Transformation of a Figure Competitor

dotFIT will be showcasing a 15 week blog series by Pro Figure Competitor and dotFIT sponsored athlete Jodi Lynn Braun. Jodi is a certified personal trainer at Premier Fitness in Nanuet, NY. Getting other people in shape is her full time job. For the next few months, getting herself in top physical condition will be an added focus. Follow along, if you dare, and see how one woman prepares for a figure competition. Her dietary strategies, workouts, feelings, trials and tribulations will all be shared. Feel like following along? Make this the guidance and inspiration you need to launch your own attack on a new you. Tune in to find out what it truly takes to achieve the toned, lean physiques you see in the magazines and share in the pain and the triumphs of Jodi’s journey to the contest stage.

Keep in mind when following Jodi’s exploits that she is a VERY experienced lifter and that many of the strategies and exercise methods she employs are extreme and exceptionally demanding. This blog series is for entertainment purposes only and is not intended to be specific advice on what to do for your porgram. As always, be sure your are medically and physically sound before beginning any exercise or nutrition program.

Week #1

Hello everyone! My name is Jodi Braun and throughout the next 14 weeks I will be sharing with you my insightful information on my transformation as I get ready for my 3rd professional figure competition. It will take place April 17th in West Nyack, New York. Premier Fitness is promoting the event and added a pro figure category. It’s very rare I get to compete on home turf where all my friends and family can be there to show support, so I am jumping on this opportunity.

I am fitness trainer at Premier Fitness and teach group fitness as well. I hold workshops getting other women ready for figure and fitness. I assist in stage presence, posing, suit choice, and more. Warren Fahrenfeld is the nutritionist/coach here. He has been the one to get me ready for each event since day 1. Using dotFIT nutrition we have been able to get my conditioning, strength and muscle mass to the next level.

Jodi Braun

dotFIT Sponsored Athlete & Personal Trainer Jodi Braun

I wasn’t really into sports when I was younger except for an occasional game of volleyball or softball. Though I enjoyed playing I never took it seriously enough to be on a team for school. I started lifting weights in college and I fell in love from there. After training myself for a couple years, I trained friends. From there I knew the gym was where I was meant to be and I began studying to be certified as a fitness trainer. I was certified with ISSA, Apex, dotFIT and next plan to  get an NASM certification. I have worked in a couple of gyms prior to Premier Fitness part-time but now this is what I do full time. I live it, breathe it, and I keep clients motivated because of it.

At the time when Warren approached me about competing, I was a member at the gym and not yet employed. I wasn’t sure if I had what it took to do it and dismissed the idea. After about a year of Warren approaching me I finally gave in and said I would give it a shot. Well, needless to say I was hooked and loved everything about it. I enjoyed the discipline needed to make it and the feeling of accomplishment when it was time to take the stage.

In 2008, at my 5th amateur figure competition, I won overall and gained professional status at the OCB Mid-Atlantic Classic in Burlington, New Jersey. It was one of the most memorable moments in my life. I made my pro debut October of 2009. I didn’t place where I would have liked to but I knew what I had to do in order to place better 6 weeks later at the Yorton World Championships. Confidence was a must and it was the hardest 6 weeks I have ever experienced. Warren had trained me for those 6 weeks and my conditioning was better than ever before. I placed 5th!!!! I was thrilled to be in the top 5 and standing with fellow women who were my role models.

So, here I am again ready to take on another journey. That’s exactly what this is and I want to make everyone at home proud! Every time I have begun another cycle of preparation I say to myself, “Okay, it’s time!!!” So here we go! With the help of dotFIT, Warren’s nutritional guidance and support from my biggest fans, it’s time to shine and that’s what I plan on doing.

Week 1 is now complete. Cardio is pretty minimal at this point and I’m still lifting pretty heavy. In about 6 to 8 weeks the type of workout will change. Every week my body fat % is monitored and my diet changes based on what Warren sees. At 15 weeks out I started at 16.9%. My goal is not to get to a certain % but more of what will it take to get my body to peak. Last competition I was at 6.5%, but with each show it varies.

I’m pretty psyched about this competition and excited to share it with all of you. Keep checking in week to week as I post each milestone that I overcome over the next few months. I hope to inspire you as I am inspired. ;)

Jodi

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