Name: Nadia Nardi
Place of Birth: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada
Hair color: Brown
Eye color: green
Weight: 120-125 competition, 155-160 offseason
Years training: 6 (seriously)
Occupation: Government employee
2007 Canadian Bodybuilding Championships 1st middleweights and overall (won my pro card)
2004 Canadian Bodybuilding Championships
2003 Canadian National Bodybuilding Championships
2002 British Columbia Provincial Bodybuilding Championships
2002 BodyQuest/MuscleRock Bodybuilding Competition
An Interview with Nadia
Where and when have you been born?
I was born November 24/1976 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Where do you live now?
I live in Victoria, British Columbia Canada
What is your profession?
I'm currently finishing a pre-med degree with a double major in Microbiology/Biochemistry and I work seasonally for Transport Canada.
What kind of activities/sports did you do before you started lifting weights?
Before I began bodybuilding, I competed in group sports such as grass hockey and soccer, I also competed in individual sports such as speed swimming, track and field, and cross country mountain biking...
How and when did you get involved into lifting weights?
My desire to begin bodybuilding started when I was quite young. I use to tag along with my Uncle to a local gym where he trained. A mere spectator at the time, I use to admire the strong, shapely, very symmetrical yet feminine, sexy physiques of the female bodybuilders. To date, I have never forgotten those images, they are the very images that inspired me to begin weight training in my teenage years and they are the very images that motivated me to progress to where I am at today....a national level bodybuilder.
Was it a goal for you to compete in bodybuilding competitions right from the beginning or was it something that grew in your mind as time went on and you saw the progress in your body?
I knew from a very young age that I wanted to become a bodybuilder. The idea of competing became more of a reality as I watched my body grow and progress.
Which competition has been your first one and how did you place?
My first competition was in 2002 - BodyQuest Bodybuilding competition, I placed 1st in the Middleweight class.
Could you please add a history of all contests that you have entered so far?
2007 Atlantic City Pro Show - 10th lightweights
2007 - Canadian Nationals Bodybuilding Championships - 1st Place middleweights & overall (won my pro card)
2005 - Canadian National Bodybuilding Championships - 4th Place middleweights
2004 - Canadian National Bodybuilding Championships
2003 - Canadian National Bodybuilding Championships
2002 - British Columbia Provincial Bodybuilding Championships
2002 - BodyQuest/MuscleRock Bodybuilding Competition
Please describe a typical day in the life of Nadia Nardi.
A typical day in the life of someone like me would be considered chaos, especially during my pre-contest preparation. I keep a very tight schedule, I get up at 4am and finally get to bed at 11pm...it's exhausting but I wouldn't have it any other way.
Please tell me something about your daily training routine.
Maintaining a regular routine is the key to progressing as a bodybuilder. Training and eating consistantly are the two biggest factors.
A typical training week for me:
Sunday: Chest - incline dumbell press, bench press, incline flies, cable cross-overs
Monday: Back and calves - Lat pull downs, dumbell rows, close grip chin-ups, shrugs, bent rows Calves - standing calf raises, seated calf raises
Wednesday: Legs - leg extensions, squats, leg press, hamstring curls, stiff legged dead lifts, hyperextensions
Thursday: Shoulders - dumbell lateral raises, shoulder press, seated lateral dumbell raises, rear delts
Friday: Arms - Bi's - barbell curls, one arm cable curls, concentration curls. Tri's - pushdowns, close grip bench or nose breakers, tricep extensions (behind the head)
How often do you train in a week?
I train five days a week.
What are the main differences when you train for a competition and in off-season?
I train with the same intensity during both my pre-contest prep. and the off-season except, I omit the so called 'forced reps' during my pre-contest prep.
If you don't mind would you give me some stats (best lifts and some body measurements)?
My measurements are 38-27-35
Biceps - 15 1/2"
Quads - 26"
Calves - 16"
My best lifts to date are:
Bench: 200lbs for 10 reps
Shoulder Press: 185lbs. for 6 reps
Squat: 275lbs. for 10 reps
Which bodypart is your best in your opinion?
My best body part(s) are my delts...I thank my dad every day for sharing his great genetics with me :)
What is your favorite exercise in the gym and which one you don't like so much?
My favorite exercise in the gym is bench press, I think it's an ego thing...
Judging in Women's Bodybuilding has always been criticised in one or the other way. But please tell me your honest thoughts about today's judging in Women's Bodybuilding.
Judging in women's bodybuilding is a touchy subject...I feel that judging within the novice level through to the pro-ranks is very controversial...I do believe that the judges do their part based on the rules set out by the IFBB but I think a majority of them are torn as to whom they should award the placings....especially at the national level prior to the pro-ranks...
I believe that the judges are trying to keep women's bodybuilding a feminine sport but at the same time, they are still trying to give merit to the shredded ladies with poor shape....I truly feel that merit should go to the women who show up in great condition with excellent symmetry...these are the women that may actually succeed as a pro.
Please tell me about what else you are doing when you don't work out (profession, hobbies, etc.)
When I'm not in the gym, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen...I absolutely love to cook and I'm very passionate about food...I'm actually one year shy of becoming a chef but I have chosen not to pursue it as a profession, I prefer cooking as a hobby.
Nadia does not do sessions or wrestling of any kind! Please don't ask!!