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FITTIN’ IN W/NUTRABOLICS JONNI SHREVE

FITTIN’ IN W/NUTRABOLICS JONNI SHREVE
“Fittin’ In” is a daily fitness segment where Kaboom! Magazine.com receives 5 unique fitness tips and tricks from some of our favorite professional fitness instructor/performer/trainer/model which will help people become more active and healthy every day. Today, we get some incredible fitness advice from Nutrabolics Fitness Model/Trainer Jonni Shreve. Jonni is a certified personal trainer and has been competing in physique shows at the national level for many years. Through hard work and proper preparation, Jonni has collected some amazing trophies from these national shows.  Jonni is currently the east coast sales manager for Nutrabolics, which is one of the world leaders in cutting-edge sports nutrition. Jonni Shreve Info:            Age: 32 Hometown: Windsor, Ontario, CN (Currently Reside in Halifax Nova Scotia) Occupation: Nutrabolics US East Coast Sales Manager, Owner Hardcore Training (Online coaching and contest prep) Height: 5’7” Weight: 245 Instagram: @Jonni_Shreve @Jonni_Nutrabolics Twitter:@jonni_shreve Team Affiliation(s): TeamY3T Favorite Gym: Las Vegas Athletic Club, City Athletic Club (Vegas) Years in Fitness: 21 years Career Accomplishments: 2X Runner Up Heavy Weight Canadian Nationals, 5th Place Arnold Classic Amateur Heavy Weight, over all Mr. Nova Scotia 2013 Favorite Part of Your Body: Legs, Back, and Arms Favorite Workout: T-Bar Row image4 (1) Control your mind and the body will follow. Throughout my life I had to deal with depression. It wasn’t until recently, about a year ago that I started cognitive therapy. I was on a mission to become more self-aware, to be able to be free from what I call brain slavery. The best thing is that through my fitness journey being self-aware is almost second nature. The challenge of staying in shape, preparing for a competition or following a meal plan isn’t the strict regiment, long hours of cardio or grueling work outs, its staying mentally strong through whatever life throws your way. Quitting is a choice sparked by doubt and impatience where most of the games and competition that are won or lost happen in the mind first. There are those that are well prepared mentally and can keep going through that the most challenging times when the body is just saying no. And there are others who fall victim to the hardships and in a result quit. Some people quit before they even start. Try your best to win every battle created in you mind, be it doubt, laziness, fear, pain even anger and you will be able to take your body far past the limits you’ve every thought it could go. 12233096_10156184775740048_170355012_n Make it a life style (DIET) When I hear the word diet, heck when anyone hears that word, there is an immediate negative reaction. Why? Because for the word “diet” means missing out on foods you like or having to “sacrifice” something. And yes people can diet but the diets tend to be a temporary fix. I mean look on the web, you’ll see it everywhere, 12-week diet, 8-week diets 4-week glute plans and the easy 6-week transformation program. They all have a life span and expiration date. But when you look at it as a lifestyle your view on eating more balanced tends to shift. When I make meal plans for my athletes (see what I did. I call it a meal plan and all my “clients” I considered to be athletes) they all have at least 2 choices for each meal to pick from at the beginning. As time goes on I give them more recipes and meal ideas so that they have healthy options that are delicious and enjoyable. That’s when it becomes a lifestyle. No more short-term goals just a life long journey. I can definitely say I do follow a plan when it comes to competing but the prep its self is only for a designated time. It’s when I’m done competing that it becomes easy for me to stay “in shape”. My meal plan and options are not that much different then when I compete. The only thing that would change mostly is the quantity, but the quality always stays the same. So make it a lifestyle. image2 (1) Keep the Muscles Guessing (TRAINING PHILOSOPHY) The body is such an amazing brilliant machine and we need to treat it that way. Truth is that our subconscious minds are purposeful, active, and independent and our muscular skeleton quickly responds to the subconscious in terms of adaptation to eccentric (negative) movement throughout training. If your muscle can adapt rapidly then you need to train it with variety. I train under coach Neil “Yoda” Hill Creator of Y3T. Basically the short version of its philosophy is this. Y3T is a 3 weeks cycled plan that changes weekly in reps sets and tempo. So your body never gets a chance to adapt to the training. And for some of you that already know when your body adapts to your exercises its mean its hit a plateau and needs a change. Another huge indicator to Y3T is the absence of EGO lifting. We want to aim for full range or motions and controlled reps reaching failure at every set with stable technique and mechanics. Meaning you aren’t just in the gym throwing heavyweight around but training with controlled aggression with purpose. 12170311_10156108662830048_581881952_n Have Fun! I see way to many post these days mainly from the fitness industry complaining about their diet, or how much cardio they have to do or the pre-contest suffering due to exhaustion, low calories etc. No one forced you to compete and no one is forcing you to get in shape. In the end it’s your choice to take part so why not just enjoy it. To many people alienate themselves to often when they are competing or trying to reach a fitness goal. Yes there are times when you need to stay focused but when you have a chance to relax from training or eating or cardio enjoy every moment you have. Hang with friends and family; go out with friends even when they aren’t eating what you eat or training like you train. Happiness is the ultimate weight to balance everything else in your life. And if you do decide to compete and you worked your tail off, and in the end you don’t receive the placing you were aiming for, learn to take the positives out of it. I placed 2nd for the 2nd year in a row missing my pro card by 1 spot, BUT the second time I placed 2nd, I was better then my previous physical version. When I placed second, I literally had a 10 minute melt down after they took pictures of the top three of our class. I walked off the stage and sat in a chair and dummied the Prize bag of protein treats. I kid you not when I finished my little melt down it was right back to what made me happy and that was my friends and fiance. If you aren’t having fun or enjoying your journey stop and find a path that does. 12166355_10156108662425048_264233269_n Do it because you love it! If 1 percent of me does not love what I do then I honestly wont do it. I’m a bodybuilder so my fitness journey is a little more extreme then others but it’s still a journey. Any journey worth taking is going to have ups and downs, sacrifice and let down. Its life and life will always happen. But its one’s passion for what they do that will get them through the darkest of times. So I speak to all fitness enthusiast that are traveling down this road, love what you do because it will be that love that will make you go that extra inch and travel that extra mile through any obstacle or circumstance. Know that your goals are reachable and worth every step taken toward progress! IMG_9590 *My training split changes weekly. With Y3T we are constantly changing the reps and tempo weekly, and my split will target my lagging muscle group, which to me is my chest. : So in my four day split I hit chest twice. *I do 4 days on 1 day completely off to rest and recover and my meals do not change on days off because I need the fuel to recover. image1 (1) FOLLOW JONNI SHREVE FITNESS JOURNEY RIGHT NOW ON THESE FOLLOWING SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITES: Instagram: @Jonni_Shreve @Jonni_Nutrabolics Facebook: www.facebook.com/JonniShreve Personal Website: www.nutrabolics.com *Photos courtesy of Paul Garvin (@inked_photog)