Every now and then, we like to feature athletes from the brands we carry. Their personal stories and accomplishments bring us motivation to keep pushing forward, and they make us proud to feature the supplements they use.
Today, we have Jaquelyn Kastelic, an Optimum Nutrition athlete.
I began my competing in 2005 while I was college because I missed high school sports and the drive, determination and push I got during meets (I was a track and cross country runner). I was introduced to Women's Tri Fitness, which is a fitness competition that includes box jumps, bench press, an obstacle course, shuttle run and an optional Grace and Physique round/fitness routine round. My competitive spirit was drawn right in! Since 2005 I have done numerous Tri Fitness competitions, NPC figure and bikini, FAME Bikini, Flex Bikini and Bodybuilding.com competitions. I also have found that I love fitness modeling and showing women that muscle is beautiful and strong is the new skinny!
I won the overall Tri Fitness Grace and Physique competition in 2008 and 2009. In 2008 I won my FAME Bikini Pro status. In 2010 I was the NPC Overall Lenda Murray Bikini Champion, the 2010 Bodybuilding.com Bodyspace Spokesmodel and have competed as a National Level NPC Bikini Competitor, placing top 5 in both shows. I have appeared on the cover of Oxygen Magazine (2008) and Ironman Magazine (2010), and inside of Flex (a 4 page layout for winning month #3 of the Flex online bikini competition in 2010) and numerous other magazines. After a two year break from stage and fitness competitions I came back to Tri Fitness (May 2013) placing 3rd in my division out of over 100 women and taking the overall Grace and Physique title!
Off of the stage I have a passion for CrossFit. I started in April of 2009 and have done nothing but CF since! In 2009 I competed at the Asia Regionals placing #2. In 2012 I placed 77th in the Mid Atlantic CrossFit Sectionals out of nearly 1,000 women. In 2013 I placed 3rd at the Hampton Roads Team Grit competition as a team of two women. I own CrossFit Unrivaled with my husband, Drew. We have been open since May 2011!
CrossFit pushes me in ways that I have never felt, physically and mentally and I am a stronger person because of both! My newest deadlift PR is 255! I am also proud of my 163 lb split jerk but am ready to get more over my head! Being strong doesn't mean you have to be bulky...and thats why I love to tell women how much I can lift because they look at my like "How? You are so small" and then I can say "Exactly, lifting doesn't make you bulky OR look like a man!"