Jessie Hilgenberg's Fitness Journey: Body By Jessie -

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Take a behind-the-scenes look at how fitness model Jessie Hilgenberg built her incredible physique! Learn from her inspirational fitness journey and get motivated to build your own ideal body.

Being fit and living healthy is what I know and love. Fitness has always been a part of my life. I grew up in a fit family—my dad ran marathons, we had a home gym, and my parents always had gym memberships. Still, I never really caught the training bug until I began playing sports. When I started playing softball, I started hitting the weight room.

But I didn’t always feel at home at the gym. I was never really a cardio person. I just wanted to lift, but I didn’t want to do it alone. I always had to go with my mom, my dad, my brother, or a friend. I didn’t want to use the squat rack because I didn’t want to set a pin wrong. I didn’t want to use a machine that had to be set up because I was worried I didn’t know how to undo the last person’s weights.

Now that I’ve gotten past those feelings and made the gym my stomping ground, I want to do my best to make sure women don’t ever feel like I did.

Using my fitness modeling, fitness coaching, and figure competitions as a platform, I hope to inspire as many people as possible. I’m here to help you change your life. I’m Jessie Hilgenberg.

When I was 19, I was a typical college kid. I smoked cigarettes, drank beer, and didn’t give fitness a second thought. It was a phase in my life where I ate ramen noodles, drank, hung out, and partied.

After college, I came home and knew it was time for a change. One particular event sparked my journey. I actually met my current husband Alex back then, and he was competing as a bodybuilder in the National Physique Committee (NPC). I was in the audience with a beer and a hot dog, and then these figure girls walked on to the stage in their amazing, sparkly suits. I had heard of men’s bodybuilding, but I had no idea that women were involved or that there were any sort of divisions.

There’s something in me that needs to have my own story and goals—my own journey to get to where I want to be. When I saw those figure competitors, I knew that my goal was to compete on that stage. That one moment became my driving force.

So, I made an investment: I signed up for a figure show, paid the registration fees, and spent the $800 on a suit. I knew I was going to do a show, no matter what. I tracked my progress and stayed motivated by meeting like-minded people and joining motivational communities like BodySpace.

But I was still really self-conscious in the gym. I started working out with Alex, who was my boyfriend at the time. Initially I followed him around and did everything he told me to do, but after I competed in my first show I caught the fitness bug. I fired Alex from telling me what to do, found my inner beast mode, and went from there.

I wanted to look healthy, I wanted to look full, and most importantly I wanted to set a good example for the sport of figure and for women everywhere. I read more articles, did more research, and learned more about what worked for me in the gym. That takes time. Not everybody can have the same workout or diet. What works for me doesn’t necessarily work for the next person. It’s a lot of trial and error.

I was OK with my fitness journey taking 10 or 15 shows over 3-4 years to learn from every single mistake along the way because I knew I’d eventually figure out what works for me. I’m 33 years old right now; I have a better physique, I’m healthier, and I feel better than I ever did in my 20s. It’s incredible, and I want to keep that going for as long as I can.

I want to feel even better at 43 than I do today at 33, and I know the only way to do that is to have a healthy diet, to stay consistent in the gym, and to live the lifestyle.

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