Jeanie Welker

My fitness journey: I grew up chubby. While I was stationed in San Diego as a U.S. naval officer, a group on my ship decided to team up to do the Camp Pendleton 10k Mud Run. I had never run that far before. In preparation, I asked a friend to show me how to use the weight machines so I wouldn’t be the one holding the group back. I immediately dropped 30 lbs and never looked back. I went through a phase of long distance running and completed two full marathons. I didn’t start bodybuilding until 2008 while I was in the middle of vet school.



  • BFA with a minor in English literature from Washington University in St. Louis

  • BS with a minor in chemistry from Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly UMR)

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)  from the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine

I have a career outside of the fitness industry and currently practice veterinary medicine in Seattle. I used to be a certified personal trainer on the side, but demands of my primary career didn’t allow me an appropriate work/life balance.  

I am my own coach, trainer, nutritionist, music splicer, choreographer, MUA and tyrant. I even used to jewel my own suits.

Interests include watching Strongman, animals, art, sport and muscle cars, drag queens and stand-up comedy. 

Random tidbits: 

  • I was raised in the Ozarks.

  • I am of English, German and Korean descent.

Competitive history after joining the NPC/IFBB: 

  • 2017: NPC Emerald Cup 2nd/12, Class A Women’s Physique 

  • 2018: NPC Universe 5th/18, Class B Women’s Physique (earned Pro card) 

  • 2019: IFBB Vancouver Pro 8th/15, Women’s Physique 

  • 2021: IFBB Savannah Pro 3rd/17, Women’s Bodybuilding 

I am competing in the 2022 WOS Chicago Pro.

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