Name: Judine St. Gerard
Birth Date: 12/17/1988
Birth Place: Boston, MA
Current Residence: Milton, MA
Height & Weight: 5’4 133
1. What made you want to compete?
Well I’ve been a competitor since I can remember! I was a serious athlete growing up and competed on both the Varsity Basketball and Track & Field Teams in College. Eventually I chose to focus on track, competing as a sprinter (100 and 200m) and a long jumper! Once I graduated in 2012, it was hard to adjust to not having a regular “practice” schedule. So I made my own—I continued doing various sprint workouts and explosive lifting until this past March when I found CrossFit and fell in LOVE with it. I was training 5-6 days a week hoping to start competing in local CF competitions. It wasn’t until one of my coworkers asked me why I never considered doing fitness competitions—and I laughed. She had to be kidding! Me? The jock, sweatpants wearing, hair pulled back, avoid heels at all costs athlete in a super glammy fitness competition? I thought “nahhh, not me.” And then she went on: “You’re pretty much already doing everything you need to be, your training is consistent and you eat cleaner than everyone working here (besides the one fitness competitor who worked with us). And that’s WITHOUT a coach! You might as well try it—why not?” So I thought about it and decided she was right, why not? I chose to compete to challenge myself to take doing what I love to the next level—to push myself out of my comfort zone of sweats and sneakers with the goal of learning to command a stage, in heels at that! I chose to compete to surprise myself! I’m an athlete, I know how to work hard in the gym and then go out on a court, field, or track and perform. But to use that same work ethic and put on a performance? It’s a whole new ball game!
2. What do you do to stay inspired?
It’s hard to say. Sometimes I feel like I’m just programmed to be active! I couldn’t shake the athlete bug so…I just kept going. Fitness (mainly in the form of athletics) has always been the way I organized my life, remained focused, and achieved my goals (on and off the track). I meditate during my workouts. It is my built in “me time.” I am inspired WHILE I workout. My best ideas usually come to me after a good sweat session. Those benefits keep me going.
3. What shows have you already been in or plan to be in in the future?
I recently competed in the FAP Boston Natural Championships on October 5 in the Bikini Category, my first show!
4. Who got you started?
Well after that conversation with my co-worker, it seemed like everyone had something to say about me thinking of pursuing fitness modeling. So after looking into it, I talked to my parents and my Aunty Cheryl (a personal trainer who competed after she graduated college) and once they were all on board, I went for it!
5. Who do you look to for help now?
JANELLE NICOLO (Head Coach of Body Ambition)! She is my all around (nutrition, training, and posing) coach and fitness career/life mentor. She has focused on really helping me to develop my stage presence.
BELA SANTOS (Assistant Coach of Body Ambition and BelaBody Fitness Head Trainer)! She is my posing coach and tutor, she’s helped me to really get the fundamental footwork and intricacies of posing as well as being a career mentor.
6. Where do you usually workout?
I work out at a few places. For my weight training I go between my local YMCA in Hyde Park and the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center in Boston! I am a fan of outdoor cardio, so if I can hit an outdoor track I will!
7. Do you use any suppliments? If so, what ones (brands, names, etc)
I take woman’s one-a-day multi-vitamin (365 brand), Vitamin D, B-complex vitamin, and fish oil vitamin. I also use Optimum Nutrition Essential Amino Energy and I try to stick to vegan proteins.
8. What are your most noticeable results?
Probably my chest and abs!
9. Has fitness changed your life? If so, how?
In more ways than one! As I mentioned before fitness (in the form of athletics) was the way I kept myself organized and focused throughout my academic career. Now, it has become a place of meditation where I really can focus and reflect on my own personal growth and development. It’s my passion, so it has really enhanced my life because it’s helped in most of my “big decision” making.
10. What personal fitness goals have you set for yourself?
Just to keep getting better and beating my personal bests! Maintaining balance and flexibility by incorporating more yoga into my regular routine and making sure I’m taking care of my body (foam rolling, icing, etc.).
11. Describe your diet.
I eat all whole foods, staying as close to nature as possible in our overly processed world! Body Ambition keeps it fun and simple!
12. What does your workout schedule look like?
I workout pretty much 6 days out of the week. Usually early in the mornings before I get to work and if I have to something to finish up, I’ll go back to the gym after work. I map out my workout schedule every Sunday night for the week!
13. What do you do for a living?
I am currently working on my personal training/group exercise certification. Right now, I am working at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center as a Scheduling Coordinator.
14. What are your personal non-fitness goals?
I want to be an example of and provide hope for the possibility of healthy living for the young girls and women in the Caribbean-American and African-American communities, a group of people who are often overlooked and underserved by society and even general health/fitness marketing. I hope to be able to educate those with limited access to the super expensive gyms and supermarkets about how to incorporate fitness into their daily lifestyles and how to manage eating healthy on a budget — Making health and fitness work for you, no matter what your socioeconomic status!
15. Have you participated in any other sports?
Wellesley College Varsity Track and Field – Sprinter and Long Jumper
16. Here you can mention your family/thank you’s.
I’d like to thank my parents! Both have been huge and instrumental in so many ways—I don’t think I’d be able to compete if it weren’t for them. My mom helps me with my weekly food prep every Monday, and chips in/surprises me with extra groceries for my meals every week. And the clean-up? Yep she helps me out with that too! My dad helps me to remain balanced—whenever I’m on that line of deciding between rest and a workout, he’s always there to remind me about the importance of rest! And most of all they BELIEVED in me. I told them I wanted to do this “crazy” fitness thing and I told them it would be expensive and that I would budget and might need help, but they still went along with it and jumped right into it with me. In addition to my parents, I’d also like to thank my Aunty Cheryl and my siblings: Ben and Donna. They have been instrumental in making sure I stick to doing what I love the most!
I’d like to also thank my Coaches Janelle Nicole (WBFF Pro and Head Coach of Body Ambition) and Bela Santos (Owner and Head Trainer at Bela Body Fitness). I’d like to thank my mentor Cheryl Sclar, my BA sisters Miriam Popp, Blair Canan, Darlene Maria, Beth Coughlin, Amanda Nisula, Marlene Atkin – the whole gang really. I’d also like to thank my sponsors: Fascino Salon and Spa, HG Cornerstone, and D’Horizon Mas Camp! Finally, I’d like to thank my boyfriend—who is currently living in another country, but still puts up with me and manages to love me from miles away even through this crazy experience called competition prep! He may be the most patient man in the world.
17. Do you have any hobbies?
Oh you mean other than spending time in the gym or on the track?! Haha. I love baking and I have a huge sweet tooth! I like looking up clean recipes of my favorite treats and making a healthier version that my body can handle. I enjoy spending time with my family (duh!). And I love reading articles that address the science behind exercise and nutrition!
18. What are challenges that you face that may keep you from reaching your fitness goals?
Myself–overcoming myself. We are often our worst enemies. I am a perfectionist to a fault sometimes. This process has helped to distinguish between doing my absolute best (which is possible) and being perfect (which is impossible).