IFBB Figure Pro Tanya Etessam Conquers Battle With Anorexia Through Fitness

IFBB Figure Pro Tanya Etessam Interview

With the love and support of her family and a passion for fitness new IFBB Pro Tanya Etessam found a healthier way to control her battle with food and weight. ifbb figure pro Tanya Etessam

With up to 24 million people of all ages and genders suffering from an eating disorder in the U.S. people like Tanya are overcoming and inspiring others to conquer their battles.

Recently, I had the honor to interview Tanya about her wonderful recovery, her passion for fitness and what the future holds for this inspiring athlete.

Bodybuilding Blogger: Tanya, your story is truly amazing and a testament to the power of the human spirit. Thank you for opening up and sharing your battle with anorexia with us. Since your early teens you battled this eating disorder. How did you overcome and continue to conquer it today?

Tanya Etessam: Overcoming anorexia was a very long and slow process; it literally took years! Like anything else, it took a lot of time and persistence to battle the eating disorder. I have a wonderful family who was there to help and support me (and still does), along with a ton of therapy ha-ha.

Bodybuilding Blogger: Congratulations on overcoming and continuing to win this battle. I understand that as a contemporary modern/ballet dancer part of your disorder included over exercising. Can you share with us what you did back then and how your training is different today? ifbb pro tanya etessam

Tanya Etessam: When I was dancing my training consisted of just that… dancing! We would all dance for 5+ hours a day and then have rehearsals or performances. I also had my own extra obsession… abdominal training! I would do a series of 3,000 crunches/sit-ups etc… EVERYDAY.

My training now is 100% different. I focus on weight training and sprinting; my workouts are no more than 1 hr. per day.

Bodybuilding Blogger: So not only did you find a new passion and healthy approach to fitness but I heard you also overloaded on educating yourself too. Can you share what courses you took?

Tanya Etessam: Yes, I LOVE to research, learn new things, and most of all, learn WHY we do or don’t do certain things. To me, it is the worst when people become robots and just believe anything and everything they hear/read without knowing the reason why.

I have a B.S. Degree in Exercise Science & Health Promotions, American College of Sports Medicine Certification, Charles Poliquin Strength & Conditioning Certification, BioSignature Hormonal Body Composition Practitioner, TRX Certification, etc… I am adding more to my list on a consistent basis; you can never know too much!

Bodybuilding Blogger: Fantastic and so true! What motivated you to compete in figure competition?

Tanya Etessam: When I stopped dancing I needed another competitive/ performing outlet. I started working in a gym as a personal trainer and started training with a co-worker of mine. We decided to take on a new challenge (figure competition) and just go for it! We worked great together, trained really hard, learned a lot, and the rest is history. tanya etessam

Bodybuilding Blogger: Congratulations on earning your pro card at the NPC Junior Nationals! How does it feel to be a new IFBB Figure Pro?

Tanya Etessam: Thank you! It was great to get recognized and awarded for all of the hard work; however every competitor puts in their blood, sweat, and tears! Every single one of them should be acknowledged and respected for their dedication and commitment to their bodies.

Ultimately, we live in our own skin… the hard training and clean nutrition makes us stronger and healthier people; the competition aspect is just a bonus.

Bodybuilding Blogger: Well said! As a certified personal trainer at Just Fit Gym what is your approach with clients and what do you see people struggling with the most?

Tanya Etessam: My approach is to treat each client as an individual! Too often, I hear about other trainers giving each of their clients the same “cookie cutter” workouts and the same “cookie cutter” nutrition plans… what is personal about that?

Here is a sample of me doing barbell zercher squats.

Everyone’s body responds and adapts in a different way; that should be recognized.

Most of my clients struggle with fat loss and self-esteem issues. Nothing makes me happier than when a client of mine becomes self-confident and happy in their own skin.

Bodybuilding Blogger: Definitely the right approach. What’s your training philosophy and workout regimen like? tanya etessam ifbb pro

Tanya Etessam: Train smart; don’t be a robot and listen to everything you hear without knowing WHY. Fuel your body, don’t stuff it with garbage, and most importantly LEARN your own body.

Bodybuilding Blogger: As a new IFBB Figure Pro how has life changed for you and what are your future plans?

Tanya Etessam: I respect everyone in the competition world; however becoming an IFBB Pro did not change my life one bit. As I mentioned earlier, competing is a bonus… I train hard and eat nutritiously for ME, not for the competitions.

If you get lost in the competition world you might forget and/or miss out on the other things in life that can really have an impact. My future plans are to continue to live healthy, continue to train hard, and to pursue my own personal business goals… stay tuned 😉 tanya etessam pro

Bodybuilding Blogger: If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring figure pro, what would it be?

Tanya Etessam: Do it for YOURSELF and don’t get caught up or pulled into things you don’t want to do… there are always two sides to every situation; stay true to yourself.

Bodybuilding Blogger: Thank you so much Tanya for sharing your time with us and for being such an inspiration

I want to personally thank my good friend Tanya Etessam for this interview. She is a disciplined, driven, hardworking athlete and coach with a passion for educating, helping and inspiring others. You can connect with Tanya on TanyaEtessam.com, attend one of her inspirational seminars plus view her pics on our Facebook fan page Bodybuilding Worldwide.

Be sure to check out Tanya’s customized diet plan and customized workout program.

Photography by Carolina Gonzalez (photo 1,5) – carolina@axisdzn.com

Photography by Humberto Vidal Photo (photo 2,3,4)

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How to Break Plateaus With The SST Bodybuilding Training System

Sarcoplasma Stimulating Training (SST)

Having a hard time breaking out of a muscle building plateau?

The good news is you can burst through it when you apply the right training methods. Increasingly used among the European hardcore bodybuilding community, Patrick Tuor’s training method is an innovative concept that helps push through training plateaus and maximize workout effectiveness. sst bodybuilding training system

Developed by veteran IFBB coach and former WABBA world champion Patrick Tuor, this system has recently permitted long time bodybuilder Francisco Corral to take a coveted second spot at the 2012 Arnold Sports Festival in the -100 kg category.

Here’s an in depth explanation of the SST method.

Sarcoplasmic hypertrophy is defined as an optimization of non-contractile elements and fluids. This hypertrophy results in a muscle mass increase without a strength increase.

Consistently applying the SST method for extended training cycles results in an increase of the connective tissue’s endosomial fibers, a higher glycogen retention – 1 gram of glycogen generates 3 grams of water retention- than traditional workout methods.

Pumps and circulatory blood are enhanced tremendously.

To get a better picture of how exactly an SST workout is done and to witness the incredible pumps a bodybuilder can achieve, take a look at the following video where Patrick Tuor performs an SST biceps set:

The Sarcoplasma stimulating training is a unique method based on Patrick Tuor’s extensive coaching experience. Gathering data from top IFBB athletes, Patrick Tuor has come up with an exclusive recipe that is used by today’s top bodybuilders.

If you want better pumps, more intensity and more muscle mass, no other training method will put more stress on your muscles than this.

Do you think you have what it takes to endure an SST workout?

Undoubtedly, this method is a potent weapon in a bodybuilder’s arsenal to overcome hard to break plateaus and muscle adaptation.

Remember, the key to more size for most trainees is boosting the sarcoplasm, the energy fluid in the muscle fibers. That takes long tension times and/or shorter rests between sets.

What about getting stronger?

Strength indicates that you are primarily building the myofibrils, the FORCE-generating strands in the muscle–not necessarily sarcoplasmic size. And it appears that the myofibrils are secondary when it comes to muscle mass.

Scientists are beginning to believe that the sarcoplasm is the major player in creating ultimate muscle size. So if you’re interested primarily in getting BIGGER, you need to stress that energy fluid more.

This is exactly what SST is all about.

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IFBB Pro Pauline Nordin Reveals How to Discipline Your Dedication

Pauline Nordin Interview

From becoming an IFBB Figure Pro, to being an International top fitness model, to being ExerciseTV’s most butt-busting trainer for the TV program “Biggest Loser” (Nordic version), Pauline Nordin has traveled a long road with many hurdles to become the straight-forward fitness star she is today. Pauline Nordin

Recently, I had the honor to interview Pauline about her training style, her company Fighter Diet™, and what the future holds for this tremendous athlete.

Bodybuilding Blogger: Pauline, you are inspiring and motivating so many people around the world with your straight forward fitness approach. What do you attribute your success to?

Pauline Nordin: Thank you Marco! There are so many fads and confusing fitness fairy tales out there people don’t know what to do, they end up in a catch 22 where it seems they’re doomed and whatever they do they fail.

I don’t sell a dream, I sell real results that come from being dedicated and disciplined as well as having patience. You don’t transform your body and mind over night. I lead by example. That’s what I think brings me continuous success.

Bodybuilding Blogger: Right on! So what motivated you to compete in figure competition?

Pauline Nordin: I wanted to take my body from being average to being exceptional. I set my goal and then followed my plan. It took me three years from that decision to being on stage. I had my mind set on it from my very first workout and didn’t allow myself to slip off or doubt my capabilities.

Bodybuilding Blogger: That’s some serious focus, can you tell us about your training philosophy and no-nonsense approach to fitness?

Pauline Nordin: I believe in the old basics of heavy weight and compound movements. Just plain and simple. Lift more and more weight and do more reps with a given weight. Keep on doing it and you grow muscle. IFBB Pro Pauline Nordin

Bodybuilding Blogger: Stick to the basics, got it! What inspired you to start Fighter Diet™ ?

Pauline Nordin: I always had a big appetite and love food. Unfortunately, it didn’t go well with my fit body ideals. I was grumpy that I couldn’t eat to satisfaction and was sick of tiny portions multiple times per day.

I asked myself how can I eat to feel full, get ripped and maintain it? And that is how I started coming up with my concept; One step at a time.

Bodybuilding Blogger: Love it! Your training is also extremely intense. Got a sample video clip?

Pauline Nordin: Here you go!

Bodybuilding Blogger: Awesome video! What’s your nutrition plan like?

Pauline Nordin: I eat 5-7% of my lean weight in vegetables every day. I eat my meals around my workouts only and eat nothing during the ‘regular hours’. For instance, I do cardio in the morning followed by a big breakfast of oat bran, protein powder and flax. Pauline Nordin Fighter Diet

Then I do not eat until pre workout where I have a protein shake and some bcaas. After my weight training I eat about 65-70% of my calories , starting with some fast carbs from vitargo® or caramel rice cakes, bcaas, whey protein, followed by a long dinner of vegetables and my favorite lean protein, Lifetime Cheese.

Around 10 or 11 pm I have a few ounces of 100% chocolate and greek yogurt. I also have re feeds. It can be once a week or once a month depending on shape and appetite. They are pretty much big carb loads.

Bodybuilding Blogger: Do you take any supplements?

Pauline Nordin: Yes, my basics are FD Greens, BCAAs and fish oil.

Bodybuilding Blogger: Pauline, what has been your hardest challenge to overcome either in your personal life or competitive career?

Pauline Nordin: To get a permanent resident card so I could move to America. I’m from Sweden and applied in 2006 under ‘extraordinary abilities’. I came here on my journalist visa but thankfully got approved and now I’m here for good.

Bodybuilding Blogger: That’s fantastic, congratulations! What do you see people struggling with the most when it comes to training and nutrition and what advice would you give? Pauline Nordin IFBB Pro

Pauline Nordin: Consistency. Every day making the right choices instead of every other day.

My advice is to remember your goals and then decide if your momentary weaknesses and bad choices are helping you reach those goals. If not, you shall not act on them.

Bodybuilding Blogger: If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring figure pro, what would it be?

Pauline Nordin: Have patience and let their transformation take time as well as not rely on your physique but developing your other qualities to take your career far.

Bodybuilding Blogger: Thank you so much Pauline for sharing your time with us and for being such a positive force of motivation.

I want to personally thank my good friend Pauline Nordin for this interview.

She is a disciplined, determined, hardworking and inspiring athlete with a passion for perfecting her physique and inspiring others to be their best. You can connect with Pauline on Fighter Diet.com or Facebook and Twitter plus view her pics on our Facebook fan page Bodybuilding Worldwide.

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