From the time she began lifting weights, at age 18, Timea knew she would some day become a fitness champion, and one of the worlds most sought after models. Today she is living her dream. I recently had the pleasure of corresponding with Timea. What follows is her story.
[ Q ] Hi Timea. Congratulations on your successful fitness career. Could you start by providing some background on yourself.
I was born in Czechoslovakia, now Slovakia. I was always very athletic and loved all kinds of sports. I started weight-lifting at the age of 18. When I was 18 years old, I saw a fitness contest on Slovakian TV and I knew I wanted to compete. I had just finished my education to become a physical therapist.
My first contest was when I was 19 years old. I was second in the Slovakian championship. The next year I came first. I competed for two more years before gaining the European and World championship in 1997. It was then I qualified to be a professional fitness competitor.
My dream came true. I met my husband in Slovakia (he is a Slovakian living in the U.S) and came to live in California. I started competing in fitness, and I have now got my first contract with the Iron-tek supplement company.
I have done five Fitness Olympia contests, four Arnold Classics and many GPs. I am now representing Weider publications. (I have a great Bio on my Web-site if you want to known more www.timeamajorova.com, and just go to About Timea)
[ Q ] What is your age, weight and height?
[ Q ] What inspired you to become such a great fitness competitor Timea?
I was living in Slovakia and reading the Slovakian edition of Muscle and Fitness magazine. I loved the stories about Arnold coming to America and becoming a champion. I loved also
Cory Everson and Gladys Portugues. They were very beautiful and feminine, but very athletic.
I was inspired to train hard to look as good as they were. It was hard. Everything was expensive and it was hard to live that kind of lifestyle. I needed two jobs to survive. But my goal was to became a champion.
[ Q ] I understand you have been featured on many fitness publication covers. How many covers have you been on and has your fitness profile helped you to gain employment in other areas?
I have been on 80 magazines covers from different countries. It is hard to know exactly how many covers that have featured me. I am still finding about the different covers I have been on. That's very nice.
- Muscle and Fitness Magazine
- Flex Magazine
- Musclemag International
- Muscle & Fitness: Hers
- Oxygen Women's Fitness
- NPC News
- Ironman Magazine
- Physical Magazine
- Iron-Trek Nutrition Supplements
- Great Lakes Fitness Guide
- Fitness & Longevity Magazine
- Women's Physique World
- Natural Muscle Magazine
- Max Muscle Magazine
Some of the magazine covers Timea has appeared on:
[ Q ] What is your competitive history. What do you consider to be your greatest competitive achievement? Any disappointing moments?
I did, like, 23 professional contests. I loved the Olympia and the Arnold classic because everybody from the fitness industry was there, and I could gain exposure from this. That was a great
In Europe it was always fun to compete, because my mom could see me. My greatest competitive achievements have been, 4th place at the Olympia in 2000, 2nd place at the Arnold classic in 2000, World amateur champion 97, Atlantic City champion 2000, and Hungarian GP champion 2001.
You can see all my results if you go to www.timeamajorova.com (Achievements).
Timea's Competitive History:
2001 Hungarian Pro Fitness - 1st
2001 Fitness Olympia - 5th
2001 Fitness International - 5th
2000 Fitness Olympia - 4th
2000 IFBB Atlantic City Pro Fitness - Overall
2000 IFBB Fitness International - 2nd
1999 IFBB Denmark Pro Fitness Classic - 2nd
1999 IFBB Finland Pro Fitness Classic - 3rd
1999 IFBB Fitness International - 4th
1999 IFBB Fitness Olympia - 5th
1998 IFBB Czech. Republic Pro Fitness - 3rd
1998 IFBB French Pro Fitness Classic - 4th
1998 IFBB Fitness Olympia - 6th
1998 IFBB Fitness International - 11th
1998 IFBB Jan Tana Pro Fitness - 14th
1997 IFBB Fitness Olympia - 11th
1997 IFBB World Amateur Fitness Championships - Overall (IFBB Pro Qualifier)
1997 IFBB European Amateur Fitness Championships - Overall
1995 Ms Slovakia Fitness - 1st
[ Q ] Describe your current training routine. Depending on whether your are in a pre-contest or off-season phase, how does it change?
In my competition years I built muscle in off season. Now, I am just training to be lean and keep the muscle I have. I train three times a week with weights (combining upper body with lower body). I now use light weights with
supersets, and do
cardio six times a week. I used to focus on training body-parts separately.
[ Q ] What are your current fitness goals? Are there any competitions on the horizon?
My fitness goal now is to be in the best shape I can for photo-shoots and exhibitions.
I represent Weider publications and I am travelling a lot for them. I am no longer competing.
[ Q ] Describe your diet. What type of diet would you recommend an aspiring fitness champion follow to get in shape fast?
My year round diet is 50% protein, 30% carbs, and 20% fat. I prefer white meat, including fish. I prefer complex carbs like rice, oatmeal, salad and vegetables.
I find this type of diet works well for me when I am wanting to get in shape fast. I have carbs until four PM. I try to have only protein for dinner.
[ Q ] What are your thoughts on supplementation? In your opinion, what works and what doesn't?
Supplements can be good and helpful if you are following the lifestyle along with it. The diet and exercising are the most important. I use
amino acids are good for hard training athletes.
[ Q ] For you, what is the attraction of competing in the fitness division, as opposed to the bodybuilding or figure divisions?
I loved to compete in fitness because I love to perform. The gymnastics were hard, but it was nice to learn new stuff and to see that I could do it. People can see how athletic the fitness girls really are.
[ Q ] What other hobbies and interests do you have?
My hobbies are playing tennis, reading English books, travelling.
I love nature. I love to go hike and going to the mountains.
[ Q ] What advice would you give to someone wanting to do well on the fitness circuit?
My advice is to stay positive and motivated. It is good to have dreams and believing in what you are doing. Nothing is easy, but we just need to go and be better every day no matter what we are choosing to do.