NEW IFBB PRO SPOTLIGHT: ASHLEY JENELLE

Which show did you get your procard?

2016 IFBB North American Championships

How did you get into competing?

I decided to finally compete in my first show at the age of 30 after thinking about it for years. It was on my bucket list and my "30 things to do when I turn 30" list so there was no stopping me. Even with a move from Texas to Colorado, I made a promise too myself that I would still achieve my goal, and little did I know I'd discover my passion along the way .

Give an overview of your fitness journey to winning your Pro Card.

2014 - NPC Warrior Classic, 2nd place
2014 - NPC Nationals, 16th place
2015 - Jr. Nationals, 5th place
2015 - IFBB North American Championships, 3rd place
2016 - Jr. USA Championships, 4th place
2016 - IFBB North American Championships, 1st place / Overall Bikini Champion

What do you attribute to your success?

Determination, consistency, and willpower. In 2014, I set out on a goal to become a professional bodybuilder after competing in my first show and I was determined to accomplish it. Although, there were times I failed along the way, I didn't let those moments detour me from my goal and I stayed consistent in pursuit of my dreams. There were times when it was challenging to stay on track, easy to cheat on my plan, or give up at the gym, and it was those times when I challenged my inner-willpower to help see me through.

What advice would you give someone who is contemplating competing?

1. Research coaches if you plan on joining a team and don't just limit yourself to asking the coach questions. Ask around, look for reviews, and ask current and previous clients.
2. Do it for the right reasons... Make sure you're contemplating on competing for you and no one but you.
3. It's a financial commitment... Be financially sound and don't just jump in without understanding the financial commitment that goes into a prep and a competition ahead of time.

Where can people find you?

Facebook athlete page: Facebook.com/ashjenfit
Instagram: ifbbpro_ashleyjenelle
Website: www.ashjenfit.com