Rising Star: Emma Schultz Talks With IUMediaGroup.com

Quick Stats:

Age: 23

Height: 5’7”

Weight: 130 lbs

 

How did you get started with bodybuilding?

At first the gym was my escape from all the stress and pain I was dealing
with in my life. Then it became something much more to me… a place to
build myself up and become someone more then who I was. I want to become a
stronger, fitter, happier, healthier and more confident version of myself.
I got asked if I was working so hard in the gym for a competition one day
by someone and I wasn’t at the time, but I decided to look into it. Why not
give it a try I thought and well now I’m hooked. I love the health and
fitness! My life revolves around it and I don’t know where I would be
without it.
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I want to become a stronger, fitter, happier, healthier and more confident version of myself.

 

Where does your motivation come from?

My motivation comes from my drive to always push myself to be better and do
better. I think there is always room for growth and development in all
aspects of health and fitness. Being a huge goal setter myself, after I
reach a goal I always set a new one! In my mind there is never a limit to
what you can accomplish if you work hard. I truly believe I am a hard
worker. If you want something bad enough why wouldn’t you do everything in
your power to try and make happen? Never will I let myself just give up, I
am no quitter. I know that if I keep fighting for my goals and my dreams
that one day they will become my reality. My motivation pushes me to
succeed and failure isn’t an option.

I think there is always room for growth and development.

 

What workout routine has worked best for you?

Strength/ Weight Training is my favorite style of training. I believe
focusing on muscle groups and having the controlled form movements have
helped my development greatly. Try to get in the gym 6 days a week and
plan workouts according to my body specificity to help me get to my goal of
becoming Ms. Bikini Olympia. A full workout routine honestly verifys from person to person. Workout regimens should be designed for what fits your goals and your lifestyle. Taking into consideration of what styles of training your interested in
also. For example let’s say your a man who is wanting to build muscle and
you believe your chest is your weakest area. You can make it to the gym 5
days a week and need a routine that will help you reach your goal. I
personally think hypertrophy training is the best way to build muscle so
that is something I would incorporate. Now for the plan you could do…

Full Routine:

Monday: Full Chest Day

Tuesday: Back and Biceps

Wednesday: Legs

Thursday: Full Chest Day

Friday: Shoulders and Triceps

Saturday: Active Rest

Sunday: Rest

 

What is your secret to your incredible transformation?

The secret to my transformation is all the hours of hard work I have put
into the gym and my diet. If you aren’t willing to put in the work it takes
to see the results you want then you will not reach your goal. My
transformation stems from my motivation and drive to beat my past self. I
know that the only way I am going to see the results I want is to push
myself everyday to stay on top of my training and meal planing.

If you aren’t willing to put in the work it takes to see the results you want then you will not reach your goal.

 

If you had to pick only 3 exercises what would they be and why?

  1. Upside Down Ab Crunches: I like the challenge and i think it has helped with my core development the most.
  2. Hip Thrusts: I love the burn I get in my legs and glutes doing this movement, one of my faves for development.
  3. Single Arm Cable Lat Pull Down: I feel like this makes me feel alot more contraction in my lat above all over exercises, a contributor to my back developement for sure.

 

What is your diet like in the off-season?

I have a really good metabolism so I can eat almost anything. However I do think it is important to track your macro nutrients in your calories to make sure you’re hitting certain goals. I would say my diet is moderately clean but not 100% clean. For example:

Daily Diet:

  • Meal 1: 2 whole eggs with cheese, choice of cereal and milk, and a banana
  • Snack: greek yogurt with fruit and granolas
  • Lunch: Chicken Caeser Salad
  • Snack: Protein Shake
  • Dinner: Taco Night!!!!
  • Snack: Halo Top Ice Cream!!
  • Meal 7: 5 ounces Low Fat Cottage Cheese and 1 small piece Dark Chocolate

As you can see my diet is not Completely clean but it is not that bad. It varies from day to day what I eat, I am mindful of hitting my macros.

 

What’s the one food you couldn’t live without, and how do you handle food cravings?

One food I can live without would be chocolate. I have a really bad sweet tooth and crave chocolate often. Off-season if I have a craving I can satisfy it pretty easily however on season that’s not the case. On season I have to really watch what I’m putting into my body. So whatever it is has to fit exactly into my calories and macro nutrients. Some alternatives I have tried to satisfy cravings are protein bars or snacks that are chocolate flavored, chocolate rice cakes, And halo top peanut butter cup ice cream.

Off-season if I have a craving I can satisfy it pretty easily however on season that’s not the case.

 

How does your training and diet evolve as you get closer to a competition?

My training involves as well as my diet as I get closer to my competition. I feel like they both intensify the closer I get because the reality is setting in that I will soon be on stage bringing what I would want to be my best package. I work harder in every aspect to make sure that I am at the goal I want to be. There is no time to waste and I feel that the closer I get the more determined I get to be at my best. This could mean training my weaknesses even harder and dieting even cleaner.

To be my best package I work harder.

 

What is your supplementation like?

I don’t really use a lot of supplementation. I drink protein shakes, take a Fish oil pill and Multivitamin. If my dietitian recommended me to take anything else I do take it as it is specific to what my body needs.

 

Favorite Quote:

“Don’t let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.”

 

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