IFBB Pro Ken Jackson Interview
I remember meeting new IFBB Pro Ken Jackson for the first time after he guest posed at the 2011 Ron Love Classic in Michigan. After talking with him all I could think of at the time was man this guy is truly a humble champion and really down to earth.
A year later we met up again at the 2012 Arnold Classic and it just amazed me that he took the time out of his hectic schedule to talk with my 16 year old son about bodybuilding.
With all the craziness at the event here’s an IFBB Pro bodybuilder who took some time out of his day to share his knowledge and passion about bodybuilding. Needless to say I appreciate, respect and admire this man for his kindness and selflessness.
Recently, I had the honor to interview Ken about becoming a new dad, his career in bodybuilding and what the future holds for this incredible athlete and entrepreneur.
Bodybuilding Blogger: Ken, great to talk with you again. Last year was a big year for you earning your IFBB Pro card and opening the Ken Jackson Fitness Factory but this year you were blessed to earn the title of Dad with the birth of your little baby girl Jade. How does that feel?
Ken Jackson: It feels like a dream – that I was really responsible for creating this little precious baby is crazy! Fatherhood is everything I hoped it to be thus far. But talk to me when she’s dating. Lol
Bodybuilding Blogger: Congratulations man! You’re going to be a great Dad. Let’s dive into training. What’s your training regimen and nutrition like as you prepare for your pro debut in 2013?
Ken Jackson: This year I’ve done things a little different. After winning my pro card Neil Hill and I talked about having “balance” in my life. Not thinking about bodybuilding or training when I’m not in the gym. It is still important to get my meals in, but relax with my wife and go to a nice dinner and eat what I want once in awhile.
I think I have established balance in my life and I’m having one of my best off seasons ever. Staying in the 260’s, keeping my body fat levels down, and not trying to break records in the weight room. Focusing on squeezing and exhausting the muscle- muscle mind connection you know!
Bodybuilding Blogger: Absolutely, sounds like a great plan. What was it like to get sponsored by Gaspari Nutrition®?
Ken Jackson: I love being a Team Gaspari athlete. Who wouldn’t like being part of one of the best nutrition companies in the world? I like to thank Joe Vogley and Rich Gaspari for giving me the opportunity! And look out people we have some great new products coming out soon including Glycofuse, Isofusion, and Myofusion elite series.
Bodybuilding Blogger: Nice! I heard that you have been using Gaspari products for years. Got any favorites?
Ken Jackson: I love their Intra Pro Protein, Size On, Super Pump Max, Aminolast, and Gylcofuse. I use all their products to be honest.
Bodybuilding Blogger: Tell me about the Ken Jackson Fitness Factory? How is that going? What are your short and long term goals?
Ken Jackson: KJFF is a personal training and aerobics studio and we have been open for a little over one year. Short term goals have been achieved like having the bills paid and keeping the doors open. Long term goal is to get established trainers and aerobics instructors to join Team KJFF.
I would like to build a solid team of highly motivated individuals like myself who are really into health and fitness. With Nancy G, Shelia B, and PJF we have started towards this long term goal already.
Bodybuilding Blogger: That’s great, congratulations on achieving your one year in business anniversary. What has been your hardest challenge to overcome either in your personal life or competition career?
Ken Jackson: I think the hardest thing I had to overcome in my life was walking away from an established gym. I created that gym with all my heart and soul and walked away to start over with nothing.
Bodybuilding Blogger: That’s got to be tough starting over. So how do you balance your family life with competing and dieting for shows and running your new training facility?
Ken Jackson: Two Words- Neil Hill. Neil is truly the best thing that happened to the Jackson family. I can always get good solid advice from him whether it’s about bodybuilding or general life obstacles. Yoda has my back! He keeps me grounded and reminds me to keep a solid balance in my life. I look to him as a coach but also as a life coach/mentor. I know he has my best interests at heart and he does not have a problem putting me in my place.
Ken Jackson: Don’t ever stray from your beliefs or convictions. And know that bodybuilding is a long distance race that never ends. Just when you think that finish line is in reach a new one appears but miles ahead.
Bodybuilding Blogger: Thank you so much Ken for sharing your time with us and for being such a positive role model for the bodybuilding and fitness industry.
I want to personally thank my good friend Ken Jackson for this interview. He is a real down to earth and humble champion with integrity, drive and a passion for helping others reach their fitness goals. You can connect with Ken on Twitter and Ken Jackson’s Fitness Factory plus view his pics on our Facebook fan page Bodybuilding Worldwide.
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Marco Carbajo is a bodybuilder, entrepreneur, writer, author, speaker, trainer, and founder of Bodybuildingblogger.com, the premier online source for recreational, competitive, and aspiring pro bodybuilders, fitness, figure, and bikini athletes all over the world providing top level workouts, discount supplements, nutrition, news, support, motivation and promotion. He is author of “Your Bodybuilding Journey – How to Get the Body You Always Wanted.”