Name – Anna Starodubtseva Age: 27 Height: 5’9 Hometown: Krasnodar, Russia / New York, NY
How did you get started in fitness modeling and competing?
I stared my journey about 6 months ago. I have always been into the fitness and healthy lifestyle, but last year I decided to put my workout and diet on different level and compete in the NPC organization, bikini division. I couldn’t even imagine that my body was able to change that much. It was the best decision I have made in my life. Fitness slowly became my lifestyle; it’s something I can’t see myself without.
What is your main motivation to keep going?
Why do I like to compete? There are several reasons for that; I love to work out, I love my clean diet, I am very competitive person and it gives me a lot of motivation to improve my body as much as possible. I don’t have a personal trainer or a nutritionist who would guide me through and this makes my journey even more interesting and challenging. Ever since I started competing I have learned so much about exercises, nutrition’s, supplements. It’s all about self improvement, motivation and dedication. The process of preparation for the contest is my favorite part of competing; self discipline, willpower, hard work. It’s a great opportunity to prove yourself that you in control of your body. Basically you are the sculptor and you are creating the piece of art. Yes, you have to give up some things in order to succeed, I gave up my social life, I quit drinking, I have been investing a lot of money on supplements and healthy food, but its 100% worth it.
What are some of the contests you’ve done so far?
So far I have done 5 competitions
New Jersey State Championships – 1st and overall
Brooklyn Grand Prix – 1st
Npc New York Grand Prix -4th
Npc New England – 5th
NPC Eastern championship – 1st place
What is your current goal, what show are you preparing for right now?
It’s been off season time for me for about two months, I was trying to gain some lean mass and develop my upper body. It’s going well so far and I am looking forward to compete a lot this year; my main goal is to get a PRO card in IFBB.
The first contest I am planning to do this year will be Arnold amateur Classic Show in Ohio, Columbus, in March. It’ll be the biggest show I have done so far and I am taking my preparation very seriously.
What is your diet like, do you take any supplements?
I like to experiment with my diet from time to time and my nutrition plan depends on the season. But overall I am maintaining high protein, moderate carbs, and low fat diet.
Meal #1: cup of oatmeal ( preferably with water, but sometimes I make it with skim or almond milk, 2-3 egg whites and half of grapefruit, or some berries). With my breakfast I take fish oil, green tea extract, multivitamins for active women by “Shredz”, Beyond Genetics, it has all essential vitamins that your body needs such as Calcium, magnesium, vitamine B , C, A, D and many others important ingredients to maintain active and healthy lifestyle;
When I am off season and trying to gain some muscles I take creazine by “Shredz”, I love this product mainly because it doesn’t make me feel bloated, but it helps me gain some lean mass.
A month before the competition I start taking fat burners, but I preferred to keep it natural and not to harm my body, that’s why I have chosen “Shredz’ maximum strength, its 100% natural, doesn’t have any side effects, doesn’t give you jiggles and the most important thing it doesn’t affect on my sleep. Even though I take a lot of supplements I am very selective with what I put in my body and trying to keep natural and as healthy as possible.
I prefer to have my workout 1,5 hours after breakfast; Protein shake( meal #2), BCAA and glutamine right after workout, then meal 30-40 min later ( chicken breast, sweet potato, Green veggies or protein pancakes)
Meal#3 two glasses of water, grilled tilapia or chicken breast, quinoa or brown rice, veggies
Meal #4 two glasses of water, non fat yogurt, berries, almonds
Meal #5 two glasses of water, grilled fish, veggies
Meal #6 casein shake and 2-3 tbl spoons of cottage cheese 30-40 min before bed.
What is your workout routine like?
My workout routine also depends on my current goals. If I am trying to put on size I go as heavy as I can; 3-4 reps for each exercise, one-two muscle groups per training session.
If I’m getting closer to the contest and trying to lean out, I do lighter weights, more reps ( 5-6), I implement cross fit in my workout and cardio 3-4 times a week for 30-50 min depending on the intensity. My favorite type of cardio is HIIT.
What are some of your hobbies?
As far as hobbies, I prefer to stay active most of the times, that’s why any kind of sport activity works for me; love surfing and swimming a lot, last year I tried big tennis and looking forward to improve my skills this summer. Cooking is my favorite hobby, I cook a lot, I like to experiment with food, one of my goal for the future is to open my own healthy restaurant, I have been dreaming about that ever since I was a child. Traveling is my other weakness, I love to explore different cultures and meet new people. There are so many places in the world I would like to visit and so many things I would like to do.
Do you have any advice for our female readers who are trying to achieve a body like yours?
I am not a professional yet and there are a lot of things I need to learn still, but based on my personal experience I could give a couple tips for women who are trying to stay in a good shape. If you want to add some muscle definition to your body, don’t be afraid to include weight lifting to your workout. Combine that with cardio and cross fit exercises and you’ll get the best results possible. Don’t forget, that no matter how much time you spend at the gym, if you don’t maintain clean diet, you won’t get the desirable results. Remember, abs are made in a kitchen, not in the gym. Make sure you have enough lean protein to feed your muscles and healthy carbs for your energy, try to have 5-6 small meals at the day, also drink a lot of water. By following these simple rules you’ll increase your metabolism, improve your overall health and get closer to your dream body.
Where can our readers and new fans follow your journey?
You can find more information about my diet and workout program by following these links.