As we wrap upNational Women's Month we wanted to take a moment to highlight the one and only, Nika Sedghi, an inspirational Muscle Feast affiliate. You may remember Nika as being a Titan from NBC'sThe Titan Gamesand you can't deny that she is a POWER HOUSE when it comes to reaching her goals. Nika has proven again and again that the only limitation is your own mindset, and that if you work hard anything is possible. We had a Q&A with Nika to get more of an insight on her story and success and here's what she had to say:
Can you give us a brief on where you are now within your journey?
"I’m now kind of transitioning from the hard-core "bodybuilder" to just a healthy version of a female my age that is balancing a strenuous career and making the best of it and I have really been enjoying it. It’s been about three months, holding really good shape, and I think making it more relatable to people is why I continue to sell "product" and why people are interested and just kind of listen to what I have to say. I’m not that crazy athlete training two hours a day and expecting someone to look the same, I'm saying no, no, no, these are the stables, there's no BS, this is what I prioritize and this is the impact it’s made on my transformation and what I've been able to maintain with a full-blown career as a mechanical engineer."
What's your favorite Muscle Feast product and why?
"Hands down it's going to be the premium blend. It's the product I use every single day. I use a serving of either vanilla or chocolate in my overnight oats. The ingredients list is flawless. I love that it's sweetened with stevia. And lastly, the cows being pasture raised and grass fed just makes it a no brainer."
What was the toughest accomplishment you've achieved within your muscle building journey (what are you most proud of)?
"That hands down is going to be the four body building shows I competed in and nationally qualified at. Pushing your body to such extremes, for females, I think I got down to 9.2% body fat for my last show, and Muscle Feast was a product I kept consistently through, all the way to the end, because of how clean of an ingredient list it has and just the demanding protein goals that were consistent through all of those preps. So definitely my toughest accomplishment and I'm most proud of for sure because most people don't have the dedication or will power to diet consistently and do that much cardio for that many months."
What piece of advice would you give to an aspiring body builder?
"I would make sure that everyone is doing it for the right reasons. I know a lot of people want to lose a lot of weight and look absolutely shredded, and if you're doing it for the sport and it's fun and you're at a healthy place with your relationship with food I would say proceed with all means. But I really want to encourage everybody else to maybe just go about fat loss in a more sustainable way that builds great habits and basically changes their lifestyle for the good."
How did you get started in body building?
"Being a former D1 athlete, I'd been use to training for countless hours while studying for my engineering; and when I graduated I didn't have anything else to do in terms of all of those hours in my week that I had available. I had a friend that actually knew a coach that had helped diet down for a show and I decided, you know what, I have the bandwidth and I love lifting so it was a no brainer."
What’s one thing you’ve learned about fitness that you wish you would have known when you were just getting started?
"I would definitely say, how rigid you have to be to sustain or reach your goals. Being an engineer, I'm very black and white, and that's exactly what body building is. You're going all in, measuring every single thing that goes into your mouth, you are tracking macros, tracking calories, every piece of data I had been tracking; and when it comes down to it you really just have to build the lifestyle and the habits which takes time and practice, which I understand. But if I could go back I would just say you don't have to be as rigid as you think you do Nika and as long as 80 to 90% of the time you are making choices that are helping you reach your goals you will most definitely be able to sustain a physique you are so proud of."
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