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IFBB Fig­ure pro Nay Jones turned a bad sit­u­a­tion into a new life­style and cat­a­pulted into fit­ness spot­light

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IFBB Fig­ure pro Nay Jones turned a bad sit­u­a­tion into a new life­style and cat­a­pulted into the fit­ness spot­light.

Fem­i­nince mus­cle nay Jones started com­pet­ing by ac­ci­dent, re­ally. Af­ter a par­tiu­larly bad breakup, she found her way ito a gym and started lift­ing. "I de­cided to take time to take care of my­self, and I be­came ad­dicgted to train­ing - I love the waI feel when I am in the zone at the gym,” Jones says. “As women, we get caught up in be­ing moms, wives, sis­ters and em­ploy­ees, and we for­get about our­selves be­cause we are pour­ing so much into oth­ers. It’s not self­ish to take an hour out of your day for your health.” Jones also changed her diet and peo­ple started to ask if she was get­ting ready to com­pete. “I had no idea what they meant,” she says, laugh­ing. “I was lost, so I asked a friend who com­peted in men’s physique to show me the ropes, and I haven’t looked back since.”

Jones won her class her first time out a few months later, and she started to think she might be good at this. Two week later, she com- pe­ted in the Jay cultler Clas­sic and won her class again. feel­ing con­fi­dent, she com­peted int he NPC Na­tion­als two weeks later and placed fourth in the na­tion ex­actly six months to the day she started lift­ing. Af­ter her back-to-back wins,Nay jones (real name Renne), 31 took time off to adress the NPC judges gave her so she could com­pete for her IFBB Fig­ure pro card the fol­low­ing year When shes not on­stage, the mom of an 8-year-old daugh­ter works for her own on­line train­ing com­pany, couch­ing and prep­ping clients all over the world. she also works as as per­sonal trainer, jones" Large so­cial me­dia fol­low­ing takes in­spi­ra­tion from her and she makes sure to reack put out to her fans.the first black Ms. Fig­ure with her nu­tri­tion plan, she says, “The key is meal prep­ping. If you don’t pre­pare your meals, it’s eas­ier to cheat or skip your meal, both of which are bad op­tions.” That doesn’t mean she doesn’t cheat, though. “I ab­so­lutely be­lieve in cheat meals — dur­ing the off­sea­son! I typ­i­cally eat clean all year, but dur­ing the off­sea­son, I will tempt my­self with a Five Guys ba­con cheese­burger!”

We asked her to share her best ad­vice for fit­ness and life, and she told us, “If you want some­thing bad enough, you’ll find a way. If not, you’ll find an ex­cuse and that’s just not good enough. My par­ents never let me set­tle for mak­ing ex­cuses for things. Hard work is al­ways re­warded. Some­times you just have to keep push­ing.”

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