How She Fu­els

What Jas­mine Fer­nan­dez lacks in height, she more than makes up for in de­ter­mi­na­tion.

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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.”

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