Interview With Fitness Model Madison Schnarr
Interview with Fitness Model Madison Schnarr
Weight: 152 (offseason)
Years of training: 4
Fan Page: facebook.com/Madison.Schnarr.Model
Hi Madison, it’s great to have you as our first female athlete profile on the site, can you tell us a little about your background and how you got into fitness modelling?
Fitness completely changed my life as I transformed from a skinny fashion model to a strong fitness model/competitor and I would never look back. Here’s my story! As a child I was always told I should be a model because I was so tall and lean. At the age of 13 I was scouted and joined my first modelling agency in Toronto. Throughout the years I moved modelling agencies a few times trying to find my niche. I have done everything from catalogue shoots to runway bikini shows all throughout Canada and in the USA.
In my first year of university I started to take more of an interest in fitness as I joined the local gym and would frequent it several times a week. At this point I joined solely for the purpose of staying lean for modelling and boy did I ever love my cardio! In 2011, at the age of 21 my dream at the time had come true as I had become an international model. My modelling agency sent me to Istanbul, Turkey where I spent a month in the summer modelling for various designers.
Upon returning home from Turkey my fashion modelling slowly started to fade away as I was becoming more and more addicted to weight training. Because I was putting on muscle I was no longer a size 0 and not what the fashion designers were looking for (the clothes just were not fitting how they used to). This was the turning point for me as I realized my niche was not in fact fashion but it was fitness modelling. It was then that I completely overhauled my life and I knew I could not see myself doing anything else other than pursuing the fitness industry. From there I decided I wanted to be a bikini competitor. I stopped partying every weekend, which was very hard considering I was still in university and lived in a home with all my closest friends. I spent every spare moment I had in the gym working on my physique, doing fitness related photo shoots or reading up on all things fitness.
My first competition was in April 2014 where I came 6th out of 20 girls. Stepping off the stage the first words out of my mouth were, when can I do this again? I was hooked.
Do you have an ultimate goal to achieve in the fitness industry?
My ultimate goal is to grace the Olympia stage to compete amongst the best in the world. I also want to become a top international fitness model and land covers on fitness magazines such as Oxygen. Finally I want to be a top level trainer. I work on these goals each and every day in order to turn them into reality because the only way to make dreams a reality is to work for them each and every day!
Do you have a go to workout routine and what works best for you?
Right now during offseason I am focusing on higher weight but still with lots of volume. Making sure I am bringing up my weak points. Here is my current workouts and split
Day 1: Glute Dominant
X band walk – 3×15
Standing cable abduction – 3×15
Hip thrusts – 5×8
Sumo deadlift – 5×6
Deadlift – 5×5
Hack squat – 5×10
Day 2: Shoulders
Behind neck shoulder press (bb) – 5×8
Dumbbell shoulder press – 5×10
Lateral raise – 5×10
Giant set: machine shoulder press, supinated front raise, reverse fly, pronated front raise – 4×10
Day 3: Back
Chin ups – 4×10
Cable pullovers – 4×10
Bent over barbell rows (overhand) – 4×10
Incline dumbbell row 4×10
Seated cable rows (underhand) – 4×10
T bar row (dropsets) – 4×10
Day 4: Quad Dominant
Sumo squat with barbell – 6×10
High box squat – 6×10
Bulgarian split squat – 4×12
Dumbbell step ups – 4×12
Machine squats – 4×12
Leg Extensions 4×25
Day 5: Arms and Accessory
Barbell deep squats – 4×5
Barbell curls – 4×10
Standing hammer curls – 4×10
Straight bar cable curls – 4×10
Tricep rope extensions – 4×10
Standing dumbbell kickbacks – 4×10
Skull crushers – 4×10
Every day I start my workouts with 4×15 ankles to bar leg raises for core training. I am also sure to include mobility training before and after my workouts. I really like using la cross balls for smashing followed by lots of band work for stretching.
What’s your daily diet like?
Being in offseason there is much more flexibility to my diet. However, I still follow my daily macronutrient requirements aiming to hit around 2000 calories a day and make healthy choices for my meals. A normal day of eating for me looks something like this:
Meal 1: ½ cup plain greek yogurt, 1 scoop protein powder, 1 tbsp natural peanut butter
Meal 2: 2 eggs, 2 slices Ezekiel bread
Meal 3: 4 ounces of chicken breast, 100 grams sweet potatoes, ¼ avocado
Meal 4: 4 ounces of chicken breast, 100 grams of brown rice
Meal 5: 20 almonds, banana, protein shake
Meal 6: protein pancakes ½ c pumpkin, 1 scoop protein, ½ cup quick oats, ½ cup egg whites, 1 tbsp natural pb
There is sometimes variation to this and once a week I allow myself a treat meal which is usually cupcakes and icecream!
Vince Gironda was famous for saying Bodybuilding is 80% nutrition, how would you rank the diet to training ratio, what’s more important to get right in your opinion?
Very tricky questions because there are so many right answers! I completely agree that it is 80% nutrition because you just cannot out train a bad diet! Nutrition will also help you grow as well as burn fat but this also has to be complemented by a proper training routine. It is tempting to say it is 100% percent nutrition and 100% training because they do go hand in hand and if you are not 100% committed to both you will not achieve the exact results you are looking for!
I’m sure you’re aware that some women are hesitant to get into the weight room for fear of becoming too ‘muscular’ – what advice/opinion would you give those who share in this mistaken, yet common perspective?
It drives me crazy to hear people say women who lift weights look too bulky or too manly! When women tell me they are afraid of looking bulky from lifting weights the first thing I always say is “look at me, do I look bulky to you?” Their answer is always no. Then I go on to say how long and hard I have been training to look the way I do and that nobody can wake up one day looking like a bodybuilder, it just doesn’t happen. Working out like the average gym-goer does will not give you the look of a body builder. These people train and diet for years and years in a very specific manner in order to achieve that type of physique. One way I have motivated women to lift weights in the past is telling them how for every pound of muscle you have you burn that many more calories at rest and the only way to add real muscle is to lift weights! It is almost every woman’s goal to “tone up.” Ladies, this “toned” look comes from muscle definition. In order to see muscle definition you must build the muscle and this is done by lifting weights! So ladies do not be afraid to hit the weight room, you will not regret it.
Lastly, what would your advice be for anyone aspiring to get into the fitness/bodybuilding industry on any level?
First and foremost, make sure you and coming into it with all the right motives. Do it for yourself and nobody else and believing you can do it is the first step. Having a great coach and being 100% committed to your goals is something that is very important if you want to be competitive. If competing is not for you then decide what it is you want from fitness. Set goals and reach them, do not make excuses and feel sorry because you failed. Never lose hope because of the time it will take to achieve your goals because whether you are doing what you need to do to achieve them or not, the time will pass anyways. Here are my two favourite quotes that keep me motivated each and every day:
- Do something today your future self will thank you for.
- You can make a wish or you can make it happen, you decide