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SPC Competitor Close Up: Isabelle Schreuder

The basics – How old are you, which university do you go to and what do you study?

22 years, University of Bristol, MSc Nutrition, Physical Activity and Public Health

How did you get into fitness?

I gained quite a bit of weight in the year before coming to uni. Then in my first year I decided to lose it all and became very skinny. After I wanted to build up some curves again and started training my legs once a week. I loved it and started doing it more and more, the results were amazing and kept me going.  It’s my favourite hobby now!

 

 

 

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What made you want to compete?

In all honesty, I never saw myself competing until I saw my friends compete in the SPC last year, that inspired me. I want to prove to myself that I can push past my limits and step outside of my comfort zone. And stepping on stage in front of hundreds of people, wearing little to nothing is definitely out of my comfort zone!

How many competitions have you done? Is this year’s SPC your first? How are you feeling about it?

I’ve never competed before and I’m scared to death! But also very excited to show off my hard work.

What is your training like during prep?

Weight lifting five times a week, followed by 30 minutes of cardio and 45 minutes of fasted cardio every morning.

Monday: Legs plus 30 mins stairmaster

Tuesday: Upper body (back and shoulders) plus interval sprints

Wednesday: Rest day cardio

Thursday Legs plus 30 mins incline walk

Friday: Upper Body (Back and arms) plus 30 mins stairmaster

Saturday: Legs and Abs plus 30 mins incline walk

Sunday: Rest day cardio

What is your diet like during prep?

It varies every few weeks. Right now I am on a 1600 kcal strict plan

Meal 1: 3 eggs, spinach, green beans

Meal 2: 175g of chicken, 150g potato, green veg

Meal 3: 200g of cod, green veg

Meal 4: 50g of oats, 30g of whey

Meal 5: 175g salmon, salad

Post workout: 1 scoop whey

 

How do you stay motivated during prep?

It is hard to be motivated all the time, but seeing the progress weekly helps a lot. And whenever I feel down I talk to my friends or boyfriend and they give me a pep talk. It’s an awesome feeling to know that people are behind you and support you.

How do you manage your studies alongside staying in shape?

Off season staying in shape is easy to manage as my diet and training are more flexible and I don’t do as much cardio. At the moment, it’s hard to fit everything in, especially as I’m doing a masters and the workload is huge. You definitely learn to be efficient with your time during prep!

 

 

 

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What are your fitness goals for the future?

Prep is not the healthiest lifestyle, so after the competition my main focus will be on health and growth, both physical and mental. I want to make sure I give my body everything it needs to recover from competing and function optimally

Finally, is there anything else you would like to add?

Come see the show everyone! It’ll be a great day out.

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