Vassilia Young, Maximizing Fit at 50

Vassilia Young, Maximizing Fit at 50
by Nicole Vulcan

Vassilia YoungIt’s been a busy week for Vassilia Young. As we’re having our second conversation in a matter of a few weeks, she’s basking in the highs and lows of her first “figure competition,” a National Physique Committee bodybuilding competition in Tucson, Arizona. It may have been her first foray onto the stage as a competitive body builder, but true to form for this self-described overachiever, she placed in two categories: winning first place in the Women’s Figure Masters (age) 47+ and third place in the Masters 35+. In figure competitions, the focus is on muscle definition, a lean physique, and that “triangle shape” back, Young says. While she says her stage presence and posing technique could use some polish before the next time around, she was pleased to see her hard work pay off at her very first event.

Vassilia - beforeYoung, a local physician, tends to set lofty goals for herself in most areas. After graduating from high school at age 15 and earning her first bachelor’s degree at 18, she went on to graduate in the top five percent of her class in med school. Longing to get involved in powerlifting, Young’s next challenge was brought on with the help of two of her three daughters. One daughter, Nicolette, began training for bodybuilding competitions as a way to combat a chronic disease. When Young decided to try competing for herself, daughter Maria, a personal trainer and exercise science professional in Boise, Idaho, began providing guidance and training support online. Maria delivers a new program each week and monitors her mother’s progress through things such as photographs and vital signs.

“The training changes every week—every day,” Young says. “There are different muscles that are being worked, and they’re being worked in different amounts of sets, different amounts of reps, and different tempos. It’s really quite complicated and intricate.

Vassilia Mid Training“It’s tricking the body into new growth and new development so that it doesn’t become stale. This is the trick. And at the same time, she (Maria) does the same thing with nutrition. She will say, you’ll take this amount of grams of protein and this amount of grams of carbs, this amount of grams of fat and this amount of fiber this week.” Without the help of a professional’s exacting protocols, Young knows the results she’s seen wouldn’t be nearly as significant.

There’s no doubt that the diet and exercise regimens she’s been following are rigorous, but still, she maintains that people have a lot of false beliefs about this type of journey. For one, there’s no need to starve yourself in order to achieve the lean body that wins points on the competition stage. Mindful eating, yes, but when done in moderation, there’s even room for the occasional glass of wine. As another counterpoint to those false beliefs, Young says she’s done remarkably less cardio than people believe possible.

Vassilia - NowSince she began this program in November, Young says: “I have not done any cardio. Zero. This is all her protocol of weight training and nutrition.”

Now age 50, and with her two awards proudly in tow, Young says her lean, bodybuilder’s body is better and stronger than it was when she was “skinny fat” back at age 18. And as is her nature, she’s already looking forward to the next challenge. At the Tucson competition, Young qualified for nationals in Las Vegas. Provided she continues to get guidance from daughter Maria, she says she’s ready to take on the bright lights of Sin City. After all, she says, only more practice will help her overcome the jitters she experienced during her first trip on stage.

“It’s not to say that I have not failed or that I haven’t experienced setbacks,” Young says, “but I always strive to have a positive outlook, and I look at every failure as just another lesson and another step toward something bigger.”

What's Next?

Vassilia plans to compete in two more figure shows, in Phoenix and Colorado Springs, then onto nationals if she feels ready to tackle it in July.

A Day Documented...

Wake up 6:15 am

  • Almond milk latte homemade x2
  • Sit on couch pet dogs
  • Met-Rx® vanilla protein meal replacement shake
  • Rich chocolate caramel protein replacement bar

8:00 am off to work

  • Two cups coffee and two tablespoons fat free half and half
  • Met-Rx® vanilla protein replacement shake for lunch
  • Black tea total of 158 ounces liquid intake in coffee, tea, water for day throughout day

Gym 4:00 pm-5:15 pm

  • NutraBio® intra-workout drink

Workout consists of

  • Warm up of body squats and side lunges and pull-ups then
  • Begin deadlifts 3 sets of 12 of 185 lbs. with a 4 second lowering tempo and 60 second rest between sets alternating with rubber band pull apart reps then single heavy reps....225 lbs., 285 lbs. , 305 lbs., 315 lbs.
  • Superset of reverse dumbbell flys and dumbbell lateral raise 4 sets of 12 reps each with 60 second rest between sets and a hold at top of each rep
  • Straight arm pull down 6 sets of 10 reps alternating with flaring of lats for 30 seconds between sets

After Gym

  • Snack, Go Lean® crisp toasted berry crumble cereal 1.5 servings
  • Black tea
  • Wine red 7 ounce pour

8:00 pm Dinner

  • Shredded red cabbage, Campari, cucumber, radish, cilantro, green onion in a big bowl with fat free raspberry vinegar dressing
  • Cast iron skillet chicken breast 8 ounces

Sleep 7-8 hours

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Bariatric Metabolic Institute

Black Hills Boomer

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