Ms. Namita Nayyar: What is your motivation to take a multi-faceted personality of a IFBB fitness competitor, Pro Figure athlete, fitness model, actress, fitness trainer, journalist, personal trainer, media personality and nutritional expert ?
Ms. Pauline Nordin: Fear of being a failure to myself. I’m scared I’ll wake up when I’m old and I didn’t do all I can to make me succeed. Success to me is being independent, being able to spend my life the way I want. It’s not easy, it takes commitment and never ending commitment to excellence. I’m a workaholic and the president of my own company. I have almost a million followers on Facebook who depend on me daily for motivation. I can’t just quit. There’s no alternative for me. If I don’t give my best and run the course with what I have then there will be no more options. So what motivates me..: I’m the one who’s in charge of my life.. If I don’t do it 100% with max effort I will not be satisfied and happy with myself.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Share your exercise routine that you do to maintain such a bikini perfect and Figure athlete physique?
Ms. Pauline Nordin: I do cardio 6 days a week around. I vary the intensity and style but it’s a steady piece for my formula. I don’t function without a lot of exercise. In the evening I work out with weights. It’s 5 days or 6 days a week.
The split is usually:
- Day 1: back, abs
- Day 2: pecs, burpees
- Day 3: deadlifts, hamstrings, glutes
- Day 4: shoulders, abs
- Day 5: leftovers (arms and calves)
- Day 6: Squats, Quads and glutes
- Day 7: rest
My ambition is always to rest more but I struggle with it and have since I started in 1999. When I travel I plan to rest and in order not to sneak in a workout I don’t bring workout wear or shoes!
Ms. Namita Nayyar: What is your diet? Do you take a particular fixed regulated diet comprising of nutrients and vitamins to keep you in perfect health?
Ms. Pauline Nordin: My Concept is called Fighter Diet. I named it fighter diet due to what it takes to be lean 365 days a year: discipline, dedication & perseverance. That’s a Fighter’s Mindset. To maintain a lean physique, health AND strength to build muscle I need to balance it well. I rotate between a leanness inducing phase of high volume of veggies, lean proteins like egg whites, protein powder, lifetime cheese (www.lifetimecheese) and pink salmon, with some fats from fish oil, olive oil and dark chocolate with refeeds which are similar to carbohydrate loading.
During refeeds I usually double my oat bran I have on regular days for my first meal, I eat lots of kabocha squash or I make a pasta with ground organic lean beef. Usually a sorbet for dessert. It’s important to find a protocol with frequency and to learn when your body says ‘I need fuel NOW’. Going on a low calorie diet has never been an option for me: I work out a lot and need to eat. I have a big appetite. And, the method on gaining muscle like the amount I have does not come from starving.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Do you take some kind of skin treatment to keep it young and glowing and secondly what you do for hair care?
Ms. Pauline Nordin: I have eczema and flare ups are pain in the butt. Anywhere my clothes are snug to the body I get rashes. Around the breast line, on the back, anywhere my skin touches the clothes with sweat. So, imagine the annoyance when I sweat twice a day and my skin doesn’t want me to… I try to prevent it from coming back by using barrier creams, baby powder, loose fitting clothing etc. I know that if I worked out naked I wouldn’t have the problem, however that would also cause saggy breasts and the fact I would have to be naked with strangers. No thank you!
Regarding my facial skin, I stay out of the sun and always have. It’s something I’m teased for all the time, that I’m so pale, I should go out in the sun etc. I lived on the beach in California, I live on the beach of Miami beach, but I don’t sun bathe. I also wear a broad hat. People argue that I need the sun for vitamin D, but I take it as a supplement and monitor my blood level. No deficiency here. The sun is the number one aging factor. That’s why I avoid it! I’m 32 now and compared to most in my age group my regimen works because I have smooth skin and no sun spots.
I always use sun screen. Not one day I have been outside without it. My skin is sensitive and I am not big on makeup.. i like a good eye brow, mascara and dark circle concealer. That’s about it.
My hair and I have a love hate relationship. I never style it. Working out, sweating every day, twice a day leaves no time for styling. I never brush it until I naturally get dreadlocks and I know I have to comb it… But I give it some love with conditioner. I put it in first, wait a few minutes, then shampoo while the conditioner is still on the strands. I never comb it because my hair gets ultra frizzy when it’s wet. I don’t know why…. I take BIO-SIL and have done for a few years. Not sure if it works but my hair IS thick and long.
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