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Muscle Sport Magazine

MusclePapa Presents: NPC Bikini Competitor Jennifer Mignano

Please share something of your background and how it relates to your current interest in fitness and modeling 

I always struggled with my self confidence growing up. I was very self conscious about my body, even while I was in gymnastics. I remember seeing myself in the mirrors at the gym in my leotard, hating that my butt was bigger than everyone else’s, and my legs were thicker, or so it seemed to me. I was the shortest, and even though I never really got teased about my height, I beat myself up about it. In my twenties, I started going to the gym, and it wasn’t long before I was feeling better about myself, both physically and emotionally. The gym gave me a sense of release from my insecurities. I grew more confident of myself, not only in appearance, but in my abilities.

Share with us a bit about your contest history and most memorable show experience.

I decided in early 2013 that I wanted to compete. I worked with a personal trainer for a few months, but I wasn’t changing my eating habits. At the time, I just tried to eat “healthy.” In July of 2013 I met Chris Williams, who helped me with the nutrition aspect of competition prep. Within two months I was ready for my first show at the St Pete Muscle Classic, where I placed first and overall in open and over 30. It was at that point that I realized all my hard work was paying off.

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What motivates and or inspires you to workout, diet and compete in fitness? Which part do you have the most difficulty with?

I don’t ever want to be that insecure girl again. I like being in control of how I feel and look. I am more competitive with myself than with other people. Being a mom of two girls, I want to set an example of being healthy and active. The most difficult part of staying in a routine is my work schedule. I am an RN at the hospital, and sometimes I have to be at work by 6 am, and I could be there past 8 or 9pm. My daughters are my priority, so I make sure that I spend time with them even if that means not going to the gym to do  so.

What goals do you have in the sport and do they relate to the rest of your life?Volume46a

I would love to earn my pro card eventually. I have also completed my Personal Trainer course and have been working toward my Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science so I will be able to help other women build themselves up through fitness and a healthier lifestyle.

What do you think is the most misunderstood aspect of your lifestyle?

I get a lot of comments about the strict dieting, even though I probably eat more than most people.

What’s the most comical or unusual comment someone has made to you? How did you deal with it?

Right before my very first competition I was walking in downtown Nashville, and a total stranger walked right up to me and said, “Wow, you are so vascular!”  He was right, every single vein in my arms were huge and popping out.  I had no idea what to say to him in response, except “thanks?”

Share anything additional that you’d like people to know about you.

I tend to focus so much on other people’s needs that I sometimes neglect my own.  I still work on not feeling guilty for making time for myself.

What are your top six favorite workout songs?

I guess it depends on what kind of mood I’m in when I go to the gym.  Sometimes my Pandora is set to 80’s music, like Diamond Girl.  Sometimes I have it set on Hip Hop, like Jay Z, Lil Wayne, Nikki Minaj, or old school like the Beastie Boyz. My other favorite is Guns N Roses and Aerosmith.Volume46k

What is your favorite non-athletic activity?

I have always been the creative type, so I love to paint or make things.  I’m addicted to Pinterest!

Stats:

Weight:  102-103 pounds, off season.  97-99 pounds when competing.

Height:  4’11 1/2″

Measurements:  32-25-30

Be sure to visit John Hawley’s websites and social media pages:

MusclePapa.com    Florida Fitness Photography.com     Cover Shot Fitness Magazine

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