A:I was born and raised in Poland. I’m a military wife and we are currently living in Hawaii.
Q:Why did you choose to compete in the WBFF fitness division?
A:I started competing with different federations before I switched over to WBFF. I competed in bikini division in my first show in July 2011. My goal was to develop a figure physique, but I needed time to grow more muscles. After about seven months of training and dieting I stepped on stage as a figure athlete. After a couple figure shows and feedbacks from judges I decided that fitness model with the World Beauty Fitness and Fashion federation is the best fit for me. This is exactly where I belong and who I want to represent in my fitness journey.
Q:What's your pre contest diet and workout routine look like?
A:I’m on a “gotta-eat-gotta-eat” meal schedule. I eat 6 small meals every 3 hours, I have my cooler with prepared meals all the times, and never have to worry about where my next meal is coming from. My diet consists of lean protein like eggs, fish, chicken, and bison. I eat a variety of veggies like kale, spinach, green beans, bell peppers and complex carbs like oatmeal, brown rice, sweet potatoes, Ezekiel bread, and quinoa. I also make sure to get a couple servings of healthy fats like olive oil, almonds, cashews, avocados, and nut butters. I tend to stick to the bodybuilding staples. I love trying new recipes and spices, so it keeps my diet interesting!
My workout sessions are always very intense. I like to train in a circuit manner with very short rest periods. I love lifting weights and I'm only focusing on 2-3 muscle groups at a time, or less. It’s less metabolically challenging. I experiment with different exercises to help avoid exercise plateaus and boredom. I also include an abdominal workout consisting of two or three different exercises, every two or three days. I do cardio after weights 6 days a week 20-30 minutes off season, and 40-50 minutes when preparing for the contest.
Q:Describe how you mentally prepare to take the stage?
A:The journey to the stage is probably the toughest I’ve ever endured, but it’s also one of the most rewarding. Preparing for competition is very demanding; it requires a lot of dedication, discipline and hard work. I minimize or ignore distractions to stay focus. On the days when I’m tired and the inner voice inside says, “take a day off” I simple don’t listen. I put my workout shoes and headsets on, and imagine the girl who will be standing on the stage next to me. I don’t want to look back with the regrets that I could do better. There is a great deal of stress involved and even though it is a fun time, it can easily overtake the whole family. I make sure all people involved are supportive. I’m also careful not to compare myself to others; I only need to do my absolute personal best.
Q: Why did you become NASM certified?
A:I remember very well when I first was introduced to the resistance training and after my first session I was hooked. I wanted to know everything about the free weights workouts. I finally saw results of my trainings and loved the way my body was changing. I decided to take a NASM course and become personal trainer to share my knowledge with others.
Q:What's next for you and your career?
A:I’ll be competing with The WBFF Diva Fitness Model division this year in summer. I’m also working on my fitness website. Because fitness is not only my lifestyle, but also my passion and joy, I want to help people to reach their goals, inspire, and motivate others and pass on this gift. I've been given - the gift of loving fitness. I'll continue being strong physically and mentally for my family, especially during my husband’s deployments. I’ll continue to grow and stay committed to my dreams.
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Interview done by Elliot Rivera for HealtHaven.com