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Jenny Lynn Interview
Q: There are many opinions and theories about cardio. Some people like HIT training with interval-style training some like longer slow sessions. You do up to 2 hours of cardio per day before a contest. Is any of that HIT style or is it all slower paced? And, in your experience, can you tell us what works best for most people and why?
I do a combination of both HIT and normal cardio during my contest prep. Our bodies are very adaptive so if we use the same cardio sources frequently our bodies will get accustomed to it and not use as many calories to facilitate the exercises. I do track workouts (very HIT cardio) 3 times a week during my contest prep and the rest of my cardio is normal cardio on various machines in which my heart rate stays between 150-155bpms.
Q: More than an hour of cardio per day (sometimes 30-45 imunutes!) is hard for people to plan into their busy schedules. Do you find a particular exercise is more effective for fat burning - for instance, running, recumbant biking or treadmill work?
Track workouts…IE: running bleachers, plyometrics, conditioning drills and running sprints is by far the best cardio workout I’ve ever experienced!!!!
Q: Which supplements have you found to assist you in shedding the fat during your contest prep?
I have used Redline as my fat burner prior to cardio in addition to 2 grams of L-Carnitine.
Q: Could you outline your diet that you follow during your contest prep?
This varies week to week depending on how my body is responding and where I’m at in my contest prep. But a general outline looks like this:
Meal 1: 1/2 c. oatmeal and 8 egg whites
Meal 2: 1.5 scoops of Whey Protein Shake (30 grams of protein) mixed with water & ½ c. oatmeal
Meal 3: 5 oz. chicken breast, ½ c. sweet potato & 1 c. green veggies
Meal 4: 5 oz. 99% fat free ground turkey, ½ c. brown rice and 1 c. green
Meal 5: 6 oz. white fish and 1 c. green veggies
Meal 6: 1.5 scoop of Slow Release Protein
Q: The last few weeks are always difficult and extreme prolonged hunger gets to be a really big issue for many people. Do you have any hints or tips that could help people out to keep going through those last few weeks?
Honestly, it’s the toughest for everyone. I’m not generally a cranky person but if you’ll ever see it from me it’s then! Just remember that it’s a very short amount of time and you’ll be eating whatever you want again in no time! Also, that this is your goal…nobody else’s….So, suck it up and focus a little harder during the home stretch!!!
Q: Training and diet topics aside, what things do you like to do relax in your spare time and what hobbies do you have?
I love spending time with my friends, family and my boyfriend when I have down time. I also love to read, cook, entertain and run outside.
Q: How long do you see yourself competing and what do you aspire to do after your competition days?
I’ll compete 2-3 more years. Then, I’d like to have and raise a family of my own. I’ll hopefully always be involved in the fitness industry to some extent since it’s certainly my passion. I’m working on my own active wear line now that will be available on my website. I also work with a lot of pro and amateur fitness and figure competitors worldwide now helping them prepare for various competitions and intend to continue to beyond my own career.
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