WOMEN WITH MUSCLES – Nadia Stahmer
Today we chat to another one of our Women with muscles inspirations, Miss Nadia Stahmer.
Miss Women with muscles, give me a brief introduction about yourself.
My name is Nadia Stahmer, I am currently 22 years old, and I have an absolute love, drive and passion for fitness, living a healthy and balanced lifestyle and helping others in doing the same.
What made you become a body builder?
I’ve always been a sporty person, participating in various sports when I was at school, but as soon as I got to university I wanted to try something else, and challenge myself. So, I tried another type of sport (bodybuilding) that was at that time very different from your typical sport (like soccer, hockey, athletics, swimming, etc.). It was something new and exciting for me, and I love to challenge myself so this was the perfect platform to do so, and then I fell in love with bodybuilding, up to now where it’s my lifestyle.
What are the 5 most important things you can tell someone who is wanting to start?
- “Rome wasn’t built in a day, but in the end it was worth it”-so it’s going to take dedication and patience, but it’s worth it.
- It’s not just a temporary thing, it’s a lifestyle, so you can’t just do it for a month or two, it must change into a new way of living
- Nutrition (healthy eating) is the most important part. You can train so hard until your hands and feet bleed, but if you don’t implement the right nutrition along with your training, then all of the exercise in the world is not going to mean a thing.
- Never stop growing and challenging yourself. Be driven, set goals and work for them. Don’t get discouraged and give up, perseverance is key.
- Have fun! Living a fit and healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be a burden or be boring. Change it up regularly, keep it interesting, look for alternatives, and enjoy the process and the journey.
Do you gym every day?
Yes, occasionally I take a rest day, so I try to at least go to the gym 6 days a week.
Do you get asked if you take steroids?
Nope 🙂 not yet.
Are you treated differently because you are a female body builder?
Not really, but people do tend to be a bit more cautious of what they eat around you or offer you to eat or drink, or when they invite you out for something.
Do people think it’s strange that you are a female body builder?
Sometimes, but it’s just because people don’t always understand, so they might have a misconception or interpretation, but as soon as you get to talk to them and explain a bit more, they get a better understanding and become intrigued.
Have you been called butch/manly and how do you handle those situations?
Yes I have, but then I just laugh and actually take it as a compliment, because to me it means that I am and look strong, because I know that people tend to make bad comments when they are jealous and might have some self-image problems of their own, so no, I try and not take it too seriously.
What is your basic training schedule?
I try to train a different muscle group every day. Incorporating a lot of free weights (trying to go as heavy as I can, doing 15 reps and 4 sets of everything. I train for about an hour or so)
- Mondays- Back and biceps
- Tuesdays- Leg day (focusing specifically on the glutes and hamstrings)
- Wednesday- Shoulders and abs
- Thursday- Leg day (focusing on quads, thighs and calves)
- Friday- Chest and triceps
- Saturday- On the weekend I like to do fun cardio activities, like hiking, cycling, swimming, Park Run, attending a cardio or strength group exercise class at the gym or doing any HIIT (high intensity interval training) exercise.
- Sundays- Sometimes I take it as a rest day, or I just do some full body training where I ether do the circuit at the gym, or I do body-weight exercises, where I try and give each muscle group at least one or two exercises.
Do you take any supplements and which ones do you suggest?
Whey protein (it’s important to make sure you use one that is low carb and low sugar) whey protein is great, because it helps with building lean muscle and recovery, USN’s 100% whey protein is absolutely amazing, the flavours are so delicious!!!
I switch it up between using pre-workout and BCAA’s, so I’ll use pre-workout but when I have to cycle off for two weeks or so before using pre-workout again, I’ll use some BCAA’s. Pre-workout suggestions: Muscle Tech’s NeuroCore, NPL’s N.O. Charge and USN’s Amino Slim (this can also act as a BCAA and Intraworkout)
BCAA suggestions: Optimum Nutrition’s Amino Energy and NPL’s BCAA
But overall my go to brand for supplements is USN.
Often I also incorporate some thermogenic/fat burner supplements (especially in seasons when I compete, it just helps to burn those extra little bits of fat)
I also take my Omega pills (for the healthy essential fats) and my CalMag (calcium magnesium, which is important for my bones, muscles and joints)
Is female body building super competitive?
It can get a bit competitive, especially at the competitions where one then wears a nice bikini, and do your makeup and hair, BUT at the end of the day you are supposed to be your own competition, where you try and challenge and better yourself
Do you have another job or do you body build full time?
I am a qualified teacher, but because I have such a drive, love and passion for fitness and health, I am in the process of pursuing my fitness career (where I also want to help others in their health and fitness) full-time and become an inspiring women with muscles.