An interview with… Nadine Muller, mum, athlete, fitness blogger, military nurse

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Our interview today is with the gorgeous Nadine Muller from Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

28 year old Nadine is a certified personal trainer, military registered nurse, fitness blogger, sponsored athlete and mum to 18 month old son Madden.

[PREACH] It shouldn’t be about proving anyone wrong or making anyone jealous, instead it is about proving yourself wrong & making the old you jealous (and in my case annoying a certain cheeky toddler with selfies coz his room has the best lighting in the house ‘get outta my room mum’) … DOUBLE TAP IF YOU’RE WITH ME! … Sweet dreams gram’ers! Let’s show the rest of the week who is #boss! . . . Blackey Chan (tan) by the impeccable @gbtans _______________________________________________________ #motherhood #mumswholift #sweatsession #fitchicks #fitfam #strongissexy #strongissexymovevent #stronglikeamum #mumlife #fitmoms #fit #fitnessmodel #fitnessaddict #fitspo #gym #training #photooftheday #strong #motivation #mywhf #rawfitspo #postpartumfitness #postpartum #fitnessmotivation #mumbod #womenshealth #proudmum #personaltrainer

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Nadine’s Interview…

On a scale of 1 to 10 how important is it that you workout and why? (10 being very important).
9/10. It is very very important to me, but I score it a 9, because just as importantly and realistically sometimes life gets in the way, if a training session falls to the wayside because something has propped up unexpectedly, then so be it, there is always tomorrow!

Did you work out during your pregnancy? If not why not?
I certainly did, I’ve remained active throughout most of my life so it only made sense to continue of course under the close guidance of my obstetrician and listening to my body as it progressed along on its journey. Staying active throughout my pregnancy aided with those body discomforts, gave me a positive and strong mindset, aided sleep, relieved stress and ultimately prepared me for the stamina needed for labour, delivery and indeed recovery.

How much time do you dedicate to exercising each week?
I train 6-7 sessions a week, over 6 days with one clear REST day.

What keeps you motivated when you’re tired or the little one has worn you out?
I admit it is hard to stay motivated when sleep deprivation is at an all time high, but I always attempt to remain disciplined because I know how training makes me feel – not just physically but mentally! Anyone who knows me would know that training is an essential part of my day and has been for many years! I’ve found it to be crucial for my physical (and mental) health and overall wellbeing. My passion for keeping active and staying fit is something I do for ‘me’ but ultimately for my family too. I know I am a far better person, mum, wife, (PT and Nurse) when I have invested time in making my health and wellbeing a priority too. It honestly provides an outlet from the ongoing pressures of motherhood and any general life stressors that we all encounter along our journey. For me, it brings about a heightened sense of accomplishment and pride. It allows me to sweat out any of my days worries, makes me feel more energized even when I’m sleep deprived, and overall has a positive effect on various facets of my life including my relationship with hubby, my family, my career, my goals and aspirations. It’s not about how you look (that is just a bonus side effect); it is about how it makes you feel – stronger, confident and well centred.

Do you follow a super clean diet or just eat sensibly?
I eat with a flexible and well-balanced approach. I like to not restrict myself as such and live by eating all foods – but just in moderation! I follow a 80/20 rule, eating nutritious whole foods most of the time but still allowing myself to eat other foods I enjoy that may be more calorie dense. I plan ahead with my meals, we meal prep of a weekend (this has a two fold affect for us, as it also means we have more time during the week to spend as a family rather than slaving over the hotplate) it also means we are less likely to dive into our local takeaways when we are too tired to cook! Being flexible with my nutrition has taught me so much about the nutritional content of my food and how to fuel my body correctly to facilitate my intense training regimes but it also allows me to make my nutrition fit into my lifestyle!

What is the best part of your day?
After a busy day at work and training, coming home to my boys and just relaxing with them is something I cherish!! Even if we are just sitting on the couch watching TV or talking about our day or watching Madden play. Being a mother has been one incredible ride. I knew that having a child was going to be life changing, but wow is that an understatement, it’s the most positively life-altering experience one will ever go through – is it not? I cannot agree more on the saying that when a child is born, a mother is too; I’ve loved watching myself evolve as a person and finding myself lifted to new heights and achieving personal goals I didn’t see possible. Over the past year, through my son I have experienced more adventure than I ever thought imaginable. It truly is love beyond measure and with it my priorities have completely changed, my outlook on life and what truly makes me happy, and what matters most has been such an eye-opener for me. Motherhood is not only my life; it’s wholeheartedly my happiness, my passion, and my greatest achievement.

Finally, if you could give one piece of advice to new mums or mums-to-be what would it be?
I believe there is so much overwhelming and unnecessary amounts of pressure that society and media put on us women to ‘bounce back’…. I cannot stress enough that more emphasis should be put on the importance of taking the appropriate amount of time to heal properly from the inside-out, embracing and celebrating the beauty of the post-partum body and honouring the female body for its accomplishments of pregnancy and childbirth. It truly is remarkable, one to be proud of. Take the time, your mind and body will thank you for it. When it comes to moving your body and finding the time to do so; the first thing to remember is that you don’t need to spend endless hours exercising, if you can just commit 15 minutes of exercise each day, you will feel all the more better for it.  If you can’t get 15 minutes together, then break up your exercise over the entire day, incidental exercise can happen just about anywhere for e.g. squats at the kitchen sink, calf raises in the shower…virtually anywhere. The little bursts of activities do add up over the course of the day! If you struggle with finding the time, think about the unallocated moments of time in your day, those thirty minute blocks we spend on Facebook, Instagram checking emails etc. Pay attention to quality and quantity of your time and highlight which activities you potentially could subtract from e.g. calling your best friend from the lounge verse hitting the pavement with bub and pram in tow whilst talking on the phone. To get a solid session in you don’t need much (if anything at all) as far as equipment is concerned. Try not to use the excuse ‘I couldn’t get to the gym therefore I couldn’t exercise today’…the lounge room can be the perfect alternative. Motherhood certainly has its ups and down, on those days where nothing is going your way, just accept any spare time that you do have and make the most of it. And if you do miss a day, don’t stress, tomorrow is a new day.

[PSSSSSST GUESS WHAT!!?] @aust_sports_nutrition has a HUGE 15% online sale (storewide) running all of the #Easter long weekend starting today right through to Monday inclusive! With that there is no better time to kick start your regime or up the anti (especially post Easter choccy binges) then with a fresh supplement stack to get you on your way, jump online today www.asn.com.au and grab yourself a bargain … We are celebrating with an Easter Mum and Madden Workout of the day! ‍♀️ … What you need: No equipment as such, just baby & you, a small amount of space & a park bench, if you don’t have a baby just use any weight (lots in the household you can utilise) or body weight is fine too … ▪️Static Reverse Lunges x20 ▪️Decline Push Ups x15 ▪️Static Squat Hold with Pulses for Time – 45secs⏱ ▪️Squat with OH Press Alternate Shoulder x15 ▪️Bench Crunch AMRAP (as many reps as possible) – 45secs⏱ … COMPLETE 5x ROUNDS WITH 30SEC REST BETWEEN EACH ROUND … I’ve had a complete ‘deload’ training week for the lack of a better word due to coming down with the flu so a cruisy family walk around our housing estate and 3 rounds (I just did 3 not 5) of this by moving my body at my own pace felt good! Check out my little , his giggles & facials get me every time! … Wearing @aust_sports_nutrition staying @asn_fuelled … HAPPY EASTER INSTAFAM . . . _________________________________________ #asnfuelled #teamasn #asndomination #personaltrainer #mumswholift #stronglikeamum #mumlife #fitmoms #fit #fitnessaddict #fitspo #gym #training #votd #strong #motivation #postpartumfitness #postpartum #fitnessmotivation #mumbod #womenshealth #proudmum #personaltrainer #workoutvid #fitnessvid #mumandbub #vlog #bbgmums

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