1. Have you always been in shape?
I’ve always been athletic but not in the best of shape. I had an average body, just like everyone else. I’ve also had my fair share of my ups and down, but that all changed when I started to train for competitions, that is when things shifted.
2. How did you get started in physique competitions?
I got into the fitness industry by accident. I was really unmotivated and bored with my career as an Executive Assistant. I needed a way out. I knew I was meant to do something bigger, just didn’t know what. Along came my friend Steve Colbert, personal trainer & former Pro Bodybuilder. I was already working out and living a fit lifestyle but Steve encouraged me to compete. I guess he saw something that I didn’t see in myself at the time. And he was the one that pushed me to compete. And though I fought it, when I stumbled across Jennifer Nicole Lee’s story and how she gave birth, lost 70 lbs and then went on to win a bikini show, I realized I had better drop the excuses. I registered for one of the biggest show, Fitness America in
3. Describe your training philosophy:
I train to be athletically functional yet at the same time still look good and feminine. Most of my workouts are plyo, compound exercises, interval training, martial arts, kettle bell and etc. I do a bit of everything to keep my muscles guessing and stimulate muscle confusion.
4. What are your favorite exercises? Reverse lunge and then step up on to a bench. It’s hard to describe because many of them are not conventional exercises you read in the magazines. I do my own thing.
5. What is your diet like in the off season? I eat pretty clean, mostly sticking to protein and veggies. My body doesn’t tolerate carbs and sodium, so I stay away from foods that are high in those ingredients. Once in a while, I’ll eat junk food, like fries, chips and what ever it is I’m craving.
6. Describe your diet during contest prep: It’s pretty strict. Just veggies and fish and a lot of water.
7. What supplements have worked for you? I like using Oxy Elite Pro. It’s the best fat burner I’ve used so far. And I’ve used a lot!
8. What advice would you give to aspiring athletes? Train hard to look your best, but focus a lot on marketing and branding yourself if you want to make it a career or get into the business as a model.
9. What have you learned about yourself as a physique competitor? I’m always learning new things thanks to this amazing sport. I’m truly a different person since entering this sport. I’ve learned commitment, hard-work, perseverance, dedication, goal-setting, discipline, drive, sacrifice and the list goes on.
10. What are your plans for the future? Oh, I have so many. I’m currently working on building a site to train people online. There will be two sites, one for men and one for women. The men’s site is called Black Dragon Workout and the women’s site is called Pink Dragon Workout. I can’t say too much about because it’ll ruin the surprise, but all I can tell you is that it’s going to blow you away when I launch it.
Thanks for reading, Nyla Nguyen