Posted 17 April 2012 by Interview:

Margret Gnarr

What sparked your interest in training?

I’ve been training since I can remember. I started in gymnastics and figure skating. I figure skated for about 6 years until I tried out Taekwondo training with a friend of mine and I fell in love with that sport. I’ve been training taekwondo now for 10 years and I have won many contests here in Iceland. I started to lift weights when I was 16 years old and since then I’ve been hitting the gym couple of times a month but I was always so busy with Taekwondo trainings. I was training 2 times a day with the sparring team in my club and with the Icelandic national team.

I went through some tough times last year... at that time I was 47 kg and I could barely train Taekwondo anymore so my boyfriend dragged me to his gym Sporthouse in Reykjavik and made me lift weights... after a month of training 6 times a week and eating healthy I felt really good.. I looked way better than I did before.

In September last year a got myself a great personal trainer. Her name is Katrin Eva. She won her Figure class at the Arnold Classic 2009.
I’ve been lifting weights 6 times a week ever since. I also do Plyometrics once a week and I just started doing Taekwondo again.

How do you stay motivated?

From my friends and family. I want to make them proud.
I'm also always looking at photos of fitness models like Ingrid Romero, Nathalia Melo, Nicole Nagrani, Amanda Latona and Larissa Reis. I watch your videos all the time! There are two videos that are my favorite and I think I have watched them a million times!!

What types of cardio have worked best for you?

Taekwondo, TRX and Tabata. I cant do just one thing for an hour, like jogging, I hate jogging hehe, I have to feel some pressure.

Do you have a favourite healthy recipe?

When it comes to food I keep it really simple.

For example my protein pancake:

  • 2 scoops of BSN Dessert chocolate fudge protein, little bit of cinnamon, some oatmeal and egg whites.
  • I don’t measure the egg whites, the cinnamon or the oatmeal. I always buy a carton of egg whites. I think 3 egg whites is enough.
  • Put all that in the blender.
  • I use 'Pam' spray on the pan.
  • Pour into the pan.
  • Cook one side for a minute... flip it over. cook the other side for 30 secs and VOILA

What does your diet consist of?

My diet is high in protein and low in carbs.
I eat chicken, fish, rice, fruits, vegetables, Skyr (Icelandic Yogurt, very low in carbs and high in protein), Egg whites, Protein shakes, Protein pancake, ricecakes with organic peanut butter and oatmeal. I also go everyday to a restaurant in Iceland called Nings. There I get healthy Asian food like Green tea noodles with chicken and vegetables.

How do you deal with cravings for junk foods,
sweets and salty food?

I get one ''candyday'' a week. My candy day is every Saturday except 2 weeks before a fitness contest. On that day I eat healthy but I'm allowed to buy some candy. If I get cravings on a Wednesday it’s easier to know that the ''candyday'' isn’t far away:)

What are your top 3 favourite exercises?

  • Squats.
  • Box jumping. I like to jump very high. My record now is 120 cm without a running start.
  • Taekwondo pad kicking and sparring.

I want to count so many more exercises... I love them all!!:)

Do you listen to music whilst you train?

- I can’t train without my ipod. On my playlist right now I have a lot of dubstep:

  • Doomsday - NERO
  • Guilt - NERO
  • Why I feel this way - NERO
  • Turn me on - David Guetta ft Nicki minaj
  • Party rock anthem - LMFAO (somehow I never get tired of that song!)
  • Sorry for party rocking - LMFAO
  • Show me a sign - modestep
  • Sunlight - Modestep

What is your training routine like?

Checkout Margret Gnarr's training routine.

Do you set short and long term goals?

Both but I focus more on the short-term goals.  In competition my short term goal is to do good at the Arnold Europe in October in bikini class and my long term goal is to become the first Icelandic IFBB Pro.  I have big dreams:)  In life my long-term goal is to keep my self as healthy as I can. Both physically and mentally.

What are you most proud of?

I am most proud of all my competition achievements. In Figure Skating, Taekwondo and Bikini fitness.  I'm also very proud of how I pulled through after a hard childhood and teen years.

Have you had any obstacles or setbacks
towards achieving your goal physique?

Only my asthma. It's hard not being able to finish my cardio workout if I get an asthma attack.

How do you measure your progress?

When I'm dieting I try to keep my weight the same. I don’t want to lose any weight. Only the fat. I also use the mirror but couple of weeks before a competition your mind can play tricks on you, you start to worry about tiny details and you stop seeing your progress in the mirror.. If that happens I get my trainer to measure my body fat.

Who are your favourite, athletes or fitness models?

Ingrid Romero is my all time favorite. She has a great physique and she is also such a good person. She has helped me a lot!! I also love Nathalia Melo, Amanda Latona, Larissa Reis and Nicole Nagrani.

What supplements would you use/recommend if any?

I get all my supplements from a store in Reykjavik called I use BSN No Xplode before every weight training and BSN CellMass after. I Use BSN Dessert protein in my protein pancakes.

What 3 tips would you give to any woman wanting to get a feminine, CutandJacked physique like yours?

  • Get a good personal trainer
  • Train Hard and lift heavy weights
  • Keep your diet clean and allow yourself one ''Candyday'' a week :) but don’t lose yourself.

Margret Gnarr

Stats - Born:1989, Weight: 60 kg , Height: 5ft 4in
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