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Fighter Diet Athlete Pauline Nordin Talks With Simplyshredded.com

How did you get started with bodybuilding?

I was 17 and was in the “not eating and doing 500 sit-ups a day” routine. I accidentally bumped into a Muscle & Fitness magazine and saw the fitness model on the cover. I was terrified, she looked CRAZY, but in some way it caught my attention, I went back to buy the magazine and I remember it felt like I was reading an Adult Magazine since all these half naked bodies were in it. Anyway, I realized it took dedication, discipline, a lot of exercise and a strict diet. I liked that and felt this was meant for me. I decided to become a pro bodybuilder, went to my first gym and told the trainer I was going to be onstage in 2002 (3 years later) and I needed to get muscular.

Said and done, I trained nonstop for 3 years, went on stage and became the “Teen National Champ” three years in a row and runner up in the Senior Division Under 52 kilograms 2 years in a row.

Photography – Brian Moss

Where does your motivation come from?

It comes from within me. I don’t know really more than that. I see my lifestyle as a religion and by practicing it day in and day out I become a better version of me. My fear of being average drives me to achieve all I want, one thing at a time.

What workout routine has worked best for you?

Since I started training in 1999 I always relied on free weights, 1-8 reps, and old-school compound lifts. Well, except for the fact I started at a Nautilus gym because I didn’t know about the significance of equipment… “I don’t have a set routine, but I am always including the compound basic movements like squats, presses, free weight rows, pull-ups. I don’t keep track anymore about sets and reps, I used to do it for a decade and then called it a day. As soon as I write up a routine I get the urge not to follow it so that’s why I improvise and go with what I have mentally prepared for myself the hour before”.

I also do cardio 6 days a week. I alternate between short intense sessions (20 min) @ 85-90% MHR and slower ones at 70% MHR.

If you have to pick only 3 exercises, what would they be and why?

  1. Deadlifts: Because they shape the whole body
  2. Shoulder Presses: Because they give the illusion of broader shoulders and a smaller waist
  3. Bent Over Barbell Rows: The king of upper body muscularity

Fighter Diet Athlete Pauline Nordin – How To Squat

What is your diet like?

I super emphasize on veggies, I don’t eat grains except for wheat bran on “plan A” days which is a “Veggie/Protein/EFA” diet. On plan B days I refeed which means about 100-300% more calories and almost all carbs from oats, rice, pumpkin, jello pudding etc. I use lots of BCAAs and fish oil supplements in my diet as well. I am an AST sports science athlete and use their products and I follow my own diet concept: FIGHTER DIET!

Sample Diet:

  • Meal 1: Wheat bran, Whole flax cooked to Porridge, added vanilla Vp2, Cinnamon, Truvia
  • Meal 2: Egg whites, CLA & Fish oil
  • Meal 3: Egg whites
  • Meal 4: Pre workout shake with BCAA’s, Glutamine & Beta-alanine
  • Meal 5: Vp2 shake with BCAA’s, Glutamine, NAC
  • Meal 6: Veggies, Chicken or Egg whites or Pink salmon, some Shirataki noodles & mustard
  • Meal 7: Chocolate protein powder with cocoa powder and coconut shreds plus stevia to sweeten it

What is your supplementation like?

Oh, that’s a loooong list! But my favorite and staples are:

  • BCAA’s
  • Vp2 Protein
  • Myo-D fish oil
  • Calcium complex with vitamin D

Favorite Bodybuilders?

Arnold of course. Not only for his physique but for his BRAIN and “Go for it spirit”. I don’t like the big bodybuilders to be honest, I like guys that are cut and don’t have excessive muscle size.

Favorite Quote?

“Never be afraid!”

Website: http://www.fighterdiet.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/fighterdiet
Photography By: Pavel Ythjall

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  1. Heather Dees says:

    I first saw these pictures of Pauline Nordin in 2008. I was getting ready for my first NPC National show in November. I was simple amazed at her incredible physique and set new goals for myself to put on more Lean muscle mass and get to a new level of leaness my body has never seen. She inspired me to continue with my goal and aimed to become a Professional Figure Athlete.
    Two years later I reached my goal and became and IFBB Figure Professional! Thanks for taking such amazing photos. You were truly inspiring.

  2. David Barr says:

    The images are incredible!
    Great interview, thank you for sharing Pauline.

  3. Zulu says:

    @Heather Dees, I actually knew about you before I did of Pauline, and I find it amazing that you were once the person scanning through these articles/interviews. Good luck to you both, altho judging by your being fit, I doubt you need it, haha.

  4. Tom says:

    Nice. All I keep in my mind is drive through the heals when squatting and don’t try to do more weight than you can handle! Did squats and straight leg deadlifts this afternoon, really felt the burn.

  5. Rishie Ramlal says:

    Truly a dedicated and professional athlete. An inspiration to all in the iron bug business.Thank You Pauline

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