Interview with International Fitness Bikini Star Egle Eller-Nabi03-12-2015
Egle Eller-Nabi's successful bikini career began back in 2011. Her greatest achievements include 1st place at 2015 IFBB San Marino Pro Bikini, a medal at The Neva Pro Show 2015, and a pass to IFBB Olympia.
Eller-Nabi is a successful IFBB competitor, personal coach, dance trainer, and fitness model from Tallinn, Estonia, now aiming for IFBB Olympia. The sports star has been married to Heiki Nabi since 2010 and is also a happy mother.
How and when did you discover bikini fitness?
I discovered bikini fitness after giving birth to my child although I had always been a sports person and worked as a trainer as well. Four and a half years ago, bikini fitness seemed a very attractive challenge. It helped me discover the sides of me I never imagined. This particular area has a lot to do with psychology and requires massive dedication and self-motivation.
What are your achievements?
The biggest achievement is no doubt reaching the professional league. It is a true honour to be the only Estonian athlete to get a pro card. I am a beginner in the pro league and have reached the 1st place at the second competition, and a pass to IFBB Olympia. I still can't believe it!
Where do you see yourself in 5, 10 years?
In a year's time, I will be competing at IFBB Olympia and hope to achieve the best shape ever. In 5, 10 years, I see myself working as a trainer. I now have a team of 15 competitors, of which four were qualified for World Cup in 2015. I am looking for personal development in that direction. I also enjoy working with amateurs who love sports, and instructing group trainings is my other passion. Last but not least, I am looking to expand my career as a coach internationally. I collaborate with Finnish competitors and hope that in 5, 10 years, I will be training many more athletes from abroad. That said, I would also like to organise health seminars and sports days around the globe.
What are the biggest sacrifices to be made when it comes to bikini fitness?
One of the things is definitely routine and time. As my spouse is also a professional athlete, it is much easier to deal with time management. Having two training sessions a day, one can hardly allow themselves anything excessive. There are times when we rest, and there are times when we train hard, virtually planning everything to the very last minute.
What does fitness bikini give you personally?
This has become my hobby and work, something I truly love. I wake up in the morning feeling great as I know I will be doing something I enjoy. I would not say it is always easy, but that is the beauty of it. Facing challenges, one learns to push themselves.
What would you recommend to amateurs looking for a career in fitness bikini or professionals willing to achieve the top?
Follow your dreams! It is better to fail than to regret having done nothing. One can take up fitness bikini without going on stage, i.e., be an amateur fitness bikini. As a professional, one has to realise that fitness bikini is a sport that requires dedication. The first step is to find a qualified trainer to set up goals and directions.
How many training sessions do you have a week/day? What works best for you -- working out in the gym, doing cardio, training outside, etc.?
My training sessions are very varied. As I also instruct group trainings, this counts as working out as well. I would have 4-5 gym and cardio sessions per week. I do cardio either outside or during group trainings. I think that varied trainings based on one's body type and specific goals guarantee good results. One things is sure -- one training plan will never work for two different people. Qualified trainers will help you draw up the most suitable plan.
There are also times when I skip gym or cardio. It is vital to listen to your body. Enjoy what you are doing! When tired, take a good rest; if you see no results, analyse your training plan and eating habits. A lot of amateurs tend to do too much training or stay in the comfort zone for too long.
You must have strict eating habits. What do you eat? Is pastry and chocolate part of your routine?
Actually, I do not have strict eating habits. I think this is exactly the mistake so many of us make. When eating habits become too routine, everything might just as well go down the hill. Eating habits should include varied and healthy food. I train so hard that I absolutely need to receive all the nutrients. I do not limit myself and eat sweets, too. Strict limitations do not take you further. I absolutely love chocolate and buy it even when preparing for competitions. This has worked for me so far! If I had fewer trainings, I would review my eating habits accordingly.
Who supports you the most? Is it your coach, family, etc.? How important is it to have support?
The support of the family and friends is most important. It cannot be any other way round. When your closest ones support you, your strength and determination double. I am blessed to have such people in my life. My spouse, parents, grandmother, and friends are always there for me. It is not even about really doing something, but more like creating an environment of support.
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