Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Zlata Sushchik Spotlight

Zlata Sushchik
From: Moscow, Russia currently residing in Anchorage, Alaska
Competes in: Bikini Division
Occupation: Procurement Specialist for major oil company
Education: Bachelors in Management and Marketing. Pursuing Master in Business Management and Administration.

When I was younger I was never interested in sports. I lived in Moscow, Russia until I was about 15 years old and spent most my spare time behind the piano or singing. I did not gain passion for fitness until I moved to Alaska and did my first high school bodybuilding show in 2006. It was a total accident! My friend said to me “There is this bodybuilding thing next month, want to compete with me?” I did and at my very first competition placed 3rd in my class. I came back next year and won the Overall title. I continued training and in the fall won the 2007 NPC Crystal Cup Overall Junior Figure Title.

Your Advice for someone to begin training?
Just do it. It’s going to be hell, it’s going to be hard, but worth every minute. My best friend used to come to all my shows and always said “someday…”. In 2010 she hit the stage 90 pounds lighter, placed in her class and qualified for nationals. Her life forever changed and it’s amazing what it did to her self-confidence and overall attitude.

My coworker, after 3 months of watching me, finally said “Hey, you think you can help me out here? I just wanna lose 10-15 pounds,”. He is 30 pounds down, still working hard, still hitting the gym!

Stop making excuses and start doing. I have a full time job, a full time MBA student and I still find time to compete. Being busy is not an excuse. “It doesn’t matter how slow you go, so long as you don’t stop”- Confucius

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Competition History
2007 South Anchorage High Figure Overall
2007 NPC Crystal Cup Junior Figure Overall
2009 Miss Alaska Teen USA / part of Miss Universe Organization
2010 NPC Heart of Alaska Bikini Champion Overall
2010 NPC Collegiate Nationals Class B Champion
2010 NPC USA top 3 Class D
2010 IFBB North Americans top 5 Class C
2011 BSN Emerald Cup Bikini 4th Class C
Upcoming in 2012: Jr. Nationals in Chicago & NPC USA in Las Vegas

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