Fitness Amateur Of The Week: Icelandic Beauty

Meet this beauty from Iceland! She has the drive to go far and the body to back it up. If she has it her way, Margret will be gracing the IFBB stages in a city near you! We can only hope!

Name: Margret Gnarr
Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Age: 23  Height: 166 cm (5'5")
Weight: 59 kg (130 lbs)
Years Competing: almost one year

How Did Your Fitness Journey Begin?

I've been in sports since I can remember. I have always been very athletic and my favorite class in school was sports. I started in ballet when I was 4 years old and gymnastics when I was 6. In gymnastics, I had a hard time with focusing and my parents sent me to a taekwondo class so I could learn discipline. After one year of taekwondo I wanted to try something new.

At age 8, I went to my first figure skating class. After six years, I was training really hard with the competition team in my club. I was the youngest girl in the competition team, but almost as soon as I go to that point I hurt my ankle and couldn't train for some time.

After six months of rest, a friend of mine wanted to try some martial arts. I told her about taekwondo and she asked me to come to one class with her. I was hooked. After one month of doing taekwondo, I was training every day. I wanted to be the best.

I have always been very competitive. I competed in figure skating before and now I had found a new passion. I have competed in taekwondo many times. I've been the Icelandic champion once.

2011 did not start well for me. I was going through very tough times in my life and lost my appetite. I got so skinny and weak. I couldn't do taekwondo anymore because I was starting to have heart problems. As soon as I did some kind of cardio my heart would skip a beat and I became very afraid.

I was 47 kg/103 pounds and probably seven percent body fat or lower. My bones were sticking out and I looked scary. In June of 2011, I decided to get myself together. I needed a goal in life. So, I started going to the gym with my fiance. I became stronger and healthier.

I heard people talking about bikini fitness. There were these girls who were going to compete in couple of months and I got interested in it. I went on the Internet and saw all these pictures of these beautiful bikini fitness models and they looked so good.

I decided to compete in August of 2011 for a show in November. I asked couple of personal trainers if they could help me and many of them told me I wasn't ready. I was too skinny and I should wait at least a year to compete. I didn't listen. My fiance helped me in the beginning, but in September I got a great personal trainer. Her name is Katrin Eva and she is just amazing—the best! She had so much faith in me.

I competed at the WBFF European Championship in November 2011. My goal was to just have fun and celebrate all my hard work. I went from being 47 kg and seven percent body fat to 58 kg and 11 percent body fat. I looked way better than before. I got second place at the show. I was very surprised because all my life I have had very low self-esteem.

After my first show I was hooked!

How Did Your Passion For Fitness Emerge?

I love to improve myself mentally and physically. I love to see my results after working so hard. Many people have told me how I inspire them to live a healthier life and that makes me want to work even harder. I want to be a good role model for others, especially younger girls.

What/Who Motivates You To Live A Healthy Lifestyle?

My family and friends; I want to make them proud.

My fiance has also been there for me all the way. He has been a taekwondo competitor for many years and he works as a personal trainer. He knows what I'm going through.

Where Did You Go For Inspiration?

I've had many days like that. When you're getting ready for a fitness competition you can get very tired and start to question yourself. When that happens I talk to my fiance or my trainer. They always make me feel better. They have so much faith in me. I also like to look at videos on YouTube of bikini fitness competitions.

What Are Your Future Fitness Plans?

I'm not afraid of having big dreams and goals. I make short term goals and long term goals. My short term goal is to compete at the IFBB World Championships and the Arnold Amateur in November this year. My long-term goal is to get an IFBB pro card. My dream is to compete at the Arnold Classic, Bikini International, and IFBB Bikini Olympia.

What Is The Most Important Fitness Tip?

Dream big and never lose faith in yourself.

Who Is Your Favorite Fitness Competitor?

I have to say that my all-time favorite is Arnold Schwarzenegger. He was a successful bodybuilder and then became a successful actor, which is a dream of mine.

How Did Help You Reach Your Goals?

I check out all the news about recent competitions on I love the photos and results. I also visit the exercise guide to get more ideas for my workout plans. I visit almost every day.