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Jacqui Penne – March 2015

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How did you get started with bodybuilding?
I’ve always been in pretty good shape with fashion modeling. After my 2nd child, I saw photos in a muscle magazine of Ali Lee …I thought Damn!! I want to look like THAT! So it all began. I set some goals and here I am! After two kids I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in. Strong is sexy.

Where does your motivation come from?
For me, working out isn’t all about looks…although it’s definitely a plus 😉 I use lifting as mindfulness & therapy. If I’m having a crappy day, a workout makes everything better!! It’s a huge stress relief for me.

What workout routine has worked best for you?
On HIIT days I get up and get that done before my brain knows what I’m doing! lol. I’m an afternoon lady, I feel most awake and ready to kill it in the gym then! I train legs and glutes 2-3 times a week, back and shoulders twice. And arms once. Abs every other day. I switch it up often to keep my body guessing. I always use Saturday or Sunday as a rest day, and just do light walking or a bike ride with my kids of it’s nice.

If you had to pick only 3 exercises, what would they be and why?
-Lat pull downs – I LOVE the feeling of my back being strong and posture is so important!
-cable kick backs for the booty! It gets that “s curve” in tip top shape!
-abs, I love doing all ab work because having a strong core helps with everything else!

How long do you spend in the gym during a typical workout?
Usually an hour, depending if I stick to HIIT that day, it makes it an hour and 20mins.

We know consistency is key, what tips would you give to anyone struggling to stay consistent?
I treat it like a fun job. I have to put in my hours for my body to feel and look great! Instead of money, health & feeling strong is the prize. I make sure to set aside my gym time everyday. If I can’t make it a certain day, I don’t beat myself up. Life happens!

What is your diet like?
I eat 5-6 meals a day. 3 meals and 2 snacks. I usually follow the “eat like a queen for breakfast, and a peasant by dinner” lol! 3 Egg whites with spinach & goat cheese for breakfast along with oats and blackberries is one of my favorites. I’m obsessed with avocado, sweet potatoes and all green veggies. A gallon of water everyday…and I always have a big ol’ spoonful of peanut butter before bed!!

How do you deal with cravings for cheat meals?
To help keep me on track, I usually wait until a Friday or Saturday to have a big ol’ burger with sweet potato fries or cheesecake 🙂 having a time slot to have a cheat meal helps me a lot! And it’s something to look forward to on a weekend from working hard all week.

When trying to cut down do you prefer to use HIIT or just normal cardio?
HIIT! Mon-Wed-Fri I do 20-25mins of morning HITT. I walk for one minute and sprint for one minute until I reach the 20 minute mark, and I feel it kicking my butt. Then on Sunday’s I usually walk for 40 minutes on the treadmill while watching the Walking Dead.

Who do you look up to in the fitness industry you believe are really doing great in this industry?
I’ve always admired Janet Layug, she’s also a mom…and wow!!! All mothers really, it’s awesome to see other mommas out there living a fit & healthy lifestyle.

What is your supplementation like?
I’ve tried many supplements, but at the moment I’m using Shredz for a few months to cut down. During off season I take fish oil, vitamin D, and a multivitamin along with eating nutritious foods to fuel my body. Sometimes post workout I go for Isagenix IsaLean Pro shake, otherwise I eat one of my meals immediately after.

What’s your favorite motivational quote?
I have two!
-In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.
-Don’t cry over the past, it’s gone. Don’t stress about the future, it hasn’t happened yet! Live in the present and make it beautiful!!!

What’s you 5 favorite songs to work out to right now?
I can’t just pick 5!!
I love listening to dirty rap on leg days!
Lately, I’ve been going on pandora radio and listening to old school 90’s alternative! Nirvana, Incubus, 311, Sublime, Red Hot Chile Peppers just to name a few. I also love me some Beyoncé, Katy Perry…I love all music!!!


Photos by: LHGFX

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You can’t say tough without thinking of Christmas Abbott and the achievements under her belt. At 35 years of age, Abbott has become a household name within the fitness and entrepreneurial community. You may have seen her on the cover of Fitness Gurls Magazine or on popular TV shows such as Big Brother (last season), Big Brother: After Dark and a slew of intriguing and hilarious interviews. She’s our Gym Crush.

Also: See Christmas Abbott on the cover of Fitness Gurls Magazine

You were on our cover this year as our Most Inspiring Physique in Sports because you were mostly known for Crossfit. But you also are known for Nascar and now Big Brother! What gives you that confidence that no matter what you do, you’re going to be pretty awesome at it?
First, THANK YOU!!! That was such an amazing award! Confidence is a muscle that needs to be trained and worked at consistently and I have been working on it for a long time. While doing that I committed to try new things and be willing to “fail” as most people perceive. I don’t know what the outcome of my ventures will result in but I do know that I would rather try my hardest and prepare for my best and stumble than not try at all! So if that means that I am pretty awesome at what I take on, then I’ll take it!

Starting so many new projects, are you afraid of making rookie mistakes?
I have always enjoyed creating things and seeing their growth and potential; from businesses to people. It’s a beautiful thing to watch something you imagine come to life. I try my best to do my due diligence on any project that I approach to ensure it is as successful as I can make it within my ability. I often reach out to mentors, friends, and associates to get ruthless feedback in hopes to prevent any “rookie” mistakes. If it does happen, it’s a learning experience!

How was it staying at the Big Brother house… and how’s your foot?
The BB House was like adult summer camp with no phones and no contact with the outside world. It was such a unique and fun experience collectively that I feel really special to have it. The foot is healing. I have surgery soon to take out the hardware from the first surgery and after that, I am on the official road to recovery. It has been a slow and frustrating process but I am keeping positive about it and hopefully showing the world that you can have something tragic happen and still accomplish big things!

Another thing that you’re recently started is your online training platforms, what kind of shape do you need to be in to do your workouts?
BBX is an awesome combination of my workouts that can be done anywhere and for anyone! I know it sounds cliche but its true. All of my BBX’ers get workout videos, online community, downloadable e-books, and exclusive access to my other projects and offers. What I love MOST about the BBX program is that people sign up for a body transformation and they get major results along with a complete confidence transformation! They are such incredible people!

You seem like you’re even busier than ever, do you still have time to train as much as you use to?
Now that I am out of the BB House and getting to use my foot more I am back on a regiment. Even when I couldn’t put weight on my foot I was doing some sort of training to keep my sanity in check but also let my body know I still loved it. Body’s are meant to move! I am not training competition style right now and it looks like that won’t happen until the summer. I am loving my mix of CrossFit Invoke (my gym), spin class, and hot yoga. The combination is so good for my body and spirit.

Tell me what you have going on with Dick’s Sporting good and Second Skin Apparel?
Dick’s Sporting Goods launched their own apparel line, Second Skin. Second Skin is absolutely appropriately named!! They have a compression line and a training line. So I don’t have to go to two different companies for all of my needs! They have been an incredible company to work with and really take my input seriously. The clothes keep up with me, my demands for my body, and feel so darn good!!

Where did you learn so much about business?
HA! I have always been interested in business but it takes a lot of discipline. I didn’t graduate from college and went to work in Iraq as a civilian contractor instead which ultimately became my life college. In Iraq I learned how to be organized, detailed, commitment, and of course CrossFit! Those key skills aligned with passion can create a potent product. I have done a lot of research on whatever I venture into and when possible I leaned on mentors or sought out professional advice. Ultimately, I learned as I went but it wasn’t a “go with the flow” approach. I prepared for all of my projects as much as possible and as they were executed I learned more and more about business over the years.

You’re also an incredible model. How do you stay in such great shape year round?
Ha! Well, thank you again! I don’t consider myself a model rather than an athlete. I workout to help my journey with myself, it fuels me in such a positive way that I cannot get any other way. A healthy combination of fitness, nutrition, and enjoying life can keep you in the best, most positive shape possible. I love the balance it provides and I’m cautious not to get too far into body image that it affects my balance, meaning I enjoy drinks with my girls and holiday foods guilt free!

What’s next for Christmas Abbott? What should we be watching out for next?
I have just launched an amazing supplement company called Bourn Relentless! I wanted to create a line that I loved with all of the things that I would use with the ingredients I would put into my body, so I DID! I am really excited about this launch and the products that I have created so far. Check it out at BOURNRELENTLESS.com

Also, I am in the final phases of a project that has been in the works one way or another for almost five years! CAN is an online coaching nutrition program that is education driven and a one-stop shop for macro calculating, goal tracking, meal resources, workout regiments, and supplements suggestions. It is super user-friendly and will have a ton of support for the client so they feel empowered and educated throughout their entire lifestyle change. I am so proud of this project and what it will do to help people truly understand the fundamentals of nutrition within their lifestyle without feeling helpless, confused, or restricted. CAN will help people make the lifestyle changes they have been wanting! People can sign up through my website ChristmasAbbott.com to get in the know for when it will launch and even an early bird discount for sign ups!

As for life, I am enjoying time with family and friends as much as possible and leaning into an adventure. I have had a lot of personal growth this year and I want to be sure I reflect on it and not take it for granted.
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Find more about Christmas Abbott at: @christmasabott
Photos by Ohrangutang @ohrangutang / Makeup by Cristina Pilo @cristinapilo

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