Sergeant Vanessa Hernandez of the USA Marine Corps might be thought-about an embodiment of health. Apart from frequently finishing her physical training (PT) assignments that include her job, she can be a physique athlete — competing within the NPC as part of each Wellness and Determine divisions. She is an instance which you could practice and carry out for each present and go. That’s as a result of she is aware of find out how to push herself past the purpose that many others would cease.
“When your physique needs to cease due to that “burning” feeling [not pain], train your mind to push past it. Your physique will do what your thoughts tells it to. Problem your self to go for that yet one more,” she stated. She admitted that will not have been the case earlier than she enlisted within the Marines.
“I used to be by no means actually match, I simply loved figuring out and seeing the progress I’d make,” stated Hernandez. She enlisted after graduating highschool and ending one semester of school. Hernandez didn’t have anybody in her household serve earlier than her, which makes her a first-generation member of the Armed Forces.
A good friend of mine first informed me about joining, and subsequent factor I do know, I used to be going to be shipped out,” she joked. Her household met the information that she was enlisting with reservations.
“To start with, they didn’t like the thought of the navy, they usually wished me to go to high school as a substitute,” Hernandez defined. “As soon as I confirmed them that I might get my education performed, they thought that possibly it wasn’t all that dangerous.”
Hernandez already has an affiliate’s diploma, and she or he is working towards her bachelor’s diploma. She can be working in the direction of advancing in rank to employees sergeant. Her dedication to health has been flourishing as nicely. Whereas staying match is a part of what a Marine does, the dedication turned a ardour whereas she was on deployment.
“I used to be already good at working in a method, and I used to be actually good at observe. However, once I was on deployment, there actually wasn’t a lot else to do on downtime however work out. So, I simply began studying extra,” she defined. “Once I obtained again, that was once I did my first bodybuilding present in California.”
The thought to compete was sparked by seeing a fellow Marine take the stage. Seeing the chance that an lively Marine might stability work and competing was all of the inspiration Hernandez wanted.
“I made a decision, ‘OK, if she will do it, I wish to do it too,’ and so, I simply went for it.”
She had different people who impressed her to stroll onstage and face the judges. Amongst them are Wellness star Yarishna Ayala and 2021 NPC USA Wellness winner Julia Rene. She additionally credit her sister, Sandy Hernandez as a key participant of assist for her. After profitable her first present, and transferring on to Washington, D.C., Hernandez went all in on her sport. She has been working with coach Zack Blackeney, they usually have been a cohesive group ever since. In 2021, Hernandez would compete within the prestigious NPC Armed Forces Nationals and the NPC Battle Royale in Alexandria, Virginia. She went on to win Wellness Class A in each contests. Being in a present that was particularly devoted to Armed Forces members and their households made it extra significant for Vanessa Hernandez to win.
“I feel it was a neat expertise to see different Armed Forces and different branches competing in the identical present for a similar factor. All of them had the identical ardour, they usually have been all capable of do their jobs and do bodybuilding. That’s not a simple factor to do,” she identified. “There’s lots of sacrifice, and I give props to all of them. We’re all out right here doing it. Having the ability to expertise it with them provides you a sense of camaraderie.”
One might imagine that the self-discipline and dedication that comes with serving in the USA navy would make sticking to health simpler, however Hernandez defined that isn’t the case. Following a particular coaching schedule and nutrition plan with restrictions on foods might be an unbelievable problem. Nevertheless, her capability to stay to each commitments on the stage that she does has impressed these round her.
“They only admire my self-discipline,” Hernandez stated. “Once they see me eat my meals, they might supply me a few of what they have been having as nicely, and I say ‘no.’ They admire that as a result of it’s tempting to eat what they have been having. They’ve really now began consuming more healthy and figuring out extra. I feel it has influenced them and helps them change their existence.”
That capability to encourage others to do what she has been doing is now serving to her launch one more profession. She has explored the potential for teaching others based mostly on her success. Whereas she is early in that course of, she’s already seeing the distinction she will make.
“It was simply so loopy to speak to shoppers and see how a lot their lives are reworking, and they’re making little changes which might be making them so completely satisfied. It impacts me and makes me really feel good.”
Her profession as an athlete is much from over, and she or he does have her eyes on attaining IFBB Professional League standing sooner or later. She has commitments together with her full-time profession that should take precedence, however she and Blackeney really feel she has the instruments to win her professional card.
“I’m nonetheless coaching as if I’m going to compete, however I’m not going as strict on the weight loss plan proper now,” she shared. She additionally talked about that she wish to grow to be an officer within the Marines sooner or later as nicely.
Vanessa Hernandez has impressed athletes, troopers, veterans, and numerous others by being a optimistic instance and displaying that success might be attained by anybody that’s keen to place within the work and keep disciplined. For any others who’re contemplating the navy of their future, she provided sound knowledge that must be utilized.
“It’s undoubtedly price it. Take each alternative which you could. Volunteer at any time when attainable since you’re lacking out on the possibilities that you simply don’t take,” she suggested. “Something you set your thoughts to you CAN obtain. It’s OK to really feel uncomfortable while you’re studying to push your self previous your limits.”