Inspirational Coleraine Athlete – Tammy Jefferson

Name: Tammy Jefferson

Born: 1976

Location: Coleraine

Height: 5ft 2"

Weight (On): 112lbs

Years Training: 18 months

Favourite Body Part: Shoulders

Favourite Exercise: Arnold press

Sponsors: Core Gym Coleraine

Competition History: UKBFF 2013/14

What is your background and how did you get started in fitness? I've always enjoyed training, but when I started doing shift work 7 years ago I convinced myself it was impossible to maintain a consistent training programme around my work, but when I suffered an ectopic pregnancy in November 2012, I needed something positive to focus on, and being a little overweight for my height I decided to do a 12 week transformation, I started a programme in January 2013 with Lesley Ann Armstrong, which led to me competing in UKBFF in August, I trained on and off until the start of this year, then in February I unfortunately suffered a silent miscarriage, so again, I did what I do best, picked myself up, pulled myself together and got my head down into another competition prep, and took myself onto stage for a second time, now I can't live without training, it's my life and I love the fact that I'm inspiring others to get fit and achieve their goals, I thrive on it!!!

In regards to workouts, can you give us an overview of a typical week? After the intensity of a competition prep it's nice to step back a little bit and take a breather, I'm aiming for 3 weights sessions and a metabolic session in a week, if I don't make it, I don't stress too much!! As long as I'm getting some training done I'm happy!

If you have to pick only 3 exercises, what would they be and why? Arnold press as its a good all around workout for the shoulders and I love doing shoulders! Glute ham raise as its tough but great for glutes and hammies and twisting dumbbell curl, I love feeling the burn in my biceps!

What’s the best training tip you could give to others? Always make sure your form is correct during any exercise, don't be fooled into thinking heavier weights gives you a better workout or will get you quicker results, lower weight and perfect form is the way to get the most out of your workout, keep your training fresh, change your programme about every 4-6 weeks, for your body to change, your training has to change, and lastly, getting good quality sleep is something a lot of people don't think about, but it's really important for your growth and recovery.

What are your favourite meals and foods? Chicken salad, chilli turkey mince and peanut butter on rice cakes.

Favourite cheat food? Anything with curry sauce and a double decker for dessert!!! They kept me sane during competition prep!!!

Top 3 supplements you could not live without? Protein, EAA' s, BCAA' s.

How do you stay motivated? It's extremely hard to stay motivated all of the time, we are all only human and get those days where we don't want to do ANYTHING, but if I get a day like that, I put my workout music on full blast and remind myself why I started, and why I pushed myself through what I have, and it gets me fired up again!!! You are always re-setting and re-focussing, at the end of the day, no one said it was easy, but is it worth it??? Most definitely so, I did it for the "after pics" and it was worth every day of it!!!

What shows have you got coming up, where can we see you compete? I've no immediate plans for competing again, at the minute I'm concentrating on financing and getting my PT and Spin qualifications, then very much looking forward to working from my second home Core Gym, exciting times ahead for me!! I may compete again, we'll see what next year brings!

Who Do You Respect Most In Fitness? I'm going to say Lesley Ann Armstrong as she was my first inspiration, it was through her I started my journey and haven't looked back since, seeing what she has achieved recently and knowing the kind of discipline, dedication, determination and down right hard work it would've taken to achieve that, I take my hat off to her, she is one determined and extremely tough lady!!!