| AGE 22
WEIGHT 106 lbs
BODY FAT 22%
| AGE 24
WEIGHT 139 lbs
BODY FAT 13%
Why I Decided To Transform
I never felt satisfied with myself, and even though I was skinny, I always felt fat. I felt sick, at a loss for energy, and would faint often when I was underweight. I found new crazy diets that just harmed my body.
Everything changed when I saw a photo of a random fitness girl on the internet. She looked so healthy, fit, and sexy. I realized that I wanted to be healthy, fit, and sexy. I started searching for info and Bodybuilding.com came up. That's the day my transformation began.
Now, I'm a fitness model and a figure competitor. I must say, I'm new to this industry. I started training a year and a half ago and decided to compete. I've been active all my life. During childhood, I was involved in aerobics and performed as a dancer.
It took me a few seconds to fall in love with weights. Bodybuilding and fitness are definitely the passion of my life. It makes me feel alive. Since the first time I did a heavy squat, I was hooked. There was no going back for me.
How I Accomplished My Goals
It took me approximately a year and a half to transform my body. I bulked for six months and leaned out for 16 weeks. What can I say, it was hard, but I'll never stop. I love how I feel, how I look, and know my life has just started.
There were days when this lifestyle seemed too hard and I was tired of feeling sick. However, the joy of finally loving my body and being proud of myself was a powerful feeling, so I got up and continued. The further I went, the easier it became. I love being part of a healthy and fit community all over the world.
I finished my first season and I'm very pleased with the results. I can clearly see that my body is transformed. The best part about competing is being in total control of myself. Before getting on the stage, I was already a winner. It's about becoming better, stronger, and wiser every day. All of this comes through hard work. I participated in 2012 NAC Latvia Open and placed first in figure and in another commercial contest I won silver in fitness.
Karina Akmens NAC Latvia 2012 Bodybuilding and Fitness
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Other people inspired me at first. Now, I'm the biggest inspiration to myself. I know I can achieve a lot, and I'm going to do this without backing down.
Supplements That Helped Me Through The Journey
I try to keep it simple without mixing things up. However, I must say that supplements are of great importance along with proper nutrition and hard training. I change supplements depending on my goal.
Essential Fatty Acids (Omega 3-6-9)
Diet Plan That Guided My Transformation
Training Regimen That Kept Me On Track
Training Hard with Bexta Williamson and Karina Akmens
I like to use very free weights and to go heavy (lots of base). Leg and back days are my favorite.
Front Dumbbell Raise (One-arm)4 sets of 12 reps
What Aspect Challenged Me The Most
I find it easy to train hard; it's just something I love to do; the harder, the better. It's really challenging for me to keep a diet clean. I cheated at first and later on I'd feel bad about it. Now, I include cheat meals so there's no need to feel guilty.
I play with insulin spikes to ensure I grow as fast as possible and stay as lean as possible. I'm just a human being just like anyone and sometimes being weak is normal. You just have to do it right.
My Future Fitness Plans
I'm planning to compete at the WBFF in Dallas on October 20. I'll see where it brings me. I'm ready to compete and can't wait to show my results to others.
Suggestions For Aspiring Transformers
Very often people say to me, "I wish I was so strong and my will could be as powerful as yours." That's something I don't really like to hear. We can all do whatever we want; it's just about doing it. You want it, go take it. Don't try, just go and win it.
How Bodybuilding.com Helped Me Reach My Goals
I enjoy the articles on diet and nutrition. I like trying new ideas on Bodybuilding.com because it always has new and tested theory. I really like Jamie Eason's articles. She's one of the most inspiring people on the planet. Thank you for the super collection of articles, guys. You keep me motivated.
Interview With Karina Akmens NAC Figure (Latvia) (Muscle Factory)
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