Better Bodies

Purpose Driven Training: Joanne Kadir

Living the fitness lifestyle can mean a wide diversity in what and how to exercise. Different passions, different goals – but with the same dedication for training and living an active and healthy lifestyle! Something that often is a common denominator in above is gym training. This serves as an important foundation to succeed in different kinds of sports. During the upcoming months we will publish a series with several different Better Bodies ambassadors who are passionate and active in different kinds of sports but have one thing in common; the gym as the foundation. Whether the main purpose is to build strength, stability, becoming more explosive, loosing weight or gaining weight they all go to the gym to achieve it. Joanne Kadir is originally from Gothenburg, Sweden. She now lives in Stockholm where she's working as a Business Analyst in Logistics and Pharma. Joanne has a Master of Science in Engineering and she is also currently pursuing a Bachelor in Finance. As if this wasn't enough, Joanne has a very rigorous training schedule, performing several sports on a higher level. Keep reading for an insight to her very active life, and be prepared to be amazed!

joey2

Since Early Age Since I was 3 years old I've been doing something active. My mom wanted me to do more "girly" sports like ballet and figure skating, but at an early age I started to love all kinds of sports including anything involving a ball. In our courtyard at home we had all kind of stuff for me to play with. At 6-7 I started playing handball with a team (while still doing figure skating) and around 10-11 I started playing basketball - which became my main sport for a few years. Beside above I tried all kinds of sports for 1 semester and then a new one the next. It was everything from Tennis to Capoeira. I also started competing in running (larger events like Göteborgsvarvet) just for fun. Current Endeavors Today I am exactly the same person as I have been my entire life, I do all sports! Seasonally, periodically, and I compete for fun! Two sports have stuck with me through all these years though; Basketball and Running. Today I'm playing in Hammarby Division 3 Basketball, and I've ran Göteborgsvarvet (half marathon) since 12 years back. With my personal best being 1h 41 min. Besides this I compete in Powerlifting on national level along with Weight Lifting. I have also competed on a national level in Athletic Fitness, which was my main focus a few years back. Other sports that I perform more seasonally (depending on my timing with other activities) are: - CrossFit - I have competed on different events mostly in teams. - OCR laps - I've done a few competitions in the elite troop, mostly to evaluate the court. - Other running laps like ultra marathons and now the " En Svensk Klassiker" - Ninja-training - doing obstacle training indoors, this was also a main focus a few years back. - Strong Woman - I've done some competitions, this is something I would love to re-start again. - And of course golf during the summer season, if that counts as a sport.

Recently I have also started with Tennis, taking lessons once a week. To keep my body healthy, I do hot yoga once a week as active rest/recovery. The Juggling It's a struggle sometimes to keep the schedule, especially since I love to compete in every sport. There are periods when I have a competition each weekend, in different sports. Some weekends I've even had competitions in two different sports in two different cities. If you put your mind to it, it will work. And people at competitions are always positive and energetic, it is a fun way of meeting others. The happiness makes me want to do it again and again. Most of it is a mental challenge, you need to believe in yourself and trust the capacity of your body. It is so much stronger than we think. Combining training with work and studies is another piece of the puzzle. I work in Rotebro and study in Uppsala. Both full time. People living in the Stockholm area knows that these locations are both outside of the city. i spend quite some time on trains to commute so I have to plan my days and my work efficiently to be able to do it all. 100 Hour Days? I have busy days but I still have loads of time left. I love to hang out with friends, go out dining and having a drink or three at a bar. One thing I have no time for though, and also don't really miss since I don't even own one, is watching TV. It is very rare that I watch a movie or series. It might happen that I stream something online once in a while but it is rare. I think watching TV is a very time consuming thing that most people do which I don't. Re-Charging I listen to my body all the time and I am totally aware of all small signs it gives me. I love to take powernaps, and I can without feeling bad skip a training session or at least do a lighter version if my body is not 100%. My workouts and training sessions are always adjusted to my current status. If I feel strong, I can add some more training on that specific day, if I don't, I'll do my minimum and make sure to do that properly - just to be able to recover for the next time. Re-Fueling Since Powerlifting and Weight Lifting requires weight-in, I need to focus on my diet 1 week before competition. Other than that, I eat and drink what I want. I have a sweet tooth and I occasionally drink alcohol as well. My food account is my largest expense, I eat a lot! A Typical Training Week Monday - Hot Yoga and basketball Tuesday - Running / Powerlifting / Weight Lifting Wedensday - Gym and Tennis Thursday - Basketball Friday - Powerlifting / Weight Lifting Weekends - Basketball Games, Golf, Gym, Competitions Your Best Advice Leave your ego. Be humble. New sports requires new learning. You will not be the best from the beginning. Hence the curve is pointing straight up, which gives you kicks of wanting to do more, learn more. It takes time, nothing happens over night. When you start reaching levels where you compete on higher ranked competitions, it's hard to keep up with the full timers. I am usually among the top athletes, but never as number one. I know why and that doesn't bother me. You don't need to sacrifice your entire life as the book says. Its fun with the variation and it will also keep you injury free. Support Network I have different friends for different occasions. So yes, I have support in all different areas; at work, at basketball, at the gym, at the bar, at school, while traveling etc. Prejudice People love to put me into this one square; "Sporty" So when we have "fika" (cofee and cake) at work, I often hear; "Oh, can you really eat that?" Or when people look at my body noticing that I am more muscular than average some tend to avoid me since they believe I'm a "sports-nerd" not doing anything else or can't talk about anything else. No one ever guess that I'm an engineer and that I work at an office or that I love to go out on after works. I usually have to defend my habits, which is a big challenge, and it have always been. The Future My nearest goal is to finalize the "En Svensk Klassiker" (skiing, bicycling, swimming, running). I am super proud of myself since I didn't know how to ski or swim, and this has been my first time ever biking with road-pedals. It was a big challenge for me doing something way outside of my comfort zone, and it was super fun! I'll never do it again though, LOL. Other than that the rest of my sports are business as usual. And as for my work-life, hopefully when I'm done with my bachelor next summer I can start broaden my carreer life as well, to challenge not only my body but also my brain. Words To Live By Tell your mind and your body will follow. Don't let your comfort zone get in the way of your capacity.

joey3

More in Ambassadors

Show All
  • Get to know Liliana Sakhanova

    Get to know Liliana Sakhanova

    Get to know Liliana Sakhanova, a 25 year old amateur bikini fitness competitor with high ambitions.

    Read More
  • Helene Ahlson – Training During Pregnancy Part 1

    Helene Ahlson – Training During Pregnancy Part 1

    Pregnant or not, Helene is sticking to her training centered lifestyle and here she shares some of her own tips for training during pregnancy.

    Read More
  • Video: In-Depth Interview with Jennifer Ronzitti

    Video: In-Depth Interview with Jennifer Ronzitti

    Watch this in-depth interview with IFBB Bikini Champ Jen Ronzitti and get to know one of the best IFBB Bikini Pros better.

    Read More
  • My Fitness Journey - Cezar Zulewski

    My Fitness Journey - Cezar Zulewski

    Cezar Zulewski lives and breathes the fitness lifestyle. Learn more about him in this in depth feature.

    Read More
  • Video: In Depth With Narmin Assria

    Video: In Depth With Narmin Assria

    Narmin discovered her passion for fitness when she set out to gain weight and a fellow gym goer encouraged her to compete.

    Read More
  • Purpose Driven: Training Vanessa Romanowski

    Purpose Driven: Training Vanessa Romanowski

    Vanessa är endast 15 år och tävlar aktivt inom Thai Boxning. Lär känna henne här!

    Read More
  • Video: CEO Catch Up with Jeremy Potvin

    Video: CEO Catch Up with Jeremy Potvin

    Get to know Jeremy Potvin! Here he sits down with Better Bodies CEO Michael Johansson for an in depth conversation.

    Read More
  • Video: Cezar Zulewski - Road To The European Championships

    Video: Cezar Zulewski - Road To The European Championships

    Cezar Luzewski has set his sights on becoming the best in Europe at the 2020 European championships.

    Read More
  • Sandra Jokic – A Positive Mindset

    Sandra Jokic – A Positive Mindset

    Sandra Jokic is a Better Bodies ambassador and a previous world champion in Bikini Fitness.

    Read More
  • Diversely Built Legs with BreeAnna Lucero

    Diversely Built Legs with BreeAnna Lucero

    "I don't want to be put into a category. I want to be able to compete on stage or in CrossFit, or even basketball and sports involving running."

    Read More
  • Nathalia Melo – Is Cardio Needed For Fat Loss?

    Nathalia Melo – Is Cardio Needed For Fat Loss?

    Nathalia Melo-Wilson (www.nathaliamelofit.com) has a long background in the fitness industry.

    Read More
  • Blaze Bowen Arm Training – Be Your Own Motivation

    Blaze Bowen Arm Training – Be Your Own Motivation

    Blaze Bowen has learned to take inspiration from his surroundings like top competitors such as Phil Heath and Roelly Winklaar.

    Read More
  • Strong Athletic Body – Misty Statum, Texas State Figure Champion

    Strong Athletic Body – Misty Statum, Texas State Figure Champion

    "You just always have to be your best. No one is going to take it easy. You just always have to kill what you do and never slack."

    Read More
  • Marbella Training Weekend Last Day

    Marbella Training Weekend Last Day

    Nicci Hernestig and Mathias Guss ends their Marbella trip with a visit at Reebok Hybrid Gym and summarizes their trip.

    Read More
  • A Weekend Of Training In Marbella

    A Weekend Of Training In Marbella

    Marbella has become a popular destination for Swedes and other Europeans seeking an active training vacation.

    Read More
  • Meet Up Dallas Recap

    Meet Up Dallas Recap

    You build yourself up and we build up a community to keep you going strong!

    Read More
  • Blaze Bowen - Be The Best

    Blaze Bowen - Be The Best

    "I don't even want to compete if I am not trying to be the best."

    Read More
  • Pontus Koskelainen – A Report From Italy

    Pontus Koskelainen – A Report From Italy

    Better Bodies ambassador Pontus Koskelainen sent us an update from his 2nd Pro show.

    Read More
  • Purpose Driven Training: Joanne Kadir

    Purpose Driven Training: Joanne Kadir

    Joanne has a very rigorous training schedule, performing several sports on a higher level. Keep reading for an insight to her very active life!

    Read More
  • Liao Zhi Quiang – Dedication For Life

    Liao Zhi Quiang – Dedication For Life

    Chinese Liao Zhi Quiang is a 23 year old Better Bodies ambassador who, as so many other fellow ambassadors, fell in love with training.

    Read More
  • Nathalia Melo – Back Training With A Twist

    Nathalia Melo – Back Training With A Twist

    Here bikini Olympia champ Nathalia Melo shows us how to incorporate resistance bands into her back workout to expedite her training with supersets.

    Read More
  • My Favorites: Caroline Aspenskog

    My Favorites: Caroline Aspenskog

    Check out Caroline Aspenskog's favorite outfits below. Maybe you'll get some inspiration for next time you're picking between the styles.

    Read More
  • My Olympia Experience – Jacki Frye

    My Olympia Experience – Jacki Frye

    Jacki Frye went to Olympia with her sponsor Muscle Egg. It is her 3rd time visiting Las Vegas for this show. We asked her about her weekend plans.

    Read More
  • Ahmad Ahmad – Classic Physique Olympia Q&A

    Ahmad Ahmad – Classic Physique Olympia Q&A

    Ahmad Ahmad is a champion bodybuilder but has always found himself on the lighter side of the 212 division. Here he is two days out from the Olympia.

    Read More
  • Nathalia Melo – Resistance Band Shoulder Workout

    Nathalia Melo – Resistance Band Shoulder Workout

    For Nathalia Melo, shoulders help accentuate not only your physique but also a sleeveless dress at a cocktail party or tank top at the beach.

    Read More
  • My Favorites: Anna Stålnacke

    My Favorites: Anna Stålnacke

    Check out Anna Stålnacke's favorite items below. Maybe you'll get some inspiration for next time you're picking between the styles.

    Read More
  • Ambassador Update September

    Ambassador Update September

    August started off with a week in Dallas for me working from our office at …Destination!

    Read More
  • Better Bodies Men’s Meet Up August 24th

    Better Bodies Men’s Meet Up August 24th

    16 guys with different training backgrounds and different training goals as well as various history regarding their relation to Better Bodies to hang out.

    Read More
  • Purpose Driven Training: Fredrik Blomstedt

    Purpose Driven Training: Fredrik Blomstedt

    Fredrik Blomstedt is 28 years, born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden. Fredrik is a racecar driver and here we get to know him a little better.

    Read More
  • Purpose Driven Training: Mary Rossi

    Purpose Driven Training: Mary Rossi

    Everyone is pushing it really hard in the gym so it comes down to who has the best mental game.

    Read More
  • Ahmad Ahmad – Towards New Goals

    Ahmad Ahmad – Towards New Goals

    IFBB Pro Ahmad Ahmad has been competing in various physique divisions for almost 20 years.

    Read More
  • Hope Allen @hopescope - The Legging Queen

    Hope Allen @hopescope - The Legging Queen

    Check out her full interview and how she recognized huge opportunities in something that started as an "awkward and embarrassing" hobby.

    Read More
  • Elin Söderström - This Is For Me

    Elin Söderström - This Is For Me

    "That's the fun part about crossfit. You can come here and not have trained a day in your life, and start training.

    Read More
  • 5 Tips For A Strong March with Jackie Masete

    5 Tips For A Strong March with Jackie Masete

    Swedish Figure Champion and Better Bodies Ambassador Jackie Masete gives her best tips around how you'll get as strong as possible during the month.

    Read More
  • Reach Your Training Goals - Pontus Koskelainens 7 Best Tips

    Reach Your Training Goals - Pontus Koskelainens 7 Best Tips

    Men’s Physique Pro and World Champion Pontus Koskelainen gives his best tips around how to reach your training goals in a smooth, fun and effective way.

    Read More
  • My Journey: Chase Berger

    My Journey: Chase Berger

    Changing your life won’t always be easy, but it will always be worth it!

    Read More
  • Ambassador Profile Tianna Wesselmann

    Ambassador Profile Tianna Wesselmann

    I am a firm believer in hard work and discipline. If you can talk the talk, you better walk the walk. This is what Better Bodies represents to me.

    Read More
  • Ambassador Update April 2019

    Ambassador Update April 2019

    Better Bodies is a gym and lifestyle brand that targets everyone who lives the fitness lifestyle.

    Read More
  • Ambassador Profile Mickey Nguyen

    Ambassador Profile Mickey Nguyen

    Fitness is more than just staying in shape and looking your best. It’s finding a place to belong and it’s emotional journey

    Read More
  • Ambassador Profile Josiah Sanchez

    Ambassador Profile Josiah Sanchez

    This is my story of how my love for fitness started, a story very few know because of how personal it is.

    Read More
  • Attention California Ambassadors

    Attention California Ambassadors

    This is your opportunity to get your voice heard and give feedback together with other local Better Bodies ambassadors.

    Read More
  • Ambassador Update May 2019

    Ambassador Update May 2019

    May Update from Brand Manager Erika Boström

    Read More
  • Ambassador Profile Mattis Vainikainen

    Ambassador Profile Mattis Vainikainen

    I’ve been a part of Better Bodies for 4 years and I can’t think of another company I’d rather represent.

    Read More
  • Ambassador Profile Martina Thors

    Ambassador Profile Martina Thors

    Better Bodies ambassador Martina Thors tells her story

    Read More
  • Ambassador Profile Per Christian Motrø

    Ambassador Profile Per Christian Motrø

    Better Bodies ambassador Per Christian Motrø

    Read More
  • Ambassador Update June 2019

    Ambassador Update June 2019

    June Update from Brand Manager Erika Boström

    Read More
  • ...destination - Checking Off The Bucket List

    ...destination - Checking Off The Bucket List

    Silvia Kovaskowa and Daniel Fletcher have been loyal to Better Bodies for years.

    Read More
  • Nathalia Melo Wilson - Getting In Shape After Pregnancy

    Nathalia Melo Wilson - Getting In Shape After Pregnancy

    We ask Nathalia some questions to get some insight to her success when it comes to living a healthy balanced life after having kids.

    Read More
  • Ambassador Update August 2019

    Ambassador Update August 2019

    August Update from Brand Manager Erika Boström

    Read More
  • RIkard

    RIkard

    Rikard är en kille på 35 vårar.

    Read More
  • Ambassador Update July 2019

    Ambassador Update July 2019

    July Update from Brand Manager Erika Boström.

    Read More
  • Helene Ahlson - 14 Years with Better Bodies

    Helene Ahlson - 14 Years with Better Bodies

    Helene Ahlson has been a well known face in the Better Bodies community for almost 15 years. But how did her training journey start? And what is she doing today?

    Read More
  • Ambassador Profile Nathalia Melo

    Ambassador Profile Nathalia Melo

    __Name:__ Nathalia Melo __Instagram:__ @nathaliamelofit __Country:__ USA

    Read More