Sergeant Vanessa Hernandez of the US Marine Corps may very well be thought-about an embodiment of health. Except for commonly finishing her bodily coaching (PT) assignments that include her job, she can also be a physique athlete — competing within the NPC as part of each Wellness and Determine divisions. She is an instance that you would be able to prepare and carry out for each present and go. That’s as a result of she is aware of the right way to push herself past the purpose that many others would cease.
“When your physique needs to cease due to that “burning” feeling [not pain], prepare your thoughts to push previous it. Your physique will do what your thoughts tells it to. Problem your self to go for that yet one more,” she mentioned. She admitted that won’t have been the case earlier than she enlisted within the Marines.
“I used to be by no means actually match, I simply loved understanding and seeing the progress I might make,” mentioned Hernandez. She enlisted after graduating highschool and ending one semester of faculty. Hernandez didn’t have anybody in her household serve earlier than her, which makes her a first-generation member of the Armed Forces.
A pal of mine first informed me about becoming a member of, 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 concept of the army, they usually wished me to go to highschool as a substitute,” Hernandez defined. “As soon as I confirmed them that I might get my education executed, they thought that possibly it wasn’t all that unhealthy.”
Hernandez already has an affiliate’s diploma, and he or she is working towards her bachelor’s diploma. She can also be working in the direction of advancing in rank to workers 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, after 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. “After I bought again, that was after I did my first bodybuilding present in California.”
The concept to compete was sparked by seeing a fellow Marine take the stage. Seeing the chance that an energetic Marine might stability work and competing was all of the inspiration Hernandez wanted.
“I made a decision, ‘OK, if she will be able to do it, I need 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 help for her. After successful 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 crew 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 believe 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 in a position to do their jobs and do bodybuilding. That isn’t a simple factor to do,” she identified. “There may be a number 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 US army would make sticking to health simpler, however Hernandez defined that isn’t the case. Following a selected coaching schedule and vitamin plan with restrictions on meals will be an unbelievable problem. Nonetheless, her potential to stay to each commitments on the stage that she does has impressed these round her.
“They only admire my self-discipline,” Hernandez mentioned. “Once they see me eat my meals, they might provide 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 understanding extra. I believe it has influenced them and helps them change their existence.”
That potential to encourage others to do what she has been doing is now serving to her launch yet one more profession. She has explored the potential of teaching others primarily based on her success. Whereas she is early in that course of, she’s already seeing the distinction she will be able to make.
“It was simply so loopy to speak to purchasers and see how a lot their lives are remodeling, and they’re making little modifications which can be making them so joyful. It impacts me and makes me really feel good.”
Her profession as an athlete is way from over, and he or she 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 eating regimen proper now,” she shared. She additionally talked about that she wish to turn out 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 will be attained by anybody that’s keen to place within the work and keep disciplined. For any others who’re contemplating the army of their future, she provided sound knowledge that must be utilized.
“It’s undoubtedly value it. Take each alternative that you would be able to. Volunteer each time potential 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.”