Janelle Cheesman

Janelle Cheesman

Discipline: Natural Bodybuilding – Bikini Athlete

Favourite Horleys Products:

BCAA Max: The raspberry flavour is amazing – it’s not too sweet and it helps to speed up recovery after intense training. It also makes nice ice blocks!

Elite 100% Whey Plus: This is my go-to protein for the off-season because the slightly increased carbs help me to build muscle without putting on too much fat. It's a great tasting protein blend that mixes well and is awesome to bake with.

Elite ICE WPI: Not all whey protein isolates are created equal, and Horleys ICE Whey is widely known as being one of the best on the market. After trying it I can see why - It has a great taste, super high in protein without the carbs and fats, it's true to label and it doesn't cause bloating or stomach issues because it's very low in lactose and sweeteners. A must have for any serious lifter!

Tip: Since Horleys ICE WPI is so pure, it may not mix well if you pour hot water directly over it. If you're making protein oats make sure you mix Horleys ICE WPI in after cooking your oats in order to achieve the best consistency! 

Protein 33 Bars: If I miss a meal I pick up one of these from my local supermarket or service station. They’re super tasty, high in protein and fill you up!

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More about me

Tell us about yourself:

Born and raised in Wellington, New Zealand, I’m in my mid-twenties and I love health and fitness, writing and photography. I work in marketing and communications and as a freelance writer and photographer, and in my free time I’ll generally be found in the weight section of the gym or catching up with friends and family. 

I have always been a firm believer that nothing worth having comes easy. I enjoy challenging myself, both physically and mentally, and I love to share what I have learnt about health and fitness with others via my blog, Pursuing Perfection – which is hopefully inspiring and helping people to pursue their own weight loss or fitness goals. After all, what’s the point of gaining knowledge if you keep it to yourself?


My biography

2017 Miss Natural Universe Bikini Diva Pro Champion

How did you get into your sport?

It originally started as a body transformation challenge. I had always enjoyed going to the gym, but my affection for bodybuilding was sparked after I watched my partner compete in 2015. I decided right then and there that I would be up on that stage the following year to strut my stuff among the beautiful bikini girls.

I had 15kg to lose and I had never been able to stick to a diet for longer than a couple weeks in my entire life, so I knew it would be a huge challenge but I was willing to give it my best shot. Somehow I managed to lose the weight by competition day, and to my utter amazement I managed to come first!

The rest is history. I fell in love with natural bodybuilding because it challenges you to be the best version of yourself, it tests you physically and mentally, it has a strong community of like-minded, inspiring people, and it gives you a wonderful sense of achievement and self-confidence. You never stop learning in this sport, it pushes you to the limit and is extremely rewarding. I encourage anyone who wants to compete to go for it!


Training and nutrition philosophy:

It’s never too late to make a change!

But change doesn’t happen overnight – you must be patient, consistent, and remember that what you do today will affect your tomorrow.


Favourite Products

Sporting Achievements


  • 3rd Bikini Pro INBA/PNBA World Champs Czech Republic


  • Winner Bikini Diva Pro
  • Winner Overall Bikini Diva INBA/PNBA Natural Universe
  • 1st Bikini Diva Open INBA/PNBA Natural Universe
  • 2nd Sports Model Open INBA/PNBA Natural Universe
  • 2nd Fitness Model INBA Taupo Championships
  • 2nd Bikini Diva Open INBA Taupo Championships


  • 1st Bikini Diva Novice International Natural Bodybuilding Association (INBA) Taupo Championships
  • 1st place Bikini Diva Open INBA Taupo Championships
  • 1st place Fitness Model INBA Taupo Championships
  • Winner Overall Bikini INBA Taupo Championships
  • 4th place Bikini Diva Open INBA Natural Olympia Championships Las Vegas


Biggest achievement so far and why?

Representing New Zealand at the 2016 Natural Olympia Bodybuilding Championships in Las Vegas – the biggest natural bodybuilding event in the world – is definitely my biggest achievement to date.

Having the opportunity to compete at an international level in my first year of competing was simply amazing. I placed fourth in a strong line-up of 10 girls from all over the world, some of whom were professional bikini athletes.

I’ve never been so disciplined and motivated in my entire life than I was while prepping for the Natural Olympia, and that’s why I consider it to be one of my greatest achievements. It showed me that I’m capable of doing anything I set my mind to, and it made me want to be the best possible version of myself.

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