Fitness Athlete Michaela Augustsson Talks With TheAthleticBuild

How did you get started in bodybuilding/fitness?

I’ve always been active, all kind of sports, soccer, basketball, floor ball, ice-skating you name it, and when I was 16 My ACL in left knee ruptured in a floor ballgame. After that it was some rehab, that’s where I for the first time got in contact with strength-training. After my second rupture 2 years later in the other knee, I got fed up and ended my floor ball career. Went to US San-Diego for college and went to a lot of training and health related courses and programs. During this time I free styled some in the gym, always been passionate about testing the body, working hard physical and noticed my good muscular development.

But it was first in 2010 when I was selected and had the opportunity to a sponsorship for potential persons doing there first competition in Fitness or Bodybuilding in Sweden. Called “Talangjakten 2010” And from that moment I really found my true sport, my passion and the wide world of training in the Fitness industry.

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What is your favorite and least favorite body parts to train?

Best part to train is Legs, one is never skipping leg day 😉

worst… >>>? Hmmm… There I must say cardio… lowintense cardio sucks 😉 otherwise I love working out all parts of my body!

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Do you do any other types of training besides weight training? (Boxing, MMA, Cross Fit, etc.)

I do Powerlifting will compete my first competitions now in 2015.

Can you give us a sample of your routine?

Right now while competing in Athletic Fitness I do a lot of specific training in dips, pull-ups and rowing. These are the priority especially during on-season, during off-season Fitness there are more focus on strength development and technique in powerlifting. These obviously goes hand in hand are complementing each other real good. J

A day on my workout focusing on chest/triceps may look like this:

  • Bench-press- working set up to workload 4-5 set then 5×5
  • Dips- warm-up a few set of 5-10reps. Intervals set 6-8 with 8-10 dips (competition stricted rules) and 45 sec rest.
  • Rep out – using powerband under knees for extra help up, repping out to failure often around 30-40 reps a 3 set.
  • Complement exercise- push-ups with power band as extra load, different if using small or wide hand placement. Going to failure, then take away the power band going for some more extra 😉 x 3 set
  • Push downs with rope in cable 10-12 reps x 4set
  • Ending with some Intervals row 30sx30s x 5 intervalls.

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What kind of music do you listen to when you are working out?

I often listen to Rock, Metal. Good band is Bullet for my valentine, in flames, CombiChrist, Rammstein, and Clawfinger. That’s what gets me going in the gym =)

We all have at least one, what is the most embarrassing song on your iPod?

Hmm… probably, a Swedish 80`s ballads song makes me all sentimental and loving 😉

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What does your diet look like when you are trying to get lean?

A lot of chicken and beef. I love vegetables and fill up with a lot of them to all my meals, fresh ones often. Potatoes or rice. Clean good food, no fuss about it. I eat 2 warm meals a day, and the big one after working out. In between some protein pulses and a lot of fast carbs before workout.

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 List the top 10 foods we would find in your kitchen

  • Big Gross chicken
  • Potatoes
  • Protein pasta
  • Protein powder and amino acids from Body Science MM Sports
  • Salt
  • Fat free lacto free yoghurt
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Calorifree sauce from Walden Farms and Green Valley
  • Frozen Raspberries
  • Protein Ice cream from Lohilo ;p

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What kind of cardio do you like best and why?

High intensity cardio intervals, often on cycle or row. Most effective on the cardiovascular system and without damage or tiring out your muscle-recovery to much like low intense cardio.

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If you could give somebody only one fitness tip what would it be?

Find a workout program /exercise/ way that you will find fun and challenging, that’s the best recipe for compliance. If you do something just because you know it’s a great exercise or effective way of living, but don’t enjoy it will never hold in the long run and you will not really find a passion about it. I do believe everyone can find a way of physical activity that they enjoy, it’s just a matter of trying those way out J
GET FIT DON’T QUIT

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Tell us about your biggest fitness influence?

Hmm.. Biggest fitness influence! I actually find inspiration in a whole lot of things, I’ve never had idols or one person who I wanna look like or things like that. But I do think there is so many good role models out there, and one of them are my friend and teammate Jenny Adolfsson, who also is Gladiator Kitsune in the Swedish TV program “Gladiatorerna”.
She is successful in powerlifting (second best in the world in -63kg) Athletic Fitness, Crossfit, Ninja Warriors, Gymnastics and so much more.)
She is like, good in everything, always having a genuine joy for trying new challenges, sports, workouts, and are never afraid of doing something new. She trains hard, with passion and are really earning all her success which she takes with a big portion of humility!
A real athlete, and a real good person and therefor one of the best role models according to me. <3

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Favorite cheat food?

Hamburger.. I’m a real hamburger queen and actually trying out the best in Sweden on the Burger top list, haha…

Do you take any supplements?

I do take supplements, year around, mostly protein powder, casein and amino acids, vitamins and minerals. I take my suppliments from MMsports Body Science, Xlnt and Jacked Series.

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What does the future hold for you?

I hope a lot 😉 I’m working as a physical therapist, coach, team coach, involved in incorporation with my sponsors and family MM Sports and are developing myself in all these areas which I found extremely fun and it gives a lot.
I do hope that I will keep healthy, free of injuries and perform in my future competition. And always have a lot of fun doing it J

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