of any kind, please don't ask!!