Name: Jessica Mazzucco
Birth Date: 09/17/1989
Birth Place: Bronx, NY
Current Residence: Carmel, NY
Height & Weight: 5’5 & 130lbs
1. What made you want to compete?
The biggest factor that drove me to compete was where I have been more so recently in terms of my fitness journey. Competing was always a dream of mine but my poor nutrition, lack of exercise and sheer laziness just got in the way. I was unhappy with the way that I looked so I decided to start my weight loss journey. I went from being a size 10-12 at almost 160 pounds to a size 0-2 now at 130 pounds. I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would be in this good of shape. After seeing several of my girlfriends compete, with one of them winning their pro card, I knew that if they could do it, why couldn’t I? Why not push myself and challenge my mind and body to see how strong I really am? It was then that I had made the decision to compete!
2. What do you do to stay inspired?
I always find myself researching the WBFF pros and learning their stories as to how they ended up where they are now. I also try to surround myself with positive people who enjoy fitness and those who maintain a positive, balanced life.
3. What shows have you already been in or plan to be in in the future?
I will be making my WBFF bikini debut on November 9th in Rhode Island.
4. Who got you started?
My very first personal trainer, Thomas Johnson Jr. (TJ) , was the first person to help me with my weight loss journey. From nutrition to exercises to motivation, TJ was there for me from day one and still continues to do so as I embark on my WBFF journey to the stage. As I previously stated, a few of my girlfriends made the decision to compete last year and I would always ask them questions and it was their experiences that also contributed to the start of my journey to the stage.
5. Who do you look to for help now?
I turn to my coach Krista Muhlbauer for any help or tips. I also turn to my teammates, the NY Divas, who was founded by Oxygen cover model and 2x Bikini World Champion Lindsay Messina. All of these women have been so supportive and being on this team of phenomenal and inspiring women has been one of the most rewarding experiences thus far.
6. Where do you usually workout?
New York Sports Clubs – Carmel and Somers
7. Do you use any suppliments? If so, what ones (brands, names, etc)
USP Labs – Modern BCAAS, Protein powder and OxyElite.
8. What are your most noticeable results?
My most noticeable results I would say are my shoulders. I always walked with poor posture and since I have been working out my shoulders more, I’ve noticed a big change in my posture and the way I carry myself.
9. Has fitness changed your life? If so, how?
Fitness has changed my life for the absolute better. I have never felt so confident about myself …not just physically but mentally as well. I have given my prep 100% and contest prep has shown me that with discipline and drive, I can accomplish ANYTHING I put my mind too. Fitness has made me more disciplined and increased my dedication and motivation.
10. What personal fitness goals have you set for yourself?
My main personal fitness goal is to get stage ready for my WBFF Bikini debut. I would also like to be able to complete a Spartan race at some point!
11. Describe your diet.
Diet consists of complex carbs, protein, healthy fats, fruit and lots of veggies!
12. What does your workout schedule look like?
I train about 5-6 times a week – lifting heavy with minimal cardio. I make sure I have at least one rest day to rebuild.
13. What do you do for a living?
I am currently a certified personal trainer and licensed Zumba instructor at New York Sports Clubs. I am also in my last year of graduate school; I am pursing my Master’s degree in Social Work. As a part of my graduate degree track, I am an intern at the VA Montrose campus.
14. What are your personal non-fitness goals?
Personal non-fitness goals include to one day be a PhD/Certified Brain Injury Specialist who works with Veterans that have suffered from Traumatic Brain Injury and/or Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.
15. Have you participated in any other sports?
Not really….just tennis when I was in high school.
16. Here you can mention your family/thank you’s.
A BIG thank you to my family -thank you for always believing in me and standing by my side with whatever decision I have made. My boyfriend – thank you so much for all of your endless love and support. From meal prep to food shopping to even working out with me at 7am on your day off, I am forever grateful to have you by my side and to have your support during all of this! My coaches TJ & Krista – couldn’t have done this without you! My teammates – thank you for being such an inspiration and being so supportive!
17. Do you have any hobbies?
If shopping counts as a hobby… then shopping!
18. What are challenges that you face that may keep you from reaching your fitness goals?
The hardest challenge that I have encountered this far has been the diet. Going out to eat has been a challenge and even just every day eating has been a challenge as well. Meal prepping for the week and knowing that you are limited in terms of choices can take a toll. It takes a lot of will and mind power to not snack on a little something here and there. But I have definitely gotten a lot better at it!
19. What obstacles have you overcome to be where you are?
Again, I think being an individual who enjoys going out to eat and eating things with cheese and things that are “anti-contest prep” has been a hard obstacle to overcome. However, progress and results have contributed to the development of a stronger mind. The results I have seen in terms of weight loss and muscle gains have provided me the mindset that if I trust the process and stick to the plan, I will be where I want to be.
20. Is there anything else you would like to add that you think we’ve missed?
One thing that I had wanted to mention is that anyone and I mean ANYONE can enter this industry. Yes, it takes a lot of will power and strength but we all have the capability to be disciplined enough to pursue our goals and dreams. I never thought I would be competing a couple of years ago, but it wasn’t until I began to see physical results that I knew that I was strong enough to compete. Push yourself, step out of your comfort zone and watch the magic unfold.