Nadia Amy has become known for her impressive physique and has attracted an army of online followers, who are motivated by her pictures and training advice. At the young age of 23, Nadia is working hard in and out of the gym. Besides training 6 days a week, Nadia also works full time, is a student, and is growing her business (https://www.nadiaamy.com/). We sat down with this amazing human being to learn what makes her tick.
Can you give a little bit of background about you and your athletic career? What did you do as a young kid? When did you start taking bodybuilding seriously? Was there someone who inspired you?
I have always been an athlete. When I was one year old my mother put me in gymnastics, then I did dance for 10 years. In my teens I did cheerleading, basketball and lacrosse. It wasn’t until I graduated high school that I got into bodybuilding. I never stopped anything until I mastered it, so finding bodybuilding is definitely a blessing and a curse.
I started taking bodybuilding seriously about four years ago when I was just trying to impress a guy. Little did I know; I joined my own gym and took it a step further, then started going everyday. Sooner or later I became what some friends called “obsessed,” but what I would call “passionate” about the lifestyle. I eventually lost those friends and made a new one with the gym.
How do you think that all of the training you go through has improved you as a person?
Bodybuilding has taught me work ethic, first and foremost. It’s important in and out of the gym. It takes more than just an hour of practice or a two-hour game to become great at something. It takes 24 hours a day, seven days a week and if you’re not committed to that mindset 24/7, it will show, no question about it.
Over your many years of being an athlete, what are some important lessons you have learned?
I’ve learned is it’s okay to be selfish, especially in bodybuilding. You can definitely find balance, but you will eventually have to be okay with being a little selfish. Yes, I will put my training and meals before those after work drink dates. It’s just a matter of priorities and when my priorities are to work hard first, then enjoy my free time, I have to be selfish. But selfishness is what will make me successful in the long run.
If you had any advice to give to a younger you, what would it be?
Take the leap! I wasted so much time doubting myself and talking myself out of committing and taking the risk. Now that I have the fight or flight mentality, I know even if I do fall, I’m strong enough to get back up so take the leap. Just do it.
What are some of the ways you deal with challenges like burnout, how do you get back to a good headspace in those moments?
I tell everyone that when motivation dies, discipline takes its place. Usually, my downfall is letting my everyday life stress follow me into my bodybuilding routine. In that case, I’ve learned to leave it all in the gym because I know I will never leave the gym in a worse mood than I walked in.
What is your next goal to beat? What are you working towards, both long and short-term (both bodybuilding and normal civilian life)?
My next goal is to create myself. I think my work ethic the last four years has proven enough about me as a person. Now I want to use that to be a role model and reason that another girl or guy gets up and commits to the lifestyle they thought was too intimidating. The money and social media mean nothing; it’s the people and lives you impact that mean the most. Long term, I do want to reach as many lives as possible in and out of the fitness industry, so I am working towards being self-sufficient with my business (nadiaamy.com), whilst slowly moving into public speaking. My goal is to prove to the world that strong is sexy!
What does your typical day look like (an hour by hour breakdown)? What about your week? Can you give an outline of a typical day at the gym?
My day usually starts at 7:30am and I work 9:30am-6pm. After work, I get my pre-workout, put myself in the right mindset, work some more on my own projects, business, and school. I train from 8pm-9:30pm. Then I do groceries/errands and cook my post-workout and meals for the following day. As long as I get six hours of sleep a night I’m good to go. I usually have my hands on three to five different projects at a time so it’s absolutely important to stay organized with every minute of my day.
If someone is interested in getting into bodybuilding, do you have any tips for them? Are there any resources that you recommend or that you used yourself?
Commit and be patient! People give up after a month because they don’t see abs or the scale isn’t moving. Rome wasn’t built in a day ! It took me four years to get to where I am. I didn’t miss a training or meal for the first two years, so if you’re looking for a quick fix, bodybuilding isn’t for you. You get out what you put in. I would recommend you DO YOUR RESEARCH. I wish that four years ago I had known half the people out there I know now; the certified trainers, doctors, and published authors — not just pretty faces with millions of followers. This is your body we’re talking about — you need to think smart and take it seriously.
Why do you do what you do? What makes it all worth it?
Just knowing that no matter how good or bad my day is, the second I walk through the gym doors, I know I’m going to walk out a better person and one step closer to a better me. There are no downfalls because it’s all you. If you don’t feel happy where YOU are, YOU need to change something. Someone came up to me at a Europa Expo here in Orlando a couple weeks ago and said that because of me they found their path. They now knew what they wanted to do with their life and they were thanking me. Little did they know I am even more thankful for them. That’s why I do what I do.
You can follow Nadia on instagram: _nawdzz