Fitness hasn’t always been a huge part of my life. Growing up, I was the ‘skinny girl’ and during my adolescents I was much more interested in partying than I was eating healthy and exercising. Following a strictly vegan diet, I didn’t think it at the time but I was a massively under-eating! About three years ago I began to train and since then I have never looked back. I started going to the gym 6-7 days a week until I finally decided I wanted to compete. Unfortunately, nutrition was still a problem for me, and although I had become very lean, I was unable to put on any considerable amount of muscle.
I went to Enterprise Fitness with a goal to compete while sticking to an entirely vegan diet. My initial meeting with Mark went something like this…
Me: “I don’t need training advice, I have that all under control. I just need a bit of help with my nutrition”
Mark: ”Here’s the deal, we train champions. So here’s the way it’s going to work, you want to be vegan, that’s fine, we are not going to talk to you about your diet because honestly we don’t agree with it or can work miracles. We have never got anyone ready for stage as a vegan and to be honest, I don’t think it’s possible, but you’re welcome to prove me wrong… We can absolutely improve your training but the condition is you train with us at least twice a week… and actually, I don’t even know if your right for us, I want you to go away, think about if this is what you want and get back to me tomorrow… and if I don’t hear from you by tomorrow, then that’s it.”
I left Enterprise and called my boyfriend Nathan (who is now one of our supremely awesome trainers) and said…
“I just met this guy name Mark, he’s a dick. He told me I can’t compete as a vegan, but screw that, I’m joining and going to compete as a vegan”.
Although I was not particularly fond of Mark, it was clear to me that the team at Enterprise knew their stuff and if I wanted the best then this was where I needed to be. My trainer was the awesome Master Coach, Reece Adams. He created a specific plan that catered to my annoying vegan needs which got me instant results. I ended up competing earlier than expected (only 6 weeks after I began my prep!) where I placed in the Fitness Model division at the INBA Melbourne Classic.
Jaz and Reece at the INBA All Female Classic June 2015
I was instantly addicted to the sport of competing and I had never felt healthier or more confident in my life. I competed again in 4 weeks placing second in the Open category at the INBA All Female Classic. I was proud to say that I proved Mark wrong and successfully competed as a vegan!
I continued to train at Enterprise (and by train I mean they couldn’t get rid of me and I basically become part of the furniture) and it quickly turned into my home. Despite my first impressions of Mark, I started to realise that he was actually a pretty cool guy.
I would often hint to Mark in a sort of joking but not really kind of way..
“I know I’m not a PT but you should totally give me a job… haha… but seriously…please?”
My relentless nagging eventually payed off. Mark caved in and finally gave me a media/sales/PA/bit of everything kind of role at Enterprise. As Enterprise keeps growing, now my focus is on getting new clients started and coaching Marks Wolfpack students. This role perfectly combines my passion for fitness, education, health and talking, whilst being surrounded by some pretty amazing people. I love being able to help people achieve their goals and be their best in the same way that Enterprise helped me. It’s so rewarding to play a role in helping our clients look and feel healthier and happier.
Not only did Mark give me a job but he also took me on as his own client, helping me make some serious gains and compete at The WBFF at the Gold Coast. I was able to bring, by far, my best package to the stage where I placed in a huge lineup. My goal is to improve strength and put on some more muscle and compete with WBFF again soon and eventually go PRO.