Every other week, the Louisville Women’s Sports Network highlights a local woman by asking her six questions about her health and fitness routine. This week’s guest is Mandy Jacobs. If there is a woman you’d like us to feature, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org your suggestions.
I am married to my college teammate, Clay, and we have five children: Parker, 10; Lexi, eight; Grayson, six; Tristan, six; and Emerson, four. When I was young, I participated in a variety of sports but around the age of twelve I began to focus solely on swimming. I graduated from Sacred Heart Academy and spent most of my mornings and afternoons in the pool training with Lakeside. As graduates of the University of Louisville, Clay and I are avid Cardinal fans and spend a lot of time as a family attending football, basketball and soccer games.
What is your weekly training/exercise routine?
My weekly routine consists of three sessions at Iron Tribe Fitness and two sessions at Orangetheory Fitness in St. Matthews. I love the group atmosphere, accountability and class schedule that both gyms provide. By belonging to both gyms, I am able to create a weekly exercise routine that balances strength and power movements with cardio based training. Dependent upon schedule and how my body is feeling, I might do an additional workout at home on the weekends, which generally consist of tabata training using TRX straps, medicine balls and kettlebells.
How do you prepare for a workout?
Since I generally workout first thing in the morning, my preparation is minimal. I make sure to consistently drink water throughout the evening so I am well hydrated the next morning. My alarm goes off around 4:30, which gives me just enough time to get dressed for the gym, make my pre-workout drink and foam roll for a few minutes before my workout begins.
What do you eat, drink or do for quick energy?
Before the majority of my workouts I will drink Push by SFH, mixed with water or if I am preparing for a longer workout, I will use a combination of black cherry juice and whey protein. Other times I might grab a piece of fruit and a handful of almonds.
What is your daily nutritional meal plan when training?
I try my best to do the majority of my meal planning on Sunday morning so I have the afternoon to shop and the evening to prepare things for the week. I am always more apt to eat healthier throughout the day when things are prepared and ready to pack each morning. This also makes feeding the family much easier throughout the week- especially when it comes to packing five school lunches each day. Generally, every Sunday I will prepare: 1-2 whole chickens, 1 pound of ground turkey, 2 dozen hard boiled eggs, 3-4 sweet potatoes and a wide variety of vegetables such as broccoli, brussels sprouts and green beans. When I have these things prepared I am able to easily add a source of fat (avocado is my favorite) or a piece of fruit, to create several meals for the day. While I do not adhere to a specific diet plan, I have learned that I feel my best when I eat the majority of my carbohydrates post workout and include protein in every meal. I rarely eat out during the week, but on the weekends we might take the kids to Shiraz or Jason’s Deli which always have several healthy options on the menu.
What do you snack on between meals when training?
I try to keep my snacks simple and portable as I am often snacking in the car driving my children around town. Some of my favorite options are hard boiled eggs, raw vegetables with guacamole, and bananas or apples with almond butter.
What are your fitness & health goals?
My health and fitness goals center around being the best version of myself I can be. Physically, that may mean running a faster mile on the treadmill at Orangetheory or learning a new power movement at Iron Tribe. Knowing that I have more energy and can handle the daily stressors of life better when I make my workouts and nutrition a priority, I strive to consistently schedule time for workouts and meal prep at home. Additionally, my goal is to be a role model for my children and I hope to show them that taking care of your body is not only beneficial, but can be really enjoyable!