Hey, Spike! presents bodybuilding Realtor Jillian Turner
May 19, 2017
As promised, this Hey, Spike! features bodybuilding rising star Jillian Turner, a Frisco real estate broker. Last week's column highlighted her coach, Skye Dayne. Skye and Jillian first met a couple of years ago at Butterhorn Bakery, owned by Barry Abramowitz.
"We connected and talked about crossing things off our bucket lists," says Jillian. "When I mentioned that I wanted to train for a bikini competition, she said that she has competed in several figure competitions and would be happy to help me train."
After another chance encounter, Jillian followed up on the offer about a year later, and the coach and student became a team last October.
In April, their efforts resulted in Jillian winning second-place honors in the figure and bikini competitions at the Colorado National Physique Committee in Golden. NPC is the largest amateur bodybuilding organization in the U.S.
"I decided to compete in both figure and bikini categories," explains Jillian. "Figure is more muscular, where bikini is a softer physique. Since I fell somewhere in between, I decided to compete in both to see where I would do better."
In August, Jillian and Skye will compete in the NPC Braveheart Classic in Longmont, with Jillian, who's 5-foot-4 and 118 pounds, in bikini and Skye in figure. Both are "natural" competitors and work out consistently at Peak One Fitness in Frisco. Jillian praises Skye's intense coaching.
"Skye puts everyone before herself," Jillian remarks. "She practices gratitude. She's kind to anyone and everyone around her. People gravitate to her."
Jillian admits the six-month journey was one of the most difficult tasks she has undertaken — with the workouts, the dieting, the mental struggle.
"I wouldn't do it any different," adds Jillian. "I count my blessings because the universe put Skye on my path to not only achieve this goal, but to smash it and kick it into the galaxy."
Another well-known local bodybuilder, fellow fitness buff and author of the popular book, "Weedgalized," Johnny Welsh also has high praise for Skye.
"It's refreshing to see a fitness coach like Skye with all the cutting-edge techniques who has compassion for those who really need exercise in life," he says. "It's the best solution for stress relief."
And, of course, Johnny knows Jillian.
"Jillian and I worked together at Jack's bar Copper Mountain," he adds. "There was not a day that she didn't bring her smile. Her dedication with her fitness goals is so inspiring."
Skye says: "Everything I threw at Jillian she attacked with a smile on her face. Every single day, this lady put her all into her training."
Skye notes that she has never trained anyone so determined and says Jillian taught her "to get up, smile, try everything — win or lose keep going forward."
At 47, Jillian, who's from Madison, Wisconsin, and a former gymnast when in school, continues her other athletic pursuits: trail running, mountain biking, snowboarding. In her 30s, she learned to ride motocross and skateboard.
Jillian also pushes herself as an associate broker at Coldwell Banker Mountain Properties in Frisco and as a voice actor.
Chances are you've heard her on the radio.
For 14 years, she has been producing audio locally, doing the snow reports for Arapahoe Basin Ski Area for three years, in addition to lending her voice to audio books and radio and TV commercials as close as Denver and as far away as Japan.
"I am always looking for more creative projects, and one day I hope to be coming to a movie theater near you," says Jillian, who's lived in Summit County for 25 years.
She's also looking for sponsors to help support her bodybuilding efforts.
"I put the same amount of dedication and commitment into my real estate business and voice work as I do with my bodybuilding training," the now-single mother of two teenagers notes.
"Being a mom to Lauren, 19, and Liam, 17, is my greatest joy as they are getting ready to begin their own journey in this world," she comments. "I am so proud of their strength and dedication in everything they do."
Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed "Spike," a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former hardrock miner, graduate of Adams State College, and a local since 1982. An award-winning investigative reporter, he and wife Mary E. Staby owned newspapers here for 20 years. Email your social info to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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