Issue #112


by Juan Carlos Lope

20 Questions with Cover Model Beata Antoninas

Video Interview with Amateur Figure Beata Antoninas

Beata Antoninas, Lia Sugar, Maria Garcia, Chelsea Hagan, Marnie Holley

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20 Questions with Amateur Figure Beata Antoninas

Beata Antoninas

1) Please introduce yourself? What makes you special? Who is Beata Antoninas?

My name is Beata Dorota Antoninas and I'm a 28 year old personal trainer/fitness instructor/ National Figure competitor. I've been told I have the perfect combination of muscle and beauty.  I can be intimidating on the outside but have the kindest heart. 

2) Please tell us a bit about your family, friends and surroundings?
I was born in Poland and migrated to Canada at age 7. I grew up in Etobicoke and have two older siblings , a sister and brother.  I surround myself with positive and spiritual people and I myself always have a positive outlook on life. 

3) How did you start competing in figure? 

First year college I asked my physiology professor to help me start prepping for my first show. I did a lot of my own research and trial and error on diets and training. After a year of experimenting on my body I stepped on stage at age 21. 

4) What is your personal policy (not what the judges want) about conditioning and muscularity when coming into a show? Soft or hard? 

I believe figure women should be muscular , lean , and athletic looking but also very feminine. A V tapered waist and symmetrical. Last years Olympia winner Nicole Wilkinss physique is what every figure competitor should strive for. 

5)  What is your idea of what judges want in a Figure competitor? Do you think judges are clear enough with competitors about how they want you on stage? It seems in Europe they are very clear unlike in the USA and now in Canada things are confusing.
I think in Canada and US , the judges want a harder , fuller look. I've been to shows where judges have picked softer physiques so I do wish there was more consistency with judging criteria. 

6) For the next shows what do you think you need to work on physique-wise/conditioning-wise? If anything! 

I've always had trouble getting my overpowering muscular legs to match the rest of my body. I used to train legs really heavy before I began competing which made it a big challenge to get them smaller and conditioned. Getting my legs more conditioned for sure. 

7) What is your typical training routine in the gym (per day, include sets and reps!) How much cardio do you do before a show?

My training changes a bit during prep and offseason. When it's prep time I usually lift lighter weights for more reps and definitely shorter rest periods. It can be anywhere from 12-30 reps and I usually throw in drop sets for my final sets of an exercise. Cardio is anywhere from 30-45 min either after weights or fasted.

Beata Antoninas

8) What is your pre-contest diet? (per day, 1 week before the show)

My pre contest diet , one week out is low on carbohydrates , if any, and low fat. 
A meal can look like this : 
5 oz white fish , 5 oz green steamed veggies 
I usually start to Carb up a bit Thursday night until show time Saturday morning. 

9) How do you go about dropping your water before the day of the show? How much water do you drink the day of the show. Please be specific.

I start water loading a week out with 8 -10 litres of water and start dropping a litre or two the next day until I'm at 500 ml the day before and only small sips day of the show if needed. 

10) What motivates you to train/diet and compete? Are there any competitors you looked up to? 

I love the way my body looks and feels when I'm show ready. I've always been very competitive and I love the challenges.  I think the body is one amazing machine and it's incredible that humans have the opportunity to carve their bodies and turn them into art. 
I've always looked up to Monica Brant and Erin Stern. They have incredible physiques and are both gorgeous. 


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