IFBB professional and middleweight world-champion Susanne Niederhauser is destined for bodybuilding greatness if her physique and determined attitude are anything to go by. Already a formidable competitor, Susanne has place highly in bodybuilding contests since 2002, when she won her first pro outing - the South West Pro Cup, in Dallas.
This qualified Susanne for the 2002 Ms Olympia where she placed creditable 7th. Susanne went on to present a polished, symmetrical, physique at the 2003 Jan Tana Classic, securing a 4th placing for her efforts. 2004 was a year of building, and re-focusing, in preparation for the 2005 New York Women's Professional, where Susanne hopes to again qualify for the Olympia.
Although Susanne has the potential to reach the top she feels the greatest achievement would be to continue being a positive representative for women's bodybuilding. Given she is relatively new to professional bodybuilding, Susanne does seem to have risen meteorically, and, in 2005, she will showcase one of the finest physiques on the planet.
[ Q ] Please provide some background on yourself Susanne(height/weight/age/measurements). Also, what were your reasons for wanting to pursue a career in bodybuilding?
I'm 34 years old. My current weight is 141 pounds and my competition weight is about 132. My height is 5.4 (164 cm).
I started with bodybuilding when I was 17 and from the beginning I loved to work out. When I saw Cory Everson and Anja Langer in the muscle magazines I knew I wanted to compete one day, even though I didn't want to look like them really.
But every year when I competed I wasn't satisfied with my shape so I just tried to improve myself. Actually I didn't really pursue a career like that. I just competed every year for fun and it just happened.
[ Q ] What are you current goals (bodybuilding and otherwise)?
My goals for bodybuilding are to improve myself again and to compete at the "New York Women's professional" on May 21, and maybe to qualify for the Ms. Olympia again there.
There is also a DVD we are working on and it will come out soon.
And I would like to find a company that is interested in sponsoring me.
My personal goal is to stay happy and healthy.
[ Q ] Outline your competition history. Which competition gave you the most satisfaction and why?
- 2003 - 4th Place - Jan Tana Classics (Charlotte, NC) - lightweight
- 2002 - 7th Place - Ms Olympia (Las Vegas) - lightweight
- 1st Place - South West Pro Cup in Dallas (Texas)
- 2001- 2nd Place - WORLD GAMES JAPAN (Akita)
- 2000 - 5th Place - IFBB World Championship Warsaw
- 1999 - 1st Place - IFBB World Championship Sydney
For sure it was my first pro competition - the South West Pro Cup in 2002. I won the lightweight and qualified for the Ms Olympia. I really enjoyed competing there.
[ Q ] What is the greatest thing about competing as a professional, in your view?
To stand on stage together with the top women of our sport and to represent my sport in the best way I can.
[ Q ] The Ms Olympia would have to be the pinnacle in terms of women's bodybuilding. Describe your experience of competing at the Ms Olympia. What does competing at the Olympia mean to you?
The Ms Olympia contest always was the top contest and it's just great to know one is good enough to compete there. Since 1988 I bought all of the Ms. Olympia videos/DVD's and to watch them was a big motivating factor for me. So maybe unknowingly I always focused on competing there?
[ Q ] Describe your current training regime. How would this change from pre-contest to off-season?
I train 6 days and every body part once a week. I change a lot with exercises and repetitions / weights. And the difference of pre-contest to off-season lies in the
intensity. I do
cardio 3 - 5 times a week for 30 minutes before my workout.
[ Q ] Describe your current diet. How does this change from pre-contest to off-season? Also, what do you think is the best strategy for getting in shape fast?
I eat 5 - 6 times a day - and eat about 45%
protein, 40% carbs and 15% fat. The closer I get to the competition the more I reduce the
carbs and increase the protein.
I get my protein from meat, fish, protein powder and milk products. As for carbs I like to eat oat meals, rice vegetables and fruits. And my fat I get from olive oil and I like to eat peanuts (just in small amounts). In off-season I try to eat properly during the week and have a cheat day once a week.
The best strategy to lose weight fast I think is to train hard, do regular cardio units and keep the diet clean with little fat and not too many carbs.
[ Q ] What is your view on supplementation? Which ones do you use, if any?
I wouldn't like to be without my
protein powder. It's much easier to drink a shake then to eat lots of meat. And I like to cook with protein powder. You really are able to prepare delicious cakes with it.
[ Q ] Which one word would you use to describe yourself, and why?
Happy J Because I've got an awesome boyfriend, good friends a great family. I like to do my job and I compete in the best sport ever.
[ Q ] What are your other hobbies and interests?
I like being lazy, running, reading, watching movies, listening to music, designing websites, going out with friends, cooking and of course I love to eat.
[ Q ] Was there any one bodybuilder you admired when starting out. Who do you consider to be the greatest female bodybuilder of all time and why?
Like I said before I admired Cory Everson and Anja Langer when I started to work out. And I consider Cory and
Lenda Murray as the greatest female bodybuilders. They both are real good looking ladies and are great role models for everyone - not only bodybuilders.
[ Q ] What physical improvements do you intend to make before you next contest? What do you consider to be you best muscle-group?
I want to work on a better definition and I think I have to put on my more mass at my
hamstrings and back. My shoulders and
abs are probably my best muscle groups. But generally I think I´m pretty balanced and could put on some more weight over all.
[ Q ] What do you do to relax following a big contest?
I usually have a break for a week and eat all the things I wanted to eat during my diet.
[ Q ] I understand you work at a newspaper. How do you balance this with the full-time commitment to a career in professional bodybuilding? Are these two occupations compatible in any way?
Well… I'm glad to have my job. First it pays for travel and pre-competition and second it's a nice change to the sport. I wouldn't like to be into bodybuilding the whole day. Of course it's sometimes a bit busy but my boyfriend supports and helps me a lot.
[ Q ] If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring bodybuilder, what would it be?
Stay patient and work hard!
[ Q ] How long do you plan to continue with professional bodybuilding? Is there anything you would like to accomplish before this time?
I think I'll compete as long it is fun for me. There isn't a special goal but it would be nice to become Ms. Olympia some day.
Thank you very much for your time Susan.
Thank you! It was a pleasure.