Jeanette Frieden is the epitome of hard work, persistence, and dedication to her physique and goals. Jeanette has been getting better and better every time she steps on stage and has also walked away with two Master's Figure Overall wins both at the 2016 NPC Emerald Cup and 2016 NPC Cascadian Classic.
Jeanette now is looking to make an impact at the National level and hoping to earn her very own IFBB Pro Card to join the ranks with her close friends and IFBB Pros Sadie & Alexa.
1. When and why did you decide to start competing?
I started out, probably the way most people I know did. I met a girl in the gym who competed and I started asking questions like “why don’t MY shoulders look like that” and “why are you always carrying around Tupperware?” That was back in Spring of 2013. I did my first show without a coach or much of a clue. I think I got 10th out of 16? I knew I could do better, I set out to find a coach and do just that. I was hooked.
2. What makes you want to go farther in the sport?
I’m motivated by so many things about this sport. I love that it basically has no finish line. You can always do better, be better. And if you’re doing it right you will inspire others to do the same.
3. What type of training do you implement during contest prep and the in the off-season?
Year around I focus on heavy weights. For most exercises I find a weight I can push about 8-10 times for about 4 sets, even if they end up being partials at the end.
I split my days between; shoulders/triceps, back/bis, and I split legs; glutes and quads, glutes and hams. When I start my cutting phase and lose some energy I will incorporate more drop sets just to keep moving. And increase that beloved cardio…
4. What is your favorite type of dieting meals and what is your favorite type of cheat meal?
I absolutely love Greek yogurt w/protein, berries and a handful of crushed walnuts. I also make a pretty amazing frittata. As far as a cheat meal, anyone who knows me, knows the answer is always….. NACHOS NACHOS NACHOS!
5. Who are some of the people that have helped you along the way to get where you are now in life or in the sport?
Well, first and foremost my husband is the most supportive and understanding man ever. He’s bbq’d chicken in the rain and snow and spent birthdays and anniversaries traveling to shows. Of course my coach, Dan Simpson. Over the years your coach is much like your hair dresser in that they also have to double as your therapist. Dan’s more than that, he’s like a brother. Andre’ Scott, posing coach extraordinaire. Love him! My mom, my cheerleader and biggest fan has never missed a show. Then of course we all have our girl crushes we creep on via social media. I have to say Erin Stern has been a physique and a personality that I’ve always appreciated. I met her at Europa and she’s even more amazing in person.
6. Who or what inspires you to strive for more in the sport?
This isn’t just a sport for me, it’s a way of life. It’s what I do. It makes me feel like I’m good at something. It’s something that I have complete control over my success. I want to be inspired and I want to inspire others.
7. What is next for you as a competitor?
I will hit another National show next year in hopes for a pro card and I will continue to coach other competitors as well.
8. What is your favorite memory good or bad while prepping or competing?
I honestly cannot think of a bad memory. Two good ones come to mind.
Europa, when my husband found Erin Stern at the Dymatize booth and talked her into meeting me before I went on stage. She gave me a few posing tips and a good luck hug.
The other was E cup when my coach handed me my overall trophy. That picture is epic. We both have that borderline gonna cry for joy smile on our faces! I then got to do the same for Alexa Floria when she took overall at Cascadian. Such an amazingly proud moment. Ok I guess that was 3 and I have plenty more when those came from.
9. Any website you would like to plug, Facebook, Twitter, personal site, etc...
My website is: jeanettefrieden.wixsite.com/website - I am a certified sports nutritionist and work with competitors and non-competitors. My focus is to not only get them to where they need or want to be but to teach them how to have a healthy relationship with their food and their physiques.
I’m on Instagram: FriedenFigure and Facebook: jfriedenfigure
I post inspirational things, local events, competition info and schedules as well as healthy recipes.
10. Anything you would like to say to all the visitors to NPC Oregon?
Surround yourself with good people and chase your dreams! Only you can stand in your way….