In today’s episode, host Celeste Rains-Turk interviews IFBB Professional Nadia Szymanowicz. Currently, Nadia is a lifestyle and contest coach with Camp Jansen.
Nadia started competing in 2017 and has done 6 shows with her 6th being 2020 National Championships where she won her pro card and the overall. She has a love for travel but has settled in Florida with her boyfriend and their two Frenchies.
After talking about pre-stage rituals, Nadia gives insight to her overall mood and mindset backstage before her big moment. Nadia also goes into detail describing her lifestyle before competing, and how it has helped her to shape the competitor she is today. Celeste and Nadia discuss the various ways athletes can choose to follow a plan, whether that be a meal plan or macro dieting. Nadia shares various ways that macro dieting has helped her with flexibility in her current meal plan based lifestyle.
Nadia sheds light on a somewhat taboo subject of the competing industry: Performance enhanced drugs. She gives listeners great advice through openly sharing her experiences and reasons for becoming a PED enhanced athlete. Nadia shares invaluable information about making the decision to begin using PEDs, and the importance of trusting ones coach throughout this process.
Throughout the interview, Celeste and Nadia talk about the importance of being patient, trusting the Universe and all of its plans in store. Nadia emphasizes that we should never fear waiting, but rather trust the time and use it to our benefit. She continues to share the ways waiting has helped her in life and in competing, and has ultimately given her much success.
A true student of the sport, Nadia explains how the most important aspect of competition prep is the relationship we develop with ourselves. She wants listeners to know that it is important to sign up for the journey, not the destination. This episode is packed with fruitful bits of advice and knowledge, and Nadia shares them willingly, openly, and unapologetically. Truly an episode you will want to hear again and again!
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Episode Time Stamps
00:44 Celeste introduces Nadia onto the podcast, highlighting her accomplishments and hobbies
1:35 Nadia talks about her pre-show ritual, and being present in the moment
5:28 Celeste asks if Nadia has felt a need to socialize with other competitors backstage
9:20 Nadia talks about her life before competing
11:40 Nadia elaborates on how her results improved after focusing on her nutrition
14:00 Nadia talks about the ways tracking macros has shifted her views of food
17:20 Celeste and Nadia elaborate on the idea of “maximizing” meal plans and swaps
18:25 Celeste asks if Nadia believes its possible to have a healthy relationship with food on/off prep
20:56 Nadia describes some of her “disordered” habits she has battled with
24:30 Nadia talks about some of the ways she works through tough cravings
28:01 Celeste inquires about when Nadia and her coach decided she was ready to compete at a national show
28:37 Nadia talks on the importance of setting micro goals in preparation for the national stage
34:50 Nadia talks about starting with her new coach, Matt and the adjustments they made
37:41 Celeste elaborates on the importance of taking adequate time to make improvements
38:45 Nadia describes several aspects competitors can look out for to track progress
43:05 Nadia continues and describes the ways we can asses biofeedback
47:06 Celeste inquires about Nadia's training in the off season vs in prep
51:06 Celeste asks about the ways Nadia's nutrition changes in off season vs prep
54:03 Nadia describes ways she learned to recognize signs/symptoms in her body and the different ways on how to take action
56:25 Celeste inquires about Nadia's decision to be a PED enhanced athlete
56:30 Nadia elaborates and discusses the various PEDs she has supplemented
62:19 Nadia talks about her decision to take her PED usage online
67:30 Celeste confirms Nadia’s statement that using PEDs does not define her as a competitor
70:18 Celeste asks about Nadia’s micro goals before her top goal of the Olympia
72:30 Nadia describes her decision to soak up her experience of winning the overall at nationals instead of jumping into another show
73:30 Nadia talks about Sandy’s feedback at nationals
75:45 Nadia talks about some of the ways she handled stress during her peak week
78:52 Nadia explains the ways she trusts her timing and enjoys the process
80:02 Celeste inquires about how Nadia approached her training after such a large win
82:50 Nadia talks the various ways she struggled post show physically and mentally
86:36 Nadia explains how she will continue to do what works for her, until it stops working
87:37 Celeste asks for advice for someone who has never competed and someone who is on their way to pro
97:00 Nadia shares her contact information
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