Masters Figure Competitor Melissa Jackson began competing at age 41 and has been winning high level shows ever since. Now, at 47, this amazing competitor just keeps getting better!
I am 47 years old and have been happily married to my husband and very best friend going on 15 years. I work full time as a Human Resources Coordinator. Fitness has been a part of my life for many years. My brother was my biggest inspiration in my earlier years, as he introduced me to weight training because he trained and competed as a body builder. I have always loved weight training, even when it wasn’t the “cool” thing to do as a female. It wasn’t until I turned 41 and decided to compete in my first figure competition to try take my training to “another level”. To my amazement, after doing the first masters figure show, I was hooked and highly motivated to continue doing more shows. I have been going strong ever since.
Since I began training for figure competitions with Julie Lohre as my Figure Competition Coach, my body has completely changed. I have worked out for many years before that, but never had the results I have today and truly believe it’s because of the clean eating diet. It has now become a way of life for me.
My first masters figure competition was the Northern KY show and I placed 4th in the Masters Class. This stoked my internal drive to push and train harder going forward. My biggest accomplishment is that I have competed in 13 shows over the past 6 years and have placed at every one.
- 2009 – 4th Masters Northern KY, 4th Masters NPC Cincinnati, 5th Masters KY Muscle
- 2010 – 2nd Masters Northern KY, 2nd Masters and Open C Class Kentucky Muscle
- 2011 – 4th Masters Northern KY, 2nd Masters and Open C Class NPC Indianapolis
- 2012 – 3rd Masters Northern KY, 3rd Masters and 2nd Open C Class Indiana State, 3rd Masters 45+ KY Muscle
- 2013 – 2nd Place Masters, 5th Place Open Figure NPC Kentucky Muscle Classic
- 2014 – 1st Masters 45+ Kentucky Derby
- 2014 – Overall Masters Figure Champion and 1st Place Open Figure Class B NPC Natural Circle Championships
- 2015 – 5th Open F Class Kentucky Derby
I was also featured in Beverly’s No Nonsense issue of “Getting started in Master’s Figure”, volume 15, #4.
What motivates you to maintain a healthy lifestyle?
As I grow older, my motivations have changed slightly. I always want to be that person that people look at and are amazed at my age. Exercising and eating right are the most important factors to making that happen.
What do you enjoy the most about fitness & what are your goals?
I love everything about fitness! I am very self driven when it comes to my workouts and look forward to them every day. Sometimes I go to bed at night excited to wake back up so I can get started on my next training session. I think I may be a “fitness geek”.
I also love competing, so I always want to continue to try and improve with each show. But one day, I will hang up my shoes. Beyond competitions, I want to continue to become a stronger and more confident me.
What is the best part about working with Julie Lohre?
Julie Lohre takes the “guess” work out things. She always keeps my training challenging and I love getting a new set of programs to see what is in store for me next. I am really happy I choose for her to be my figure competition coach!
What is the worst part about working with Julie Lohre?
Favorite clean eating foods or recipes?
Hands down, oatmeal with chocolate UMP protein powder with peanut butter or PB2. I think I could eat this at every meal!
What advice do you have for women that are thinking about working with Julie Lohre?
I have had the best experience working with Julie over the years. She is truly the most genuine person I have ever met and really cares about her clients. Her knowledge is incredible and I can’t imagine not having her guidance over the years.
"I always want to be that person that people look at and are amazed at my age. Exercising and eating right are the most important factors to making that happen."Melissa Jackson
Master's Figure Champion Melissa Jackson
NPC Figure Side Pose
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