Black Women Bodybuilding Presents: Whitney Jacobs

Tell us about yourself

  • Name Whitney Jacobs
  • Age 29
  • Height 5’5
  • Weight 150 
  • Occupation: EMR consultant

 

Give us a brief backstory on how you got started on your fitness journey/lifestyle.

(Whitney)  My dad was always active in health and wellness so I was brought up in  it.  I was raised always having a weight room in our house.

 

What struggle did you run into getting started or staying motivated to continue towards your goals?

(Whitney)  After graduating college, I still had that drive to compete because I had competed in athletics my entire life.  Growing up in sports, that was your reason and way of working out so I had to rethink about the ways and reasons to work out.

 

What advice do you have for those struggling with motivation to reach their goals or continue with a healthy lifestyle?

(Whitney)  Grab a friend!  Friends help give yo the accountability and encouragement that we need when we feel like we’re lacking it ourselves.

 

What is your approach to Diet/Nutrition and the role it plays in reaching your goals?

(Whitney)  I try to eat organic and unprocessed food!  I love going to local farmer’s markets to get fresh food!  We have to think about how we approach and understand the connection between the food we eat and how our body functions.

 

What is a typical day of eating like for you?

(Whitney)  I always drink a glass of water with apple cider vinegar within ten minutes of waking up.  I will usually make a smoothie (spinach, kale, flax seed, turmeric, fruit) and eggs.  My meals consist of a portion of a protein source (meat, fish, chicken, lentils), lots of vegetables, and I snack on nuts and fruit throughout the day.  I truly believe it’s about what we eat and not always how much we eat.  Eating the right things is vitally important.

 

What is your training schedule like and how do you split your workouts?

(Whitney) 

Monday-legs

Tuesday-back

Wednesday-shoulders

Thursday-legs

friday-arms/chest

My cardio varies from running, biking, stairmaster, swimming, roller blading, playing basketball

 

Favorite body part to train?

(Whitney) Legs!

Example workout:

leg extensions

leg curls

leg press

Single leg rdl superset with curtsy squat

TRX bulgarian split squat superset with jump squats

cable kick backs

cable pull throughs

 

Can we get a sample of your workout playlist?

(Whitney)

Until I pass out—Uncle Reece

Joyful Joyful—Lauryn Hill

Nobody—Tye Tribbett

Stomp remix—Kirk franklin

I can’t help myself—Uncle Reece

Higher—William Murphy

1-2 Victory check—Tye Tribbett

It’s Working—William Murphy

God’s Got a Blessing—Norman Hutchins

Hold up the Light—Bebe & CeCe Winans

Long as I Got king Jesus—Vickie Winans

The Anthem—Jesus Culture

Freedom—Eddie James

Mighty Long Way—Tye Tribbett

Hallelujah Praise—CeCe Winans

Jesus be a Fence—Fred Hammond

 

Do you take any supplements? If so what do you take?

(Whitney)  Plant based protein powder, multi-vitamin

 

What are your staple fitness products for you?

(Whitney)  Versa loop bands, foam roller

 

Favorite food/Cheat meal?

(Whitney)  Dark Chocolate

 

One interesting fact about you?

(Whitney)  I’m an avid animal lover!

 

 

For information on whats new with Whitney check out her IG page @FreedomFitness1

Black Women Bodybuilding Presents: Mykal Harris

Tell us about yourself

  • Name Mykal Harris
  • Age 27
  • Height 5’4
  • Weight 160 
  • Occupation: Bartender, Yoga Teacher, Personal Trainer

 

Give us a brief backstory on how you got started on your fitness journey/lifestyle.

(Mykal)  I had always lived an active life growing up. I played basketball and danced. When I quit dancing after my junior year of college, I began to notice a few extra pounds. But things got worse when I moved to Murfreesboro. I was working at a restaurant, stressed from school, and put on 20+ lbs in 6 months. I didn’t even recognize my body anymore. So I changed my diet, hired a personal trainer, began doing hot yoga, and it became a lifestyle.

 

What struggle did you run into getting started or staying motivated to continue towards your goals?

(Mykal)  I work in the restaurant industry, so I am always around delicious food. I struggle with anxiety and depression, so eating out of impulse and stress is sometimes a problem. Lastly, it’s possible to burn yourself out on the lifestyle. At one point I was training several people, teaching yoga, teaching group classes, and attempting to train for a competition. I got sick of seeing the inside of the gym, and had to take a step back. Now, that I don’t live in the gym, I look forward to my workouts every day.

 

What advice do you have for those struggling with motivation to reach their goals or continue with a healthy lifestyle?

(Mykal)  Never stop looking for motivation. Get on Pinterest or Instagram, scroll photos, and save inspiring images or quotes. Find a workout partner or someone to hold you accountable. Get into a routine, but make it enjoyable, and try new things.  Celebrate your progress, and remember how you felt before you began. I was miserable when my diet slipped and I stopped being active. I was more exhausted, I didn’t like the way my body looked and felt. Remember what made you get started.

What is your approach to Diet/Nutrition and the role it plays in reaching your goals?

(Mykal)  Nutrition is everything. I often tell people who ask me for advice to start there. If you changing your whole life seems to overwhelming, start with trying to eat better. I cannot achieve the body I want or feel like I want, while eating trash. I like to keep my meat intake down and eat a lot of fresh fruits and veggies. I strive to drink a gallon of water every day, and I opt for seafood over chicken. Beef and pork are rare. Eating this way gives me the energy to execute my busy lifestyle and my workouts.

 

What is a typical day of eating like for you?

(Mykal)   Ideally,

Breakfast: Oatmeal or fruit (apples/bananas)

Snack: Protein shake after a workout

Lunch: Black beans or 6oz fish/chicken and steamed veggies with brown rice, vegan chili,

Snack: Raw fruits/veggies  and yogurt, or a smoothie, sometimes another shake

Dinner: 6oz protein (preferably salmon!), steamed/roasted veggies or a big salad

Snack (if necessary): Grapes or yogurt and granola

 

What is your training schedule like and how do you split your workouts?

(Mykal)   When training for competition, I do a different body part each day. During the off-season, I enjoy full body workouts and mixing cardio and weights.

Example:

Warm Up: 10 minutes of cardio on the stairs, the elliptical or running

4×10-12 Back squats

4×10-12 Glute kickbacks

4×10-12 Lying leg curls

3×20 Abductor/Adductor

5-10 minutes Walking Lunges

3×20 Hanging leg raise

 

 

Favorite body part to train?

(Mykal)  Legs! Legs! Legs! Glutes, hammies, quads. I could do legs every day!

 

Can we get a sample of your workout playlist?

(Mykal)  I don’t have one. I subscribe to Pandora One. If I’m lifting, I like Young Money, Future, or Rick Ross Radio. Anything to make me feel like a badass. If I’m doing cardio, I like pop music like Ke$ha or Katy Perry.

 

Do you take any supplements? If so what do you take?

(Mykal)  I sometimes take a fat burner called TNT for energy, because I can’t take pre-workout. Otherwise, I just use vegan protein powder. My coaches will be giving me supplement regimen during competition training. This will include a multivitamin, probiotic, omega 3,6,9, and the fat burner.

 

What are your staple fitness products for you?

(Mykal)  Headphones, arm band, and gloves. I don’t like a lot of extra stuff, I’ll lose it!

 

Favorite food/Cheat meal?

(Mykal)  Definitely pizza or sushi

 

One interesting fact about you?

(Mykal)  I study foreign languages for fun.I have a B.A. Spanish, studied Portuguese for a year, and took a semester of Japanese and Italian for elective credit, and spent most of high school devoted to Latin.

 

Anything else you would like to share with us?

(Mykal)  Never give up. My health and fitness journey has not been a straight shot. I have regressed and had setbacks. It happens. Someone once told me never compare your private life to someone else’s public life. So while social media is a great place to find inspiration, it only tells the story a person wants you to see. So if you fall off the wagon, get back on. If your diet slips, pick it back up. If you don’t know your ultimate goal, just keep moving and you will find it. All the pieces eventually fall into place, if you keep working.

 

To keep up with Mykal and learn more about her upcoming Vlog/Blog called MelaYoga follow her on instagram @themelayogi 

 

Black Women Bodybuilding Presents: Brianne Gardner

Tell us about yourself

  • Name Brianne Gardner
  • Age 26
  • Height 5’4
  • Weight 136
  • Occupation: Youth Treatment Specialist

Give us a brief backstory on how you got started on your fitness journey/lifestyle.

(Brianne) I have been in the gym consistently since 2012 and began competing in 2016. A few years before competing I was just a regular gym chick going whenever without a definite plan other than to lose a few pounds. I was not aware of my capabilities or my strength; I typically did what was comfortable. One day I was browsing on the internet looking for a program that would keep me occupied. I was struggling with plateaus and had no idea how to get past it. Luckily, I came across a 60 day program that tested every type of strength I did not have. I was able to lose a significant amount of weight, but once I began school again, I hit a roadblock and of course slowly gained the weight back. As time went on I started incorporating lifting into my workouts and I noticed muscle gains I did not see before. After awhile my schedule began to cram and I kind of lost touch of the gym until my last year at school. I needed something to stay focused, I joined an off campus gym near my college, got a trainer and began prepping for my first competition. I guess I can say I’ve always had somewhat of a fitness journey, but now I am aware that I am living the lifestyle.

 

What struggle did you run into getting started or staying motivated to continue towards your goals?

(Brianne) A struggle that stands out for me was time management. I think I was over thinking how much time I did not have, but looking back at it full scope, I had plenty of time. I think my mind was psyching me out of greatness! I don’t think I was prepared to dedicate myself to something else. I was a full time student and worked part time, so placing the gym into the mix was not in my plan. What kept me going were my friends at the time and the gym I joined. Being surrounded by like minded people kept me motivated.

 

What advice do you have for those struggling with motivation to reach their goals or continue with a healthy lifestyle?

(Brianne) Advice I could give to someone to keep motivated is visualize what you would look like. I think visualizing yourself at a stage that you don’t know, yet helps stay motivated because you don’t like the place you’re in now and knowing your vision will come to life gives more than enough reason to continue your journey.

What is your approach to Diet/Nutrition and the role it plays in reaching your goals?

(Brianne) Flexible and experimentation. Of course, knowing your macros is important. Personally, for me I have to follow a plan, but I do have fun with my food while prepping. Keeping my proteins high, carbs low and fats moderate works best for me. Nutrition is the number one factor in obtaining your goals. Food should be fuel before and after working out, to replenish and to help keep you energized.

 

What is a typical day of eating like for you?

(Brianne) My meals range between 5 to 6 meals a day. I eat oats, eggs and fruit every morning. My breakfast has been the same since I can remember. After working out I drink a protein shake and soon after I have lunch, which consist of ground turkey, and a mix of vegetables, I’ll eat a snack like a half of an avocado, for dinner I will have between chicken or fish with any veggies of choice. If I spread my meals out correctly or if I am up late I will have another protein shake, so everyday ends different, but the start remains the same.

 

What is your training schedule like and how do you split your workouts?

(Brianne) My training schedule differs everyday. I don’t have a day designated to a specific muscle group it really depends on how I am feeling and what I lifted last. Some Mondays I begin with legs, other weeks I begin with a back workout. If I haven’t hit shoulders then I will do those. It changes weekly depending on the goal for that week.

 

Favorite body part to train?

(Brianne) I love my calves. I was teased when I was younger due to how big they were, so as I got older I just learned to embrace them and show them off more!

 

Can we get a sample of your workout playlist?

(Brianne) I listen to a variety of music. My playlist consist of Beyonce, of course, Chris Brown, Rae Sremmurd, Miguel, slow jams, rap and hip-hop. Anything with a beat.

Do you take any supplements? If so what do you take?

(Brianne) Yes, I take whey isolate protein, Glutamine, pre workout, BCAA’s, and daily multivitamins

 

What are your staple fitness products for you?

(Brianne) I pretty much try anything before deciding if it will be a staple for me. Definitely use gloves and straps everyday and when I want to cut I use Sweet Sweat for extra burn.

 

Favorite food/Cheat meal?

(Brianne) Anything chocolatey,  sweet, and onion rings.

 

One interesting fact about you?

(Brianne) I dislike working out despite my enjoyment of competing.

 

Anything else you would like to share with us?

(Brianne) A huge shout out to my family who has supported me through all of my endeavors so far. They are my team and I would love to continue keeping them around while I tackle this never ending lifestyle. They inspire me more than they know.

To keep up with Brianne follower her on instagram @Naturalbreezy08

Black Women Bodybuilding Presents: Bria Johnson

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Tell us about yourself

  • Name Bria Johnson
  • Age 23
  • Height 5’2
  • Weight 130 (during offseason)
  • Occupation: Personal Trainer

Give us a brief backstory on how you got started on your fitness journey/lifestyle.

(Bria) I have always been extremely active, however last year I took a great amount of time off from the gym.  Really wasn’t happy with where I was in my life. So early 2016 my goal was to “get shredded” just for my own satisfaction so I started to work out consistently and rigorous.  In March one of my co-workers brought to my attention that I should compete.  Shortly after I did my research and fell quite fond of the idea.  I am pretty head strong so when I set my mind to something it will get accomplished.  I soon hired a coach and begin to prep for my first fitness competition! It has been uphill ever since, I have now found my passion.

 

What struggle did you run into getting started or staying motivated to continue towards your goals?

(Bria) Prepping for shows takes dedication you can’t even imagine.  There were many nights I wanted to go home and rest after work or sleep late but I had to go to the gym.  Everytime I wanted to quit I would imagine myself walking out on stage receiving that first place trophy.  That vision alone kept me motivated to keep pushing toward my goals.

 

What advice do you have for those struggling with motivation to reach their goals or continue with a healthy lifestyle?

(Bria) I would ask them what they’re purpose is, and if they see their goals important enough to push through hardship.  If so, sacrifice now and the ending result will be unimaginable because of the work you put in.

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What is your approach to Diet/Nutrition and the role it plays in reaching your goals?

(Bria) Diet/ Nutrition is honestly the hardest yet most important part of living a fit life.  I believe you are 100% percent what you put in your body and what you put in is what you will get out.  I see it as eating for nutritious benefits and putting the nutrients you need in your body to reach your goal.  You cannot eat for taste while prepping.

 

What is a typical day of eating like for you?

(Bria) I typically have 5 small meals and one protein shake a day.  My diet consists of high protein, moderate carbs, and low fat.

 

What is your training schedule like and how do you split your workouts?

(Bria) I work out 6 times a week, focusing on specific muscle groups each day.

  • Monday I do legs which consists of squats, lunges, leg press, hamstring curls, deadlift, leg extension, and etc.

 

Favorite body part to train?

(Bria) My favorite body part to train is back.

 

Can we get a sample of your workout playlist?

(Bria) I love music that will keep me motivated and also makes me think.  It really just depends on how I’m feeling that day. It can range from Travis Scott, 2 chainz, and Jeezy, to Lauryn Hill, Kendrick, and bone thugs n harmony. Lol I like to switch it up.

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Do you take any supplements? If so what do you take?

(Bria) I take cell you loss from herbal life, optimum nutrition pre-workout, and any protein snacks and shakes from quest nutrition.

 

What are your staple fitness products for you?

(Bria) Quest nutrition. I absolutely love their protein bars, chips, powder, and etc.

 

Favorite food/Cheat meal?

(Bria) Burger and fries and donuts. I always crave that during prep.

 

One interesting fact about you?

(Bria) I talk in my sleep.

 

Anything else you would like to share with us?

(Bria) Keep pushing and going after your goals! Whatever they may be, don’t conform to please others.

If you are looking for a trainer and would like to work with Bria please reach out to Pbfits via email at Pbfit@gmail.com and also check out her IG page @Bria.lifts