Fit Issue: JANSEN BURKLEY, 33

Aesthetic injector at ReNurture Medical Spa, Murphy + Maude Interiors

Family: Son, Jaylen (16)

Sport: Fitness Competitor

I work out with a trainer, Roland Genesy, three days a week at Transforming Bodies. The other two days he gives me HIIT (high intensity interval training) cardio instructions.

I started weight training when I moved to Memphis seven years ago and fell in love with it.

I do full body workouts that include arm and leg movements with cardio and core at the end.

I mostly eat protein and green vegetables. Breakfast is usually three egg whites with steel cut oatmeal. Lunch and dinner is fish, ground turkey, or chicken with a vegetable. I’ll have a protein shake and almonds in between my meals.

“Weights change your body in way cardio doesn’t.”

My favorite indulgence is the Firebird pizza from Hog & Hominy or wings from Soul Fish Cafe.

Most underrated exercise is using a jump rope. It’s a great HIIT movement that works core and arms with great cardio.

My favorite movement is anything that targets my legs and glutes. I love squats, kettlebells, sumo squats, and lunges.

I was always a tomboy growing up and not the cheerleader type. I was really out of my comfort zone up on stage in a bikini posing for fitness competitions.

Being a single mother, I have to manage my time well. I get up early to workout, so it doesn’t interfere with my son’s school activities and having dinner together. My son is on the wrestling team and running cross country this year, so we try and make workouts a family thing.

Cardio is my biggest challenge. I’m just not good at it, so I try to incorporate it with my weight training

Exercise is therapeutic for me. It helps start my day off right and gives me energy throughout. I believe in the old adage: when you look good you feel good, and when you feel good you do good.

The quote I live by: “The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity . . . The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty” —Winston Churchill

So many girls approach me and say they want to lift weights but that they are scared to start. They’re intimidated and think they look awkward. We have all been there. Just go for it.

Photo by Greg Hastings. Compiled by Amy Goode.

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