Next up on our athletes Q&A series is Manchester United Women’s star striker Jess Sigsworth. Jess is a professional footballer, currently lining up for WSL side Manchester United, following her 2018 transfer from Doncaster Rovers Belles. If there’s one think Jess knows, it’s how to find the back of the net, as she currently holds back to back golden boots, which has seen her score 36 goals in two season for the two northern based clubs. Also, in these two seasons, Jess has seen her teams finish top on both occasions, meaning she’s running out of space in her trophy cabinet already! Sigsworth has also made a name for herself on the youth, international scene, representing England from the Under 17s to the Under 23s.
What is your favourite exercise?
My favourite exercise is forward and backwards lunges.
What muscle do you consider to be the most important to be trained on?
I think it’s important to train all your muscles especially your leg muscles. It’s also very important to have a strong core as that helps with a lot of things like balance and stability.
What do you think is the flashiest muscle?
I think a good six pack is a flashy muscle, I need to work on mine haha!
What is your favourite pre workout meal / snack?
My favourite pre workout meal is either banana Weetabix or some beans on toast.
What is your favourite post workout meal / snack?
My favourite post match meal is something high in protein to repair my muscles again so sometimes a cheeky Nando’s.
What is your favourite MFB dish?
My favourite MFB meal is all of them! I think the variety of the meals is amazing and I’ve really enjoyed them all. If I was to pick one it would be the steak and potatoes.
What is your favourite cheat dish?
My favourite cheat meal is fish and chips from the chippy.
How many times a week do you train (football)?
We train 5 times a week.
How do you deal with sugar / junk food cravings?
I think it’s important to have a day where you allow yourself to have a treat and that helps with any cravings.
What and when should I eat around my workouts?
You should eat about an hour- 2 hours before exercise and that should be more carb based especially before a game and after workouts/ games it’s important to eat a lot of protein to repair your muscles.
What has been your best moment of being a footballer?
My best moment of being a footballer has been playing in the first ever women’s Manchester derby at the Etihad in front of 31,000 fans.
What’s your favourite ever football match you’ve played in?
My favourite ever football match is when we beat city at home 2-0 – for obvious reasons!
What’s your favourite ever goal you’ve scored?
My favourite ever goal is scoring against city in the 2-0 win at home, it doesn’t get much better than that!
If you had to pick success for either club or country, which one would it be?
I think it’s important to focus on success at club and everything else follows that. It is every girls’ dream to represent their country.
In the men’s game, who did you support as a kid?
I supported and still support United so it’s a dream come true to play for the women’s team now!
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