Q. Let’s start here, what is your name?
A. Joslynne English
Q. How did you got involved in this sport. What was the tipping point to become athlete and decided to compete?
A. I was always an athlete. I played softball since I could hit a ball off a tee and volleyball although high school and partly through college. Joining the Army is what really got me started in the gym! We would go to the gym every day for our physical training and I slowly learned to love it! I remember all to clear the day I decided it was time to get into the bodybuilding world. A co-worker of mine had just gotten her IFBB Pro card in figure and I was amazed by how she looked and I asked her straight out " What do I have to do to get on stage?"
Q. How do you start your day? Do you have a morning routine?
A. I have the same routine every morning! I wake up, put on my sweats and sweat shirt, take my Muscle sport ® Thermo Revolution and do my fasted cardio!
Q. How long have you been training?
A. Since 2008
Q. How many people have you encouraged into the sport since you started?
A. I don’t keep track of the number! The number is not what is important, what is important is that people me as motivation and a positive influence on their fitness goals, whether it be to lose weight, tone up or get on that stage and compete!!
Q. What was your body like before you started training?
A. Oh boy! I was what you call a "skinny fat girl" . No muscle, no butt and no strength! I was a cardio queen!
Q. How do you keep yourself motivated and on-track through the gruelling dieting in the last few weeks?
A. Like they say the gym is 20% and the diet is 80%! The diet for me is the hardest part. When I get stuck in rut where my craving are insane I just think of why I am doing this… I think of the stage! I am dieting to get on stage to bring the best package for not only my team but most importantly myself! Will power is a must in this sport! There is no room for weak will power in this sport!
Q. How do you manage your diet when you traveling close to the competition time?
A. I always have my meals pre-cooked and prepped! Wherever I go work, school, or traveling I always have my Sixpack bag ® packed and ready to go! Sometimes if need to I bring two! I always have at least 2 days worth of meals on me. You never know what can happen!
Q. How do you handle the stress of it all?
A. It can be very hard to have time for yourself between prepping meals, 2- a day gym sessions, work and every day errands! My dogs are what really help me de-stress. I spend at least an hour a day with them before bed with them. Also, being in the gym two times a day everyday can get taxing so I try to mix up my cardio and get outside: Hiking, track drills or even just taking a walk! Fresh air does a body good!
Q. Do you get more attention from the people now that you are in such good shape?
A. I definitely do. It can get stressful sometimes especially when you are in the gym trying to work out. However, in the end the attention that matters is the attention on the stage. The end result is key!
Q. What is your favourite supplements offseason and getting ready for the competition?
A. BCAA"s are a most on and off season. Off-season is mainly all food, BCAA'S, joint support supplements, and Pre-workout. I like to keep off season as clean as possible. In Prep status I will use a thermogenic, oral and topical, Pre-workout, whey protein, adrenal and immune support and a non-stimulant appetite suppressant. Muscle Sport ® is one of my favorite brands!
Q. How does your training schedule looks like and what do you include into your training?
A. I always start with fasted cardio! It keeps me lean and tends to burn more fat then post- training cardio. Weight training is later in the day when my body is at the peak time for strength training, usually around 3:00-5:00 pm. Depending on where I am in prep gears what I include in my training. (I try to hit each muscle with three different exercise variations.) I include volume training, circuits, plyometric, concentration and dynamic exercises! The key for me is very little rest between sets to really get the growth of the muscle and a great pump. You need to remember that everyone is different what works for one person may not work for another!
Q. How many exercises per body part do you typically do in a workout, and what body parts you train per training session?
A. I do 3 per body part or muscle group. Monday- Glutes and chest; Tuesday- arms; Wednsday- Glutes and Hamstrings; Thursday- Shoulders; Friday- Glutes and Back; Saturday- Full Quad and Hamstrings and Sunday off
Q. How much weight will you normally gain during the off-season?
A. I try to stay lean all year long and do not go over a gain of 5-7 LBS
Q. How about tanning/makeup/hair preparation for a contest. Can you tell that I'm still overwhelmed?
A. The whole process when it comes down to the wire can be overwhelming. I find it best to prepare about 2 months in advance who is going to do my makeup and tanning, set an appointment and follow up closer to the show. Thankfully, my team, D4muscle, has a great group of fellow athletes that also do makeup and tanning!
Q. What is your philosophy on diet?
A. Listen to your body! Starvation is not the key! There are times when the diet is going to get very very hard and calories lower then I would like but I always listen to my body! Dieting is hard and will power is a most. If you can't stick to the plan this definitely isn’t the sport for you! Dedication is key! Not only is it important to stick to the diet while in prep but, it is important to stick to a diet when coming off of prep! A lot of damage can be done when a post-show diet is not done right and certain foods, calories are not slowly eased back into
Q. Any holiday eating tips?
A. Just don’t do it! The bounce back is too much of a risk. I have a sweet tooth and when I have one cookie its very hard to stop myself from eating the whole package. When you are on specific diet for a long time your body is extra sensitive to things and binge eating after a diet can cause some very bad metabolic changes that can take years to repair.
Q. What about working out while you are on the road?
A. I love visiting new gyms and meeting new people. The first thing I do on the road is find the closest gym and make it a point to visit! Worst case scenario I take some training equipment with me and utilize the outdoors!
Q. Do you believe in workout programs like Insanity or P90X, CrossFit and such?
A. I have a lot of respect for those who are doing things to better themselves. All are a great way to burn calories and have fun. There are aspects of all three programs in bodybuilding such as the Olympic lifts from Crossfit and HIIT training from Insanity program. You have to find what works for you. To each their own! But I will say that the females that are avid Crossfit competitors look amazing!! (lol)
Q. What competitions have you participated in and what were the results (bikini/fitness/figure/bodybuilding)?
A. I am an NPC figure competitor and haven't competed as much as I had like too but I have competed in 4 shows; (and a few to come in 2016)
Culver City Championships (2011,2012)- 10th and 8th
Sun city Championships (2013, 2014)- 5th and 4th
Q. What do you wish you had known before you started doing shows?
A. The quality of a great coach. There are some many "cookie cutter" coaches out there that do damage to athletes that cannot be reversed! I am blessed now to work with Dan Eslinger, and his D4muscle team! Dan is tough he keeps me on point and keeps it real, there is no sugar coating with him and his dedication to his athletes is amazing! Having that support system is a great thing and is definitely needed in prep!
Q. What do you feel is the most important thing a bodybuilder/fitness/figure/bikini can have in order to be successful in this sport?
A. Passion and dedication! This sport is not for everyone, it takes real dedication! It takes early morning and long nights, lost friends and lost relationships. Most of the time, during prep, I am on such a strict routine that there is no time for a social life. Surround yourself with like minds and people that will understand and support your dedication. Especially when you are HANGRY!
Q. Is it not very hard to exercise and lift on such a low calorie diet? I am talking about the pre-contest diet. I know you follow a very low calorie pre-contest diet. Don't you get hungry?
A. YES! This is where the real test happens. At least for me! Energy is low but excitement is high! Pre-workout definitely helps a lot too!
Q. Does your social life include others that are not into fitness or competition, and you deal with that when you pre-contest?
A. This is where things can get very tricky. The reality of it is it is very hard to keep friendship and relationships in this sport. Now I mainly surround myself with people that are in the fitness and competing world. It is just easier and they understand why you cannot have that cookie or drink that soda, why you have to go to sleep early and do 2 a day. Not only does it keep me focused but the support is amazing.
Q. How much this kind of active life style, being (bikini/fitness/figure/bodybuilding) athlete changed your life?
A. It has changed my life is so many amazing ways. When I was younger, I was not with the best crowd. I used to drink a lot and was not healthy what so ever. Becoming a figure competitor not only made me healthier but it showed me how far I could push myself. It pushed me past limits that I never thought I could and I built myself up not only physically but mentally as well. The body will always quit before the mind!
Q. Who is your favourite bodybuilder, fitness model, and/or athlete?
A. For the females, I absolutely love Erin Stern. She is an amazing role model, athlete and person. For the males, Anton Antipov such a great person. He really doesn’t let the sport go to his head he's down to earth, funny and beyond willing to give his fans real time
Q. What is your favourite healthy meal?
A. I am a huge fan of homemade protein pancakes!!!! But sadly very rarely in prep do I get to eat them. I am also a huge green vegetable fan, so right now I’d have to say egg whites, broccoli and asparagus! Favorite meal in my prep thus far!
Q. Favourite guilty indulgence?
A. FROZEN YOGURT, pizza and chocolate cover almonds
Q. What is your favourite exercise?
A. So many to choose from… That’s a tossup between straight leg dead lifts, T-bar rows and lunges!!! Back and Booty definitely need to be strong!
Q. What is that one body part that you just can’t seem to bring up or make it look like you want?
A. My legs. Like most women, I hold the fat in my legs! Mt legs grow very quickly in size and strength but just can't see to get then to the point where they are shredded! But never say never!
Q. What is the best asset of your physique/body?
A. I'd have to saw my back. It the first thing that dials in, keeps size and increases strength! Also my favorite to train!
Q. What are your methods for breaking through a plateau?
A. High Intensity Interval Training! To be a beast you have to be willing to do what beasts do! Keep that mind set and push through.
Q. This is important for everybody, but how do you deal with injuries if had any, and if you did how did you worked through those injuries to comeback even stronger and better?
A. Sadly, I have had many injuries in my time. Serving in the Army helped with that, but I would not change it for the world! When it comes to injuries, I have learned you cannot be stubborn! Listen to your body! After a serious back injury in 2009, I was told that I would never be able to dead lift again. I took 3 months off from the gym! No cardio, no weights nothing! When I returned to the gym I took it slow and really focused on proper body mechanics and not the weight I pushed. I went from not even being able to dead lift 195lbs before my injury to deadlifting 405 lbs! I make sure that I stretch very well, utilize ice and heat. I also see a chiropractor, sports therapist and massage therapist! You have to keep your body healthy if you want to do this sport!
Q. What are your future plans?
A. To one-day grace the Olympia stage with the best of the best! But short term is just each day improve more and more, motivate people to see their on progress and be proud of it!
Q. What do you want our readers to know about you that they couldn't find out from seeing you on stage or in print?
A. Hmmm lets see… I have been a personal trainer and massage therapist for almost 10 years!
Q. Any life changing stories you would like to share with our readers? Maybe its personal, but you would like readers to learn about you, your struggles, something what can teach others, change they life?
A. For me most struggles have been a mental game. I would have to say one of the biggest struggles for me was going through a divorce. It may seem surprising for those that don’t know me well but I am a very emotional person! This time in my life brought me to the one of my lowest points! I felt like I failed! If I failed at this, I would fail at all else. It took a very long time for me to pick myself back up. However, through it all I would drag myself to the gym. The gym was my happy place and just being able to get up every day showed me that I could not fail, that in itself was me pushing past failure. It taught me that somethings just can't be controlled, to accept what happened, forget the past and keep pushing on!