Bodybuilding.com Fit Employee Spotlight: Karly Jones

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Karly Jones spent a few of her earliest years on an island within the Puget Sound, the place she studied in a two-room schoolhouse, ran trails, constructed forts within the Evergreen woods, or swam in one of many island’s two freshwater lakes. It was a lush, wet Northwestern existence.

By the sixth grade, Jones not lived in that remoted world, however its family-focused hallmark and the spirit of its panorama, quiet and robust in her, by no means left. All through highschool and school athletics, and stints in modeling and aggressive bodybuilding, Jones remained true to these formative moments in a spot the place life was extra necessary than the minor successes of a single day.

Life has, it appears, been in regards to the greater image for Jones.

Snapshot: Karly Jones

  • Top: 6′ 1″
  • Weight: 155 lbs.
  • Age: 31
  • Occupation: Non-public Label Supervisor
  • Location: Boise, Idaho

Contest Highlights:

  • 2013 Axiom Basic, Class C, Bikini Competitors

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Right now, Jones is the non-public label supervisor for the Bodybuilding.com Signature Sequence product line. [Ed. note: Private label refers to products made by Bodybuilding.com, as opposed to products made by other companies like Optimum Nutrition and Dymatize and then sold by Bodybuilding.com.] This is what Jones needed to say about working at Bodybuilding.com, sustaining a lifelong behavior of wholesome residing, and staying humble whereas kicking ass.

Today, Jones is the private label manager for the Bodybuilding.com Signature Series product line.

When did you get into health?

I stood out from different children after I was youthful as a result of I used to be actually tall. Ladies get picked on for that, so after I was 10 years previous my Gram sat me down and stated, “Youngsters might be imply due to your peak, however simply rise up, maintain your shoulders again, and make one thing of it. Get into sports activities, get into modeling, get into one thing that is going to make you that a lot prouder due to your peak.”

I’ve at all times taken that to coronary heart, and I did get into sports activities fairly quickly after that. I performed volleyball in junior excessive, highschool, and school. At first, I used to be so tall and thin that my knee pads would slide down my legs. I used to be in all probability 100 kilos at 5 ft 10 inches tall. After I was 13, I received a power coach and formally received into conditioning. I realized to raise, and my physician put me on a weight gainer. I additionally began doing athletic camps and clinics. Issues modified fairly rapidly after that.

Did you mannequin, too?

I did do some modeling after I was 17. I used to be approached by a expertise scout at a fuel station and went to an interview with my mother and father. I used to be signed to an company after that.

However, the physique wanted for modeling and the physique wanted for volleyball, which was my ardour, have been completely different. I used to be enjoying volleyball year-round by then, touring rather a lot with my membership volleyball group, Nike Northwest Juniors, and I actually could not decide to the skinniness wanted for modeling whereas being athletic sufficient for my sport. Issues have considerably modified within the modeling world, however again then it was nonetheless that rail-thin look being wanted. Athletics have been simply extra necessary to me.

Currently, I’ve had further alternatives to mannequin. I’ve executed some runway work, which I get pleasure from, however I do not pursue it as a life-style. Remaining athletic, and true to myself, is way extra necessary to me.

But, the physique needed for modeling and the physique needed for volleyball, which was my passion, were different.

You could have a fame across the Bodybuilding.com workplace as being a “badass.” Do you compete? If not, the place did that fame come from?

[Laughs] Properly, I’ve competed. I did one bikini competitors, in 2013, after I was on the lookout for one thing to carry me accountable, and for a aim to work towards. After enjoying volleyball all through school at Northwest Nazarene College, that aggressive hearth was nonetheless with me, so this was one thing I may direct it at. I positioned third in my class, then checked it off my bucket listing. I have never executed one other present.

As for that so-called fame as a badass, I do not know. I haven’t got a lot of a social media presence, and I work out exhausting, however lots of people work out exhausting. Perhaps it is as a result of I am taller than most ladies, and I’ve fiery pink hair, so I simply stand out extra.

Is that simply you being humble? You are truly above and past most on a regular basis athletes.

Oh, no. I am not above and past something! There are such a lot of people who dwell and breathe competitions and health, whereas I simply attempt to make it a life-style.

Plenty of that goes again to my Grandma. She struggled rather a lot together with her weight and had lots of issues together with her legs, together with a number of surgical procedures on her knees, due to it. She at all times informed me I had nice legs, and she or he needed me to protect that, in order that my legs—my physique—would not maintain me again, or anchor me, the way in which hers had.

So, I do not see myself as any individual who’s attempting to be the most effective athlete on this planet or in my peer group. My aim is just to maintain an athletic, wholesome life, and to be related to one thing greater.

What could be that greater factor for you?

Perhaps due to how I grew up, household is crucial factor to me. If I am coping with private hardship, household is at all times my go-to. If I would like a pick-me-up, or if I am celebrating an accomplishment, my household has been my help system. And I at all times wish to make my mother and father proud, it doesn’t matter what I do.

Apart from my team, I always felt like Bodybuilding.com was the top dog in the supplement industry, and I strove to be a part of it.

When the time is correct for me, I will have my circle of relatives. However, due to how necessary it’s to me, I am not keen to accept second greatest, and that features wanting in, at myself. After I’m an entire individual, after I might be the most effective mother that I might be, that is after I’ll have a household.

What’s your job at Bodybuilding.com?

I am the non-public label supervisor for our Signature Sequence, which incorporates the dietary supplements but in addition all the line extensions, product improvements, and attire and equipment, in addition to different cool merchandise which can be upcoming underneath a unique label than Signature.

I am in all the conferences associated to researching substances and formulation, packaging and labeling, naming conventions, taste testing, and remaining product manufacturing. I am additionally concerned in related strategizing and administration associated to attire. As soon as a product is able to be on the location, I assist to carry it dwell after which I work on the promotional technique.

What do you want about working at Bodybuilding.com?

My group is basically small and I am sporting lots of hats, however on the similar time, that is what’s enjoyable about being on a small group. And, we’re tightly knit. We talk very well, and we’ve a shared imaginative and prescient. I like that, and I actually love everybody I work with.

Other than my group, I at all times felt like Bodybuilding.com was the highest canine within the complement trade, and I strove to be part of it. Now that I am right here, it is actually thrilling. To have the shared accountability with others who’ve the identical focus as myself, professionally and personally, is invaluable. And, having fitness-related assets accessible, like our downstairs health club, is so cool. I am surrounded by a wholesome way of life tradition, and that has actually helped me personally.

I recently completed the 2018 $250K Transformation Challenge

I even have lots of function fashions at work. Kandace Hudspeth, our vice chairman of name innovation, is one in every of my largest. I actually look to her way of life for inspiration. She’s simply as dedicated to her health as she is to her skilled life. She does 5 a.m. exercise lessons that she’ll go to earlier than she even comes into the workplace. Cassie Smith in advertising and marketing is one other individual that I look to as a task mannequin, as a result of she maintains a extremely good stability between her CrossFit habit and actual life. She’s not strict about her weight loss program, and I like that. And I at all times see our model media managers, Macy Egerman and Ashley Shirley, within the health club collectively. They seem like sisters, and I simply love them. They’re so motivational to me, and Ashley’s only a sweetheart. She’s at all times complimenting me or saying, “You go, woman,” though I do not know them very nicely.

These co-workers exemplify what, for me, is so nice about being right here at Bodybuilding.com. There are such a lot of folks which can be supportive and wish to see one another succeed.

What’s your favourite characteristic on the Bodybuilding.com web site?

My favourite characteristic is our All Entry program, which is a good useful resource, whether or not you are trying to shed extra pounds, achieve muscle, or do performance-based exercises and applications. All Entry actually has all of it. And, once more, life for me is usually about accountability, so I like having that construction.

What do your exercise routine and weight loss program include?

I not too long ago accomplished the 2018 $250Ok Transformation Problem, and I adopted Kris Gethin’s 12-Week Hardcore Coach on All Entry. I religiously hit each exercise that was scheduled. I did not miss a single day. I’ve continued to comply with the dietary plan even now, because it’s turn out to be a life-style behavior. Total, I am pretty regimented, however so long as I am doing one thing energetic every day, I do not really feel guilt-ridden if I miss a exercise. Now that the climate is getting hotter, I might a lot relatively be exterior biking, climbing, paddle boarding, or jogging.

Maybe because of how I grew up, family is the most important thing to me.

This is a quick overview of what a exercise week appears to be like like for me, which is Gethin’s break up:

  • Monday: Chest and triceps
  • Tuesday: Energetic relaxation day. Go for a motorcycle trip or hike.
  • Wednesday: Again and biceps
  • Thursday: Shoulders, calves, and abs
  • Friday: Energetic relaxation day. Bike or hike once more.
  • Saturday: Legs
  • Sunday: Legs

I prefer to complement with Nourish + Bloom Multi Plus as soon as every day, KM Glutamine 3 times a day, KM BCAA 2:1:1 twice every day, KM C-HCI twice every day, KM Kasein as soon as every day at bedtime, and Nourish + Bloom Vegan Protein Snack Bars after I want additional protein and have a yearning for one thing candy.

I eat pretty healthfully, however after I’m feeling a craving, I’ll have one thing to deal with myself. I do not contemplate that to be having a “cheat meal,” as a result of I am simply listening to what my physique desires, and I do not deprive it. I like to think about meals as gasoline, interval.