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An Interview with Maria Bozinovska, Bodybuilder

Welcome guys! It is a true pleasure to present to you our guest Maria Bozinovska. Above all, Maria is a role model for many and a person who lived with many different cultures throughout her life. She was born in Skopje, Macedonia, and grew up in Sweden. She moved to Spain at the age of 20, and that is when she dived into the world of professional bodybuilding.

Her professional debut on the stage was in Spain in 2013, when she became the National Champion. After that, she won many competitions, including the Diamond Cup, IFBB Elite Pro Athlete, Yamamoto Cup, World Pro Master, Arnold Classic, and Olympia Amateur. Moreover, she also won the Macedonian Championship twice.

I am sure you want to hear directly from Maria about her career and achievements, so let’s jump on the interview immediately.

    Tose Zafirov

    Mr. Olympia Representative

    Welcome guys! It is a true pleasure to present to you our guest Maria Bozinovska. Above all, Maria is a role model for many and a person who lived with many different cultures throughout her life. She was born in Skopje, Macedonia, and grew up in Sweden. She moved to Spain at the age of 20, and that is when she dived into the world of professional bodybuilding.

    Her professional debut on the stage was in Spain in 2013, when she became the National Champion. After that, she won many competitions, including the Diamond Cup, IFBB Elite Pro Athlete, Yamamoto Cup, World Pro Master, Arnold Classic, and Olympia Amateur. Moreover, she also won the Macedonian Championship twice.

    I am sure you want to hear directly from Maria about her career and achievements, so let’s jump on the interview immediately.

    Tose Zafirov:

    Hello, Maria. First, I want to thank you for taking the time to speak with me, and since I am awareof your busy schedule, I will start right away. How would you introduce yourself to the audien ce? Furthermore, what are the most important moments that shaped you into the person you are now?

    Maria Bozinovska:

    Thank you, Tose; it’s my pleasure as well. I am a Macedonian born in Skopje in 1979. I grew up in Sweden, but I have been living in Spain since I was 20, where I started competing professionally.

    I have started my fitness journey, including a healthy diet, from my youngest age. I went out on stage for the first time in 2013 in Spain, and it went really well from that moment on. I became the Champion of Spain in the first year of my competition. Then, I started competing internationally, where I also had many great successes with gold medals at the Arnold Classic and Olympia Amateur.

    In 2016 I started competing for Macedonia, where I was also the champion of Macedonia. After that, in 2017, I managed to become a professional with the gold medal I achieved in Italy.

    From that year onwards, I only compete on a professional level for Macedonia. In 2019 I earned second place at the Swedish Professional Championship in Spain. That was one of the greatest successes in my fitness career.

    Tose Zafirov:

    I must say that it is truly inspirational. You have a strong reputation in the fitness industry as of right now. But how did it all begin? Moreover, when was your love for fitness born, and how did it grow over the years?

    Maria Bozinovska:

    My fitness journey began at 17 or 18, but I was interested in it even when I was a child. I always dreamt of having muscles and being a strong woman. Therefore, I liked that look very much, and I was very persistent in achieving it.

    So, slowly, with time, I started working in fitness clubs and learning about training and healthy eating until one day, when I tried to progress even further. I took things to another level when I started competing instead of only doing daily workouts.

    Tose Zafirov:

    Fitness requires a lot of commitment and sacrifice, particularly when it’s something you do professionally. Therefore, what keeps you motivated each day? And what is your main driving force?

    Maria Bozinovska:

    My motivation is the good look and the fact that I want to feel satisfied with myself, healthy, and with a lot of energy. Additionally, I want to help other girls and women feel better about themselves and achieve their desired results. That is my biggest motivation.

    Tose Zafirov:

    Would you mind sharing some details about your diet or advice for beginners? What does it take to be in shape consistently?

    Maria Bozinovska:

    I would advise anyone interested in fitness (and the ones that aren’t) to watch their diet. Nowadays, we have lots of ingredient options to pursue a healthy diet. Therefore, there is no need to eat “bad food.” Thank God, it’s sometimes okay to get a hamburger or a pizza. Still, in everyday life, pursuing a healthy diet is essential.

    I eat the same type of food in my everyday life and before a competition. The only difference is that I eat a larger amount of the same food when I do not compete. Also, I allow myself to go out and eat something else (not part of my daily routine) at least once or twice a week when I am not competing.

    Lastly, I would like to add that even restaurants today offer a vast diversity of healthy food, which is excellent.

    Tose Zafirov:

    Do you have an exercise routine, and what is your opinion about fitness centers? Furthermore, is it possible for everyone to find themselves in the fitness world?

    Maria Bozinovska:

    My training routine consists of 5 to 6 days of training per week, where I exercise 1 to 2 muscle groups a day. I exercise my legs twice a week, especially the quadriceps, gluteus, and femoral.

    Each fitness center is different, but it is essential to have specialized machines for all muscle groups.

    Every individual can find himself/herself in the fitness world but thank God we all have different goals and different exercise methods. However, anyone should work towards finding and pursuing this life goal.

    Tose Zafirov:

    What are some of your major accomplishments, and is there a particular one that you really cherish?

    Maria Bozinovska:

    My biggest accomplishment until now is the second place I have won at the Swedish Professional Championship. Also, I won first place at the Arnold Classic when I was an amateur in 2015. Additionally, I was on stage with another 40 girls from all over the world. That’s why it’s a great pride for me.

    Tose Zafirov:

    How is living in Spain different from that in Macedonia, and do you miss Macedonia or the people that are here?

    Maria Bozinovska:

    There is a vast difference. In Spain, I live with people of different nationalities with different cultures and languages. And I like that a lot because that’s how I can learn more about other cultures and communicate with different nationalities.

    But at the same time, I miss our Macedonian culture, as well as our music and, most of all, Macedonian food.

    Tose Zafirov:

    What do you think are the main obstacles to female success in the fitness industry?

    Maria Bozinovska:

    The biggest challenge is discipline.

    Tose Zafirov:

    How did you handle the Corona Crisis and 2020 overall? Furthermore, did it have an impact on both your personal and work life?

    Maria Bozinovska:

    Yes, yes, a lot, as it was challenging to train. As a result, I could only maintain my shape. But even that wasn’t easy.

    You know, when you are constantly at home, you are keen on gaining weight, especially when you don’t move around a lot. Somehow, I managed to maintain the same weight, adding only a few pounds. When we were allowed to return to fitness centers, I returned to normal fast.

    Tose Zafirov:

    What would you say if you were given a chance to address the whole world?

    Maria Bozinovska:

    They should always have a goal, not only in fitness but also in every other aspect of life. Everyone should pursue their dreams, as hard work always leads to results.

    Final Words

    Thank you, Maria, for the honesty in your answers. I wish you luck in your future endeavors, and I hope that we will hear more about your success in the future.

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