Justine Albert is an IFBB Pro Women’s Physique competitor, gym-owner, ballet dancer, dance instructor, and a well-respected coach in the health & fitness industry. She’s local to the Pittsburgh area and has been supporting Axe & Sledge and All American Roughneck long before becoming a sponsored athlete.
We’re excited to have her a part of the Axe & Sledge team and cannot wait to see how she does competing in the NPC/IFBB. If you are in the Pittsburgh area, check out her gym called Club NBT, and if you’re looking for some dance lessons, head over to Just Dance by Justine!
In-season Weight: 154lbs
Off-season Weight: 165-170lbs
Division: Women’s Physique
Question & Answer
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Apollo, PA.
What got you interested in bodybuilding?
At an early age, I really admired my Dad’s athleticism. Although he didn’t compete in bodybuilding, he was naturally athletic and that’s something I wanted to strive for. I didn’t play very many sports growing up, but I started dancing at the age of 3 and lifting weights at the age of 12.
Fast forward to college, my friend took me to a bodybuilding show and that’s when I realized that I wanted to compete.
When did you start training for bodybuilding and when was your first competition?
I started seriously training for bodybuilding when I was 22 years old, which was around 2010.
Between 2012 and 2013, I did my first competition.
What’s the most difficult part of preparing for a bodybuilding competition?
Most people probably think that the diet or training is the most difficult part of preparing for a physique competition. But for me, it’s more along the lines of people not understanding the sport, being judgemental, and not being open-minded.
The longer I diet, the more irritated I get with negative comments, criticism, and lack of respect for the sport. Especially with social media, people love to express their opinions.
What does your diet consist of? (in-season vs off-season)
Since I have a pretty slow metabolism, I have to drop my calories quite low during prep. There are several weeks where I only eat protein and veggies and that’s it. Basically, no carbs and very low fat. Also, I have virtually no cheat meals during prep, but I will have some more flexibility in the off-season.
During the off-season, I tend to eat the same foods as I do on prep, however I will add in some carbs primarily around training and healthy fats. However, my fats always stay fairly low regardless if I am prepping or not.
What’s your current training split?
Monday: Hamstrings & Glutes
Tuesday: Chest & Arms
Thursday: Quads & Calves
Friday: Back & Arms
Saturday: Shoulders & Arms
Sunday: Active rest day
I also do cardio everyday. As of right now, it’s usually 30 minutes first thing in the morning and I prefer to run outside.
What's your top two goals at the moment (fitness & business)?
Business: I would love to hit 800 members my March.
Fitness: I plan to compete in 2022 and want to earn top three in a Pro show.
What's your go-to cheat meal?
I really love sandwiches, so I would have to say a turkey hoagie or something along those lines.
Do you have any hobbies outside of bodybuilding?
Outside of lifting & dancing, I really enjoy shopping, hunting, going out to bars to see live bands, and hanging out with my husband & dogs.
If you could make any flavor of the Home Made Bar what would it be?
Why did you choose Axe & Sledge supplements?
To be honest with you, I am not a big supplement person in general and I am very picky about what supplements I use. Since I am a competitor and striving to be the best I can be, I only want to use supplements that are of the utmost quality.
Although I've been approached over the years by several companies, I didn't find any that I could stand behind and wanted to actually use or recommend. I never wanted to promote a brand that I didn't use, like so many other people in this industry do to just make some money.
Once Axe & Sledge came along, my husband and I started using the products because we found them to be actually effective. Also, we are huge supporters of local business and the axe & sledge hq is right down the road from us. Above all, Axe & sSedge made us feel welcomed and valued. everything that axe & sledge stands for fits my personality and allows me to truly be authentic.
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