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Interview with Figure Pro Melanie Gardner

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Melanie Gardner

Personal Facts

Hometown: Saint John N.B. / currently living in Brockville ON
Occupation: Hairstylist and business owner
Height: 5’ 6”
Favourtie Quote: Its not a competition It’s a lifestyle.

Interview Questions

TF: Tell us a bit about yourself.

MG: I’ve run my own spa for 7.5 years while working full time as a stylist. I recently purchased my own building and have renovated pretty much from the ground up.

IMG_20130611_235219TF: When did fitness become a part of your life?

MG: Fitness has always been apart of my life from playing sports to competitive cheerleading.

TF: What is it you enjoy most about competing?

MG: What I love most is the transformation. Sculpting and shaping the body is incredible.

TF: Earlier this year you earned your IFBB Pro Card, Congrats… What was that like for you?

MG: Receiving Pro status from winning the overalls at the Arnolds was surreal, a phenomenal experience.

TF: What is your secret for balancing your personal and fitness lifestyles?

MG: My secret IS balance… You have to have a strong healthy mind to be able to balance everything, life still continues when competing, you should never forget that ever!

TF: What is your training philosophy?

MG: Training philosophy would be to listen to ur body get rest if u need it. Find a great coach and trust the process. It’s important to aware of what’s healthy. .

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TF: That being said what does a typical training week look like for you?

MG: Typical training would be a seven day cycle, 6 days on and one day off.  I typically don’t do too much cardio but switch up routines and patterns often.

TF: What is your philosophy on nutrition?

MG: My nutrition is very balanced and plenty of variety with my protein sources veggies, carbs and fats.

TF: Are supplements a part of your regimen? If so, what are some that you use?

MG: Supplements are a must for me especially being a natural athlete. Advanced genetics keep me fueled. Staple s for me are greens (athletes super food) fish oil, multi-Vitamins, magnesium, creatine and BCAAs.

TF: What or who motivates you to keep going?

IMG_20130829_082525MG: What motivates me is the challenge of the next show. To always improve and better myself. You should only be in competition with yourself, if you keep improving then you are always a winner..

TF: What’s your favourite body part to train?

MG: Shoulders are my fav because they used to be my weakest link.

TF: What’s your least favourite body part to train?

MG: I can honestly say I don’t have a least favorite. I love training all of my body.

TF: What accomplishments are you most proud of in the world of fitness?

MG: My Arnolds win most definitely.

TF: What’s next for Melanie Gardner?

MG: Next for me is the Arnolds Pro in March in Columbus Ohio. I never thought I’d be on the stage with the biggest names in the industry. Crrrazy

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