How She Fuels
What Jasmine Fernandez lacks in height, she more than makes up for in determination.
IFBB Bikini pro Jasmine Fernandez shares her secrets of success.
Her parents enrolled her in gymnastics hard until high school when she switched to cheer-tional vlogs for YouTube.
“I think my background helped a lot with being comfortable onstage,” says Fernandez, who is single
“Since I was a kid, I was preparing and practicing a routine to perform in front of people. If I hadn’t had that experience, I’m not sure that I would be as comfortable onstage as I am now.”
While some might think that a short stature — Fernandez stands at just 5 feet 1 inch tall — would
its advantages. “When you’re tall, you have to work a little harder to make your muscles look fuller, but at
ier,” she says. “Honestly, it could hold me back that I’m being compared to girls who are much taller because they just naturally stand out more, but short girls do well in this sport all the time because of symmetry.”
Fernandez earned her pro status after only three shows, and she credits her meticulous preparation for her accelerated trajectory: Every ounce of every meal is accounted for, every rep of every exercise is done to its full potential, and many hours a week are spent practicing her posing routine. Fernandez routinely counts her macros and carefully pairs foods at mealtime that help make the most of her training and recovery.
She believes that since you are only given one body, you should do your best to take care of it. “I always look at this sport as something you get to do — not something you have to do,” Fernandez says. “There are so many people in this world who don’t even have the choice as to what they can eat and put in their bodies. We are fortunate enough to have a choice, and we should make the most of that.”