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My Love Letter to Lifting

It all started with a 10lb dumbbell and a weight bench in my dad’s garage. I fell in love with it the moment I set my eyes on it, and am still in love with lifting today.   And even though the romance began early, there were months and even years I went without, and yet it always took me back. Never judgmental, never waivering, never doubting: one of the few constants in my life. And it wasn’t until I began to compete did I even understand my true potential and what I am really capable of.

I owe so much of my happiness to lifting and working out, when people tell me that I inspire them, it makes me fall in love even more.

I live in Venice Beach, California and train at Gold’s Gym Venice with Chris Cormier. It’s the bodybuilder dream. I live it and love every second of it.  I intend to take this sport further than anyone ever has and reaffirm that women can be confident, strong and feminine all at once. After turning pro in 2012, nearly 10 years and 20 shows after being double-dog dared to compete in a NPC Figure show, I am more determined than ever to compete on the Olympia stage and be the ultimate representative possible to showcase the new breed of female strength and beauty.

“Jill is the epitome of the modern-day female bodybuilder who exudes both strength and femininity.”