Amanda Aivaliotis - IFBB Pro Bodybuilder
Follow Up Interview with Amanda Aivaliotis.
Jonathan.L - Owner, Models Observer
1. Amanda, how are you?
I'm doing very well... trying to re- cooperate from all. The training and preparation of competition plus run a successful business as well as being a loving grandmother to my grandchildren who I love and adore more than anything else.
2. Please share your experiences, thoughts and feelings, during the 2015 IFBB Toronto Pro Supershow:
* Check In: ıcheck in was great...my conditioning at that point has never been better.
* Prejudging: had lost too much weight overnight but was very happy with the way I looked...unfortunately I had a bit of a wardrobe malfunction but not as bad as Janet Jackson...but these things happen.
* Finals: I love performing on the stage and was pleased with my Evening freestyle posing routine. I was complimented by audience members on my posing, which assured me I had given them a good show.
3. Which muscle groups on your body are your strengths? Which are your weaknesses?
My strengths are my thighs and biceps...my separation and conditioning in my quads have been the best this year. My weakest is my tricepsı.
4. With each contest you enter, does preparing to compete become easier or harder? Why yes or not?
Each show I enter is easier and harder to prepare....harder because I have put more and more muscle with each year (25lbs of muscle in 4 yrs), you are working with a new body every year and what you did in the past sometimes does not work in present day. It's also easier, because as you get older in age, you do realize this is a sport of self gratification and when you improve every year and attain the look that you desire, you look forward to making the sacrifices to attain that perfect physique.
5. So, how do you prepare for the next show?
Preparation for my next show is similar to every show.... I always practice what I preach, work and train hard.
6. Please address these myths:
* Carbs are bad!
They're are so many different kinds of carbs, fibrous (vegetables),ı complex, and simple. They are all needed for energy and brain function. The only thing one has to determine is how much and type (s) of carbs their body needs.
* Exercise turns fat into muscle.
People build muscle through training and proper nutrition. Fat gets burned through exercise and proper nutrition. ıFat never turns to muscle, we build muscle and we burn fat, they are two totally different things.
* Low-fat diet is the way to go!
There are good fats and bad fats... we all need good fats in our diet. I love to use flaxseed oil and avocados for my pre season and off season diet.
7. What do these names mean to you - Lenda Murray, Iris Kyle, Rachel McLish, Cory Everson and Kim Chizevsky?
All these women were idols of mine growing up. They represent a woman being strong and also beautiful.
8. For any ladies thinking of competing in bodybuilding or working their way up the competition ladder, do you have tips or suggestions to share?
To all women who want to compete.....be true to yourself and build your physique the way you would like. Set your own guidelines and stick to them to achieve true happiness.
9. What is a day in the life of Amanda Aivaliotis like?
A day in my life......I've always been an early riser....most of my days start at 5am and 2 days out of the week I wake up at 4am. When I don't have a 430am appt. I get up at 5am and do cardio. I'm then busy with appts for 4 - 5 hrs. I usually get a workout in during my breaks through out the dayı then have a few midday appts then a few evening appts. When I get home, I dare not sit....that's the time I prepare my meals for the following day. On Fridays, I try to finish by noon to spend quality time with my grandkids who sleep over night, then we bring them back to their parents. I love my Fridays with my grandkids....we are always active, taking them out side for a bike ride or playing with them in our basement in the jumping castle. I always try to get to bed by 10pm and start the day over again.
10. What are your interests outside of the fitness world?
I have many interests, from my grandkids to cooking to learning, writing and spending time with friends. My husband and I don't have a lot of extra time but when we do, we love to spend quality time with the people we care about.
11. What are your own personal future goals?
My personal future goals....I've attained a lot of goals I put my mind to, I wanted my pro card after retiring from bodybuilding for 15yrs, I became a published author, I got my sports therapist degree, run a successful business...I'm not sure what will be my next venture and goal, but I'm sure I'll have one that I will work towards.