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An Interview With Hayley Zalewski!

Learn all about this upcoming Australian Female Bodybuilder and how she won the Teenage Natural Olympia.

James Sadek: Hayley, thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to do this interview.

JS: What is your usual weight at?

Hayley Zalewski: Contest Time - 50kgs on the day Off-Season - 60kgs

JS: Ok lets get started, what's your full name?

HZ: Hayley Zalewski

JS: When and where were you born?

HZ: The Mercy Hospital in Melbourne on 22/02/83

JS: So your 19, where do you live now?

HZ: East Melbourne, Vic, Australia

JS: What color are your eyes & hair?

HZ: Blue eyes and blonde hair

JS: Do you have any brothers or sisters?

HZ: Yep - 3 sisters and 2 brothers

JS: How would you describe yourself?

HZ: Outgoing, talkative, friendly & honest (sometimes too much so).

JS: Do you play any other sports?

HZ: Yes, I enjoy a brisk walks around shopping centers!

JS: What got you started in bodybuilding?

HZ: My mom has been competing for about 3 years now and won 3 Natural Olympia Title. I watched her the first year and decided I wanted to 'give THAT a go!' and here I am!

JS: How long have you been training for and when did you actually get serious in bodybuilding?

HZ: I started training about 3 years ago and competed for the 1st time in Oct 2001.

JS: What supplements do you use?

HZ: In competition mode the only thing I take is a multi vitamin and an odd dose of L-Carnitine. No powders. My trainer believes in 'real' food.

JS: What contest are you preparing for now?

HZ: I am heading toward the State Titles in April and May in both NABBA and the INBA. It will all depend on how my first semester backs at the universal progresses.

JS: How many weeks before a contest do you start to diet?

HZ: About 15 weeks.

JS: How many times a day do you eat?

HZ: I usually eat about 7 times a day.

JS: What sources of protein do you eat during your pre-contest phase?

HZ: Every source I can get my hands on. Normally the usual, chook, tuna, almonds...

JS: What do you do when you're not bodybuilding or working out?

HZ: I study Law at Monash University; I work as a customer service rep and a nanny. When I am not doing that I am out dancing with my girlfriends!

JS: You are a pretty confident person. Do you think that it is thanks to weight training and staying fit and healthy?

HZ: To a degree, yes. But I think it's just the way I am. I don't try hard to impress people as long as I am 100% happy with where I am and what I'm doing. I AM HAPPY & CONFIDENT.

JS: What would you have to say to other teenage girls who may want to start training seriously and follow in your footsteps?


    1) If you are based in Victoria, go & see The Legend, George Tabban at Muscle & Bodyshape (25 Wangaratta Street, Richmond Ph. No. 9427 8735) or go to his website if your not in Vic HE IS YOUR MAN! And now he's on email, so he's available to EVERYONE! He stripped me of 26 kilos in my first year and led me to win the Victorian (OPEN Figure), Australian (OPEN Tall Figure) and Natural Olympia (Teenage) Titles as well as placing 3rd in the OPEN Figure at the Olympia in Hawaii!

    2) Set a goal and make sure it is realistic. Actually write up a list of priorities and a timetable that you have to look at everyday. It's so easy to avoid training one day or not eat what your supposed to so if it's in writing, it's easier.

    3) Go and see a dietician and a GP. Visiting your GP should be a regular thing especially while your dieting because there are so many things that can be affected when your a young female (i.e. menstruation and general well being) and you need to make sure you are aware of how to recognize an abnormality if it should occur and the most effective way to avoid any problems arising. There are heaps of really simple things like a good multi vitamin that will avoid so much drama.

    4) See a trainer! Whether you decide to train with them right up until your comp or just initially. Get the advice. Other wise you are just wasting your time.

    5) Be prepared to make sacrifices! It's not going to be easy and you will really find out who your real friends are. 99% of your prep is MENTAL! Make sure you try to explain what your doing and why you are doing it to your friends and family. As for a lot of people they just don't get and for that reason. They will critisize and that's the last thing you need. Learn to deal with critisism and know that alot of the time it's genuine concern for your well being but at times its pure jealousy.

    6) Stay focused on your goal and think of what you're aiming for long term instead of focusing on what your missing out on right now. LAST, HAVE FUN DOING IT! It's the most rewarding thing you will ever accomplish!

JS: Thanks a lot Hayley and Good luck in these years' competitions.

Until Next Time,