Orillia woman hopes to inspire other moms by landing on cover of fitness magazine

“Moms can be strong. Moms can be confident and they can be role models for other moms who are feeling lost,” says bodybuilder mom from Orillia

An Orillia ‘super mom’ could land on the cover of the The muscle & Aptitude Hers magazine as part of her quest to inspire her children as well as mothers around the world.

Jessi Miller is currently third in her group in a contest to be “Ms. Health and Fitness” for 2022. The Park Street Collegiate Institute graduate started lifting weights regularly three and a half years ago with the goal of ” improve”.

After losing 60 pounds and becoming highly motivated to be healthier and fitter, Miller was approached by The Weight Room owner Kim Salmon to compete in local bodybuilding competitions.

In Miller’s first two competitions, she finished last twice.

“I was even grateful to train for the shows,” she said. “Whatever the outcome, I’m just grateful for the opportunities because they could be my next stepping stone.”

Miller, 36, was selected by Bodybuilding and fitness as a contestant after a successful application process.

“When I saw they were looking for the next Ms. Health and Fitness, I thought I’d give it a try,” she said. “I’ve had such a big transformation, I’ve continued to grow and I love motivating people.”

Miller says she’s grateful for everyone who takes the time to vote for her.

“It’s amazing,” she said. “It gave me the motivation to know that there are people who are cheering me on.”

The encouragement is humbling for Miller, who says it motivates her to keep going. If she is chosen as the winner of the contest, it would mean a lot to her.

“I have two boys, 13 and 8, who have been my greatest cheerleaders,” she said, fighting back tears. “I want them to be proud of their mom, to know that I did this to be better for them.”

Miller said to be on the cover of Bodybuilding and fitness prove to moms that they can do it too.

“Moms can be strong,” she said. “Moms can be confident, and they can be role models for other moms who are feeling lost.”

Along with being a bodybuilder, mom, and developmental services worker, Miller is a small business owner. She runs My best friends cupcakes.

“I’m lucky to have a good support system,” she says. “My husband takes over on days when I just can’t. Every person in my household is involved in everything, just to make it easier for me to reach my goals and be the best mother I can be.

Going forward, Miller’s goal is to continue competing in bodybuilding.

“Until my body tells me ‘enough’, I’m going to keep going,” she said. “I want to inspire others to take their first step to getting healthy and moving on.”

Miller says working out at The Weight Room changed her life. She encourages everyone to do what it takes to feel good about themselves.

First-round voting for Ms. Health and Fitness ends in May. 12. To vote for Miller, click here.

Teresa E. Burton