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Jenna: Squatting Deep and Asking Question

Jenna has been bitten by the bodybuilding bug and fell in love with it. This young lady is looking to enter her first contest in figure during the 2016 season. Hitting the leg days hard and building a nice behind, Jenna is going to be someone to keep an eye on in the future. Lifting heavy, hard, and smart has been giving this lady the results she needs. In 14 weeks she will be taking the stage for the first time and all the hard work will show.

How old are you, where are you from, and do you squat ass to grass?
I’m Jenna 🙂 I’m turning 19 in a month! I’m from Montreal, Quebec in Canada, freezing out here at this time! I do squat ass to grass, I even destroy the grass, I would even say that the grass squats to my ass 😛

What areas of weight training do you train? And what is your best squat?
I’m an aspiring figure competitor! My first competition in 14 weeks, I can’t wait! My PR for squatting is a poor 185 because I had to deal with knee pain for a while, but it’s getting better, Although I can deadlift 255 🙂

Where do you train? Do you have a lifting team or partner?
I lift at ProGym, it’s the biggest gym in North America! I like lifting alone mostly, but since I train at least twice a day, I try to lift with friends from time to time, but it usually ends up being a cardio session since I have to adapt all my lifts to their level LOL don’t tell them I said that 😉

How did you into bodybuilding?
3 years ago, I was working in a sports summer camp wich gave us free access to a small gym. At the time, I was pretty chubby but one of my best guy friend was into lifting, he had a great six pack and a nice men’s physique type of look. I’d always see him eating his chicken and going to train and admired him for his discipline. The second he took me to that gym, I got hooked. Since that summer, I’ve being training almost every day.

What does a normal leg day workout look like for you?
I have 3 leg days a week: 1) hammies 2) legs 3) quads and glutes. To make it simple, I’ll tell you about my overall leg day. I like to start with 5-10 sets of squats, changing stances, speed, depth and load. I then go on to some real heavy deadlifts, then for hammies love very heavy good mornings on the hack squat. After I like to use the squat press for 4-8 sets (hell yeah volume!) or until I cramp oo much, then I go to seated leg curls and lying leg curls and finish off with some kind of calf work (I like seated raises). Guaranteed I can’t walk or if I can I’ll do 100 rep drop set on quad extension.

So what’s next for you? Any goals you have to hit?
I’m currently prepping for my first show on march 27th, so I need to lose 20 lb of fat at least (that’s because of all the ice cream and cookie :P) but I still want to grow lacking parts, like my legs!

When you lift heavy, when was the first time you out lifted a guy? And what do your non-lifter friends think about what you do?
Ever since the day I started training, I can’t stand sexist guys that think girls don’t even lift, so I made it my priority to always lift more than the cocky guy next to me… first time was a bad form forced 25lb curls when I was 16… LOL, I know I have a big ego, but eh, girls do lift! As for my non-lifting friends, most are impressed because they saw how far I’ve come (the lazy pasta eating party girl that I was). Most of them push me to my goals and encourage me but some of them invite me to cheat and drink. Then claim that I’m ”obsessed” with training, that I’ve ”changed”, that I’m ”manly” and that I should slack off… I try to avoid them because that’s not what friends should do!

What do you tell women who think lifting heavy makes you look “manly”?
I tell them ”do I look like a man to you?” and in most cases they ask me how I do it :p

Anything you would like to tell the younger lifters? and/or anything else you would like to add?
Thank you 🙂 I would tell them that patience is key, and before jumping on all the fast ways to getting big or lean, remember that diet is everything and good form has a greater impact than heavy lifting. For any further questions or coaching, anyone can email (heyalphaqueen @ gmail. com) me  🙂

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Founder of Fight Against Chicken Legs, part-time workout stuff, sometimes making websites look pretty, and saving the world #OneRepAtATime