Name: Justine Moore
Height: 5′ 5
Residence: Long Island, New York
Weight: Currently 113 On Season, 118 Off Season
Occupation: Personal Trainer/ Promo Model/ Fitness Model
Placed 2nd at the 2011 NPC East Coast National Qualifier; Placed 3rd at the 2011 NPC Eastern USA’s National Qualifier
When did you get started with fitness?
In high school and college I struggled to maintain my weight, trying all kinds of fad diets, quick fixes, and unhealthy strategies. I kind of fell into the world of fitness when I began working the front desk at a local gym. Finally I found something that made sense… treating your body right with proper nutrition and exercise and watching good habits turn into real, lasting results!
At the age of 21 I got certified as a personal trainer. As I started training clients I immediately felt it was a passion of mine to help others improve their self esteem and quality of life through health and fitness. I wanted to take my own fitness level a step further so I trained for 6 months to compete in my first figure competition. One competition spiraled into another… and I have really never looked back! I currently compete in the NPC Bikini Division, where I will be competing on the National level in 2012. No stopping now ‘til I get that Pro Card!!!
What drives you to be so fit?
My drive comes from within. When I decide I want something I go for it and don’t let anything stand in my way. I love working towards goals and constantly challenging myself to be my best and continuously improve. I perform my best in all areas of my life when I look and feel amazing.
What has been the hardest obstacle for you to overcome?
It was tough learning to balance a fit lifestyle with a social life. I used to think I’m only in my early 20’s… I should be going out and partying. But I’ve realized that’s not what makes me happy. Feeling fit, in shape, and great about myself is what makes me happiest.
I’ve learned to incorporate my fit lifestyle into social events, by bringing my meals with me or planning ahead to make a special occasion one of my allotted “cheat meals.”
What is your favorite body part to train?
I love training shoulders and glutes. These also happen to be the areas I want to add the most muscle!
Do you Take Any Supplements?
I take a fat burner first thing in the morning when I am in contest prep. Recently I’ve been using MET-Rx’s Thermal Infusion. With breakfast I take a multi vitamin, fish oils and glucosamine. For protein powder I use MET-Rx Ultramyosyn Whey Isolate. At night I take calcium, vitamin C and more glucosamine.
If you could start back form the first day you started training would you do anything different?
Absolutely. The biggest thing I would do differently would be not to let myself gain a lot of weight post-competition. After my first shows I would go crazy eating sugar and junk for weeks and barely working out. I would see my abs and definition slip away within days and gained 20-25 pounds within a month of the shows. All that hard work destroyed! Then when I wanted to compete again it was a long, difficult process again to lose the weight.
Since I started working with my incredible coaches Shannon Dey and Rob Rosetti of Team Bombshell, I’ve learned to live a life of balance and moderation. I finally understand the concept that “It’s not a diet- it’s a lifestyle.” After my most recent shows I enjoyed a few delicious meals with family and friends, but then got right back on track eating right and working out. I now stay 5-7 pounds of my contest weight. We Team Bombshell athletes don’t have an off season, but instead call it “Improvement Season.” I am very proud of how far I’ve come with this.
Is there anyone in the fitness industry that you look up to?
My coaches Shannon Dey and Rob Rosetti- they’re the best! I also admire IFBB Bikini Pro Jaime Baird, IFBB Pro Bodybuilder Marcus Haley, WNBF Pro Bodybuilder Brenda Rahe, and IFBB Bikini Pro Yeshaira Robles, because they are not only amazing athletes but truly kind, genuine and positive people.
Final Advice For Readers?
You have to really make fitness your priority, and this means making sacrifices and pushing past your comfort zone at times. If getting an incredible body was easy then everyone would have one! Stay positive, surround yourself with supportive people, and take things one day at a time. And remember… the rewards ALWAYS outweigh all the hard work!
– Justine Moore