Athlete Spotlight: Jenni Hartman
The photo above is from Jenni's most recent Weightlifting meet where she went 4/6 and got 3rd place in the 63kg class!
How were you introduced to Ashleigh/A-Hub Nutrition?
-I saw an Instagram post by Courtney Reese showing her great results and I messaged her to find out who she was working with. I had been gaining weight for months and needed some stability and accountability to get back on track.
How long have you been coached by Ashleigh?
What is your background like? (Hometown, hobbies, sports, etc)
-I’m from a Chicago suburb. I did competitive gymnastics for 10 years, then studied classical ballet for 6 years and performed throughout college. I struggled with going to the gym for about 5 years until I started CrossFit. I switched to weightlifting exclusively in late 2015.
What was your nutrition like before you started with A-Hub Nutrition?
-I tried Renaissance Periodization but struggled to stick with it due to the rigidity of the program. I quit doing that a few months before starting with Ashleigh and I gained everything I lost back. I was definitely under-eating on RP. My body lost weight but clearly couldn’t keep it off.
What is your style of training and do you compete?
-I train for Olympic weightlifting and compete 3-4 times per year in local and regional meets.
What are some of your goals?
-For 2017, my goals are to snatch 65kg, clean & jerk 80kg, and squat 105kg.
Has your performance in the gym changed at all since tracking macros?
-Yes! I dropped a weight class to 63kg. I have been recovering very well from training and have hit lifetime PRs in my snatch, front squat, and back squat. I try to time my carb intake around training as much as I can, and that gives me a lot of energy for workouts.
What are some changes you've made in your life since tracking macros?
-I stopped drinking alcohol completely as it doesn’t fit in with my training or life goals. I also enjoy holidays a lot more and don’t stress or feel guilt about eating what I want to on those days. I made it through both Thanksgiving and Christmas on a cut, didn’t track either day, and still hit my goal weight well in advance of my last competition.
What's your favorite workout and/or lift?
-I love jerks! My favorite training complex is one clean + 2 jerks.
What's your least favorite workout and/or lift?
-Front squats always feel like death.
What is your favorite food?
-I have two - donuts from Stan’s Donuts in Chicago, and s’mores ice cream from 7-Eleven.
Last but not least, what is one piece of advice you would give to someone wanting to make a lifestyle change and hire a nutrition coach?
-Pick a coach that not only knows what they are doing and has a proven track record of success with clients, but also one that aligns with your personality. After working with Ashleigh for 10 months I consider her a friend as well as my coach. We have similar belief systems and she supports my goals 100%. Finally - TRUST THE PROCESS and progress will happen. Just eat the extra food if it’s in your program. Carbs are not the enemy!