Interview: WBFF Bikini Pro Muna Breitem
Muna Breitem is an WBFF Bikini Pro athlete, read her exclusive interview for Madeofmuscle.net to hear her story.
So how did you get started in the fitness industry?
It feels like I’ve been in fitness all my life. I grew up in a household that didn’t know the meaning of video games. My source of entertainment were pools, playgrounds, and any sports clubs. Time and age converted my playgrounds and pools into gyms. I grew addicted to the thrill of physical exertion.
Tell us about your journey to becoming a WBFF Bikini Pro?
My journey to becoming a WBFF fitness pro was unexpected. It started out as a “well, I’m always at the gym, so why not?”. I loved the combination of fitness, discipline and glamour rolled into one package. It tests your every willpower and resolve. It goes against all instinct. It’s becomes a battle between your mind and your body. Do I need or want that potato? Stepping on stage looking good, knowing you’ve won that battle, is an indescribable addictive high. 5 competitions later, I would know.
Do you have any advice for people considering competing?
My advice would be to go ahead and do it.
There is everything to gain, (physical and mental strength, discipline, and a great physique), and absolutely nothing to lose. It’s not about the finish line, or the results. It’s a goal, a beautiful journey that tests your limits. You will discover things about yourself that you wouldn’t have discovered otherwise.
What would you consider you greatest success to be to date?
I would honestly have to say my greatest success to date is the first WBFF competition I did as an amateur in 2011 where I placed first. I felt like a fish out of water backstage. I went through the internal war of intimidation and doubt. But I bit the bullet, stepped on stage with those 6 inch heels, and strutted my stuff! First competition, I got my pro card. Greatest success to date.
What motivates you?
What motivates me? Music and books. To be more specific, a good beat that takes my heart rate to the level of near cardiac arrest. Or it could be a beat that makes me feel something, a sentiment of some sort. Good inspirational biographies motivate me as well. The kind of biographies about people that inspire you to achieve more and to exceed your limits.
What is your current training programme like?
My training program is quiet simple. I train 5 days a week. Those 5 days usually include 20 minute HIIT followed by 45 minutes of weight lifting. I like to vary between low reps/heavy weight and high reps/light weight.
- Day 1: Hamstrings and Glutes
- Day 2: shoulder and biceps – followed by abs
- Day 3: Rest
- Day 4: back and triceps
- Day 5: quads, calves, and abs.
How does a typical day’s nutrition look?
I like to follow a paleo diet. Not strictly so (I do cereals and potatoes). I do like to change my diet around depending on what I look like and my energy levels. I stay away from gluten and dairy.
- The first thing I do when I wake up is take a cap of fish oil, and a glass of water with 5g BCAA.
- First meal consists of oats cooked with egg whites, almond milk, unsweetened shredded coconut and a cup of blueberries. I also drink a lot of black coffee.
- I sometimes have another breakfast after a couple of hours, consisting of steak and 3 eggs.
- My pre workout shake consists of water, 5 grams BCAA, and a scoop of C4.
- Post work out Shake: 1 scoop of vanilla ISO protein,5 grams of BCAA, 5 grams of glutamine, taken with either pineapple or apple juice.
- Post workout meal: chicken or lean red meat with mixed vegetables and whole grain rice or sweet potato.
- Fifth meal usually consists of ground turkey with mixed vegetables and sweet potato.
- Snack: a handful of raw almonds with fruit.
- Last meal: casein protein pancake, made with 1 scoop casein, 1 scoop whey protein, almond milk, oats, and stevia.
- Before I sleep: water with 5 grams BCAA, and 2 ZMA.
I don’t count grams regarding my meals. And I have one cheat meal every 5 days which usually consists of truckloads of pasta.
If you had to choose your favourite three exercises, what would they be and why?
Hands down, squats (works wonders for lower body). Hanging leg raises (to get those abs of steel), and military presses. I enjoy sticking to compound work outs, because as much as my focus is muscle mass, I’m into increasing strength as well. Especially core strength which assists in many physical activities. I’m against machines as they don’t develop stabilizer muscles.
Do you prefer HIIT or normal cardio?
HIIT. Especially the tabata regimen and the gibala regimen. Studies have shown that they increase anaerobic capacity benefits and improve insulin sensitivity. It was never just about the fat loss for me, I also want to improve my cardiovascular fitness.
What’s on your iPod at the moment/favourite gym song?
My music varies a lot, depending on my mood. I could go from listening to System of a Down and Rage Against the Machine to Eminem and Macklemore to Queen. Today is a very Marilyn Manson kind of day though.
What is your favourite motivational quote?
Favourite motivational quote is by Rumi. “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.