Amateur Fitness Competitor of the Week: Oliya Melnichuk

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  • Name: Oliya Melnichuk
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  • Age: 28
  • Where: Tampa, FL (Originally: Kiev, Ukraine)
  • Height: 5'6"
  • Weight: 130-135 off, 125 contest
  • Years Bodybuilding :2
  • Favorite Bodypart: Glutes
  • Favorite Exercise: Back
  • Favorite Supplements: MultiMuscle Liquid Vitamin Complex, Dymatize ISO-100, Nutrex Lipo 6 Black Hers

How Did You Get Started?

Since I can remember, I always used to be made fun of for being very thin. I had a rough childhood and teenage years dealing with kids picking on me for being a "string bean", on top of being an immigrant kid. No matter how much I'd eat I could never gain weight. I'd sit and browse through the fitness magazines admiring all the muscular/toned girls and dreamt that I day I could become one of them. I joined the gym in hopes that it would help me gain some muscle and hopefully help me gain some self confidence.

I've been hooked ever since. In 2009 I finally overcame my stage fear and spent the next year and a half competing in Bikini division on a national level. At the end of 2010 I realized that Bikini wasn't for me and I have finally decided to switch to Figure, which was my original choice to begin with, but I believe that by taking the little steps towards my goals I have learned much more and have gained a great amount of wisdom along with wonderful friends I have made in the industry so far.

In December of 2010 I became an NPC Florida State Judge, which was a dream come true as well. In the beginning of 2011 I have launched a Posing Trunks Line called TRUE IRON Posing Wear. I'm looking forward to it becoming the next best thing, as I have put so much hard work into this project, but all in time!

Being an NPC Figure competitor, a Judge, Fitness Model and a Lifestyle Coach I am climbing the ladder of success one step at a time, while trying to contribute as much as possible to the fitness industry on so many levels. Life is what you make it!

Oliya Melnichuk
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Oliya Melnichuk

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I believe in changing things around every 2 to 3 weeks to keep your body guessing and avoiding plateaus. Also, unlike most, I do not count my reps as I train with moderate to heavy weights and do as many reps as I can.

Day 1: Shoulders/Calves
Day 2: Cardio Only
Day 3: Chest/Biceps/Abs
Day 4: Legs
Day 5: Cardio Only
Day 6: Back/Triceps/Calves
Day 7: Cardio Only
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Oliya Melnichuk

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

Meal 1:
Meal 2:
Meal 3: Post Workout
Meal 4:
Meal 5:
Meal 6: Before Bed
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Oliya Melnichuk

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

  • MultiMuscle Liquid Vitamin Complex: 2 tbsp
Pre Workout:
Post Workout:
Post Workout & Before Bed:
Intra Workout:
Daily, Pre-Contest Only:

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

It trains your mind as well as your body, boosting up your confidence levels. It teachers you patience, discipline and helps you strengthen your will power while focusing on a specific goal. That is why goals are so important to have, as you start accomplishing them one by one, it will only encourage you more to strive for bigger and better things. It gives you the drive and ambition to better yourself, physically and mentally, making you a better person overall.

What Motivates You To Follow A Healthy Lifestyle?

My mirror image is my greatest motivation. I have been blessed with a very supportive group of close friends whom I have met through this industry, as well as a very supportive Mom and Fiancé, who is also a competitor.

What Made You Want To Achieve Your Goals?

My constant strive for success in all I do, giving 110% each time I start a new task, which very rarely ends up being a failure and even then, with each failure I become wiser and more prepared for the next time around. I never stop until I get what I want and I have been this way since I was a little kid. It also helps to be surrounded by people who constantly ask you for guidance, which makes me feel like I'm making a difference. That alone gives me enough of a boost to keep going and never give up.

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Oliya Melnichuk

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I have accomplished so much in the past year that I am at this point very satisfied with where I stand. Since the launching of my True Iron Line of posing trunks I have been extremely busy, but I will continue competing in figure and hopefully one day get my IFBB Pro Card, which is the dream of every girl who has ever competed.

Making a cover of a magazine would be an amazing experience. I believe there is a place and time for everything and my time will come sooner or later. For now I'm very content with just being given the opportunity to educate the beginners, which is such a wonderful experience as you seem them grow and succeed.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

The level of your determination and your drive to succeed will separate you from the rest. Keep your eyes on the prize at all times; the prize is becoming a champion. There will be many distractions along the way, many setbacks, brush it off and don't give up.

The only person you are letting down is yourself, as you are competing against yourself day in and day out, fighting your cravings, your urges, hiding your dehydrated and exhausted body underneath your gym hoodie from all those who don't understand your lifestyle and therefore look down on you, just so they can look up to you later. Funny how life works. But remember that nothing is ever given, it's earned. Time to get out there and earn the recognition you deserve!

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