I actually got a lot of questions for this month so I'm adding a few questions in each blog so I can get to everyone's! Thanks for taking the time to do my Q & A.
#1 I recently did a photoshoot for @skins_usa and the question this week is "you look fab how do you stay in such great shape"
#2 was "what's your diet look like"
First of all thank you for the kind words!
Both questions can be answered with two sentences- being the best I can be is a lifestyle choice. I eat to perform, and I train to perform.
I don't have a very strict diet I don't measure anything or write it in a meal book or send pictures of my meals to Greg Everett (anymore). At one point in my career I didn't have a good hold on staying and training at a good body weight for my weight class. I've learned a lot since then. That struggle was hard and greatly impacted my mood and my performance at practices and competitions. Now I just think about everything I put in my body and how it'll make my body recover and feel the next day at training.
I don't have cheat days because Like I said it's a lifestyle choice. I don't like cheating life! On special occasions I'll eat things or if I'm eating out and there isn't a healthier option but I try to stay as clean as possible, all the time.
Everyone's body is different and I don't think everyone needs to make the same choices I do with my diet. However, This works for me and I feel great! My joints feel better I am in a better overall mood and my recovery is pretty quick when I eat clean. I used to consider it a sacrifice and it was the hardest part to being an elite athlete for me. Now I've matured some and realized I'll do whatever I can do be the best I can be and diet is a huge part of it. You are what you put into your body. I don't wanna be a greasy, artificial lifter!
List of things I stay away from- gluten, dairy, sugar, food with add hormones and McDonald's human meat burgers.
Don't get me wrong I love bread and cheese and candy (not really mcdonalds tho I read that article that just came out and seriously? Barf) but I also want to be the best and love winning and know I have to do everything it takes to be the best that I possibly can.
Now on to Training!! Training is my favorite thing to do in the entire world. I love every bit of it. Yes I come in tired and don't want to some days. Yes I come in hurting and ache and it takes me like 30 minutes to warm up or more. Yes i cry a lot if I have a bad day. I still have a hard time staying away from it. I've recently changed my training up a lot. I've tried a lot of different programs and I liked them all for different reasons. Catalyst made me the strongest I've ever been, Zygmunt Smalcerz made me the most confident and consistent I'd ever been and Andy Tysz' made me mentally push everyday. I've decided to do my own thing now and my boyfriend and I work together to try to combine them all. Yes, I do some Crossfit (thats related to my sport) for my mental push, gymnastics to strengthen core and stability overhead and normal strength, and Olympic lifts. I'm a high maintenance athlete when it comes to programming I have a hard time trusting and letting go of control and so this is a good fit for me even though my past programs were also so amazing. I'm exited to see it all come together in November at a competition in Costa Mesa, California as a prep for American Open in December.
So that's my program design. How my days usually go is I coach in the morning train from 1-4 and coach again in the evening. I've tried two a days, three a days and just long practices. The long ones are draining but I have a full time job so I do what I have to do. I get in don't complain and put in the work everyday usually reminding myself no matter how hard "this is what's gonna make me better" and suck i up. Train like you compete.
Thanks for the questions! If there's anymore questions again send them to my email firstname.lastname@example.org or Facebook message me find me at Jessica Marie Salvaggio*