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Introducing Strongwoman Jenna Gray

Home – Australia

Age – 31

Height – 171cm

Relationship status – Single

Education – Bachelor Degree of Biomedical Science (Specialist in Exercise physiology, minor Psychology), Masters of Business

Occupation – Fire Fighter 

Sport/Fitness Interest – Strongwoman, bodybuilding, body transformation

Best Gym Lifts:

  • Yoke Carry – 320kg for 20m,
  • Farmers carry – 115kg per hand 20m,
  • Log – 85kg
  • Axel Press – 80kg,
  • Single arm dumbbell – 45kg,
  • Raw Deadlift – 212.5kg

Ketones for weight loss

Story – I grew up in an athletic household with my parents heavily involved in the local bodybuilding and fitness industry. From a very young age my sister and I were exposed to the gym, nutrition, and sports, and were state level swimmers. This; however, did not prevent me from putting on weight at an alarming rate from the age of 12. By the time I was 16, I was morbidly obese at nearly 130kg and a size 22. After seeing numerous dieticians, doctors and other ‘experts’, without solution, I was told to accept that I would just be ‘big’ for the rest of my life. I grew up as the fat-funny girl who was always the loudest in the class, where self-depreciation became a coping mechanism for the teasing and jibes. I hated my body and would often cry myself to sleep – I still have anxiety about jeans/pant shopping! 

My change occurred when I finally got the courage to ask my high-school crush out and he spat water in my face and laughed at me, stating “why would I ever go out with someone that looks like you?” Brutal hey?

From that moment I embarked on a crazy routine of endless cardio and circuit style weight training and ridiculously low calorie diet. I dropped down to 64kg in just over 12 months. I knew from this time onwards that the gym would be a part of me and my life forever. With the significant weight-loss meant that I had excess skin that has been removed, and the scar, to this day, serves as a reminder of where I have come from.

The good thing that growing up heavy allowed, is an ability to move weight by virtue of having it. I was encouraged by my father to lift heavy and not to fear big weight. I have vivid recollections of doing double body-weight squats and deadlifts, and bodyweight bench press for reps at 20years old, mainly because I didn’t know any different! Each session was just an opportunity to try and lift more! Training style and approach has changed a little bit over the years and adjusted depending on the body goal or sport focus; however, there will always be an element of basic heavy lifting for me. 

Fast forward to 2013 and I was introduced to Strongman. The first time I tried it I was hooked! It made sense to me and worked with my training philosophy at the time, which was: lift heavy stuff! I loved it, and still do. I enjoyed competing at the local competitions and had reasonable success and I have competed at both the Australian and Asian Arnolds Classic. In 2016 I decided to change weight classes and get into the middle weight category, which was the driver behind the recent body transformation that saw a loss of 24 kilos in 32 weeks. The focus for 2017 is now more in the bodybuilding space with the intent is to compete in a local comp at some point. I love the physical and mental challenges of each pursuit and am really excited to see where this path leads.

I often get asked what are the secrets to weight-loss and what the best diet/training programs. My response to the first question is generally is that in the first instance, it is doing the thing things you don’t want to do and not doing the things you do. The second question is the diet and training program that you can be the most consistent with – quite simply, the ones that you will do! 

Goals – To continue proving to myself and others that you don’t have to be the fat kid forever. It takes time and patience, but with the right focus you can do just about anything you set your mind to. To keep working hard work, with relentless drive and determination, seize opportunities, remain humble and be thankful.

Philosophy – Make a plan; do the work; and, earn your results (Plan, Work, Earn). Don’t think that using a shitload of substances will replace reps, sets and sweat. You need to put in the hours, lift the weight, fuel the body, reduce your stress and ensure you have quality rest.

The body won’t change if it is not forced to, which means getting uncomfortable, pushing pain barriers, beating the voice in your head that is telling you to stop, or that you’re tired etc. – that voice is the sound of mediocrity. Be prepared to work for it, to limit other activities, and at times, for loneliness. So what!

If the result you want is immense, the effort required has to be as equally impressive        





  1. Jen

    February 9, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Interesting article. Congrats to you and your tenacity. I remember that young girl who you say was fat but I never saw a fat girl. What I saw was a beautiful girl, just a little overweight but more importantly I saw a beautiful soul, a smart and talented young lady with the voice of an angel. It’s sad that others opinions can have such an impact on your life…… But no more……you were always beautiful as a child but unfortunately you didn’t believe it. Do you feel it now? I hope so because all this hard work has certainly paid off. But just remember there are many who are happy just the way they are, it’s what is on the inside that matters. Really happy for you Jenna

  2. Musclegirlsclub

    May 12, 2017 at 5:22 am

    Jenna Gray is an inspiring lady. Posted her recent picture on Musclegirlsclub site.

  3. Pete

    May 16, 2017 at 11:08 am

    great story. came for the view, left with knowledge. my son is a fire fighter but i think I would rather be saved by you.

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  5. Marc Leif

    December 12, 2017 at 12:36 am

    I think you are the most impossibly beautiful woman I have ever seen. Congratulations on all you have achieved so far. Your story is quite amazing. I wish you all the very best and please, please, please don’t ever doubt yourself in any way, ever again.

  6. David

    December 16, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Congrats u look amazing beautiful and u inspire people any guy would be lucky to have u by there side

  7. Ahmed

    December 17, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    It was undoubtedly an immoral act to spat the water on someone’s face and uttering those heart-crushing words. I have never been previledged (like that idiot) in my life, and no girl has ever confessed so passionately in front of me. If ever a girl would have done that, I would have never refused her, atleast would never had insulted her for sure. Darling you are all charming and ever-charming. That bastard wasn’t meant for you. I’m surprised as how you gave reality to your ambitions. Falling from 130 kgs to 64kgs. It is an astonishing achievement. I am a bodybuilder. I hated the girls who lift weights, as they appear so masculine. But your form and looks has changed my perception. You retain your femininity and cuteness. You’re so so so much cute, rather you’re gorgeous. That one bastard refused you, but today you have troubled many guys hearts, including mine. Keep it up sweetheart. I looked your V-shaped back, wide from the lats and tereses and tiny at the waistline. Your armpit is notched and deep and your pectoralis tendon is apparent when you raise your arms up for double-biceps pose, which is an indication of great fitness. Please maintain your current form. Don’t get more massive, ripped and vascular, as those are mainly the guyish attributes. A fairy should always look like a fairy, not try to become a genie. Try pushing your limits under your feminine boundaries and do not try to get parallel and strong like men (as your built in is different from ours), as the latter culminate into a girl turning into a beast (I mean a guy). Please don’t switch to steroids.
    I will love, rather adore to meet you when I visit Australia.
    Keep it up gorgeous …..

  8. Paulus ter Horst

    January 15, 2019 at 9:34 am

    Message for Jenna Gray from mr. Paulus ter Horst out of Holland/The Netherlands
    Hello Jenna,I was amazed and from the Start interested in you as Woman and Personality.I wanna know you better and more and hope to see and meet you soon.You are also very welcome over here in Holland.You looks to me as a fine,warm,clever and smart Woman. I wanna know much more about you. mr. Paulus ter Horst,Legal Advisor,living single in Borculo in the East Part of Holland. Divorced in 2008 and proud Father of 2 Daughters,Renske Matthe and Sanne Joanne,also interested in you,I know for sure. I hope to hear and read back from you….Warm greetings from Holland/Paulus ter Horst

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