Bodybuilding.com: What's your background? How did you get started in the fitness industry?
Pauline Nordin: I met my boyfriend who is a photographer, and then it came natural to take some photos.
BB.com: What do you feel is your biggest fitness-related accomplishment?
PN: My recent win in the Swedish junior championships in bodybuilding.
BB.com: Is fitness modeling/competition your full-time job? If not, what else do you do?
PN: I also work as a personal trainer, and I run a member area on my web site too: http://www.paulinenordin.com
BB.com: What are your immediate and long-term goals?
PN: This year I'm going to try to put in a bit more muscle for the world championships held in November 2003. My dream is to go to California to work as a personal trainer and bodybuilding pro/fitness model.
BB.com: Please describe a typical day for you. What is your daily routine like?
PN: I go up at 6 am and head to the gym for two clients. After that I go home working on my computer until 4 pm. Then it's time for my own workout and a couple of clients. At night I usually spend my time with my boyfriend.
BB.com: Please describe your normal diet. How do you eat to stay in shape?
PN: I eat the same things year round; egg whites, fish, chicken, veggies, rice, potatoes, pasta and healthy oils. On occasion I eat some dairy, but that is to be cut out precontest...You could say I only take in more of the diet foods when trying to add quality weight.
BB.com: What is your training routine like?
Day 1: back, rear delts
Day 2: chest, front and middle delts
Day 3: off
Day 4: quads, glutes
Day 5: triceps, biceps, abs
Day 6: off
Day 7: hamstrings, calves
BB.com: What supplements do you use?
PN: Vitamins, protein powder, fish oil, glutamine
BB.com: How do you motivate yourself to get/stay in shape?
PN: I got to stay in shape to look good in front of the camera. That's enough inspiration for me! Sometimes I eat too much bad things like chocolate and the weight I gain feels terrible.
BB.com: What are a few of your favorite fitness and health-related web sites?
BB.com: What tips would you give to someone who wanted to get into the fitness modeling (or fitness competition) industry?
PN: Work out like a bodybuilder, not like a girl. Go for heavy weights. Not high rep all the time.
BB.com: If someone you knew asked you how to lose weight and get into shape quickly, what would you tell them?
PN: Workout 3-4 days a week, include 30 minutes of the gym time on a cardio machine. Cut out all pasta, rice, bread, corn etc late at night.
BB.com: What do you feel differentiates you from other people in your field?
PN: As a female bodybuilder, I think I am very feminine, more feminine than many other female bodybuilders.