Fitness Enthusiast: Jennifer Sammartino

City/Town of Residence: East Greenwich

Age: 39

Occupation: Self-employed / physique competitor

Family: Single mother of 4

Your sport of fitness activity: Bodybuilding

Recent events you have competed in: OCB cape cod natural, yorton cup, wnbf worlds.

Events you are training for: Working on bulking up for the winter to compete in the pro figure circuit in the spring.

What is your proudest fitness accomplishment? After losing my brother suddenly, I quit training as it was our ”thing” we had in common. I found it hard to walk into the gym. After almost four weeks, of being in a ”rut” I met a trainer/coach, whom I had originally heard about during the past summer and brushed it off. He looked at me with confidence said ”I can get your easy to compete…and can get you a pro card”. Leery, I agreed, and thought ”this is what my brother would want”.

While most prep for 6 to 8 weeks, I had 19 days. I worked hard…early mornings, late nights. Little food. My kids were supportive and helped me out. On October 12th, I beat out 40 incredible woman of all ages to earn my pro card. I truly believe my brother helped, if only to motivate me.

What motivates you? Others motivate me. I share my trials, tribulations, and fitness journey on social media. Knowing I’m looked at as a role model keeps me going.

Best local eats: I honestly like a good old fashioned burger and sweet potato fries at Fat Bellys.

Famous person you would like to have dinner with: Dana linn bailey

What’s on your nightstand? A lamp, alarm clock, almonds.

Favorite cheat meal/snack: Burger and fries!

What do you like to do in your down time? Play ping pong, shoot hoops, watch movies with my girls

Best thing about living in RI Being centrally located to everything I love and need. The beach, the city. Everywhere I love to go from the white mountains to New York City.

One thing people don’t know about you: I feel as if portrayed as somewhat as a ”superwoman”. Juggling work, training, being a mom, etc. Its important for those who look up to me understand that human. I struggle, I faulter, and sometimes I am not as strong as my reputation. I think more sensitive than others know.

Favorite quote: We become who we believe we are (And it’s tattooed on the back of my right shoulder)

Fitness tip for RI Fit Readers: There is no quick fix. Diet and nutrition is 85% of the battle. Next is regular exercise. Find a buddy. Set a goal. One week of suffering through it…you’ll see results and be your own motivation.

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