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An Interview with Angelina Friedland, Bodybuilder

Hi everyone, today I have the opportunity to speak with Angelina Friedland, a professional bodybuilder, IBFF Pro, and fitness model.

Angelina has a pretty successful career with awards like winning the IBFF Miss Fitness Universe Galaxy (Europe), Miss Shape Italia 2016 IBFA, Miss Fitness over 40, and Overall Woman. Additionally, she won second place in the World Championship in Koper in the bikini category.

Her life path was filled with many obstacles and challenges, which she overcame and grew into the role model she is today. Furthermore, she is a huge inspiration for the youngster since she proves that age can be only a number in the fitness world.

Let’s jump on the interview to find out everything about her personal life and career.

    Tose Zafirov

    Mr. Olympia Representative

    Hi everyone, today I have the opportunity to speak with Angelina Friedland, a professional bodybuilder, IBFF Pro, and fitness model.

    Angelina has a pretty successful career with awards like winning the IBFF Miss Fitness Universe Galaxy (Europe), Miss Shape Italia 2016 IBFA, Miss Fitness over 40, and Overall Woman. Additionally, she won second place in the World Championship in Koper in the bikini category.

    Her life path was filled with many obstacles and challenges, which she overcame and grew into the role model she is today. Furthermore, she is a huge inspiration for the youngster since she proves that age can be only a number in the fitness world.

    Let’s jump on the interview to find out everything about her personal life and career.

    Tose Zafirov:

    To begin with, I want to express my gratitude to you, Angelina, for taking the time to do this interview. You seem to have a great time working out and generally in the fitness industry. First, I want to ask you, how did you discover your passion for bodybuilding? And what motivated you to pursue a career in fitness?

    Angelina Friedland:

    Firstly, I would like to thank you for this opportunity for an interview. Secondly, I love telling my story, as it might inspire some young people. I was born in a beautiful land, Sicily, surrounded by a lot of sun, sea, and heat. However, I decided to leave Sicily without thinking of coming back at the age of 18 when I went abroad to seek my fortune. And I was lucky enough to find it.

    Unlike many of my fellow countrymen, I had no reason to leave, as I had everything, but I understood this later. What pushed me toward new discoveries was my adventurous spirit. I wanted to see with my own eyes what was out there. Furthermore, that same spirit later led me to discover the world, including Hawaii, Polynesia, Australia, Bahamas, Thailand, Mexico, Florida, and Indonesia. Therefore, I feel at home up until the Cook Islands, which is in another part of the world.

    Still, I was not satisfied with the superficial journey. In order to discover my true dimension, I acquired the PADI scuba diving certificate so I can continue pursuing my dream of digging deeper and deeper into the sea in my natural element. Most probably, this is the most apparent memory of my homeland Sicily. Yet, my homeland has also given me a temperament heart vehemently the intransigence to abuses.

    One August night at the exit from a disco in Bali, I stretched out my fist with a straight, sharp, and fulminating right and hit a drunk Australian surfer who stretched out his hands. The blow started naturally alone among the many onlookers.
    I saw a former American boxer, who told me, “You have this sport in your DNA,” and he was right. I stopped in Philadelphia for two months, and I learned this for myself. I was in some smelly gyms like my home, facilitated by the language (I speak English and French). But everyone was friendly, so I was encouraged by this.

    When I returned to Italy, I started more controlled nutrition. Oh my God, how much I loved chocolates and ice creams. Still, I went for the scheduled workouts, healthy lifestyle, and diet.

    I obtained the Certificate as a Federal Boxing Coach from the Italian Boxing Federation, so I was one of the first and rare women to teach this fascinating and unique sport. Boxing was a great school of life since it taught me to get up every time life threw me a low blow, a bit like the boxer on the mat getting back up.

    One day I was leafing through a sports magazine. It was 1997, and I saw a photo of a female bodybuilding champion. Therefore, I was so fascinated to see that sculpted physique that I decided to start training with weights. After that, I had my first competition in 2000 at Mister Universe IBFA, and I won third place.

    In those days, the only female categories were either bodybuilding, so very muscular, or fitness. As a result, I never came in the first place because I wasn’t very muscular. I had the bikini shape, even when this category didn’t exist yet.

    Tose Zafirov:

    It took you a lot to get there. But how did you earn your IBFF Pro status? Additionally, can you tell us about your journey and the feeling of becoming a champion?

    Angelina Friedland:

    I was astonished to become an IBFF Pro. It was a dream come true for me, something that I could never imagine. Most importantly, without a coach or a team, I went alone to the European Championships in Avellino (Italy) in 2016. As a result, that same day, I won Miss Fitness, Miss Fitness Over 40, and Overall Woman, and I got my Pro Card.

    After that, only two weeks later, I went to the World Championship in Koper, where I arrived in second place as a bikini model. I was delighted as I competed with 16 beautiful girls much younger than me. Therefore, it was a big win for me.

    Tose Zafirov:

    What does your typical day look like, and how long do you spend working out each day? Moreover, what do you eat, and how do you spend your free time?

    Angelina Friedland:

    Dion and I go to the gym together for three training days and one rest. We train for about two and a half hours. He trains very hard and does at least 50 sets. However, my workout depends on whether I compete now or not. After that, we work the rest of the day, and I prepare the meals for us.

    Tose Zafirov:

    Can you tell us a little more about your workouts and the people who inspire you? Moreover, how it feels to work out with your spouse, Dion Friedland?

    Angelina Friedland:

    My training varies according to my goal. Therefore, if I have a competition soon, I do two workouts a day: cardio and weights. But, if I do not have to do any competition, I do weight training and cardio at the end of the workout with a lot of stretching. During the alternating periods, I also do a lot of yoga and acrobatics.

    I am always motivated because I still like to go to the gym and want to work out. It is a massive part of my lifestyle. In other words, I would not be able to imagine my day without the gym; it makes me feel good and gives me balance.

    Tose Zafirov:

    Has bodybuilding changed your life, and if so, in which way?

    Angelina Friedland:

    Bodybuilding taught me to follow the rules that I set for myself. In other words, it taught me discipline, how to be patient, and how to improve my character. Moreover, I have built my personality to become stronger and overcome my limits each day.

    Tose Zafirov:

    How do you feel around other people? In this regard, are you more of a loner person, or do you enjoy growing your network daily?

    Angelina Friedland:

    I love it when I am around people, and I like that people look at me. Also, I like that both my husband and I inspire people, as we can prove that age is just a number.

    Tose Zafirov:

    How much food do you eat daily, and what do you eat? Furthermore, what supplements do you take, and does your diet include a lot of vitamins and proteins?

    Angelina Friedland:

    This is a good question. Unfortunately, my constitution is not tiny, so to be fit, I have to take in very few calories. Therefore, my diet is about 1,200 calories with very few carbohydrates, and five protein snacks with 50g of carbohydrates in competition. Sadly, this is how it is.

    Tose Zafirov:

    How did you meet Mr. Friedland, and how long have you known him? Additionally, how much of an impact has he had on your life?

    Angelina Friedland:

    Mr. Friedlander was a gift from the world of bodybuilding. Therefore, if I hadn’t practiced this sport, we would never have met, and it would have been a significant loss to me because Dion is a wonderful man.

    He is a man who teaches me many things every day and loves me. We have known each other for five years. After 13 weeks, he wanted to marry me. We have been married for two years, two happy years. The secret of our happiness is that we love the same things, especially the gym and healthy food.

    Tose Zafirov:

    How do you manage your career and personal life? Furthermore, do you give anything up to do this?

    Angelina Friedland:

    I am a very active and very dynamic woman. I like to be busy, and I manage to combine everything. In other words, I train, take care of the house and my baby husband Dion, cook, shop, and do whatever I like. So yes, I can.

    Tose Zafirov:

    What would you say if you had the opportunity to address everyone on Earth?

    Angelina Friedland:

    My message is to love each other and to take care of your body. It would be best to take care of your spiritual life by meditating and exploring spiritual paths. After all, a healthy mind in a healthy body is essential to growing old. All of us must age, but if you love yourself and take care of your body, you will age better.

    Final Words

    Thank you, Angelina, for your time and honesty. You are a true inspiration for me and many others. I wish you luck and success in the future.

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