Category you compete in: I compete in Figure Fitness
Date of birth: February 25. 1992
Hometown: Reykjavík, Iceland
Career: Ever since I started competing in fitness I´ve found joy in helping others so now I'm studying personal training so I can work around the industry in the future. Competition history: I competed in Bikini Fitness in 2012 but I realized that I was too muscular for that category. The year after I switched category´s and won the Junior Figure fitness class at the 2013 IFBB Icelandic Championships. I competed in two competitions after that, the European Championships and the Icelandic Cup. I placed 4th and 3rd. This year I competed at the Arnold Classic Europe in Figure Fitness +168cm class and placed 9th. I was very happy with the results because I was competing in the open class and I´m still in the junior class, and will be for 1 more year.
Next competition: I haven´t decided when I´m going to compete again but the dream is always to compete at the Arnold Classic USA so maybe I´ll compete at the 2015 Arnold USA. For now I´m in full training mode, working on my physique so that when I step on stage I will bring my very best package.
What do you feel is the WORST part of contest prep?
Probably the last 2 weeks when I change my diet a lot, less carbohydrates and no additives which means less energy and of course the water depletion. But other wise I feel good most of the prep.
Would you please tell us a little about your workout schedule? When I'm prepping for a competition I do my morning cardio 6 times a week for 60-90 min. Always on the Stairmaster or running on the treadmill. After cardio I make sure to stretch well and foam roll. In the afternoon I workout with my trainer and my training partner for 90 min.
The weeks schedule:
Monday - Shoulders and bicep,
Tuesday - Quads,
Wednesdays – Upper back,
Thursday – Glutes and tricep,
Friday - Shoulders,
Saturday – Hamstring & glutes.
I do abs 3 times a week with my morning cardio
If you could change one thing about this sport what would it be? The criteria of the categories would stay the same between countries. It's often very different what the judges are looking for.
What is your favorite vacation spot?
A good friend of mine lives in Florida. I love that place. I love enjoying the weather, and all the great people I´ve met there. I love the fitness community in Florida and the vibe I get there. The fitness lifestyle is much easier in the states then in Iceland.
What advice do you have for women who would like to get involved in and compete in the sport of bodybuilding?
To give yourself time to get where you want to be. Don´t just start lifting weights and try to move mountains in 3 months. It's supposed to be a lifestyle. And most of all keep your focus on yourself, not others and use your energy right.
What is a day-in-the-life of Ásta's like?
Now I´m in my “offseason” but I still always wake up at 7A.M. and do my cardio and stretching afterwards. I find that it helps me with my appetite and I´m more focused on achieving my goals. When I have time I practice my posing, then I use my day to study and answer my e-mails and work on programs for my online clients. At 4 P.M. I meet up with my training partner and workout. After my workout I go home and cook my meals and prep for the next day. I love to spend the evening with my friends, but I always try to go to bed early because recovery is so important.
Favorite Motivational Quote: It’s not about dominating others, it's about dominating my own potential.
In closing, Who would you like to give a shout out to? My trainer Konrad who has taught me everything I know since I started and given me so much motivation and drive.