NADINE SCHMIDT: FEMALE MASS MONSTER
Contest weight: 144
Off-season weight: 158
Where were you born and where do you reside currently? Born and raised in North Dakota (Braddock) and currently live in North St. Paul, MN.
What organization(s) do you compete with? Currently IFPA. Plan to venture out into others next competition season.
What divisions do you compete in, and what is your status within each? IFPA Pro Women’s Bodybuilding.
“WE TWEAK MY MACROS ON A WEEKLY BASIS, IF NECESSARY.”
What are your primary sources of protein? Chicken, tuna, occasionally lean beef, and protein powders.
What are your primary sources of carbs? Brown rice, whole grain breads, broccoli, and oatmeal.
What are your primary sources of fats? Peanut butter, virgin olive oils, and whatever is in my lean meats.
Do you count calories or track macros? Track macros.
How high do your off-season calories get? And, how low do your calories get when prepping? It depends on the competition and what my coach and I determine will be my best competition weight/look. We tweak my macros on a weekly basis if necessary.
“OVERHEAD SHOULDER PRESSES SUPER SET WITH
What are your favorite exercises? Anything that involves lifting a weight. I like to use a variety of exercises but mostly get the core of my workouts using free weights. I do use machines as well, of course. My favorite muscle groups to work are biceps and most recently, quads!
What exercises get you the most “pumped?” Overhead shoulder presses superset with upright rows is always a great burn and pump!
“I’VE BEEN TOLD MY ABS AND ARMS ARE MOST IMPRESSIVE.”
What do you feel is your most impressive body part? And what is your training like for it? I’ve been told my abs and arms are my most impressive. I train abs 2 – 3x a week and try to hit them from several different angles. You can do 1,000,000 crunches, but if you don’t watch what you eat, your abs will never show through the layers of fat. Being mindful of what I put in my body is huge in what my abs look like. I also love hitting my biceps from different angles and rep ranges. You can hit different heads of your biceps by changing angles, using dumbbells vs. barbell, sitting vs. standing, or how your turn your wrist in vs. static movements.
What do you feel is your least impressive body part? And what are you doing to improve it? My legs need size; quads mostly. In order to improve them I am focusing on them 2 – 3 times a week (depending on where I am in prep). I use a variety of exercises and a variety of rep ranges and weight ranges. Due to back issues, I have to be very picky about my leg workouts and exercises. I can’t go heavy on regular squats so I’ve had to get creative with my leg workouts. My wish would be to be able to squat and dead lift and add significant weight without having back pain. I hope to one day hear someone say how awesome my legs are. My focus is growing my legs. These things along with proper rest and recovery has shown to be effective for me in the last two years in my leg development.
“BEING ABLE TO ADD MUSCLE GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT HAS BEEN ONE OF THE MOST FUN JOURNEYS OF MY ATHLETIC CAREER.”
How much fun is it having so much muscle on your body? It’s one of the greatest things to see happen – and it doesn’t just happen – it takes a lot of work not only in the gym, but in the kitchen.
I am blessed to be able to do this and see the significant changes that have occurred in my body over the last two years of competing in bodybuilding. I’ve been an athlete since grade school, so being fit and active is a lifestyle for me. Being able to add muscle growth and development has been one of the most fun journeys of my athletic career. I also hope to inspire people –women especially – to accept and embrace the beauty of muscle and living a healthy lifestyle.
Anything else you would like to add? I stepped on stage for the first time ever in May 2012. I became a Professional in October 2012 and have competed in three Professional Natural Bodybuilding competitions to date (taking 1st place and two-4th place finishes). My next is the Yorton Cup on Oct. 25, 2014. I am very excited to see how far I can go in this sport and to see more positive changes in my body composition. I feel like I am still very new to the sport and have learned so much already in these two years. I work with one of the best Natural Bodybuilding coaches in the business, Cliff Wilson, and hope that together we can take my physique to a new level.
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