Tina Nguyen is a Vietnamese-American IFBB ( International Federation For Bodybuilding and Fitness ) fitness model who first appeared in the public limelight in 2014 after winning that year’s NPC ( National Physique Committee’s ) Championships in the figure category.
At only 23 years old ( she was born on January 5th, 1992 ) Tina Nguyen is one of the youngest female pro bodybuilders today and in history. Besides bodybuilding and modeling, Tina is also currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing.
Physically, the youngest IFBB pro stands 161cm tall ( 5ft 3Inches) and maintains an accurate in-contest weight of around 115lbs ( 50kg ). Otherwise, when not in session ( off-season), Tina Nguyen is known to weigh anywhere between 125 to 130lbs ( approximately 55kg). Considering her petite weight, the reason she competes in the figure category is quite clear.
Being one of the few professional athletes from the 90’s generation, Tina Nguyen enjoys a huge social media presence. The number of her Instagram followers peaked to a staggering One hundred thousand ( 647,000) becoming one of IFBB most trolled stars. The Barbell battalion was blessed to have been able to interview Tina. See the full interview below.
Name: Tina Nguyen- known as Tina Ng
Date of Birth: Jan 5, 1992
Weight: 135lb off season – 122lb contest
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Location/Hometown: Born in Viet Nam currently living in Dallas TX
What is your athletic background, and how did you get involved with lifting?
Actually I had none growing up. I tried to play sports and never really was good at anything. I tried dancing and that lasted for a second. lol
What keeps you motivated?
The more I see myself transform- that is one of my motivations to keep going. I am very competitive therefore I want to challenge myself to be the best I can be.
Who’s the most inspirational person in your life? I would say my father and my boyfriend of a long term relationship- going on 5 years.
What does your current training split look like?
M- Biceps and Triceps
T- Shoulders and calves
Friday – hamstrings
Saturday– Glutes and Quads
Which do you prefer, and why…steady state cardio or HIIT?
Steady- But sometimes I switch up to higher intensity
What are some of the most common mistakes made when someone is trying to get ripped? There isn’t one…Everyone body type is so different so I can’t say “mistake”, maybe some people don’t eat as much food and do way too much cardio.
Funniest thing you’ve seen at the gym recently? A guy grunting LOUD while shoulder pressing about 35 lb on a machine lol- When I think of “grunt” i think of heavy weights, not something I can handle.
Who do you look up to in the fitness world? I have a few favorites- I really like Juliana Malacarne’s physique. Also I like Candice Lewis and Watts just because they did not start winning shows or placing high at pro shows out of no where, they worked their way up and now the top pros in the game and also very humble.
What are some of your favorite motivational quotes?
“The worst thing I can be is same as everybody else. I hate that”- Arnold
“If you spend 8 hours a day working for someone else and you don’t work on yourself, you are not too busy- you are simply uninspired”
Do you have any gym, pet peeves? People leaving their weights everywhere! Or don’t wipe off their sweats after done with cardio machine.
What’s a sport or event that you would LOVE to try?
Boxing! I’d love to try this
What are the contents of your fridge?
Let’s see….Lots of meat/fish/eggs…Also WATER! I love fresh water…Potatoes (all kinds) avocado etc…
How do you prepare meals? Do you cook daily or cook for the week?I
cook everyday, I like fresh meals and not microwave 2-3 days later.
Who is your favorite superhero? And why
– Wonder Woman, because she is one of the only women in the super heroes and she’s bad ass!
Sushi! Also Vietnamese food.
Ice cream, gelato or fro-yo?
Fro-Yo- don’t eat ice cream that much.
Workout music – what’s on your playlist?
a mixture of EDM and hip hop- Kevin Gates, TI, Gucci Mane, Future etc
What is the most challenging thing you deal with about consistently staying in top shape?
My Diet! We all want to eat bad – diet is so hard for me to stay on
What is your greatest achievement so far?
If we are speaking of the fitness world would be my pro card! I’m still working on getting on that Olympia Stage 🙂 Besides fitness, I got full scholarships to finish my degree studying management and business issues…Also Manager of the Year 2016 at my corporate company! So I do a little more besides just fitness, which keeps my life busy and on track!
If you could interview one person alive or dead, who would it be and why?
Oprah….She is a successful woman that is self made and I want to get the best advice and her experience in her career.
What are some of your best diet, nutrition and supplementation tips for someone who wants to get ripped?
I prefer low carbs and high protein content. Usually white fish, egg whites, chicken breast is best.
What does your current supplementation plan look like?
I am currently taking Sann’s BCAAs, Fierce pre workout, Titanium Isolate for protein, Tight Extreme for fat burner, pure CLA, liquid L carnitine, DR feels good, Zinc.
What are your favorite 5 muscle building exercises and why?
Bent over rows- T bar rows- Shoulder presses- side Lateral Raise- Butt Blaster for glutes. My workouts are specified for different muscle groups I’m training that day. So those are what I typically do almost every week.
Favorite activities and hobbies you enjoy when away from the gym?
I am currently a full time student at UTD so I don’t have much time for any other hobbies besides homework, sleep and eat! lol
What’s your favorite holiday?
Christmas! Only because I get a long break from work and school 🙂
What are your future goals, dreams, and plans?
I am graduating in Spring 2018! (finally) – hopefully to do the Olympia sometimes soon in the future by winning a pro show, and work on our training business- you can check out my personal website at www.ifbbprosfitness.com