Justine Moore Interview
Get an inside look on training, nutrition, and more from Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist, Justine Moore.
- Born: March 31, 1987
- Height: 5’5″
- Occupation: Personal Trainer & Nutrition Coach + Endorsed Athlete with MET-Rx
How did you get started in fitness and training?
As a child I was overweight and far from athletic, so through high school and college I struggled to maintain my weight, trying all kinds of fad diets, quick fixes, and unhealthy strategies. I had this image of what I wanted my body to look like, but had no clue how to get it. I sort of stumbled into the world of fitness when I began working the front desk at a local gym. I started learning about strength training and nutrition from trainers at the gym. I began weight lifting regularly and treating my body right with a balanced, clean diet and before long, the results started to come!
At the age of 21 I got certified as a personal trainer. As I started training clients I immediately felt it was a passion of mine to help others improve their self esteem and quality of life through health and fitness. I wanted to take my own fitness level a step further so I trained for 6 months to compete in my first figure competition. One competition spiraled into another… and I have really never looked back!
What are your short and long term fitness goals?
Coming up next I am competing in 3 shows in May of 2014, so my goal is to bring my very best to the stage. I hope to earn my IFBB Pro Card in the Bikini Division this season.
Long term I want to continue to expand my business, JustineFit, LLC, and grow my brand. It has always been my goal to work in the fitness industry through many different facets, including writing, designing my own apparel, offering educational seminars, and more. The sky is the limit!
What workout routine has worked best for you?
I’ve been training for competitions for over four years now, so I change my workout routine often to keep my body from hitting a plateau and also to keep things fun and new for me.
My current training regimen looks like this:
- AM: Stepmill
- PM: Delts/ Abs
- AM: Legs/ Glutes
- PM: Hot Yoga
- AM: Boxing/ Sprints
- PM: Hot Yoga
- AM: Stepmill
- PM: Back/ Biceps/ Hamstrings/ Glutes
- AM: Chest/ Delts/ Triceps/ Abs
- PM: Sprints
What is your favorite form of cardio for cutting body fat?
I love sprints for shedding body fat without compromising muscle. I also recently started boxing and that is a killer cardio workout!
Could you outline your basic daily diet?
My On-season (cutting) diet currently looks like this:
- Meal 1 – Green Power Smoothie made with MET-Rx Natural Whey, fresh greens, frozen fruit, coconut oil and unsweetened almond milk (Pre-Workout)
- Post-Workout – 1 scoop MET-Rx Whey Isolate and 1/2 bottle of MET-Rx Carbo Rush
- Meal 2 – Egg whites, Oatmeal, Almonds and 1/2 Grapefruit
- Meal 3 – Bison or Lean Steak, Sweet Potatoes and Green Vegetables
- Meal 4 – Turkey Burger over Salad with Cabbage and Avocado
- Meal 5 – 1 scoop MET-Rx Casein with 1 tbsp almond butter, natural unsweetened cacao powder and unsweetened almond milk
Off-season I still eat very structured and clean but I eat a larger variety of foods, with more flexibility day to day.
How do you deal with cravings for junk food, sweets and salty foods?
I have a major sweet tooth so I make a chocolate “treat” each night for my last meal with MET-Rx Casein Protein, natural cacao powder and almond butter. I look forward to it every night and it helps me from feeling deprived.
What are your favorite pre and post workout meals?
Pre- and post-workout are times to keep protein and carbs high, and fats relatively low. I choose quick-digesting food sources for optimal recovery and nutrient timing. For proteins I usually choose egg whites or protein powder, and for my pre- and post- workout carbs I eat fruit and oats.
What supplements do you take (if any) and recommend to others?
I highly recommend proper supplementation to enhance strength, muscle growth and recovery. My year-round staples include MET-Rx Active Woman Multivitamin, MET-Rx CLA, MET-Rx L-Glutamine Powder, MET-Rx Ultramyosyn Whey Isolate, and MET-Rx Fish Oil with Vitamin D.
What has the biggest impact on muscle growth and recovery?
I think the nutrition is really the key piece of the puzzle that most people are missing. The way our bodies look and feel is directly related to everything we eat and drink. I have found that you can train as hard as possible but if your nutrition is not on point you will not see the results you want, no matter what your fitness goals are.
What is your favorite motivating quote?
“Dreams do come true, if we only wish hard enough. You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it.” ~James M. Barrie
“The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you’re willing to pay the price.” ~Vince Lombardi
“Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.” ~David Frost
Looking back, what newbie mistakes did you make when you first started training?
I made the mistake of falling into the over-dieting and too much cardio fad for a long time. I was doing 2 hours of cardio every day (on top of lifting!) and not taking in nearly enough calories. Eventually it burned off a lot of muscle, slowed my metabolism and broke down my immune system.
Finally I had a minor health scare that served as a wake-up call that I needed to start treating my body right. I now write my own diet plans, filled with lots of nutrient-rich foods, and I give my body more time for rest and recovery.
Any last advice for beginners or anyone looking to get into fitness?
Believe in yourself. Set your goals high, put your head down and give it your all! You can do anything in this world if you have faith in yourself and are willing to put in the work!
For more information about Justine please visit her website JustineFit.com.
Justine can be contacted for Personal Training and Nutritional Coaching by email at: [email protected]
Follow Justine in her fitness journey:
- Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/JustineKMoore
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/JustineKMoore
- BodySpace: http://bodyspace.bodybuilding.com/JustineFit/
- Instagram: JustineFit
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