IFBB Fitness Pro Whitney Jones discusses her journey and how it felt when she turned pro, her pro debut, to now where she is today, the points leader for the Olympia and some other interesting stuff like: Did you know Whitney does all this with a serious heart condition? Fitness is the most difficult and taxing on y than any other division in bodybuilding, Whitney has some serious mental fortitude to over come all she does on a daily basis for really one reason, because she loves it!!
“Growing up with two older brothers, I had no choice but to develop a love for sports and competition. Thankfully my love for health and fitness made this easy. I began competing at a very young age in the sports of gymnastics, dance, cheerleading and track and field and this continued through high school. I continued with dance in college at Arizona State University where I graduated with honors, summa cum laude in 2000 with a degree in Business Communications.
Throughout college and even after, working out and eating healthy was a huge part of my daily routine. I was always helping put meal plans and workout programs together for family and friends to help get their own health on track. What started as a hobby has now become the full focus of my career, however it took a few life experiences to steer me in that direction.
After graduating from ASU, I worked for many years at an advertising agency managing the overall advertising and public relation efforts of multi-million dollar accounts. It was a fast-paced, intense environment which I thrived on, however my healthy lifestyle began to suffer due to the stress and long hours. Also during this time, my husband and I decided to start a family. This helped give me perspective as I realized there was more to life than working 80 hours a week. It was time for me to get back to being myself and living the healthy lifestyle that had kept me so balanced all those years.
I was back to being very active and healthy, training for marathons and competing in sprint triathlons, until my second pregnancy when some unexpected events took place. Anyone that knows me will tell you I’m full of energy and always on the go. So when I was put on complete bed rest for an entire 3 months, I thought I was going to lose my mind. Thankfully I didn’t, but this gave me A LOT of time to think. You never realize how much you take your lifestyle for granted until you’re in a situation like this. I began wondering if stepping out of the corporate world and following my passion for fitness would be more fulfilling. After all I had spent many years being a personal trainer in my spare time, never charging a single person but rather doing it for the sheer fact that I enjoyed help people get healthy.
After my son was born my plans to take on this new venture were solidified because of such a great experience working with one of the most talented trainers in the industry. Yes, I knew the basics of eating right and exercising, but working with someone so knowledgeable took my training to another level. I was so intrigued with everything I learned throughout the process that I knew this was a direction I must follow to help others experience the same success. Its not just about losing weight but also about changing peoples lives so they live happier, healthier lifestyles.
I worked hard to become certified as an NASM personal trainer as well as being certified in pre and post-natal training. I then went on to manage the personal training sales department of a local health club and it was there that I met my business partner Felicia Romero, and the rest is history. We are a great team together and we know how to help our clients reach their greatest potential as we continue to do the same for ourselves.
For me personally, I’m back in competition mode. I’ve teamed up with my trainer Damian Segovia (yes, even trainers need trainers) and began training to compete in figure and fitness competitions. I competed in my first competition in the summer of 2010 as an amateur at the local Arizona show. From there I moved up the ranks to compete at a National level and in less than one year and at only my second National show I received my Pro card at the Team Universe National Fitness Championships establishing me as an IFBB Fitness Pro. From here I’ll compete at the Pro level and continue to meet goals that I set for myself just as I encourage all my clients to do.