Posted 09 October 2012 by Interview:

Su Farrell

How/when did you get started in training
and living a fit lifestyle?

I have always been active, playing most sports at school. I was a gymnast from a very early age up until recently, so I have pretty much always lived an active lifestyle.

How do you stay motivated?

I love what I do, quite simply! I love to train and I love to see my body changing. I also want to do the best I can in whatever I choose to do, so that drives me on to be the best possible "me".

What types of cardio have worked best for you?

I don't really do what most people class as "cardio". In the run up to a competition I will get on the X-Trainer and spend 20-45 minutes (time increases every week) doing VERY low intensity "fuel work". This is only in the last 8 weeks pre comp. Otherwise, no cardio.

Do you have a favourite healthy recipe?

When I am not on a strict diet, I love to cook a good clean chilli! Very simple and very tasty!!

What does your diet consist of?

In the run up to a competition, I eat the same thing every day. Steak and nuts for breakfast, either steak or salmon pre training and 3 meals of chicken/white fish and green beans. Consistency is key! :) Plus supplements of course.

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

Be determined! The ‘want’ I have to be the best I can be is far greater than any cravings I may have. I know I can eat whatever it may be in x amount of weeks! I also watch The Food Network religiously every night!! ;)

What are your top 3 favourite exercises?

Any kind of lunge (great for the legs), deadlifts and shoulder press.

Do you listen to music whilst you train?

It varies...I love to listen to cheese but sometimes Britney just doesn't do it when you have a hard session, so I have some hardcore metal to get me through those sessions!

What is your training routine like?

My training varies every few weeks. At the moment (4 weeks out) I am doing a full body split, training 6 times per week, resting on a Sunday. My reps ranges vary between exercises. I am doing my "fuel work" 4 times per week (only started 8 weeks out), time increasing by 5mins every week.

Do you set short and long term goals?

Short term, I want to do as well as possible in the upcoming comp. As long as I am happy with how I look, I generally go out there to have a good time!

Long term, I would love to get my pro card one day and compete in the States! I'm pretty new to this sport though so I'm talking looooong term! ;)

What are you most proud of?

In November 2011 I won the under 60kg WPC World Powerlifting title after only 1 year in the sport. I recently won the body fitness class in the MuscleTalk Championships after only 5 months of bodybuilding so I am pretty proud of my achievements in the last year! Hopefully there are many more things to come...

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

Not yet...I'm pretty lucky in that I have a great coach (the fantastic Phil Learney), an awesome job that allows me to train and eat when I need to, a VERY supportive company that I work for (The Third Space in Soho) and amazing friends and family who understand what I am doing. I have a great support network and am very grateful for this.

How do you measure your progress?

I do weigh myself daily, but more out of interest than anything. My weight is not important in my class. Ultimately, my sport is all about how I look, so I check myself in the mirror and my coach checks me every so often to make sure I'm on track! Performance is of little importance, but I know when I start getting weaker, I'm getting leaner!

Who are your favourite, athletes or fitness models?

I'm a big fan of Larissa Reis! Nicole Wilkins and Erin Stern, they have amazing physiques and are always an inspiration. Louise Rogers is an amazing athlete and another physique that I respect greatly. She is also a lovely person who has helped me with my posing and presentation!

What supplements would you use/recommend if any?

I think that everyone should take at least a multivitamin and omega 3. If training, then BCAA'S and a good quality whey protein are essential. I take a range of different supplements but I'm lucky enough to be sponsored my Reflex Nutrition so that helps!!

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

Train hard, eat clean and be consistent!

The first two are nothing without consistency. And don't be afraid of the weight room!!!

Su Farrell, Facebook fanpage:
Weight: Off-season: 62 kg Contest weight: 54 - 57 kg
Height: 165 cm


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