Interview with Figure Competitor Jamie Byron

Sheer Delight: Figure competitor Jamie Byron is one of the sweetest new finds of the year.

Sheer Delight: Figure competitor Jamie Byron is one of the sweetest new finds of the year.

We scored big at the recent Jr. Nationals in bringing some of the hottest young talent to the site. Today’s interview with new figure competitor Jamie Byron offers more proof why this blonde bombshell deserves a spot at top of the list.

Jamie’s flawless blend of knock-out, cover girl looks and stunning physique is an example of feminine muscle at its best—throw in dynamic energy with her cheerfully upbeat personality and one of the brightest smiles around and you have the proverbial cherry on top.

The 29-year-old Colorado native was inspired by a friend to try out competing just two and a half years ago. She didn’t start out with a lot of muscle and doesn’t have a lengthy sports background—except for dance, where she is extremely skilled—but has always been active and liked the look in women’s fitness.

Today, after making tremendous strides in terms of strength and thoroughly refining her physique—engineering a move from modest beginnings in the smaller-built bikini ranks to elite national-level status in the figure division—she’s achieved a rapturous, healthy glow, surprising people along the way and inspiring many more. In short, Jamie has the ideal fitness look.

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Dean: You showed off some wonderful dance moves during your shoot! I think you said besides dancing, you didn’t really get into many other sports. Have you always been pretty fit? What made you decide to try out for figure competitions?

Jamie strikes a pose during her shoot at Jr. Nationals in Chicago.

Adorable Jamie strikes a pose during her debut shoot at Jr. Nationals in Chicago.

Jamie: I have always been active and fit, but never really played sports with the exception of tennis from time to time. I always have loved lifting weights and the look of a muscular physique; so when I noticed my girlfriend did fitness competitions on fb, I contacted her for help getting started and she put me in touch with her husband who is now my coach. He helps me with my workout splits, weight lifting, diet and posing.

Dean: As a dancer you are used to performing for an audience and it shows—you really shine on the figure stage! What shows did you do before you qualified for Jr. Nationals and, compared to your experience in dancing, what was the feeling of being on stage for your first figure competition?

Jamie: I have done 3 local shows. The first was bikini and the other two were figure in which I qualified for nationals at both shows. I did not have the bikini body shape, so I knew that I was gonna have to put on significant muscle and change categories if I wanted to continue to compete and do well.

Being on the figure stage versus the dance floor are entirely different things. My dance background is evident in my movement on the figure stage, just as my figure is evident on the dance floor. I am more relaxed on the dance floor than I am on the figure stage because of the fact that there is just more pressure in bodybuilding, but at the same time I’m not that nervous or scared on stage. It’s really my goal to shine at both, no matter what placement.

Dean: As far as training, what improvements to your physique have made you most proud lately and are there any areas you are trying to tighten up before your next show? Do you have any other competitions lined up this year?

Jamie’s stats: Age: 29; Height: 5-6; Hometown: Denver, Colorado.

Jamie’s stats — Age: 29; Height: 5-6; Hometown: Denver, Colorado.

Jamie: I have improved really everywhere, but I would say most noticeable would be arms and abs. The funny thing is that I never had any abs before except side obliques, but after dieting for the last show they came in, but still need a lot of work. They are my weakest part of my physique. My arms back and traps are my strengths as you saw—especially my biceps!!! I need to continue to train evenly and just improve all over really, with a little more focus on legs, shoulders and abs. Trying to develop that muscle density takes time.

No more shows this year, but maybe next year and I will just keep training hard and dancing.

Dean: Have family and friends been supportive of your competitive lifestyle so far? What type of comments have you gotten?

Jamie: Family and friends are both very supportive and impressed at how disciplined I am with my training. Also, I’ve blown people away at the progress I’ve made in such a short amount of time (only been training for 2½ years and had very little muscle when I started).

Some people, strangers and those who would not be considered my friends, have not been kind and I will get dirty looks and nasty comments. Mostly people telling me that what I’m doing is unhealthy and unrealistic. It’s hard to have to go to parties or barbeques bringing your own food and having to explain or justify why you are doing what you’re doing because of the harsh judgments. Ultimately, you have to not care enough about what people think, or else it will become distracting. I think also a bodybuilder has to accept that dirty looks and admiring stares come with the territory and if one can’t deal with it, then bodybuilding is not the sport for them.

Dean: Since competitors are in such great shape, it can often be a shock to the average person. Can you describe a moment when you surprised someone with your physique or strength?

Achieving Perfection: "My new muscularity has completely transformed my overall shape," Jamie says. "Also, my strength is impressive to myself and many others at the gym."

Figure Beauty: “My new muscularity has completely transformed my overall shape,” Jamie says. “Also, my strength is impressive to myself and many others at the gym.”

Jamie: I can’t say there was a particular moment. Maybe when seeing someone I haven’t seen in a while who saw me before I started training and then they see me now, they’re blown away. My new muscularity has completely transformed my overall shape. Also, my strength is impressive to myself and many others at the gym. Looking around, there are certainly not that many women who are capable of lifting as heavy as I can. With that said, people will come up and comment on how strong they think I am and how impressed they are with my physique. Since I am not genetically gifted with a large muscle belly size, the fact that I am very strong and put on muscle fast enabled me to make the strides I have and to go as far as I have in such a short period of time!

Dean: Thanks so much Jamie! You are awesome and it was great meeting you! Before we finish, feel free to mention anything else in the industry you’re involved in or give shout outs to those who have helped you during your fitness journey.

Jamie: Well thank you Dean. Such a pleasure to meet you and I would also like to thank coach Dan for helping me to be a successful first-time national competitor! Also want to thank good friends and family and of course God for giving me strength at my most desperate times during contest prep!

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~ by Dean Sucich on July 16, 2013.

One Response to “Interview with Figure Competitor Jamie Byron”

  1. […] “I have always loved lifting weights and the look of a muscular physique,” she said during our interview last year. “There are certainly not that many women who are capable of lifting as heavy as I […]

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