LIFT LIKE A GIRL!

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Andrew James
    Staff Writer

When it comes to working out for different sports, it is just one of many points to hit. No matter how strong you are in basketball, if you cannot dribble or shoot, you will not go far. However, the entire sport of bodybuilding revolves around becoming the most athletic body possible —  through incredible strain and self-motivation. The goal of the sport is to make yourself as strong of a person as possible. 

One UNCG student was willing to take on the challenge of becoming as strong as you could possibly be.

Jasmine Williams, a senior from Nashville, N.C., has been bodybuilding since 2014 and is already making great strides. Aside from making herself into a physically fit woman, just this past November, she was named Bikini F Class Division Champion the 2015 National Physique Committee National Bodybuilding Championships in Miami.

She dedicated the win to her grandmother, who passed away in July of the same year.

She was competing against 300 women in her division. However, that kind of substantial success for Jasmine was not immediate.

“I was very nervous upon entering my first contest at the 2015 state show,” she said. “I just didn’t know how I would do. I can admit I was not 100 percent on my diet either. But I probably knew I was committed after losing my first 10 lbs. I hadn’t had a transformation prior to deciding to compete and that really set me off. I then became slightly obsessed.”

To become a great body builder, you have to be willing to wake up early in the morning and force yourself to a strict, weekly workout schedule. Jasmine talks about the forcing herself to workout in the morning.

“I knew what I needed to do to be successful. Sometimes I would cry while treading because of feeling so overwhelmed,” she said. “But attributing blood sweat and tears to my journey makes the story so much better. I love this sport. And just like at times you do things for the ones you love when you don’t exactly feel like it, well that’s the way I treat prep.”

Jasmine’s work ethic earned her a championship down in Miami, but she also appreciates that her friends back home have developed an appreciation for her drive as well.  “I love being motivation for others to begin their fitness journey…that’s always an awesome opportunity to encourage my supporters.”

People gravitate to Jasmine for advice and motivation on how they can be as fit as she is.

“So many people come to me for workout advice,” she said. “Not only do they ask about the fitness aspect, but also about what to eat. I’ve found that most people want to improve with dieting and fitness, yet they just need a little help and encouragement!”

Even though Jasmine will be a student at UNCG part-time for another year, she already has a vision for her future. Jasmine hopes to compete as a bodybuilder for ten more years, with her main goal already set. “Ultimately,” she elaborates, “[I want] to become one of the world’s best.”

Jasmine’s bodybuilding career reaches the next level in July when she makes her pro debut in Charlotte. That means more straining herself, more waking up at 5:00 in the morning to do workouts.

For Jasmine, that isn’t a bad thing. “Attributing blood sweat and tears to my journey makes the story so much better. I love this sport. And just like at times you do things for the ones you love when you don’t exactly feel like it, well that’s the way I treat prep.”

Even with the arduous schedule her sport and academics create for her, Jasmine has found time to pursue another passion as well. “I enjoy music so I write and produce my own songs.”

She hopes to release some of her work this year.

 



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